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The Concrete Blonde [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Connelly
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July 15 1995 Detective Harry Bosch Mysteries (Book 3)
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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Connelly, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, combines courtroom drama and police procedural in this thriller about a serial killer thought dead.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Homicide detective Harry Bosch is fighting for his professional reputation in civil court. He is charged with killing an allegedly innocent man known as "The Dollmaker." The Dollmaker, however, was a serial murderer who strangled his victims and made them up to look like dolls. Suddenly, a new murder comes to light, with all the trappings of the Dollmaker's style. Bosch has to clear his name and find the copycat killer before he strikes again. Slick plot twists, fast action, and fine suspense mark this excellent thriller and courtroom drama. Characterizations by reader Dick Hill are imaginative and authentic, and the recording benefits from subtle special effects that lend realism. This is a good, solid story that translates exceedingly well to audio. Strongly recommended for all mystery and suspense collections.
Susan B. Lamphier, Somerville P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Bosch : Fighting on Two Fronts Jan. 26 2007
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"The Concrete Blonde" is Michael Connelly's third book, was first published in 1994 and - like his previous two - features Harry Bosch as its central character. A little of Bosch's background, and many of his quirks, have been touched onin the previous two books. He's a jazz fan, with a taste for coffee, beer and cigarettes. Having served as a Tunnel Rat in Viet-Nam, he' returned home and joined the police force. Bosch currently works at the Hollywood Division's Homicide table, though he had once been a member of the LAPD's elite RHD (Robbery - Homicide Division). The last case he worked in RHD, about four years previously, had been the "Dollmaker Case". Harry and his colleagues were hunting a serial killer, whose afvoured victims were prostitutes. The case was closed when Harry shot and killed Norman Church, the leading suspect. As a result of his actions, however, Bosch was investigated by IAD (Internal Affairs Division), suspended for a month and 'demoted' to his current position.

The Dollmaker Case resurfaces in this book. Bosch and the Police Department are being sued by Church's widow, claiming that her husband was innocent and that Harry had killed the wrong man. Her lawyer is Honey Chandler, a civil rights attorney who specialises in police abuse cases. Bosch meanwhile - like the police department - have no doubt that Church was the Dollmaker, and "good" for the eleven killings. Unfortunately, for Bosch there's a fly in the ointment. Just as the trial starts, a new body is found buried beneath a concrete slab in a derelict building. The directions to it were contained in a note delivered to Harry's station - not only does it claim responsibility for the murder, but it also matches some other notes attributed to the Dollmaker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book Dec 21 2012
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I curled up in bed on a snowy day and started this book and I didn't put I down till it was finished.I think one of his best
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great crime fiction July 22 2013
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I love the Harry Bosch series, anyway. There's lots of real life drama and surprises throughout . The continuity of the series is captivating.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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If you liked The Black Echo, don't miss this book!

Only Michael Connelly would dream up a story where a beleaguered police detective being sued for use of excessive force would spend every hour outside of the trial tracking down a serial killer. The Concrete Blonde picks up on the back story behind the first book in the series, The Black Echo, in which Harry Bosch it is reported that Bosch had been previously demoted from the elite Robbery-Homicide Division to the Hollywood Division's homicide squad for not having followed the procedure of calling for a back up before shooting and killing a serial murder suspect while the suspect was reaching for his toupee. The Concrete Blonde opens with the scene in which Bosch shot the suspect.

The City of Los Angeles and Harry are being sued by the widow of Norman Church, the man Bosch killed. The widow has a tough attorney and Bosch has a stumble bum from the city attorney's office. The case seeks to exonerate Church from having killed anyone. But Bosch knows better. The evidence pointed to Church being the Dollmaker, a serial killer who applied extensive make up to the victims.

During the trial a shock arrives. Another dead body is found that looks like it has been killed by the Dollmaker . . . but the body is fresher than Church's death. Does this mean that Church wasn't the Dollmaker . . . or is there some, more sinister, explanation?

While Bosch is defending himself in court, another deadly game is being played behind the scenes. Who will win?

For me, The Concrete Blonde nicely captured the strengths of The Black Echo that made that book such a remarkable detective story that introduced this outstanding series. I was glad to see Mr. Connelly return the series to its excellent roots.

Have a ball!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner July 19 2004
By m-lee
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Detective Harry Bosch as a character is totally believable. Mr. Connelly's knowledge from being a crime reporter show beautifully in his novels. Very realistic.
I wish he had better taste in women. He like them sexually desirable, but shallow and self-centered. They always end up dumping him for cold, selfish reasons. They claim to understand the seriousness of his work, and also understand his commitment; but they leave him at his neediest, because only threir (lesser important) needs take precedence. Disgusting.
Hope he figures out he needs to find a real women to build a life with, not just a doll to screw.
Overall, an excellent read!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sub-Plot Interferes with a Good Story July 3 2004
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Harry Bosch, William Connelly's sleuth, renegade dectective, is on trial for his "murder" of a suspect in the Doll Case murder. Bosch shot and killed the suspect as he reached for his toupe, and his widow wants retribution through litigation. Suddenly, as the trial progresses, another Doll Case-like murder is uncovered, but the Doll Case suspect is supposedly already dead. How can the murderer be dead if the cases continue to arise?
The novel is heavily laced with court proceedings about the widow's revenge, Harry's love affair with the widow of the man he kills in "The Black Echo," and Harry's conviction that the Hollywood police have a copycat murderer (instead of not having caught the right guy the first time).
These two subplots, and primary plot, should have made this one of the better novels, and according to the reviews, most readers liked the latticed effect. I thought it too divisionary. The subplots are necessary, but could have been severely cut to keep the main story in focus. This criticism aside, I liked the novel, but it is the least favorite of mine after reading four of Connelly's other Bosch novels..
"Black Ice" is recommended before reading the "Concrete Blonde."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great L. A. sleuthing
Michael Connelly keeps your attention from the first page. Harry Bosch, wry LAPD homicide detective, puts together the pieces of an interesting puzzle. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Stephen McLin
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mix of suspense and courtroom drama
I have read many many thriller novels and for some reason have only recently discovered Connelly who is the Grand Master. Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Garrett Riley
1.0 out of 5 stars If this is his best, I don't want to read his worst
I'm sorry to go against the average opinion on this book but I found it extremely boring, at least till page 200 or so! Read more
Published on March 21 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Anyone Read Agatha Christie Anymore?
I read this book because so many people said what a great surprise ending it had. Are they kidding? Read more
Published on March 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far in the series
As I'm moving along through the series, this is the best book so far. I'm told by friends that this is where the series gets very good. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003 by Theresa W
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting court drama and search for a murder
This book was pretty interesting because not only did it involve the police and Harry's struggle with them- but it involved a court drama. And his past. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by Theresa W
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
The Concrete Blonde is about the fifth Michael Connelly work I have read and while I have loved them all--this one is definitely the best I have read so far. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by Elizabeth Hendry
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