The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch #3) by Michael Connelly


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If you haven’t seen Amazon’s original series Bosch, I highly recommend it. It is one of the few books to screen adaptions that remains true to the stories.

Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming now, and Season 2 is filming as of this writing. The ten episodes in Season 1 are based on three Bosch novels Echo Park, City of Bones, and The Concrete Blonde. Season 2 is based on Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote. Personally, I intend to reread all six novels, as it’s been far too long since I lost myself in these stories.

Booklist Online Review

In his latest adventure, LAPD detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch–whose first excursion, The Black Echo(1992), won an Edgar–moves into Scott Turow territory. Bosch is Exhibit A in a civil suit against the city filed by the family of a man Bosch killed: a man he and the police believe was the serial murderer of prostitutes and porn stars whom the media dubbed the Dollmaker. As Bosch’s trial opens, however, a Dollmaker-style note directs the police to a woman’s body buried in concrete, a “concrete blonde” who turns out to have been murdered with all the Dollmaker’s trademarks after Bosch killed the suspect. Did Bosch kill the wrong man? Strongly plotted and deftly orchestrated, the novel shifts back and forth between the courtroom and the streets, between Bosch’s often troubled relationships with his professional colleagues and his deepening love affair with the schoolteacher widow of a brother officer, and between Bosch’s unaccustomed self-doubts and his suspicions of others. A fast-paced, classy mystery. (Reviewed June 1994)— Mary Carroll

Amazon Description

The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his female victims. Now with a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city’s nightmare.

But the dead man’s widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man– an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker’s macabre signature.

So for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It’s a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go– the darkness of his own heart.

With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle– and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.

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Michael Connelly’s Description

They called him the Dollmaker…

The serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims.  With a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city’s nightmare.

Now, the dead man’s widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man — an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker’s macabre signature.

Now, for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again.  It’s a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go — the darkness of his own heart.

With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle — and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.