The Black Box

by Michael Connelly

Little, Brown And Company | November 26, 2012 | Hardcover

The Black Box is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.38 in

Published: November 26, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316069434

ISBN - 13: 9780316069434

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drat - done in a day.... Oh, Harry Bosch is back! I started Michael Connelly's latest book in the series (#18) - The Black Box - and I tried really, really hard to make it last.....but it was no use.....I finished it in a day. I literally couldn't put it down. Harry is still with the Open-Unsolved Unit of the LAPD. It's the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots and the Unit has been asked to try and clear some cases from that time period. Harry knows the case he wants to re examine. He worked the streets during that turmoil and was there when Anneke Jespersen's body was found in an alley. The murder of the young journalist was never solved. "In the chaos of the moment, the mission was simple; preserve the evidence, document the scene as well and as fast as possible, and collect the dead. Get in and get out. And do it safely. The real investigation would come later. Maybe." Well, that time is now. With today's capabilities in forensic science, Harry makes a discovery - bullets at the Jespersen scene match other crime scenes - committed after her murder. And Harry is on the trail. "Twenty years later, he got another shot at it. And it was a very long shot at that." What he also has is a new lieutenant - one determined to put Harry in his place. This is Harry at his best, under the gun from superiors, eschewing the politicos, running solo, making connections others don't see and pursuing his cases full out. Justice for the victim is his focus. I have such a vivid mental image of Harry as I read - he is one of my favourite detectives. As always, the plotting was intricate. I enjoyed solving the crime along with Harry as he pieced together his case from tenuous leads, intuition and dogged determination. Connelly has given us the softer side of Harry in the last few books with the addition of his daughter Maddie. While I enjoy Harry having a personal life and storyline, I'm still on the fence about Maddie. But not about the new love interest Hannah - she's got to go. I'm curious as to whether a new female cop introduced in this book will return in future stories. Initially I thought she was just a supporting character, but played a bigger role than I imagined. As always, another great read from Connelly. The downside - we'll have to wait another year for his next book - The Gods of Guilt. "The saying is that law enforcement work is ninety-nine per-cent boredom and one percent adrenaline - screaming high intensity moments of life -and- death consequence." The Black Box? One hundred percent recommended
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unfolds layer by layer into gripping suspense The Black Box is a smart read, a journey into a seemingly unsolvable cold case that unfolds layer by layer into an ending of gripping suspense. Harry Bosch is one of those characters who is easy to connect with, certainly not a perfect hero but one with flaws like you and I, yet offering much to admire in his drive to uncover the truth and bring closure to families who have been impacted by tragedies. In between the focus on the police case, the reader catches scenes of his home life, and it is clear he is a father who does his best to put his daughter first as much as possible, and I really respect that in a character and the example that this sets. Beyond the first explosive scene, much of the story is spent sifting through the past in trying to solve the case, and therefore it took me some time to feel a strong momentum in the book's pacing. Nevertheless, the author throws in some twists and turns as well as some often hilarious tension with Harry's boss O'Toole, adding some excellent drama to the book. Overall, this is a book that was thoroughly entertaining, and as I was drawn further into the story, I found it harder and harder to put the book down and step back into the real world. I really enjoyed the last few chapters as the truth of a conspiracy is revealed, and the conclusion is well done. Readers who have enjoyed previous books by Michael Connelly should plan on picking up this latest offering, and will no doubt be pleased they did. 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Hachette Book Group (Little, Brown and Company), for the purposes of this unbiased review.
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I enjoy all of the Bosch series but this one really keeps us hanging on for the next spell binding clues. Thank you for an amazing read My fav to read before drifting off to dream of what could possibly happen next.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another great Michael Connelly book. Riveting from beginning to end! Just have to keep reading!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Harry Bosch is what we hope all police officers are like...like a pit bull who won't let go. My hero!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent A great read, as usual. I'm working my way through all of Michael Connelly's books. I find it amazing how investigators (in real life as well as Harry) stick with cases over the years. Love the bits about Harry's interactions with his teenage daughter as well.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I really enjoyed this book. I have read many of Michael Connelly's novels and have yet to be disappointed. The characters are well formed and the story makes sense. Would recommend this author to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Sounds very intriguing and will possible read.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I have been reading the Harry Bosch books for years, and having another one to read is like greeting an old friend. It is just nice to spend time with Harry again and watch him solving a case. I wish real life cops were all this persistent with their cases (I'm sure many are)!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent Well worth reading. Connelly has an ability to graphically convey word pictures.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Once again with his bulldog personality Harry won't let go. It doesn't matter to Harry whether its a movie star or a homeless person, he attacks the case with a passion and a resolve to find the killer, and make them accountable for the murder of a helpless victim. Another great read from one of the best authors of our time.