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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book! April 29 2003
By Frank
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This is a book worth reading -- a compelling plot with interesting twists and turns. Protagonist Harry Bosch is neither too perfect, nor too flawed. His girlfriend has her own personality, motivations, and job; she's not there for mere decoration. The quick conversations between Bosch and Chandler during courtroom smoking breaks are a nice touch. The aspects of the case which cause Bosch to examine his own past, and motivations, separates this from the too-common "good guys versus bad guys action" type books. It's also good to read a book which doesn't rely on a deus ex machina ending.
There are a few bloopers along the way. Lawyers would not abide a US district judge who commented on their opening arguments to the jury with "They may make some highfalutin allegations, but just because they say it doesn't make it true. After all, they're lawyers [pronounced lie-yers]."
A real estate agent would be unlikely to hold an open house because she has two interested buyers. (Open houses are held to _get_ buyers, not because you have them.)
Improper statements made in court are _not_ "struck from the record." If the statements were deleted from the record, it would be impossible to argue their effect to the court of appeals.
If an attorney died, attorney fees would still be owed -- to the attorney's estate.
If Mora's divorce took place in California in the mid-1980's, mental cruelty would not be a ground of divorce -- that was eliminated in 1970. Connelly's use of the term "loss of consortium" is outside the usual context -- the term is usually used in cases where an injury to one spouse prevents marital relations, not a divorce where a spouse decides to stop relations.
In all, it's a worthwhile and entertaining book for a day or two's good read. See if you can figure out who the Follower is before Bosch does!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Michael Connelly is a good author. Dec 30 2002
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This is the 5th Connelly book I've read. I started with Angel Flight, w....well, it's not bad. I then read Blood Work, and was truly amazed by the book. That's one of a true non-stop page turner I've encountered. So I bought all of Connelly's book. I then read the Harry Bosch series, started with Black Echo, then Black Ice. Now I just finished Concrete Blonde.
Harry Bosch is not a distinctive and outstanding hero in terms of his character - as compared with Lincoln Rhyme (Bone Collector) and Alex Cross (Along Came a Spider) or Stephanie Plum. I would to say he is just like a character that like Kay Scarpetta, once you read more him, you will go on to find out what's happening to him.
But don't get me wrong, Connelly is a good author that he slowly builds Harry's background and the interest to find out more about him is greater than other characters. In Black Echo, we know about his background in Vietnam, tunnel rats, etc.. In Black Ice, Sylvia is first appeared, and the Dollmaker's case is mentioned again. In Concrete Blonde, the Dollmaker case is finally described in fine details (great!!), and the murder of Harry's mother is mentioned. So obviously I will continue with Last Coyote to find out that murder. Mr. Connelly has done a great job to create such a character with great skill.
Actually, I didn't plan to read Concrete Blonde just after I've finished with Black Ice. But I've read the excerpt at the back, and I was immediately attracted by the plot and determined to read this 3rd Harry entry.
It didn't disappointed me. First, about the Dollmaker case. Second, the courtroom drama.
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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. Read more
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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
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far in the series
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