Michael Connelly- 9 Dragons (Little, Brown and Company 2009) 5 Stars
Harry Bosch is sent to investigate what appears to be a routine robbery gone wrong, when he discovers that he has met the victim in one of his previous cases. Looking into the matter he determines that it was not a robbery, and it certainly was not routine. The more he digs the more tangled the weaving web becomes. After discovering evidence leading to the Hong Kong Triads the case steps up a notch on the danger meter. Suddenly his life is thrown into turmoil. His daughter goes missing and a video is sent to him from her phone, now he is not only investigating a murder, but he must fight to get his daughter back and fight he will. Taking the first flight to Hong Kong he cuts a deadly swath across Hong Kong all in the hopes of getting his daughter back safely, in a manner the Triads can understand despite the language barrier. The world is about to find out just how tough and deadly Harry Bosch can be.
Wow! Yes 9 Dragons is as good as it sounds. This was probably my favourite in the Harry Bosch series yet. We see Bosch’s soft side as well as his brutally tough side. I was impressed by just how deep the characters were. I loved the fact that 9 Dragons took Bosch across the globe into a world completely unknown to him as it gave the readers a chance to see how Harry Bosch handled strange situations and foreign language barriers. We also get to see how he deals with his many mistakes. The setting was described wonderfully, even when in some of the raunchiest areas of Hong Kong. Twist after twist keeps this storyline fast-paced and works to run your mind in circles. Just when you think you have everything figured out Connelly flips the case upside down, and Bosch doesn’t just magically figure out the answers, he has to work to the point of insanity to find any ounce of truth/evidence. It was a wonderfully created plot and I look forward to seeing more from Connelly.
I recommend 9 Dragons to Connelly fans and anyone who enjoys mysteries/thrillers.
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