Another great one from Michael Connelly. In fact, one of the best of his that I've read. If you are from the L.A. area you will especially enjoy following Harry Bosch all around town and picturing it in your minds eye. The fact that I frequently drive to work right past one of the murder scenes depicted in the book kind of tickles me, I must admit. Even if you aren't familiar with L.A., the mystery will really grab you. It's really a modern day noir thriller.
Harry Bosch is on trial for killing an unarmed man believed to be a serial killer. However, a new body has been found and Harry is starting to believe that maybe he did kill an innocent man. This book jumps back and forth between the trial and the murder investigation. An awful lot of tedious court room drama and some exciting police work balance out this story. Another great Bosch tale.
If you love Harry Bosch, you love this one. He is about to be discredited again, but discovers a new twist on a 4-year-old case that redeems him. As usual, in his private life, Harry means to open up and have a "real" relationship, but his job leaves him little time to tend to such matters.
It's another good read from Connelly -- suspenseful and multi-layered.
The more I read of Connelly the more I fall in love with this author. The plot was delivered in such a way it kept me enticed until the end. The utilization of his characters is very creative. This was an excellent read and just makes me read more.
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, is one of my favorite detectives and this book highlights just how stubborn Harry can be when tracking down a killer. Even tho Harry is on trial in a wrongful death suit by a serial killer's widow, Harry is not too distracted to hunt down a ruthless copycat killer before he strikes again.
Hot off the presses - Mass Market, February 2007. More trouble with a T - for Det. Harry Bosch. It's a murder mystery, a courtroom thriller, an intensive mini-biography into the early life of Harry and it is FASCINATING!!
I am reading right now, but I can give a review because this is the second reading of this book for me. I read it 20 years ago,and it is typical Michael Connelly. Fast paced and hard to put down. Harry Bosch is my favorite book character, I can't get enough of him. I am always waiting for the next Bosch book from Connelly. I wanted my sister to start on a Michael Connelly journey so I actually got this one for her, but decided to read it again before I sent it to her...If you read this book you will not be disappointed.
Four years ago, L.A. Police Detective Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church, a man who he believed was a serial killer. Nicknamed "The Dollmaker", Church was thought to be responsible for the rape and murder of eleven prostitutes. Now Harry is a defendant in a wrongful death suit brought by Church's widow. Things are not looking good for his case when a new body is discovered. It looks like the work of The Dollmaker, except that the body is only two years old. Is there a copycat? Did Harry shoot the wrong man?
This is the third book in Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. The mystery is engrossing. I loved the mixture of courtroom drama and hard-boiled detective investigating another murder. And I really like the character of Harry Bosch. He is smart, honest, and just wants to do what is right. The villain in this book was a complete surprise to me. I love when that happens. I highly recommend this book and suggest that you read the series in order. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
They call him the Dollmaker,a serial killer who stalks Los Angeles
and leaves a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims.
When a suspect is shot by Detective Harry Bosch,everyone believes
the city's nightmare is over.But then the dead man's widow sues Harry
and the LAPD for killing the wrong man-an accusation that rings terr- ifyingly true when a new corpse is found with the Dollmaker's macabre
Now,for the second time,Harry must hunt down a ruthless death-
dealer before he strikes again.Careening through a blood-tracked
quest,Harry will go from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the
last place he ever wanted to go-the darknessof his own heart...
They call him the Dollmaker, a serial killer who stalks Los Angeles and leaves a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. When a suspect is shot by Detective Harry Bosch, everyone believes the city's nightmare is over. But then the dead man's widow sues Harry and the LAPD for killing the wrong man--an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new corpse is found with the Dollmaker's macabre signature. Now, for the second time, Harry must hunt down a ruthless death-dealer before he striles again. Careening through a blood-tracked quest, Harry will go from the hard edges of the L.A. night to the last place he ever wanted to go--the darkness of his own heart....... OUTSTANDING....CAN'T BE PUT DOWN-- Kansas City Star
Good book. I'm beginning to think Michael Connelly doesn't write anything BUT good books. This is another investigative/murder who-done-it type book where Harry Bosch is the man to call when you want to get things stirred up and see things start to happen. Harry may not have have the answers but he's stubborn and he'll stick to a case until he figures it out.
This was an intricate story with lots of twists and turns which holds your interest until the very end. I love the relationship between Harry and Sylvia. Bosch is such a complex character which makes the books very interesting and entertaining. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Another solid entry in the Harry Bosch series. Love the writing, the setting and the characters. Interesting story line grabs you from the first page and never lets go. I'm on to the next in the series. Highly recommend.
This review is for the abridged audio cassette version.
There are quite a few reviews lauding the main character, Harry Bosch, and in my opinion he's a keeper (though his lady-friend seems a bit whiny).
This particular abridged version of the book is entertaining and satisfying, overall. The book has been abridged down to approximately 3 hours. I don't know if it's the publisher (Nova Audiobooks) or just the act of such heavy abridgement, but there are jumps and gaps that leave the listener (me) wondering, "How did he come to that conclusion?"
I think those jumps and gaps are to be expected, and the full-length version will (I assume) fill in the holes. This version is just fine, though.
They called him the Dollmaker-the serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. With a single fautless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thought he ended the city's nightmare...
This is a frightening book but absolutely outstanding and a must-read for any who enjoy a good who-done-it! Must have.
Read the first 3 in this series now. .. ..great stories, this one was a little Perry Mason with some court room drama, but writin well and went ok. Bosch is a great character, witk almost an over the top personality. so 4.8 stars rating.
I love Michael Connelly. No other author makes me care more about what happens to the characters. I'm reading the Harry Bosch books in order, so this was my third. They're all great, but this is the best so far. In my own writing, Connelly is one of those I strive to emulate. I can't emphasize enough just how good he is.
Harry Bosch is on the trail of a serial killer who stalks Losa Angeles, and is supposed to be dead already! Now he must track down the killer a second time. One of the really good Connelly books in the Bosch series, a gritty and realistic portrail of LA and cop work.
The Dollmaker, a serial killer terrorizing L.A., left a calling card on the faces of his female victims. With one shot, Det. Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city's nighmare. He was wrong. A new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature. For the second time, Harry must hunt down a killer who is very much alive, before he strikes again.
The back of the book reads: The serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. With a single, faultless shot, Detective Harry Bosch thought he has ended the city's nightmare. Now, the dead man's window is suing for killing the wrong man, which rings true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature. Now, Harry must hunt down a death-dealer who is very much alive, before he strikes again.
My favorite Bosch novel so far! Harry Bosch is on trial for the murder of Norman Church, the serial killer nicknamed The Dollmaker. However, police discover a prostitute that was murdered in the same manner as those in The Dollmaker's case. Is there a copy cat on the loose or is the killer still on the loose?? Page turner!!!
The called him the Dollmaker...The serial killer who stalked Los Angeles and left a grisly calling card on the faces of his female victims. WIth a single faultless short, Detective Harry Bosch thought he had ended the city's nightmare. Now, the dead man's widow is suing Harry for killing the wrong man - an accusation that rings terrifyingly true when a new victim is discovered with the Dollmaker's macabre signature.....
"Masterfully entertaining...Builds suspense surely and steadily, springing more than one or two surprises. Delivers on every level." Houston Chronicle