Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15) by Michael Connelly
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. neighbourhood, 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.
So, I just randomly chose this book and went in totally blind. I didn’t realize that it was the 15th in Connelly’s Harry Bosch series until I was about 85% done the book. Despite that, I still really enjoyed the book. It definitely reads as a stand-alone; all the reader really misses is some background information that is not necessary to enjoy this book.
The story was fast-paced and action-packed. I think Connelly is extremely gifted in writing modern-day detective fiction. Everything was set up nicely and I really enjoyed the ride-along with the main character, Harry Bosch, as he tried to solve his murder case. Harry was not the most likeable, but he was still a great character. He was hard-headed and wanted to do everything on his own. It was his way or the highway. I was able to sympathize with Harry; I was excited when new evidence was found toward a new lead and when it lead to a dead-end I found myself feeling disappointed. I did feel that I was missing some background information on some of the characters, but that is to be expected considering there are 14 other books previous to this one!
The ending of the book felt a little rushed, as all the loose ends in the story were quickly tied up right at the end. I felt as though Connelly could have expanded it a bit more. Overall, this was a great story. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys detective fiction and/or action-packed novels.