I've been tearing through Michael Connelly's lengthy backlist, and I often find myself with repetitive things to say about them, so I'll mostly be doing mini-reviews of his titles, unless one compels me to write more deeply.
Note: these contain spoilers and references to prior Connelly books.
Nine Dragons is the fifteenth Harry Bosch mystery. When Harry and his partner catch the case of a murdered Chinese-American liquor store owner in South Los Angeles, Harry brings in the Asian Gang Unit to help. He also enlists the help of his daughter, Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong. Soon Maddie is kidnapped, and Harry's focus shifts to Hong Kong and saving her, while trying to figure out the connections between Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Nine Dragons is perhaps the most personal Harry Bosch novel yet. It's an intriguing mystery, but Maddie's kidnapping is a suspenseful thrill-ride through the chaotic streets of Hong Kong.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
The Reversal is the third Lincoln Lawyer novel featuring Mickey Haller. here, the LA District Attorney asks Mickey to serve as a special prosecutor to retry a child murderer after the 24-year-old verdict is reversed on appeal. Haller agrees, with two stipulations: his ex-wife, Maggie, an assistant district attorney, must serve as second chair, and Harry Bosch must be named the investigator. Seeing Mickey Haller as a prosecutor was fascinating, and it was a delight to have him working closely with Maggie and Harry throughout this novel. The mystery at the heart of this novel was also compelling. Connelly consistently comes up with believable situations to combine characters, and those efforts worth well here. While I found the resolution somewhat anti-climactic, the journey sure was fun.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
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