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Nine Dragons por Michael Connelly
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Nine Dragons (original 2009; edição 2009)

por Michael Connelly

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The murder of John Li, a South L.A. liquour store owner, hits LAPD Detective Harry Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. As 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.--his world instantly explodes and the person he holds most dear is taken from him.… (mais)
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Título:Nine Dragons
Autores:Michael Connelly
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Harry Bosch, now fifty-eight, has carried with him for the past twelve years a match-book with only one match missing and bearing the words "Happy is the man who finds refuge within himself." In Nine Dragons, the book of matchs reminds Harry of a moment of terror when sheltered with John Li who gave him his last cigarette. Li has been found murdered in his liquor store. Bosh vows to hunt down his killer. Nine Dragons, is the most action packed of all of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels to this one. Most of the action takes place in Kowloon (Nine Dragons),Hong Kong when Harry's daughter Madeline is kidnapped by a gang of organ harvesters. In the course of the stuggle to retrieve Madeline, her mother, Eleanor Wish is killed. Bosch brings his daughter back to LA to live with him and with the help of a new forensic technique --electrostatic enhancement -- solves the initial murder but at the cost of losing his partner, Ignacio Ferras who is killed in a shoot-out. As the novel ends, Harry has taken on a new mission -- to protect and serve his daughter.
  RonWelton | Mar 12, 2021 |
Nine Dragons a Harry Bosch Novel is consistent with Michael Connelly's writing. A good story with believable characters, that takes place today. The book starts out with a murder in South LA and progresses to Hong Kong where Detective Harry Bosch's daughter and ex-wife live. The book had a beginning middle and end wherein all of the puzzle pieces were put together. This book is well written and thus received five stars in this review. It is highly recommended. ( )
  lbswiener | Feb 13, 2021 |
Um. Stupid. Very slow moving, and very lazy writing in the first bit. Then, bam, action non-stop, and you're 3/4 of the way thru, it's been stupid, but you didn't notice, but it's stupid all the way down. Pretty sad. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
As usual, a good fast paced thrilling read. Nice interlude between more serious books. ( )
  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
Well this is one of my least favorite Bosch books. We get Bosch just bumbling from the beginning of this book to the end. We have Connelly get rid of two characters we have been following for a number of books now in completely (IMHO) stupid ways, and I don't know, I think Bosch is just casually racist towards Chinese people. I also didn't get a sense of Hong Kong at all while reading this book. I felt like Connelly watched "Knock Off" a few times, visited Hong Kong, took a couple of terrible pictures he inserted in this book and called himself done. As someone who has been to Hong Kong and adored it, he completely misses the mark on just how big the city is and how many people are there. I also think the fact that Bosch is there for about 24 hours makes the whole story-line dance towards ridiculous by the time we get to the end and realize what happened with Bosch's kidnapped daughter.

In "Nine Dragons" we have Bosch investigating the murder of a Chinese store owner that Bosch feels a connection to since he gave Bosch a match to light a cigarette. I am not kidding people. That is something that Bosch repeats to himself and others throughout the story. I maybe wanted to smack Bosch across the face when he says this to the victim's son. And then we have Bosch acting like how come no one gets what he is talking about and man oh man I broke out some wine since I could see we were dancing towards that kind of story.

When Bosch and his partner (poor Iggie) investigating the murder, Bosch brings in someone from the Asian Gang Unit to lend a hand (David Chu). Bosch though of course acts like an asshole to David and to Iggie so that's like negative 10 we got for Bosch at this point in the story. When David and Bosch start to dig deeper, it looks like the murder may have links to a local Triad. And when Bosch swoops in to make an arrest, everything gets "F" up when his 13 year old daughter Maddie is kidnapped.

