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Nine Dragons

by Michael Connelly

Little, Brown And Company | October 13, 2009 | Hardcover

Nine Dragons is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is off the chain in the fastest, fiercest, and highest-stakes case of his life.
Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store''s owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li''s family that he''ll find the killer.
The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation--not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li''s life. 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.
And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing in Bosch''s life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he''s lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city''s Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad''s ferocity.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: October 13, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316166316

ISBN - 13: 9780316166317

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best of Bosch Harry Bosch, L.A. homicide detective is sent to Fortune Liquors to investigate the death of John Li, the owner. What initially looks like a robbery gone bad turns out to be a lot more complicated. Li has been paying protection money to a Chinese triad. Just as Bosch is closing in on the triad member he suspects, he receives a threat to stop or there will be consequences. Of course, he doesn't stop. The triad member tries to leave the country with Bosch capturing him at the last moment. Then he receives a phone call that changes everything. His 13 year old daughter, Maddie who lives in Hong Kong with her mother has been kidnapped. Harry drops everything to go find her. Harry is totally out of his comfort zone. Even though he visits Maddie he does not really know the underbelly of Hong Kong. Harry teams together with Eleanor Wish, Maddie's mother and ex-FBI agent and Sun Yee, Eleanor's boyfriend. Together they track down the bad guys. I loved this book. Yes, some of the Hong Kong scenario was a bit far-fetched but the interweaving of the personal and work aspects is fantastic. I loved how conflicted Harry was at times and this made the story even more 'real'. Love that Bosch!
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fun Thriller Connelly, being one of my favourite writers has done it again with the "9 Dragons". An excellent plot which finishes in the last pages. I liked the way he wound the Chinese triads into his story. Haller and Bosch make a super pair. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2012-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK read, not very accurate It's an OK read, but for someone with any knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, of Hong Kong and "triads", this book has a lot of holes. If you can get past that, it's a very easy and fun read.
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing... Loved it so much I couldn't put it down...
Date published: 2010-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite gripping Book 14 in the Harry Bosch series This is once again Michael Connelly at his best, a master at writing fictional police stories in a highly entertaining and captivating way. His protagonist one of the smartest detectives in the fictional world is Harry Bosch. In this novel, Harry will face numerous difficulties investigating the death of a struggling Chinese shop owner and will be plunged deep into the deadly world of Triads, a criminal mentality that presents many new challenges. The second part of the story gets quite gripping when Harry’s daughter is kidnapped in Hong Kong by the Triads, a last ditch attempt to derail Harry from his LA investigation. He must reunite and team up with his ex-wife in order to find their child. In a true Hollywood style script, Harry and his wife face the Triads on their home ground, where dead bodies keep piling up in the cities of Kowloon and Hong Kong. Harry risks everything to outmatch the Triads’ ferocity. In the never ending action, Mr Connelly colourfully describes the people, the surroundings and the underground culture, a definite stimulation to the reader’s imagination. This novel is plot driven with plenty of action and numerous twists and turns some may be predictable but all are suspenseful. The dialogue is sharp and the narrative is concise and witty. Harry’s character has been given a fresh look, a look of a super detective with the gens of a pit bull and the necessary attributes required to deal with the extreme situations encountered in this novel. This is a page turner, hard to put aside…
Date published: 2010-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bosch is back.... I really, really, really (spellcheck keeps telling me to fix that but it's true) - enjoy Michael Connelly's writing. I've read everything he's written and enjoy the books featuring some of his other characters, but Detective Harry Bosch is my hands down favourite. Bosch is back in Nine Dragons. Harry is called to investigate a shooting at a liquor store in a rough L.A. neighbourhood. The case seems to have gang overtones, so a detective from the Asian Gang Unit is brought in to help. The case is bigger than just south L.A. though with tendrils reaching to the triads in Hong Kong. Hong Kong.....where his daughter lives. Harry has always operated at the far end of the law, doing what he sees as right and pursuing justice on his terms. His single minded pursuit of justice has, for the most part, worked well for him in the past. But things change with this case. It's gotten personal for one thing. And that may be clouding his judgement. His current partner is no help, he doesn't know if he can trust the gang detective, he doesn't understand the language or customs and he's going way too fast. Mistakes could be very costly. Harry has always been a flawed character, but in this latest book, we get to see a different side of Harry. One that isn't always sure of himself and a bit more of his personal life. There is a shift in his focus and priorities. It's great that Connelly continues to grow and change Harry, that he isn't a stagnant character, repeatedly doing the same thing. Break neck action, an intricate plot and some great twists in the ending all add up to an unputdownable read. Really, really, really.
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great mystery novel! I started reading Michael Connelly book couple years ago, then I bought all his previous novels, and i can feel the story and the characters are getting more mature, the new book Nine Dragons is another great novel. I were borned in Hong Kong, so i can see the descriptions of Hong Kong is so real. I can actually feel that i were in Hong Kong with Harry Bosch. I am glad to see that Michael Connelly started expand the story background globally, instead of just staying in America. Hope to see more of his novels expanding the backround globally. Congratulation for another success story!
Date published: 2009-10-17

– More About This Product –

Nine Dragons

by Michael Connelly

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

Published: October 13, 2009

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316166316

ISBN - 13: 9780316166317

About the Book

Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in an apparent robbery.
Joined by members of the department's Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad. But before Harry can close in, he gets the word that his young daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, is missing.
Bosch drops everything to journey across the Pacific to find his daughter. Could her disappearance and the case be connected? With the stakes of the investigation so high and so personal, Bosch is up against the clock in a new city, where nothing is at it seems.

From the Publisher

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is off the chain in the fastest, fiercest, and highest-stakes case of his life.
Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store''s owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li''s family that he''ll find the killer.
The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation--not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li''s life. 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.
And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing in Bosch''s life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he''s lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city''s Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad''s ferocity.

About the Author

Michael Connelly, a #1New York Timesbestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.

Editorial Reviews

"Connelly is in top form with the Bosch tale, his 15th: the story unfolds with exquisite procedural details; unexpected violence; and increased insight into the stoic, jazz-loving, relentless, flawed detective who bears the burden of every case."-Nancy Gilson, Columbus Dispatch
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