The Concrete Blond
by Michael Connelly
‘Harry Bosch’ series Book #3
In this fiendishly plotted combination of courtroom drama and police procedural, Connelly’s LAPD detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch, introduced in the Edgar-winning The Black Echo, is up against the law as well as his superiors. The widow of Norman Church, a serial killer identified as the Dollmaker, whom Bosch shot to death four years earlier, is suing Bosch on the grounds that he violated her husband’s civil rights. Strong but not conclusive evidence linked Church to the serial murders and the case was closed, although Bosch was demoted for not following proper procedures. Here, just before the trial targeting Bosch as a reckless cowboy who shot the wrong man gets underway, the body of perhaps another Dollmaker victim is unearthed from the concrete floor of a burnt-out pool hall. Is the real Dollmaker still alive, or is a copycat killer on the loose? Connelly deftly parcels out clues and possibilities while juggling subtle and detailed courtroom scenes with no-nonsense police investigations that turn up new evidence about the original case. A Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter from the Los Angeles Times, he adroitly laces the plot with twists and turns based on details drawn from Bosch’s previous adventures. The results of this care show on every page, all to the reader’s benefit.
Review: I finished this book on Friday, May 4th, 2007. I liked the first two books in the series, so I snagged this one. It wasn’t bad. I really liked the plot, and even though I thought I knew who it was, I was way off. I like the ‘comfortability’ between Harry and Sylvia, but I wish their relationship had a few more sparks. I felt a connection between the two was a ‘comfortable’ one, the kind of ‘at least I’m not alone’ type of relationship. I just wish there was more to it. Hmm… maybe in the next book? The plot wasn’t confusing, and I like the way Harry thinks and interprets the evidence, trying to find the suspect. Not overly complex. Let’s see what the next book brings…