Nine Dragons

A Novel

Connelly, Michael

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Nine Dragons
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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316166316
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CONNELLY 2009
Characteristics: 377 p. ;,24 cm
Alternate Title: Jacket has title: 9 dragons


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Feb 25, 2014
  • QED rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read a number of his works and this one was truly enjoyable. Good storyline and all the twists you usually get from Connelly as well as a very good ending.

Jun 27, 2013
  • kangjiang rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book completely surprised me. It was suggested to me by a friend because he thought it was cool since it has plenty of curses but once I took a step into the amazing world of this book I was shocked. That seemingly boring and stupid book was actually interesting.

Jun 05, 2013
  • jgraham48 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Now that Matthew McConnaughey has created Michael Connelly's character of Mickey Haller in the movie "The Lincoln Lawyer," I am ready to nominate Nine Dragons for the next film adaptation of a Connelly novel, and Tommy Lee Jones to play the character of Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. Nine Dragons features a cameo appearance by Mickey Haller, and I think Jones and McConnaughey would play off each other nicely onscreen.
Nine Dragons moves rapidly among LA and Hong Kong settings, includes plenty of fireworks, violence and blood, and along the way gives more insights into Bosch's cop character that we have followed through several novels.

Dec 14, 2012

best book in the world

Aug 14, 2011
  • harrybosch rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Definitely not up to Connelly's usual high standards, and not the best of the HB series by any means. Michael has been churning out a lot lately, so as I read this I wondered if he was employing ghost writers.
We have had Terry McCaleb in a movie, and now Mickey Haller ( Lincoln Lawyer ), so when will we finally get Harry Bosch on the big screen.

Apr 26, 2011
  • GerryAdams rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

LAPD Detective Harry Bosch

Feb 27, 2011
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Review by Richard Paul (Seattle Public Library)
Michael Connelly: Nine Dragons, 2009 This is a very active read!! Harry Bosch Still frustrated with his detective partner and at the same time trying to work things out. His partner, Ignacio Ferras, has returned to duty too soon after being shot on duty: wanting to take care of paperwork supporting cases: instead of field work. Also Ferras is worn out do to home duties, having twin babies and a very tired wife. Bosch and their boss, Larry Gandle both feel that Ignacio came back too soon. The next assignment/investigation comes in and Farras argues not to take the Investigation. The case was based in South Bureau but Lt. Gandle said; we’ve got their back this week. Bosch and Ferras arrived at the Chinese Liquor store, where Bosch had met the owner years before during the Riots. The old Chinaman on the floor behind the checkout counters, dead. The crime scene just did not seem right to Bosch. The Chinaman had three gun wounds in the chest. Evidence later pointed to a bag man for one of the Chinese Triads, whom was arrested for murder. Bosch gets a threatening phone call. Then his Daughter is kidnapped in Hong Kong, Harry flies there, meeting his ex-wife Eleanor Wish and her bodyguard Sun Yee. And they start the search. Many people die in Hong Kong during this search/hunt. One is Eleanor Wish. Bosch and Sun Yee complete the rescue of Bosch’s daughter: Madeline. Then fly back to the U.S., Making Harry Bosch’s trip to Hong Kong and back just under 40hrs. Bosch has to have his half brother: Mickey Haller, whom is an attorney. Resolve the happenings in Hong Kong. No happy ending yet! More struggles, mistakes and Errors. Enjoy! Thank You Michael,I enjoyed the tie-ins.

Reviewed on May 18 2010

Jul 23, 2010
  • dougsl rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I did not find this very interesting but instead very predictable and dull. Stuck with it to half way before closing and returning.

Apr 05, 2010

My view is the opposite to Patterson's. I am a huge fan of the series. But this is the weakest, least interesting of all the Bosch novels.
Very simple, linear plot, with "coincidences" and events that sort of insult the reader's intelligence. Writing is heavy, and unlike the other novels. He repeats really obvious things. Almost like he was trying to add pages by extra padding.

If you are still on the very long wait list for this book (in spring 2010), you may be disappointed when you finally get it.

Nov 29, 2009
  • Ross_Paterson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was one of my favorite Connelly novels for reasons I will not say because they would give away too much. He was here in town at the Writer's festival in Oct and was a generous and kind man who apologized for dragging us out in 'the weather like it is' (about 9 degrees and clear). Me thinks he should not leave Florida for Northern climates that often.


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Nov 29, 2010
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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