It had to happen eventually. Michael Connelly has written an ordinary Harry Bosch mystery. Nine Dragons is decent enough but not up to par with past Connelly mystery novels. Nine Dragons is a generic mystery novel where Harry Bosch could just as easily have been Harry Smith. The reveal is disappointing and not even worthy of O’Henry.
In Nine Dragons Detective Harry Bosch is called to a liquor store where the shop owner has been killed. He dramatically promises the Li family he will find their father’s killer. The crime ties in to the Triads and when Bosch gets close to someone who might be the killer, he gets a message to back off the case and another message that makes this case very personal.
Bosch reunites with his ex and the mother of his daughter and a whole bunch of stuff happens. Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, makes a guest appearance at the end of Nine Dragons.
This Michael Connelly mystery does not meet the author’s usual standards. The drama here is thinly fabricated, the tension even more so, and events happen for no particular reason. There is a major twist that Bosch shrugs off as easily as the reader does. Characters are set up to be important but vanish immediately after their role in this fabricated mystery is done.
Even hard core Bosch mystery fans will want to wait for the paperback version of Nine Dragons.
Other Michael Connelly Reviews
Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.
The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly
Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.
The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.
The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery
The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.
The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.
The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)
The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.
The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.
The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.
The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery
The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.
The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.
The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards
Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel
The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.
The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.
The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.
The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.
The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.
Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great