The Concrete Blonde

The Concrete Blonde

Book - 1994
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Detective Harry Bosch was sure he'd shot the serial killer responsible for a string of murders in LA . . . but now, a new crime makes him question his convictions.
The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his female victims. Now with a single faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

But the dead man's widow is suing Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man-- an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.

So for the second time, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again. It's a blood-tracked quest that will take Harry from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go-- the darkness of his own heart.

With The Concrete Blonde, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly has hit a whole new level in his career, creating a breathtaking thriller that thrusts you into a blistering courtroom battle-- and a desperate search for a sadistic killer.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. ; Toronto, Ont. : Little, Brown, c1994.
ISBN: 9780316153836
0316153834
Characteristics: 382 pages ;,25 cm.

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LolaTony
Jul 16, 2020

I loved this book! It was fast paced with lots of twists and turns and a marvelous surprise ending. I could not put the book down, by the time I was about 3/4 of the way through.
To me, Harry Bosch suffers a deep melancholy from the tragedy of his young life when his mother was murdered and his time in Viet Nam as a 'tunnel rat'. Harry Bosch's personal mission is to 'speak for the victims' and do whatever has to be done, including putting his life and career in jeopardy to bring justice for the victims.
If this is your first Michael Connelly novel, I'm sure you will be a fan for life!

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cambridgedon
Jan 18, 2019

Finely crafted and elegantly polished, this is about as good as a procedural gets. You're in good hands with Michael Connelly and when he's sculpting Bosch, very few can do it better. Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.

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loudon1
Jul 09, 2018

I would like this book on August 6

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avidFVreader
Aug 15, 2017

One of the better Harry Bosch novels - recommended.

athompson10 Aug 12, 2017

Complex and hard to put down. Bosch is on trial for the wrongful death of a suspected serial killer, but another murder occurs that has the signature touches of the dead killer. The investigation is detailed, lots of twists and turns and red herrings. Very compelling story.

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denyce88
Jul 04, 2017

Order next

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StarGladiator
Aug 09, 2016

Have to agree with kwan of Calgary and other commenters - - high courtroom drama mixed with typical Bosch detecting.

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kwan6367
Jul 04, 2015

Great combination of detective work and courtroom drama.

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Dreamstime
Apr 13, 2015

A great mix of courtroom drama, personal struggle, and detective work. Bosch faces self-doubt about his motives while gradually peeling back the layers of the mystery to reveal the true dark heart. I felt like cheering at the surprising conclusion.

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Anne_Dunbar
Jan 18, 2015

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