Thursday, October 15, 2009

"9 Dragons" by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly’s “9 Dragons” is the finest novel I have read this year. His writing continues to evolve and just gets better with each book.

LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch is lead investigator on a liquor store robbery and the murder of its Asian owner. The investigation points to the Asian gang, The Triad, who were collecting protection money from the victim.

Bosch’s inquiries upset some heavy hitters…resulting in the abduction of Harry’s 13 year old daughter unless he kicks the suspect free.

His daughter lives in Hong Kong with Harry’s estranged wife. Bosch is on the next plane to Hong Kong.

The detective has about 24 hours to locate his daughter, before the murder suspect will be released.

The attention to detail on the police procedurals in both the LA murder and Hong Kong abduction is tightly woven; the pacing is relentless; the diverse array of characters possess a muscular elegance; the plot ingenious and full of dark corners, hazy shadows, neon lights and dead ends.

“9 Dragons” employs perhaps the finest red herring in recent memory---leading the reader in one direction while preparing a most unexpected denouement.

Michael Connelly is more than a crime writer…if you read only one book this year; this uncompromising novel is the one.

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