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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,423 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Len Cariou Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781600247422
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LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is off the chain in the fastest, fiercest, and highest-stakes case of his life.


Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer.

The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation--not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li's life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.

And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “The trip to Hong Kong is pure thriller material…There’s also something quietly gripping about a case that makes us consider the hard lives of people trying to make an honest living in a tough neighborhood.”

    New York Times

  • “There’s still plenty of juice in the older but fiercer Bosch…It’s tempting to look at Connelly's large oeuvre…as one huge, Trollopean vision of the way we live now, offering a swift, up-to-the-minute mosaic of contemporary urban life by exploring every corner of the criminal justice system, from ganglands to gated communities, from office cubicles to forensic labs, from boom times to recessions. Nine Dragons continues to broaden that vision through Bosch’s eyes with an installment that’s at once more global and more intimate than anything Connelly has published since his first novel.”

    Washington Post

  • “Another standout in the series that should satisfy all readers, whether they are new to Boschworld, occasional visitors, or devoted denizens.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A Michael Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty, meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Scary, shocking, and sublimely suspenseful.”

    New York Daily News

  • “With Nine Dragons, Connelly has taken a chance by transforming a character millions have come to know well. In doing so, he has made Harry Bosch more human and interesting than ever.”

    San Francisco Examiner

  • Nine Dragons is a very good crime thriller.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “The Bosch revealed in Nine Dragons is vulnerable, a twist that makes him both deeper and more human…What remains most interesting is the new dimension added to the character—a man who has evolved over the series of fifteen novels to become ever more interesting and real.”

    Denver Post

  • “Connelly…continues to explore the darkest reaches of Harry Bosch’s psyche in ways that will surprise even Connelly’s die-hard fans. In fact, it is the author’s deft combination of police procedural and taut psychological suspense that separates Bosch from other fictional crime detectives…Nine Dragons once again illustrates Connelly’s magic touch.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Nine Dragons is a gritty, coffee-and-cigarettes crime thriller full of smart twists and generous helpings of suspense. Fans of Michael Connelly can expect another exceptional thrill ride, while newcomers will be immediately engaged by the tortured and unrelenting Bosch.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Bestseller Connelly nimbly balances Harry Bosch’s personal and professional lives, both of which take a substantial beating…Tenacious as ever, Bosch is even more formidable in his role as a protective father.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Len Cariou superbly voices the roughly seasoned Detective Bosch. Cariou’s grizzly vocals successfully invoke a range of characters—from the tender, caring parent to the aggressive cop. Cariou effortlessly switches between American regional accents and the soft tones of the Asian American accent. From the streets of Los Angeles to the back alleys of Hong Kong, this suspense novel won’t disappoint fans and should satisfy those new to the series.”

    AudioFile

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Terrell | 2/12/2014

    " This is one of the best of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books. This one becomes very personal for Bosch. Like Heaven's Prisoners does for James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux, this is a watershed novel in the series and will impact the nature of every book which follows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 2/11/2014

    " Another great read by this author.Can't go wrong with one of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cooksonmom | 2/1/2014

    " I picked this up on the "new" shelf at the library...I look forward to starting it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 1/31/2014

    " Good and intriguing plot line but could've been chopped in half due to irrelevant details... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanle | 1/27/2014

    " Really good book. I love the twists and turns and many different surprises of Harry Bosch's life. Poor guy cannot seem to catch a break! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/25/2014

    " excellent read. i like this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom O'Connor | 1/22/2014

    " I've always liked the Bosch books, although for a while I was a little tired of them. This book brought me back into the fold, although I did feel it was almost formulaic at times. The ending was interesting, or at least set up some interesting situations for following Bosch books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen Urquhart | 1/21/2014

    " Cracking good story. Couldn't put it down. What a pity Connelly is so prosaic. He 'tells' everything, and his sentences follow the same predictable structure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 1/14/2014

    " Not good. I found myself yawning when his wife gets killed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 1/12/2014

    " Michael Connelly has written another good Harry Bosch novel. Would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bette | 1/7/2014

    " One of the Detective John Bosch series. I like a strong hero as main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/17/2013

    " A fine bit of pulp piffle. People die like crazy, including some people who probably wouldn't die in a more boilerplate thriller. Would make a fine John Woo movie, but they would probably have to add a flying boat on fire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy Worden | 12/5/2013

    " quick-moving, Harry Bosch is even more grumpy and difficult than usual, but this book will change his life and require him to soften up some. Enjoyed the cross-over with Mickey Haller, the "Lincoln Lawyer". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie Irwin | 11/19/2013

