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91. The Sailor on the Seas of Fate — Michael Moorcock
92. The Weird of the White Wolf — Michael Moorcock
93. The Vanishing Tower — Michael Moorcock
94. The Bane of the Black Sword — Michael Moorcock
95. Stormbringer — Michael Moorcock
96. Nine Dragons — Michael Connelly
For many years Detective Harry Bosch has known Fortune Liquors, a small store in tough south L.A. A matchbook he once picked up there had a motto — Happy is the man who finds refuge in himself — that guided him through some of his darkest days. Now the store’s owner has been murdered. With the help of another detective, Bosch uncovers a link between the death and a lethal, far-reaching crime ring. And instantly his world explodes. His own daughter, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him. With the stakes so high and so personal, the desperate Bosch must travel to a place known as Nine Dragons and risk everything to reclaim what belongs to him.
Nine Dragons was probably the best Bosch book in the series, and easily my favourite of the (numerous) Connelly books I’ve read in the last two years. I know I say something similar almost every time I read another one of his books, but I really mean it this time. Nine Dragons was superb.
The story had a really great rhythm and perfect pacing, and expertly wove together a challenging case for Bosch to solve, and his own struggle to save his daughter. It also broke my heart, by killing off one of my favourite Bosch-series characters. Nine Dragons pulled no punches — it was tough and violent, tracking Bosch from the gritty Los Angeles streets to the triad-run Kowloon (translated, it means Nine Dragons) in Hong Kong.
A final, geeky note: I’ve mentioned before how much I love that Connelly’s characters aren’t confined to the books in which they star; they often bleed into other works, appearing as minor characters. My all-time favourite Connelly lead, Mickey Haller, dropped in to assist Bosch for a couple of chapters, and that was just delightful. And there was a little easter-egg nod to Matthew McConaughey, who plays Haller in the movie version of The Lincoln Lawyer, which made me laugh out loud.
Next book: either A Thousand Farewells by Nahlah Ayed, or The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Next feature: I’ll actually post some of my Montreal photos like I said I was going to!