The Black Box by Michael Connelly
(A Harry Bosch Novel)

82%

11 Critic Reviews

Connelly draws on all his resources—his thorough knowledge of police work, his ability to fashion a complex tapestry of plot, and his ever deepening characterization of Bosch—to craft a mystery thriller sure to enthrall fans and newcomers alike.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, THE BLACK BOX leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.
 

About Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
 
Published November 26, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 413 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Black Box
All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 24 2012

The resulting tension lifts this sturdy but uninspired procedural above most of its competition, though nowhere close to the top of Connelly’s own storied output.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 21 2012

“The Black Box” re-establishes Harry’s primacy among Mr. Connelly’s assorted creations.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 17 2012

Connelly draws on all his resources—his thorough knowledge of police work, his ability to fashion a complex tapestry of plot, and his ever deepening characterization of Bosch—to craft a mystery thriller sure to enthrall fans and newcomers alike.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Jeffrey Wendler on Dec 23 2012

Its vintage Connelly, and that is top of the charts.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Nov 30 2012

Connelly...is a master storyteller whose straightforward, no-nonsense prose lends itself well to constructing a subtle suspense that is infused in THE BLACK BOX from beginning to end.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Paula Woods on Nov 30 2012

Connelly has always excelled at building suspense while paying careful attention to police procedural detail.

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Huffington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Jackie Cooper on Dec 12 2012

Michael Connelly just keeps getting it right...He is at the top of the mountain and is equaled only by a handful of other truly successful scribes.

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Denver Post

Above average
Reviewed by Sandra Dallas on Dec 02 2012

"The Black Box" is not a bad read. It's hurried, as if the author were being pressured to move on to book 26.

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Tampa Bay Times

Good
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Nov 25 2012

There is always a moment in these novels when the case slams into high gear, when evil shows its face and Bosch transforms from investigator to warrior and walks once again into darkness.

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Look At OKC

Good
Reviewed by John Harrington on Dec 02 2012

Author Connelly offers action, suspense and Bosch's usual hard-nosed approach to seeking out the truth.

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The Age

Good
Reviewed by Owen Richardson on Jan 12 2013

Bosch's investigative skills mesh well with his creator's storytelling nous, and the result is a smooth and well-paced tale, intricate and dramatic without becoming too extravagant or seeming contrived...

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