Nine Dragons: a review

Posted November 15, 2009 by Elizabeth in book reviews/ 2 Comments

Nine Dragons: a reviewNine Dragons by Michael Connelly
Genres: Police Procedural, Thriller
Source: Publisher
October 13th 2009 | Pages: 374
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Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in an apparent robbery. Joined by members of the department's Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad. But before Harry can close in, he gets the word that his young daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, is missing. Bosch drops everything to journey across the Pacific to find his daughter. Could her disappearance and the case be connected? With the stakes of the investigation so high and so personal, Bosch is up against the clock in a new city, where nothing is at it seems.

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LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is back in Michael Connolly’s  Nine Dragons, and he is as intense as ever. While investigating a robbery and murder in a liquor store, Harry and his partner Ignacio Ferras that the crime may be linked to a Chinese triad extorting money from small business owners. With a suspect in custody, Harry receives a video message from his teenage daughter Madeline, showing that she has been abducted and is being held somewhere in Hong Kong, where she lives with her mother, former FBI agent Eleanor Wish. Harry is immediately on a plane to Hong Kong. Here the story becomes truly fast-paced and exciting, as Harry, Eleanor, and her friend Sun Yee race through Hong Kong’s most unsavory neighborhoods in their quest to find Madeline, who they believe will soon be sold for her organs or as a slave.

Like all of Mr. Connolly’s books, not only is  Nine Dragons an exciting thriller, it is also meticulously researched, bringing the customs, history, and geography of Hong Kong to life, making this story appealing on several levels. Without giving away any secrets, I can tell you that by the end of the book the body count is twelve or more, and while finding Madeline makes me call this a thriller, discovering who committed the murder in the liquor store makes it a mystery.

The video below is a ten-minute tour of the places in Hong Kong featured in the novel, narrated by Michael Connolly. It is great to watch during the reading of the book and makes everything even more vivid. There are more videos available on Michael Connolly’s web site.

 

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