Book Banter: The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

Title:  The Concrete Blondeimages
Author:  Michael Connelly
Genre:  Mystery
Length:  392
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From:  Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics:  Harry Bosch is on trial for the Doll Maker murders when a new body is uncovered.  Bosch’s detective work is called into question by the trial, the public, the department and himself while he sorts through the case details.

Banter Points:  A few years ago, I had the opportunity to listen to Michael Connelly be interviewed at BoucherCon (in fact, fellow Word Nerd Bethany and I were manning the registration table when he picked-up his registration packet.) At the time, I had read the first few books in the series, enough to know that I liked them. I was in the middle of catching up on two other series as well, and Bosch got put on the back burner.

I pulled the series out again as I approached the end of Season 1 of the Amazon Prime show, Bosch. Normally, I’m not a fan of the page to screen translation, but this one intrigued me. It was odd to watch the end of Season 2 while reading this book. The TV version of the series pulls this book into both of the seasons, making it sort of confusing to watch at times (Wait, did I know that from the TV show or the book? thoughts ensued.)

The book pulls the reader through a few different plot twists, including that Bosch may have made a mistake, a corrupt police officer, and a few other dead ends. The writing is solid and primarily focused on the detective work. So much so that I didn’t really notice that the book was published in 1994, 22 years ago. The style of writing and plot devices don’t necessarily date the novel, although, I did wonder at one point why a cell phone wasn’t being used and quickly remembered how prevalent cell phones were in 1994.

Bummer Points:  None at this time.

Stacie’s Recommendation:  It’s easy to see why this series has been popular and made the translation into the screen.  Check it out.


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