City of Bones

City of Bones

A Novel

Book - 2002
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On New Year's Day, a dog finds a bone in the Hollywood Hills--and unearths a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. He can't let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart--or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2002.
ISBN: 9780316154055
Characteristics: 393 pages ;,24 cm.


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Mar 13, 2021

City of Bones is the best Bosch book, yet. I've been reading them in order, and while the first couple were really good, subsequent installments slowed down a bit. The pace picked up with City of Bones. It has a surprise ending, which has caused me a problem. I wanted to take a break from Bosch and get caught up on some other detective series, but I was left in limbo at the end of City of Bones. Very tight writing. Some good surprises. And the evil Irving Irvine raises his ugly, shaved head. What to do?

May 24, 2019

After watching five seasons of the TV show Bosch, I figured it was about time I picked up one of Michael Connelly's novels starring the detective. Watching the show first definitely gave me context as to the setting (Hollywood) and the characters, of course- but other things helped too- the chain of command, the layout of the precinct, and the all around feeling of Bosch's world. Seeing as how I'd already seen the show, I figured I could just jump in the series anywhere and not get lost, and I was right. These seem to be mostly contained stories, like an episode of CSI. If you like procedurals, cop shows or forensics, you'll love this series. Bosch himself is nothing original- he's a stubborn, nose to the grindstone cop who's served his country and is determined to see justice done, no matter what barriers need to be pushed or rules need to be broken.
This particular story, about bones being found and a twenty year old murder being solved- is also nothing new, to be sure. However, the story reads well. The leaps in logic make sense, the breadcrumbs laid out in such a way that the reader can follow along with Bosch, and we're never felt left in the dark. This is a well done, fast-paced mystery, and I had trouble putting it down. My only lament here is that the ending felt rushed, and left me feeling rather unsatisfied. Also, a warning for those readers coming here after watching the show: Bosch has no daughter in the books (at least not in this one) and Edgar, his partner, is completely different, which bothers me. Other than that, I had a good time, and I will certainly read another in the Bosch universe.

Mar 14, 2019

City of Bones is another great installment into the Bosch chronicles and one of my favourites in the series behind The Black Echo and Concrete Blonde. This plot was particularly heart-wrenching in terms of the victim story and almost brought me to tears while reading it at work. Would highly recommend fans of murders and police procedurals.

May 02, 2017

Another good entry in the Harry Bosch series as he searches for answers in a cold case of a missing child whose bones turn up on a California hillside. The mysteries in the Bosch books are rarely as twisty as some of the other books I tend to read, but I just find that Harry himself is a good enough draw to keep me coming back.

Oct 15, 2016

I have read several of Connelly's "Bosch" books, which have all been very good, but this one is the best so far. Highly recommended.

Jun 26, 2016

great book

May 14, 2015

This is the first Michael Connelly book I have read. It is an engaging easy read, interesting characters and story line.

Aug 14, 2012

A melancholy non-dramatic police story that focused more on police procedures and politics that finally drove a veteran cop to retirement.

kmcicco2000 Feb 23, 2012

This is the review for the previous Michael Connelly book - "A Darkness More than Night" - not a review for "City of Bones"


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siammarino Jul 09, 2015

Detective Bosch is called to investigate a case where a dog finds a human bone that belongs to a child killed many years ago. Really like the detective's unflagging drive to solve this difficult case. There's a little romance too, but it ends in tragedy. A page-turner.


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May 04, 2018

Where are you, tough guy?

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