By Michael Connelly
Read by Len Cariou
Hachette Audio, (2009)
An Unabridged Recording on 9 CDs
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
This book is also available in Large Print and in an abridged audio edition.
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - November 23, 2009
Michael Connelly's books are consistently excellent, and Nine Dragons is clearly the best of them all.
The book is filled with gripping tension because of the multiple events, many of which are quite unusual. Harry Bosch, the brooding and melancholy, but enormously interesting and dedicated detective, needs to solve the murder of a man who once helped him when he was in need. Bosch's partner is a good man and a good cop, but seems to be afraid of working outside on the streets, and this causes problems for Bosch. A Chinese officer is assigned to help him, and the officer senses that Bosch is prejudiced against him.
Bosch's daughter is kidnapped in China. The Triads threaten him. His ex-wife wants to find their daughter, but blames him for the daughter being kidnapped. She threatens that once the daughter is found; she will not allow Bosch to see the daughter again.
Bosch needs to go to Hong Kong, China to find her. Where can he get a gun? How can he find his daughter in such a large city? Can he overcome the tension with his wife during the search? Will it hinder him? Will his ex-wife's beau hinder his efforts? Is this man associated with the Triads?
There seems to be a leak in the case in San Francisco. Someone seems to be telling the triads what Bosch is doing. Bosch makes mistakes and there are unintended consequences.
These are some of the many tensions that Connelly melds together to create this excellent mystery novel.
Who comes to help Bosch may surprise most readers; but surprise or not, it is a delight, for Bosch and for us.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.israelbooks.com.