Nine Dragons

Nine Dragons

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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The murder of John Li, a South L.A. liquour store owner, hits LAPD Detective Harry Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. As he uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad--a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.--his world instantly explodes and the person he holds most dear is taken from him.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
ISBN: 9780316071727
0316071722
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: 9 dragons

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Barbdesign
Aug 19, 2019

Interesting plot and very interesting setting, but Bosch's lack of any response to personal loss is starkly in contrast to his self awareness in previous books -- so I see this (trying not to give anything away here) as a serious failing on Michael Connelly's part. That this experience is not processed with internal or external dialogue is frankly unbelievable. Also unsupported, is that Bosch somehow figures "it" all out in the end, without the reader being placed in the loop AT ALL. This book's story is pivotal in the Bosch story. It was a good read but could have been written much better.

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captbligh
Feb 22, 2018

A page-turner as usual. But it got too-close-and-personal to Bosch family for my taste. Cause and effect got way skewed; his 13 yr old daughter ended up responsible for nine dead. Unreal.

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TootinMoose
Nov 27, 2017

Dang. This was the first fumble in the series. The previous one, The Overlook, was great. This one felt like some of my home repair projects: some duct tape and paint at the end to make it complete. Without spoiling the book for new readers, there is a component involving Hong Kong that seems contrived only to eliminate a recurring character and deepen the fatherhood/vulnerability angle. Nobody hits the ball every time and hopefully the next one will be back to form.

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reeread
Feb 09, 2016

I always enjoy Michael Connelly's writing. Plot was fast and furious and not always predictable or entirely believable. But, hey, it is Harry Bosch.

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reader10000
Nov 15, 2015

My least favourite Harry Bosch book. I too felt that it was cobbled together, making large leaps in credibility.

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ENFPWOMAN
Mar 11, 2015

This is the only Harry Bosch book I found dull and uninteresting... which puzzles me since I've found Connelly's writing to be excellent throughout all his Bosch/Haller books. The sudden jumps to and from Hong Kong in 40 hours, coincidences and characters that seem unbelievable,... something is off - if not stretched beyond belief - in this book. Disappointing.

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QED
Feb 25, 2014

I have read a number of his works and this one was truly enjoyable. Good storyline and all the twists you usually get from Connelly as well as a very good ending.

kangjiang Jun 27, 2013

This book completely surprised me. It was suggested to me by a friend because he thought it was cool since it has plenty of curses but once I took a step into the amazing world of this book I was shocked. That seemingly boring and stupid book was actually interesting.

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jgraham48
Jun 05, 2013

Now that Matthew McConnaughey has created Michael Connelly's character of Mickey Haller in the movie "The Lincoln Lawyer," I am ready to nominate Nine Dragons for the next film adaptation of a Connelly novel, and Tommy Lee Jones to play the character of Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. Nine Dragons features a cameo appearance by Mickey Haller, and I think Jones and McConnaughey would play off each other nicely onscreen.
Nine Dragons moves rapidly among LA and Hong Kong settings, includes plenty of fireworks, violence and blood, and along the way gives more insights into Bosch's cop character that we have followed through several novels.

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neoneo1212
Dec 14, 2012

best book in the world

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RichardPaul
Nov 29, 2010

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