    " Another good read from Connelly! This one includes a fast-paced adventure in Hong Kong, and some interesting family twists along the way, including a cameo appearance by Mickey Haller near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 10/31/2013

    " I like Harry Bosch and was happy to see a new entry. The chase through Hong Kong was well done and the ending means that there may be a new character who will complicate Harry's life in future installments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/20/2013

    " This book was AWESOME!! Definitely keeps you on your toes and in suspense :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hank | 8/8/2013

    " I need to read some more Harry Bosch! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Manrodt | 8/8/2013

    " I love Harry Bosch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettynz | 7/15/2013

    " Arrrgghhhhhh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 6/16/2013

    " Ish, this one was a good read but triads and Hong Kong just didn't seem to suit Harry somehow. A little disappointing after The Scarecrow "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 1/27/2013

    " Very good... Slightly predictable if you are a regular reader of this series or of mysteries in general but solid story telling to borrow a cliche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla Roma | 12/29/2012

    " Really fast paced & a fun book to ride along with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/17/2012

    " Harry Bosch! Well, it is Harry Bosch. While I was addicted to it, I kind of felt that the end was like an "oh, yeah, the plot that I laid out for you was crap. sorry, reader, you suck." I was mad that it really didn't spell out the exact kidnapping action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 9/24/2012

    " This book was really good. Bosch's life changes a lot by the end of the novel. It is a international crime/mystery that he has to solve in order to save his daughter's life. I would recommend this book to all Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch fans. Mickey Haller even has an appearance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Curtis | 7/25/2012

    " Since I am uneasy reading about kidnapped daughters, this was not my favorite Harry Bosch book. I found places in the plot that strained credulity, but I'll keep reading the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 GiacomONE | 2/23/2012

    " Un'altro grande romanzo di Connelly! Direi epocale apre molte porte alle future avventure di Harry Bosch "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariola Clark | 1/8/2012

    " Made nme want to find the first one in the series "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yeti | 11/13/2011

    " Piece of crap. Totally formulaic. Bosch totally let me down. The end is a complete waste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 11/3/2011

    " I always, always, look forward to a Harry Bosch book. This one is a real game changer. Am not sure yet how I feel about my favorite detective's new life.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/6/2011

    " Harry Bosch is working the murder of a Chinese shop-owner who was being bribed by a Chinese triad for protection money. When his daughter disappears in Hong Kong he flies to her rescue. Lots of twists and jumps in conclusions lead to a surprising ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Toohey | 9/2/2011

    " Connelly at the top of his game; he's written a ton of books about Bosch and there hasn't been a drop-off in quality yet. Writers like Harlan Coben need to read more Connelly to see what works and what doesn't; he can take most other contemporary detective novelists to school any day of the week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 5/23/2011

    " Very good book. Very interesting information on the Chinese culture. Kept my interest
    all through the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meave | 5/20/2011

    " Writing with accuracy (I presume!) about Hong Kong geography and writing with accuracy about Chinese people are entirely different things. What a bunch of nonsense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J. | 5/12/2011

    " Second time I have read this. A good read, though not one of his best. Author is best when he sticks to LA. Hong Kong setting came across as a bit travelogue at times. Would still recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham | 5/9/2011

    " Just finished this the other day. maybe my tastes are changing but I thought this was good and not great like city of bones, which I think is his best work- gritty & edgy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 5/9/2011

    " Another great Harry Bosch mystery novel. This one shocked me at the end. The things some people do for their families is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/4/2011

    " First book I've read by Michael Connelly. I liked it but I probably should have started with an earlier book in the series. I think this one is 14 or something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisse | 5/2/2011

    " I am almost caught up!!! Woo hoo!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jez | 4/25/2011

    " It was ok but the worst conneelly ive read so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/24/2011

    " Michael Connelly is an author I like and this was an enjoyable read. Had hong Kong as part of the story which coincided with Daniel planning his first trip there. Donated the book because not one to read twice. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrator

Len Cariou is a distinguished stage, television, film actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. His narrations have won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the distinction of an AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007, as well as the prestigious Audie Award in 2007 for Best Mystery Narration. He is a three-time Tony Award nominee, winning a Tony for his performance in Sweeney Todd. His film credits include About Schmidt, Shall We Dance, and Secret Window. He appeared in the TV series The West Wing, The Practice, and Law & Order, among many others.