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bosch is a smart and cunning crime investigator who is nobody's fool. You can't help but like the guy and Connelly seems to keep you spell-bound with both the predicaments in which Bosch finds himself and the masterful ways in which he solves every problem. No Connelly book is boring and The Black Box no exception. As fast paced as a cheetah chasing an impala.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent If you like roller coaster rides, you'll love Michael Connelly's 'The Black Box'. Lots of twists and turns and stomach-churning action. This book will keep you hanging on until the final pages. Definitely worth the 'ride'.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Once again Michael Connelly at his best. Having read all the Harry Bosch stories one gets to know the man, his obsessive drive to resolve murders, in this case his personal attachment, and his personal life and relationships. On this occasion Harry is determined to solved a mystery which he was assigned, briefly, too during the L.A. riots, then subsequently delegated as unsolved. A great read and devoured over a few days, which is good for me.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drat - done in a day.... Oh, Harry Bosch is back! I started Michael Connelly's latest book in the series (#18) - The Black Box - and I tried really, really hard to make it last.....but it was no use.....I finished it in a day. I literally couldn't put it down. Harry is still with the Open-Unsolved Unit of the LAPD. It's the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots and the Unit has been asked to try and clear some cases from that time period. Harry knows the case he wants to re examine. He worked the streets during that turmoil and was there when Anneke Jespersen's body was found in an alley. The murder of the young journalist was never solved. "In the chaos of the moment, the mission was simple; preserve the evidence, document the scene as well and as fast as possible, and collect the dead. Get in and get out. And do it safely. The real investigation would come later. Maybe." Well, that time is now. With today's capabilities in forensic science, Harry makes a discovery - bullets at the Jespersen scene match other crime scenes - committed after her murder. And Harry is on the trail. "Twenty years later, he got another shot at it. And it was a very long shot at that." What he also has is a new lieutenant - one determined to put Harry in his place. This is Harry at his best, under the gun from superiors, eschewing the politicos, running solo, making connections others don't see and pursuing his cases full out. Justice for the victim is his focus. I have such a vivid mental image of Harry as I read - he is one of my favourite detectives. As always, the plotting was intricate. I enjoyed solving the crime along with Harry as he pieced together his case from tenuous leads, intuition and dogged determination. Connelly has given us the softer side of Harry in the last few books with the addition of his daughter Maddie. While I enjoy Harry having a personal life and storyline, I'm still on the fence about Maddie. But not about the new love interest Hannah - she's got to go. I'm curious as to whether a new female cop introduced in this book will return in future stories. Initially I thought she was just a supporting character, but played a bigger role than I imagined. As always, another great read from Connelly. The downside - we'll have to wait another year for his next book - The Gods of Guilt. "The saying is that law enforcement work is ninety-nine per-cent boredom and one percent adrenaline - screaming high intensity moments of life -and- death consequence." The Black Box? One hundred percent recommended
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unfolds layer by layer into gripping suspense The Black Box is a smart read, a journey into a seemingly unsolvable cold case that unfolds layer by layer into an ending of gripping suspense. Harry Bosch is one of those characters who is easy to connect with, certainly not a perfect hero but one with flaws like you and I, yet offering much to admire in his drive to uncover the truth and bring closure to families who have been impacted by tragedies. In between the focus on the police case, the reader catches scenes of his home life, and it is clear he is a father who does his best to put his daughter first as much as possible, and I really respect that in a character and the example that this sets. Beyond the first explosive scene, much of the story is spent sifting through the past in trying to solve the case, and therefore it took me some time to feel a strong momentum in the book's pacing. Nevertheless, the author throws in some twists and turns as well as some often hilarious tension with Harry's boss O'Toole, adding some excellent drama to the book. Overall, this is a book that was thoroughly entertaining, and as I was drawn further into the story, I found it harder and harder to put the book down and step back into the real world. I really enjoyed the last few chapters as the truth of a conspiracy is revealed, and the conclusion is well done. Readers who have enjoyed previous books by Michael Connelly should plan on picking up this latest offering, and will no doubt be pleased they did. 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Hachette Book Group (Little, Brown and Company), for the purposes of this unbiased review.
Date published: 2012-11-25

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The Black Box

The Black Box

by Michael Connelly

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1.38 in

Published: November 26, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316069434

ISBN - 13: 9780316069434

From the Publisher

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1New York TimesbestsellersThe Drop,The Fifth Witness, The Reversal,The Scarecrow,The Brass Verdict, andThe Lincoln Lawyer,as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Editorial Reviews

"Connelly's lean, just-the-facts style makes for crisp dialogue and a brisk, info-driven plot....A haunted quality has always been one of the chief attractions of Connelly's series and of Bosch's character."-Art Taylor, Washington Post