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3.00019186492709 out of 53.00019186492709 out of 53.00019186492709 out of 53.00019186492709 out of 53.00019186492709 out of 5 3.00 (10,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Len Cariou Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781600247446
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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 LA 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 US.

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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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 Aleisha Z Coleman | 2/15/2014

    " at first I thought bosch was more ornery than I remembered. but Trav reminded me I have been reading Stephanie plum!... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/12/2014

    " 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 Mary | 2/1/2014

    " Micheal Connelly's books always grab me from the first sentence, and his newest is no exception. While investigating the murder of a Chinese liquor store owner and its possible connection to the Chinese triads (think Mafia), Harry Bosch's 13 year old daughter is abducted in Hong Kong, and he must race against the clock to get her back. Taut, thrilling, and ultimately touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed this read however I dont think it's among the bests of Michael Connelly. I remembered detective Bosh acting more over the top. Looking forward to see how is new life will unfold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/20/2014

    " This book was a good addition to the series-exciting and compplicated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/5/2014

    " Typical. Enjoyable. Throw-away-able. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magpie67 | 1/1/2014

    " Fabulous as usual!!!!! Loved learning about a culture I know nothing about! Found the mystery amazing and I was clueless where the clues were leading me. Michael you rock! Plus there was a double dose of exciting with Mickey Haller in the picture. This series is one of my favs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Carter | 12/28/2013

    " Having lived in Hong Kong made this book an interesting read albeit, a bit disapointing. I would have given it more stars otherwise. If you have never been lucky enough to have stayed in Hong Kong for an extended period then I feel sure that you will enjoy this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/28/2013

    " I read book because Mickey Haller had a small part in it - wish it would have been a bigger part. I may read the next book in this series but I'm not interested enough to read prior books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa Norsworthy | 12/24/2013

    " The ending was unexpected. Enjoyed the book, but did not live up to the books in the Harry Bosch series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/23/2013

    " I picked this one up on a garage sale and really didn't know what it was about. I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed this fast paced addicting story line. Well rounded characters. What a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 12/20/2013

    " I love the harry Bosch books and this was no exception. The twists at the end were great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/23/2013

    " If I had not seen the movie Taken, this story would have been much more original. For Connelly, it's a fair read and an interesting twist of stretched-irony at the end. Worth a read, but not worth buying the hardcover... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 7/25/2013

    " Enjoyed the story, and the characters. Would read others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 5/13/2013

    " Never read Connelly. Not a bad crime novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/19/2013

    " Hong Kong is a wonderful venue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy Heller | 3/10/2013

    " Connelly can always be depended on for a good thriller that is also well-written. This one leaves the Hollywood Hills and Las Vegas for Hong Kong--which I found a nice change of pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared | 2/28/2013

    " My favorite Bosch so far. Great read and Mickey Haller makes a cameo appearance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/23/2013

    " The story really carried me along, but I was not a fan of the extremely high body count. And the daughter never came across as "real" to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 8/28/2012

    " Excellent book. So many questions as you try to figure out who is doing what. Keeps you guessing until the end. Surprising ending. Very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 8/10/2012

    " Full of surprise! One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Rowan | 3/28/2012

    " Again, Michael Connelly is awesome! Harry Bosch steals the show. Read ALL of the Harry Bosch books, well worth it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Schulte | 12/28/2011

    " Best of the Harry Bosch series so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 11/4/2011

    " This is the first book I have read by Michael Connelly. It was an enjoyable detective novel and I would probably read another book by him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 9/22/2011

    " Murder mysteries are not my genre, but Hey! Why not? It was just like I thought it would be - suspenseful and functional but not engaging for me. I was left saying to myself: "Hmmmm, that was really cool, but I don't really care." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene Tanner | 8/13/2011

    " I'm a long-time Harry Bosch fan, have read all (and own most of) the series. I enjoyed 9 Dragons, even though I found the aspects of the plot a little...UNbelievable. I mean REALLY: shooting people all over Hong Kong and hopping a plane home?! "

  • 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.