From prior books, readers know that Bosch has a daughter named Maddie with former wife Eleanor Wish. Maddie and Eleanor live in Hong Kong where Eleanor makes a living playing poker (don't ask). Though Bosch has had relationships with other women, he still sits around thinking about Eleanor and how one day things may work out (considering how she left him and didn't tell him about his daughter for I think 4 years I think Bosch is out of his mind). We never get to see Bosch and Maddie interact at all with each other until this book so I had a hard time with Maddie in this one. She was being a brat up until she went missing, and when we find out about what went on I definitely didn't like her one bit. And Bosch questioning Eleanor's parenting style...look there's a lot to yell at this character about, but she's the main parent taking care of Maddie while Bosch is off avenging folks. And him being a jerk about the new man in Eleanor's life, sigh at this point we are at about minus 1,000 with Bosch.

I ended up feeling really sad about what happens with Iggie and other people in this one. I think Connelly was so focused on moving the action to Hong Kong he didn't sit and think about how other people got the end of the short stick in this one. Since Bosch treated Iggie terribly in the last book (IMO) I was not feeling him acting as if Iggie was being a baby or less of a cop since he got shot in the last book. I would think Bosch could feel some type of empathy towards Iggie who now has three kids, but nope, he acts like unless Iggie lives and breathes the job he is less of a cop than Bosch.

Connelly of course nails Bosch's voice. But I have to say, he is way more bumbling in this one. His arrogance as far as I am concerned got people hurt. Going to a foreign country and trying to show your ex wife's new boyfriend you know better than him was just eye roll inducing. I want to say something about Ugly Americans, but I want this review to be over and am going to skip over it.

The setting of Hong Kong wasn't used very well at all as I said above. Bosch flies in and manages to wreck havoc in 24 hours. I don't even get a sense of Hong Kong in this one probably because Bosch was too busy obsessing over Eleanor and being a jerk. And then we have Bosch flying back to LA and somehow setting up his daughter with a therapist to discuss what happens while continuing his case against someone he believes murdered a shop keeper. I got whip lash while reading this book. The flow was off as soon as Bosch gets to Hong Kong and never gets fixed. And the fake out ending making you think that someone was dead and you find out that actually someone else died off screen was BS of the first water. I was mad at the way Bosch showcased this character's death (not at all) and the character of Bosch not really giving two craps about it that I could see. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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Whenever authors interrupt a conventional plot to send their series sleuth to some exotic clime, you tend to suspect them of writing off a vacation as a research trip. Michael Connelly doesn’t quite put that suspicion to rest with Nine Dragons, in which he takes a long pause from an investigation into the murder of an old Chinese shopkeeper in Los Angeles and dispatches his detective, Harry Bosch, on a daredevil mission to Hong Kong. But Connelly goes on to resolve both Harry’s home-turf case and that nasty business in Hong Kong in his customary ­double-barreled style of action and intelligence. So let’s just say that a good writer can get away with just about anything he wants to.
 
The center of the book is a breathless, bloody quest through a city Bosch barely knows, a teeming metropolis of skyscrapers and high finance in the midst of celebrating the ancient Festival of Hungry Ghosts. It's a foray outside his usual haunts that works, and one that takes him into new emotional territory as well.
 
Harry's personal and professional lives overlap in the engrossing Nine Dragons, the 15th novel — and one of the best — in this series. Nine Dragons works as a gripping police procedural, an intense character study and an international thriller. The novel also explores a man learning to become a father, serves as a travel guide to the back streets of Hong Kong police and provides an in-depth look at Los Angeles' Asian community.
 
To say that "Nine Dragons" is coiled tight with suspense understates Connelly's accomplishment in portraying Bosch at the cusp of a new world... And though Connelly remains a master at detailing the intricacies of "the job," it is Harry's longing for reunion and connection with his ex-wife and daughter, the overwhelming vulnerability he feels as a father, that makes "Nine Dragons" another standout in the series that should satisfy all readers, whether they are new to Boschworld, occasional visitors or devoted denizens.
adicionada por Shortride | editarLos Angeles Times, Paula L. Woods (Oct 12, 2009)
 
The appearance of a third Connelly title in a year would be excellent news if Nine Dragons, his latest offering, didn't read like it had been scribbled during a red-eye from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, the two cities where the slapdash action unfolds.
 

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The murder of John Li, a South L.A. liquour store owner, hits LAPD Detective Harry Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. As 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.--his world instantly explodes and the person he holds most dear is taken from him.

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