City of Bones

City of Bones

A Novel

Book - 2002
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Confronted by his own tragic past when the bones of a twelve-year-old boy are found in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch attempts to unearth the boy's identity, which leads to startling discoveries and the possible destruction of his career.

Blackwell North Amer
On New Year's Day, Detective Harry Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is a human bone.
Bosch investigates, and that chance discovery leads him to a shallow grave in the Hollywood hills, evidence of a murder committed more than twenty years earlier. It's a cold case, but it stirs up Bosch's memories of his own childhood as an orphan in the city. He can't let it go. Digging through police reports and hospital records, tracking down street kids and runaways from the 1970s, Bosch finds a family ripped apart by an absence - and a trail, ever more tenuous, into a violent, terrifying world.
As the case takes Bosch deeper into the past, a rookie cop named Julia Brasher brings him alive in the present in a way no one has in years. Bosch has been warned about the trouble that comes with dating a rookie, but no warning could withstand the heat between them - or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a hard turn. A suspect bolts, a cop is shot, and suddenly Bosch's cold case has all of L.A. in an uproar - and Bosch fighting to keep control in a lawless and brutal showdown.

Baker
& Taylor

Confronted by his own tragic past when the bones of a twelve-year-old boy are found in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch embarks on an investigation to unearth the boy's identity, which leads to startling discoveries, a romance with a female cop, and the possible destruction of his career. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316154055
0316154059
9780316153911
0316153915
Branch Call Number: M CONNELLY
M CONNELLY
Characteristics: 393 p

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RebelBelle13
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.

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Sammydsp
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.

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gusmcrae
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.

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Blue_Tarp
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.

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fatemamahmud
Jun 26, 2016

great book

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21221018293347
May 14, 2015

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

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jimg2000
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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kaijene
May 04, 2018

Where are you, tough guy?

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