Friday, May 07, 2010

9 Dragons

"Happy is the man who finds refuge in himself."

9 Dragons is the 2nd of 2 Michael Connelly books given to me by a friend. This one is 15th in the Harry Bosch series, and is much like the others. I've already read Trunk Music (#5), City of Bones (#8) and The Overlook (#13). I like it when a series I enjoy is consistent in its writing and characterization. There are several jazz music mentions, but the only two I noted are
  1. the Seven Steps to Heaven track from the Dear Miles album by Ron Carter, whom he calls "one of the most important bassists of the last 5 decades".
  2. a cd by Tomasz Stanko

from the dust jacket:
Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. 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 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.

Michael Connelly has quotes from reviews at his web site.

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