9 Dragons by Michael Connelly with Giveaway

Michale Connelly’s thriller is set mostly in Hong Kong.  I was so glad I had my passport ready for this one!  ~  Sheila

9 dragonsFrom the streets of L.A. to the shimmering skyline of Hong Kong, Harry Bosch must find his missing daughter.

Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in a robbery. Joined by members of the department’s Asian Crime Unit, Bosch relentlessly investigates the killing and soon identifies a suspect, a Los Angeles member of a Hong Kong triad.

But before Harry can close in, he gets the word that his young daughter Maddie, who lives in Hong Kong with her mother, is missing.

Bosch drops everything to journey across the Pacific to find his daughter. Could her disappearance and the case be connected? With the stakes of the investigation so high and so personal, Bosch is up against the clock in a new city, where nothing is at it seems.

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My Thoughts:

Michael Connelly is an author I just became a reader of this year.  This is actually his 14th book where he uses Detective Harry Bosch as the main character and I was a bit concerned that this would put me on the outside looking in to a series of books that had started long ago.  This was not a concern in this book, Michael Connelly writes his character so well that I did not feel that I was missing information needed to fully understand Harry Bosch, who he was, and where he was coming from.

I don’t know what it is about this time of year but my reading style actually changes up from the lighter reads of summer (beach reads, vacation themes, chick lit…) to almost a need for a more hearty style book as the cooler weather creeps into Minnesota.  Michael Connelly delivers such a read.  A gripping and colorful background layout of Hong Kong lead me deeper into this story.  Twists and turns galore I was not lacking for adventure as I hit the road with Detective Harry Bosch.

Fast paced – starting the book out in LA and our Detective has his hands full right from the start with a homicide with connections (leaving that for the reader to discover), a partner who is causing concern, and leading up to the kidnapping of Harry’s own daughter, Maddie.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and found it hit the literary spot that I was craving!

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. connellyOnce he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.
After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat.  In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler,
had written.
Michael lives with his family in Florida.

You can check out Michaels Website here

NineDragons_buttonThank you to Hachelle Book Group who has offered me four copies of this wonderful book to give away.  Here is how to enter:

1)  Leave a comment here with the name of a Michael Connelly book you have read OR if you have not read Michael Connelly before please look at his books here and leave me the title of one you think you would enjoy.  (*This must be done to receive your entry into the drawing for this book)

For Additional Entries:

2) Receive a second entry if you Twitter, Facebook, or blog about this.  Be sure to leave me a separate comment here with where you did this.

3) A third entry is available if you comment on any other non giveaway post here and be sure to let me know on a separate comment which post you commented on

Thats it!  Have fun!  This giveaway is open to USA and Canada.  Giveaway will end on November 20.

My review copy came from Valerie from  Hachette Book Group

My rating on this book is PG13

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on October 18, 2009, in Book Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.

  1. OH I’m halfway thru Scarecrow. Really enjoying it!

  2. I’m a big Michael Connelly fan. One of my favorite of his with Harry Bosch is Lost Light. I’ve read most, if not all of his books and he hasn’t disappointed yet.
    I’ll head over now and put this on Facebook so i can get my second entry! I can’t wait to read 9 Dragons.

  3. bloodwork thanks

  4. I read The Closers and enjoyed it

  5. I think I’d enjoy The Overlook.

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  6. I have read several Michael Connelly books including Scarecrow and The Closer. I LOVE his books.

  7. Here’s a tweet!!!

  8. I think I would enjoy Nine Dragons! I heard his books are very good.

  9. I love Harry Bosch! I haven’t read one in this series for several years, maybe it’s time again!


  10. Haven’t read any yet, but would like to read The Lincoln Lawyer…

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  11. I haven’t read any of his books yet but they all sound good but I think I would start with The Poet. Thanks

  12. Scarecrow !!!!

  13. I have read the The Scarecrow, I recommend this book.

  14. I have not read any of his books-but my co-counsel on a case has been trying to get me too for years-so maybe this will be my introduction.

  15. cococroissants 9 Dragons giveaway http://bit.ly/JpGeA at Book Journey


  16. You will probably already know about my other comment in the morning-you are too funny-when I am in overload-I need alone time.

  17. I’ve never read Michael Connelly, but 9 Dragons sounds intriguing. Now that it’s getting colder, I have more time to read.

  18. I’ve never read any of Mr Connelly’s books (yet!)…I’ll select from his previous titles “the poet.”

  19. My husband and I have read most of his books, but we particularly enjoyed the Lincoln Lawyer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I’ve read “The Lincoln Lawyer” and enjoyed it. This book looks like a fun read. I would love to win it. Thanks

  21. I’ve read them all, so here’s a few

    Lincoln Lawyer
    Chasing the Dime
    The Scarecrow

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  22. I have not read any of his books but Chasing the Dime sounds really interesting. Doing something for someone you never met!!! Thanks.

  23. Love the author. Just finished the Scarecrow.

  24. My husband is a big Connelly fan, and has read all his books. We listened to Overlook on CD while on a road trip. Very exciting! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. think I would like the Brass Verdict


  26. I have heard really good things about this book…..

  27. I’ve read “Blood Work” and would love to read Connelly’s new novel

  28. I read The Poet a while back and loved it. Thanks for the giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  29. The first book I read by him was “the Concrete Blonde” because I loved the band by the same name I had to check out the author

  30. I haven’t read any of these yet, but I think the poet sounds interesting. Thanks!

  31. I’ve only recently read my first Michael Connelly book which was Scarecrow. I must admit I’m a new fan of his work.
    I would love to win this book.


  32. I haven’t read his books yet, but I think I’d enjoy Overlook.

  33. I haven’t read any of Michael Connellys books as of yet, but I think I’d enjoy The Narrows.


  34. Although I haven’t read any of his books, I have heard great things about them. In looking over the list of books, I think I would like to read The City of Bones.

  35. I left a comment on the review of Leaving Carolina.

  36. I love Michael Connelly’s books but I know I’d love The Scarecrow. Thanks.

  37. I’ve never read one of his novels so I would enjoy reading the first Bosch novel The Black Echo.

    hmsgofita at hotmail dot com

  38. The Narrows I have read and really enjoyed and the Brass Verdict I’d like to read. polo-puppy-fluffyAThotmail *dot* com I would really love to read his new book. Cheers.

  39. I’ve never read any of his books before but I love finding new-to-me authors. I would want to start with the first one, The Black Echo.

  40. I also commented on an earlier post – the latest challenge. I’m pretty excited to find your blog — my first reading blog 🙂

  41. I would like to read The Narrows. I have not read any Connelly books before but am keen to try one. I keep seeing his books around everywhere and they catch my eye. Please enter me: thereadingjourney[at]gmail[dot]com

  42. Chasing the Dime was an exciting book throughout. Big fan of this author. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  43. The Scarecrow, it was a book on cd, and it filled most of my 2 day drive from Almagordo NM to MN. I really enjoyed it. I hope to read some of his work soon.

  44. This book sounds so fascinating ! I would love to receive a copy of it. Thanks Sheila.

  45. Harry Bosch. Please enter me in this one. walkerd@primus.ca

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