• The Black Box
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  • The Black Box
ISBN: 0316069434
EAN13: 9780316069434
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 26, 2012
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 9.3" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

In this superb thriller, Detective Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the unsolved killing of a young female photographer during the 1992 L.A. riots (Wall Street Journal).

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the black box, the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch, one of the greats of crime fiction (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

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   Well crafted story line
Like usual, I enjoyed the character of Harry Bosch and the plot twists and turns. Michael Connelly did quite an intricate job in moving the story line from the unrest in Denmark and the Central Valley in '92 to the distant points in LA more than ten years later. Having grown up in Modesto, CA and extensively traveled across the state, I valued the specific landmarks and roads in the book. I could sense the story literally moving through the Central Valley and enjoying the flow that it brought. I felt like I was back home. Honestly, I can 't say whether it was the local references that I valued more or the cast of characters, all of whom feel to me like they were really local boys. But this is one of Michael Connelly's books that I enjoyed reading most.
   Best Yet
I truly enjoyed the earliest Bosch stories and then lost their polish for me. Not bad, you understand, but not as good. This was a real page turner. Had I made guesses on the way that convinced me that I would be a less than effective detective. The story was good and for once no close friends died. Prediction Bosch will join Heather and split with Mendenhall.
   Harry Bosch
If anything is consistent, is. Since I came across this book about a murderous hawk in the public library, I have been reading Bosch for a long time. I 'd say that the Black Box is more prodedural than usual, but of course it is a matter of degree. If you put the Bosch books on a continuum measurement procedure, it would be tight and consistent, but the Black Box would be on the far right. I ranked Bosch at the top of the genre. I read a lot in this genre, like John Rebus and Harry Hole. I find Dave Robicheau to be wildly inconsistent, as is the other characters created by Burke. I ranked Lucas Davenport far ahead of Bosch and I don 't mind the Davenport books at all. I can 't think of any other series that I enjoy as much.
   A Return to Form
Perhaps because Harry is investigating a cold case from years ago, when LA was burning during the Rodney King riots, or perhaps because he himself has been sufficiently challenged by his other characters, this book is an absolute delight. Just don 't expect the title to have much relevance to the actual events, it is a stand-in for a philosophic or heuristic approach to puzzle solving, not a buried container for a body or a real box containing stolen loot. Other than that minor caveat, this novel is a purr-fect outing and the less said about the wise plot the better.
   Bosch Is One of a Kind
Harry Bosch is a man who knows when rules make sense, when they don 't. But he concerns himself as an LAPD detective with what is allowed and not what is right. In this iteration he works on a 20 yr old cold case. It dates from the riots after the Rodney King verdict, in which one of the many murders that Harry's partner is asked to oversee, but turns out to have occurred during the riots, but is completely unrelated. What Harry uncovers and how the story unfolds could never be conceived from the beginning of the story. A good read that will not put it down.
   The Black Box
The latest Harry Bosch novel finds Harry trying to solve the murder of a Danish newspaper woman killed twenty years before during the L.A. riots. Harry was the officer who responded to this murder scene during the riots, and was unable to pursue at the time. Twenty years later and now working cold cases, Harry is determined to find out who killed her and why. This brings Harry to Central California to investigate Bis Hunch, while also under investigation by internal affairs for what he feels is a trumped up charge. There are many twists in this story to keep the reader wondering what happens next.
   Michael Connelly at his best
A tightly-developed detective story with a master-work of a plot and Connelly's trademark gift of characters so well-defined and real that one expects to meet them on the street. The series - protagonist Harry Bosch is particularly appealing in this book, showing a depth of feeling and compassion, not as evident in some previous books in the series. The book is a natural page-turner with many surprising turns and twists, yet all are so thoroughly real that I felt delightfully surprised when I first saw them coming. It is a verbal literary sleight of hand by a true plotter that never leaves the sour taste of a forced plot twist or sudden, unforeshadowed magic plot resolution. In all, The Black Box is the work of the ruling master of his field at the top of his powers. It is a read not to be missed, even if you are not big into detective thrillers.
   Not one of Connelly's best efforts.
There were pages and pages of narratives that simply moved the story forward. At least in this novel, Harry Bosch is about as interesting as a glass of room-temperature beer. There is nothing about him-except his tenacity to solve this case-particularly intriguing. I also had an issue with the fact that Connelly never really developed Bosch's relationship with his daughter or his girlfriend. I think it is time for Bosch to retire and Connelly should replace him with a more compelling main character.
   A favorite author
While Michael Connelly is definitely one of my favorite authors and I purchase every new book he comes with, this is not my favorite book. I suspect that if I were law enforcement or military, this would not be the case, but for me, the detail with which he described various departments of the LAPD and the use of acronyms was a bit much. I wish this had not been the case as I lived in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots, remember the Viet Nam War and am familiar with the areas he writes about, which ordinarily increases my enjoyment of any book.
   Connelly Does It Again!
Harry Bosch somehow manages to put together another Micheal Connelly novel that reaches the level of perfection that his previous novels have. Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters and expects to be disappointed at some point in the series. Really, how many believable adventures can a detective have before crossing that line into the wait a minute! Category '' Fortunately, this has not happened for Harry Bosch fans. Harry tracks with typical Bosch low-key dedication, and tracks down a group of unlikely killers who used the chaos during the Los Angeles riots to cover a murder he investigated twenty years earlier. You won 't be disappointed in this one if you come to admire Harry Bosch's unorthodox and deep character and those who surround him.