Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

This is the third book in the Harry Bosch series, and I think it's my favourite so far. This book steps back a bit and takes a more in depth look at Bosch's past. Bosch was involved with the Dollmaker murders 4 years ago and shot one of the suspects as he was reaching under his pillow for his toupee. Finally, 4 years later, Bosch is taken to civil court by the family of the victim for wrongful death.
The book combines the courtroom dramas with new Dollmaker murders, giving you the best of both worlds. Additionally, Bosch has a new love interest, Sylvia, from the previous novel. The two of them have great chemistry and you really want things to work out for them. However you have to ask why this wasn't the first book in the series? It tells you about Bosch's past better than the previous two novels did.
Of course, Bosch doesn't learn from his mistakes and continues on with his rogue practices, which is a little cliche. But the novel is still good and suspenseful.



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