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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,920 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Michael McConnohie Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781619691674
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It's not his merits that make Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide police, a good cop. Rather, it's his instincts...and this time they've led him to something more terrible than he can ever imagine. Stretching all the way back to 1992, there's a case out there that looks like the ends are about to tie up...and not in a way that Harry deems good.

In a sudden misstep, Harry accidentally links a bullet from a recent homicide all the way back to that old case...and it turns out, it may be a lot more than a random act of nonsense. He's seen this before, and it's more than a little eerily familiar. As he combs through the case, he knows what he needs to find: the 'black box' that will glue all the clues from this mystery together. Will he find it in time?

The Black Boxis a gripping suspense tale, great for any mystery lover in your life.

Michael Connelly is an American author most famous for his Harry Bosch series of detective books. Set in modern day America, they are famous for their quality as mystery novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, including every major award given to mystery writers. He was born in 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a BA in journalism with a minor in creative writing, and had a short stint in the field before deciding to become a full-time professional writer. He is famous for mentioning recent world events, such as September 11, in his works.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Starts with a bang and stays strong all the way through.”

    New York Times

  • “Narrator Michael McConnohie…rises to the task when reading dialogue, infusing characters with energy, passion, and personality.”

    AudioFile

  • “I decided several years ago that this is the finest crime series written by an American, and nothing in the new book changes my mind.”

    Washington Post

  • The Black Box is the eighteenth novel by Michael Connelly featuring Harry Bosch…It’s one of the very best.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Connelly is superb at building suspense.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Bosch is one of the best detectives in crime fiction, and Connelly continues to amaze with his latest effort.”

    Associated Press

  • “Excellent…Connelly draws on all his resources—his thorough knowledge of police work, his ability to fashion a complex tapestry of plot, and his ever deepening characterization of Bosch—to craft a mystery thriller sure to enthrall fans and newcomers alike.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Harry is such a compelling character…Connelly’s twenty-fifth book appears in his twentieth year of publishing, an anniversary that his publisher has been celebrating throughout 2012 with various ‘Year of Connelly’ promotions, all leading up to the publication of The Black Box.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Topflight crime writing and nifty plot twists and turns.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 BookPage Top Pick
  • Selected for the December 2012 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2012 RBA International Thriller Prize
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Lucas | 2/14/2014

    " Harry Bosch has become like an old friend. Over the past 20 years, Michael Connelly, has developed this character into someone we all love and cheer for. This book did not disappoint. Harry is as complex and obstinate as ever, gets on the bad side of his superiors, and follows the clues wherever they may lead. I for one, can't wait to see what Harry is up to next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/12/2014

    " Never disappointed in the Connelly/Bosch duo! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary K Miles | 2/12/2014

    " One of the best reads. Two thumbs up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 2/5/2014

    " Great book. I gave it 5 stars. I usually do because I enjoy Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch so much. These books can't go wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Trager | 2/2/2014

    " Another good one from Michael Connelly. It was a slower start for me, but my overall pleasure reading this book--for the characters, plot and just plain writing--was the same as it has always been with Connelly's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick O'Connor | 1/26/2014

    " Always a pleasure but standard Bosch fare here. Like the primary twist but that would be telling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mschell | 1/16/2014

    " Love this series, Harry Bosch is the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Seaby | 1/10/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoy the character of Dismas Hardy and this book did not disappointment me. This is a good story and a quick read. Some very good situations with Harry being the single parent raising his now teenage daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathryn | 1/10/2014

    " As always, an excellent read - you just want to keep going. I wouldn't have put the book down, if it hadn't been for sleep and work. Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters. He's believable! I hope he doesn't retire for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 1/10/2014

    " I love this series. Harry Bosch is the perfect companion for my husband and me on a long car trip. His investigations keep us riveted and the time flies by. But, honestly, Connelly needs a series narrator--I can't believe he doesn't have one! I don't love Len Cariou, but he's the best reader of a sorry bunch, and far better than McConnohie here. Luckily, Connelly is a good enough storyteller that I can put up with the narrator--and Chris can put up with a few agonized screams when McC blows a scene completely. Relentless pace here, a slow burn, as Bosch tackles a cold case from the '92 riots. Not only is the case incredibly complicated, as modern forensics now allow him to identify the gun which he then tries to follow, but his new superior is on his case: it won't look good for a white cop to spend time clearing the case for a dead white woman. But Bosch too is relentless and after justice. We learn more and more of him, and there are lovely scenes with his daughter. So...dark, gritty investigation, complex plot, danger from the establishment as well as from the killers. Good Bosch. Our next listen was Nesbo's The Phantom, and that's not a bad suggestion for readers, as both feature loner cops seeking justice for victims, step-by-step investigations, rogue cops who go against the system, dark, violent, and gritty Mysteries and that sense of menace that pervades the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcus Lagergren | 1/5/2014

    " Utterly predictable. Boring journalist's prose :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 12/12/2013

    " Spoiler alert: Why didn't IA officer respond to 1st gunshot in barn that killed Reggie? Interesting story, fast paced action, Bosch being Bosch, but just hard to believe, which to me is the point of good fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Karl | 11/25/2013

    " Another Harry Bosch book, I like the way his character is changing with a daughter. Ending was flimsy and not very beliveable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 11/24/2013

    " Liked it very much. Couldn't put it down during the last 200 pages. Don't think I had read any others except for THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Won't say much here for those book clubbers who are still reading. Anyone want to borrow??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 8/10/2013

    " Harry Bosch a favorite "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rctgale | 8/5/2013

    " What's not to like? More Harry Bosch! One of the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kappy | 7/28/2013

    " I am a big fan of Michael Connelly and discovered his books before he was famous. This was a good book, not his greatest perhaps, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Mazzola | 7/12/2013

    " like a fine wine, Bosch gets better with age. The 18th Bosch book, and one of my three favorite "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Monroe | 5/13/2013

    " one of the few current authors that writes in a straightforward manner with a minimum of filler ie;why should I care about 25 pages of aunt minnies sex life that isn't pertinent to any thing. Beside all that this was a great(cant't put it down) read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandee | 4/13/2013

    " Book Club book for January "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burak | 3/31/2013

    " The ending felt rushed and incomplete, however Connelly had me engrossed throughout the whole story. Recommended read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/8/2013

    " Harry Bosch... i liked this, and i like Harry Bosch as detective/hero. I enjoyed reading this book. Desert Storm, the LA Riots, and modern politics with a conspiracy to uphold for powerful people. It was a good read, easy paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milton Moon Louie | 1/2/2013

    " You got to like detailed work and dogged procedures as Harry works on a cold case. And with a boss who wants him fired. But things worked out. B - from public library "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trena | 11/23/2012

    " Once again, Michael Connelly kept me mesmerized in the 3 days it took to read it. I did nothing else. Harry Bosch searches for and puts the pieces of a 20 year old case together. I was a 5 star. "

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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

Michael McConnohie has appeared in soap operas, cartoons, prime-time television, and on stage. His audiobook readings have ranged from true crime to history, biography, science, self-help, and poetry. He has seen much of the world as a supervisor of foreign versions of major American films and has written and directed English versions of many prominent foreign films. He believes that a good book is a friend you can visit over and over again and always enjoy the conversation.