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The Harry Bosch Novels: The Black Echo, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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Oct. 22 2001 Harry Bosch
For the first time in one volume, the three novels that introduced Michael Connelly's great LAPD homicide detective, maverick Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch. The Black Echo (Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) For Harry Bosch-hero, loner, nighthawk-the body stuffed in a drainpipe off Mulholland Drive isn't just another statistic. This one is personal. Billy Meadows was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat," fighting the VC and the fear they used to call the Black Echo. Harry let Meadows down once. He won't do it again. The Black Ice The corpse in the hotel room seems to be that of a missing LAPD narcotics officer. Rumors abound that the cop had crossed over-selling a new drug called Black Ice. Now Harry's making some dangerous connections, leading from the cop to a string of bloody murders, and from Hollywood Boulevard's drug bazaar to Mexico's dusty back alleys. In this lethal game, Harry is likely to be the next victim. The Concrete Blonde When Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church, the police were convinced it marked the end of the hunt for the Dollmaker-L.A.'s most bizarre serial killer. But now Church's widow is accusing Harry of killing the wrong man-a charge that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature. For the second time, Harry must hunt the murderer down, before he strikes again. Together, these three novels are the perfect way to discover, or rediscover, the sleuth the New York Times Book Review called a "wonderful, old-fashioned hero who isn't afraid to walk through the flames."

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Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American author of detective novels, notably those featuring Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. Bosch, named after the Dutch painter of the same name, is the protagonist of a series of Connelly's novels. The character is an LAPD detective. The Black Echo, the first book featuring Bosch, won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best First Novel of 1992. Connelly has written other books outside the Bosch series, including Blood Work, which was made into a 2002 movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. In 2006, The Lincoln Lawyer was selected as one of ten books to feature in Richard and Judy's televised book club. Connelly is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelors degree in journalism. In addition to his books, Connelly has written for television.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 books with a great place to start series Dec 12 2002
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The Bosch series is for anyone who likes a good police detective thriller. The story isn't as fast paced as James Pattersons - Alex Cross series, but the pace will keep you reading. The Black Echo, Black Ice, and Concrete Blonde (4 stars, 4 stars, and 5 stars, respectively) are a great compilation for starting with the Bosch Series. The first book may be a slightly predictable, but it gives good detail on the lead character. The second book builds on the first, with a lot of twists, and the third is the best of them all, a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This a 5-star collection. Just read it, folks. March 22 2002
I am not quite happy with Connelly for his recent works about Harry Bosch. It seems to me that after his "last coyote" and "angel's flight.", the whole Harry Bosch series is gradually going down hill. Connelly has lost his edge as his Harry Bosch lost his and both have become tasteless. But if you want to read the REALLY REALLY GOOD, IN DEPTH police/detective stories, please do not hesitate to grap this one and beyond and continue to read Connelly's whole works, because even he's becoming dandy, his writing is still better than any other so-called mystery/thriller writers in the reading market. Connelly is a larger than life writer, the real deal. I still remember that I was deeply touched and troubled by Harry Bosch's journey, even failed to keep my tears not running so uncontrolable. But Connelly has touched my heart, my better part of my soul so kindly and deeply not just once but so many times. I also remember that there are only a few writers who could do so to me. God Bless, Mr. Connelly, thanks for giving me so many wonderful moments in my life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Stunning Mysteries In One! Nov. 8 2001
Now available for the first time in a single volume edition, "The Harry Bosch Novels" brings together the first three mysteries by Michael Connelly, one of the finest writers in the detective genre. If you haven't yet read this terrific series, this book presents the perfect place to begin.
These three stories can easily be read one-by-one, or all three in a row. Such is Connelly's skill that readers are unlikely to tire soon of the unfolding story of Detective Harry Bosch. This omnibus volume is a great way to start this series and will help prepare readers for the release of the 7th Bosch novel (coming in early 2002), which promises to be one of the best yet.
If you're not reading Michael Connelly, you're missing one of the best authors fiction has to offer. What are you waiting for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Foundation June 23 2002
Reading the "Harry Bosch Novels" gives you a great perspective on the books that follow. While each of Connelly's books are a great read on their own, it certainly makes them more enjoyable to start from the beginning of the series for the history. I was really impressed how Connelly handled the telling of the Dollmaker case in the third book, even though chronologically it was a case Bosch was involved in prior to the first book.
If you're a CSI fan, you'll really enjoy how Connelly delivers the details of the cases Bosch finds himself involved in. And if you like Nelson Demille's lead characters in Plum Island and General's Duaghter, you'll enjoy Harry Bosch who shares many of the same personal traits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly and the police procedural Jan. 4 2002
Connelly writes some of the best police procedurals if one also likes the hard boiled detective genre. The Harry Bosch novels move well, are genuinely moving at times, and contain very strong suspense elements. At the same time, the novels ring with the authenticity that procedurals require.
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