Originally published in 1994. I downloaded this version at Audible.com
Justice is a concrete blonde - that's what Honey Chandler the prosecuting attorney tells Harry Bosch as they stand outside the courtroom smoking a cigarette. Why? She doesn't speak and she is blind.
LAPD detective Harry Bosch is being prosecuted by the widow of a man he shot 4 years earlier. Harry burst into a flat and shot dead a man whom he thought was the serial killer the Dollmaker. Now Harry is in court being portrayed as the worst of the worst, a rogue cop, who believes he is judge, jury and executioner.
The day the trial starts a new body is found, embedded in a concrete floor, as the result of a tip off received by the LAPD. It has all the trade marks of being the work of the Dollmaker, but how can that be if the Dollmaker was killed by Harry 4 years before?
Much of THE CONCRETE BLONDE deals with the trial, with Harry's doubt about whether the man he killed really was the Dollmaker, and if he was, who killed the blonde in the concrete.
This is a tightly plotted book, excellently read. I was impressed by the variations in voice that the narrator Dick Hill was able to produce. I also enjoyed the structure of the story and the other elements that were included such as Harry's relationship with Sylvia.
My rating: 4.9
As you know I do like reading books in order of publication, but I am all over the shop with the Harry Bosch books. I recently read, enjoyed, reviewed THE BRASS VERDICT My rating was 5. On this blog I have also reviewed THE OVERLOOK (not a Harry Bosch book) which I gave 4.6 to. I have NINE DRAGONS, the most recently published in the Harry Bosch series, on my shelves somewhere.
THE CONCRETE BLONDE IS #3 in the Harry Bosch series.
From Michael Connelly's own site:
Harry Bosch Appearances:The Black Echo (1992)
The Black Ice (1993)
The Concrete Blonde (1994)
The Last Coyote (1995)
Trunk Music (1997)
Angels Flight (1999)
A Darkness More Than Night (2001)
City Of Bones (2002)
Lost Light (2003)
The Narrows (2004)
The Closers (2005)
Echo Park (2006)
The Overlook (2007)
The Brass Verdict (2008)
Nine Dragons (2009)
The Reversal (Coming October 5, 2010)
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