book beginnings on Friday: The Black Box by Michael Connelly

Thanks to Rose City Reader for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line.

The new Harry Bosch novel by Connelly comes out in November! Aren’t you excited? Here’s the first two teaser sentences for you:

By the third night the death count was rising so high and so quickly that many of the divisional homicide teams were pulled off the front lines of riot control and put into emergency rotations in South-Central. Detective Harry Bosch and his partner Jerry Edgar were pulled from Hollywood Division and assigned to a roving B watch team that also included two shotgunners from patrol for protection.

Naturally we jump right into the action. I do like Connelly; and his latest does not disappoint.

What are you reading this weekend?


This quotation comes from an uncorrected advance proof and is subject to change.

7 Responses

  1. This is a series I have not read. It looks exciting.

    • He’s a big hit. I think the closest readalike author is James Lee Burke. They share a strong sense of place and similar heroes: damaged, hard-boiled, gruff, have trouble with authority, but oh so good-hearted.

  2. This is a great opening and makes me curious to know what happens next. I’ve heard a lot about Detective Harry Bosch, but I’ve never read any of Connelly’s stories featuring that character. Sounds like I need to remedy that!

  3. Wow! What a dynamic opening. You’re right — we jump right into the action. I have heard a lot about Detective Harry Bosh, but I haven’t read any of Connelly’s books. I want to now!
    (By the way, I tried to leave a comment earlier but my computer hiccuped. I apologize if two comments from me show up!)

    • Yep, two comments. No worries though. 🙂 For the record, I think your url is causing the problem: your comments consistently get caught in my spam filter.

  4. I’ve never read him. I’ll look into his work. Thanks.

  5. I love Bosch! Looking forward to reading this book!

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