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Audio Book review: NINE DRAGONS.

Hachette Audio
Unabridged version
Release date: Oct 13th, 2009
MSRP: $39.98

One of the things I have always enjoyed about the Harry Bosch books was the progress. Harry is not a static character, over time we have seen his life change. People have come into, and out of, his life. Some have had a major impact, others not so much.

This has never been more true than in Nine Dragons. Fans of the Bosch books know his daughter, Madeline, lives with her mother in Hong Kong. Now, he finds his world and that of his daughter colliding. Events unfold that will forever change both of their lives forever.

The story begins with Harry investigating the murder of a man that Harry knew. Not well, but they shared a moment that has stuck with Harry for over 15 years. As is usually the case, Harry doggedly pursues the case, even when threats are made.

But his life is rocked when his daughter is taken hostage. With little in the way of clues, Harry heads to Hong Kong to being a frantic search to rescue her. He is joined by his ex and her boyfriend. When all is done, their lives will never be the same.

Len Cariou does a decent job here. His handling of the female roles is a bit jarring, but that has more to do with his voice than the actual use of it. He reading is smooth and seems to be a good fit with connelly’s words.

Michael Connelly is a crime fiction legend, and with good reason. His writing is tight, with nary an once of fat. He expertly mixes story and character and manages to keep us guessing up til the very end. If you are a fan of Bosch, this is a must read/listen. If you are unfamiliar with him, come on board and enjoy the ride.

Jeremy Lynch