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Tour & Giveaway: 183. Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly...

October 15, 2009
nine dragonsAbout the book:
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is off the chain in the fastest, fiercest, and highest-stakes case of his life.

Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer.

The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation—not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li's life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S.

And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

About the author:
Michael Connelly, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.

drey's thoughts:
I never knew Kowloon meant "nine dragons." Although, once I read it, it was like, duh! Anyway, that's neither here nor there... =P

Nine Dragons starts off slowly, compared to the frenetic pace of the rest of the book... This is my first Harry Bosch book (I believe there are 14 others), but Mr. Connelly's writing is so good that I didn't feel like I was missing anything from the previous books.

In this one, Harry's got a gang-related murder to solve. When all the evidence--that they have, anyway--points to the triads, Harry asks for help navigating the complexities of Asian gangs. While he's involved in this case, and dealing with a skittish partner, he gets word (or, in this case, video) that his daughter's disappeared. In Hong Kong. Two plus two equals four (right??), so Harry hops on the first flight over, to find his daughter before the triad hurts her. Or so he assumes.

Nine Dragons is detective drama at its best. It will grip you and not let you go until you've turned the last page.

Giveaway!
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have up to five copies of Nine Dragons for you...
Rules:
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share: Have you been to Hong Kong? If yes, when, & what did you do there? If no, would you want to & why? I've only been twice--both times I spent 5 hours at the airport, on the way home, and on the way back. So while I have set foot on HK soil, I haven't actually been. Not sure I want to, either...
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Every 10 people entered gets another copy in the hat, so tell everyone! =)
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST October 28th. Good luck!

Tour stops:
10/13: Revenge of the Book Nerds, Chick with Books, Review from Here, Just One More Page...or Two

10/14: Pick of the Literate, Book Series Reviews, Bookin' with Bingo

10/15: drey's library, Starting Fresh, Froggaritaville's Bookcase

10/16: Rundpinne, Wendy's Minding Spot

10/17: Readaholic, Booking Mama

10/18: One Person's Journey through a World of Book, A Bookworm's World, Pop Culture Nerd

10/19: Just Another New Blog, Reading at the Beach, Booksie's Blog

10/20: A Few of My Favorite Things, Bermudaonion's Weblog

10/21: Libby's Library News, A Book Blogger's Diary

Disclosure: My copy of Nine Dragons was provided by Hachette Book Group for this blog tour.

72 comments:

ccqdesigns said...

I have never been to Hong Kong and it is not on my list of places I would ever want to visit either. I do want to read this book though.

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ccqdesigns said...

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Karen H in NC said...

I've never been to Hong Kong but I think I would like to visit, mainly because it seems so exotic and mysterious. Please enter me in the drawing.

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Karen H in NC said...

+1 I am a follower

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I've never been, but I think it would be awesome! It looks like such a great city!

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a follower.

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chey said...

I've never been to Hong Kong, and it's never been on my must see list.

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chey said...

I follow with yahoo reader

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rubynreba said...

I have never been to Hong Kong. I'm always open to new things and would love to visit there if I had the chance.
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rubynreba said...

I follow.
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gaby317 said...

No need to enter me in the contest! Just wanted to stop by, Drey.

I've been to Hong Kong both when it was under the British and afterwards - it's an exciting city. Hectic, a bit crazy but great fun and amazing food. I think you might like it!

dor said...

I would love to go to Hong Kong. I think it would be so much fun to experience the culture too.

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dor said...

I follow on google friend.

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etirv said...

Visited HK twice, what an exciting place! Did touristy things, visited friends and ate a lot!

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etirv said...

Follower!

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Lisanne624 said...

No, I've never been to HK. If I won a trip (I enter a lot of contests!) I'd go, but I don't think it would be anywhere I'd want to pay my own money to visit. Nothing against HK, but all my spare money goes into my London travel fund!

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Pam said...

I've also been in the Hong Kong airport but have never set foot outside of it. I know people that have been there absolutely love it but to me it just seems like more of what I saw while living in Singapore or visiting Beijing or Tokyo - another big city. Although it may be fun to visit, it wouldn't be high on the priority list.

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Pam said...

follower

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bermudaonion said...

I am reading this one right now. It's my first Michael Connelly book, too and I can't figure out why I've never read any before. No need to enter me.

Jane said...

I have been to Hong Kong. The shopping and food are amazing.

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Jane said...

I am a follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Carol M said...

I've never been to Hong Kong and have no interest in going there. I don't do any traveling. I'm a stay-at-home person who loves to read.
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Carol M said...

I follow your blog.
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Kathy said...

Nope, I've never been to Hong Kong and while I think it might would be fascinating to go I think it would be a little scary also, so many people, everywhere!

Kathy said...

I'm a follower

Kathy said...

Tweeted here
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Kathy said...

Tweeted here
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holdenj said...

No, I've never been to Hong Kong. But, I'll let Harry Bosch tell me about it!
Thanks.
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holdenj said...

I'm a follower!
Thanks.
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I've never been to Hong Kong, but I would absolutely love to go. It's so beautiful and exotic. It's a very different culture and lifestyle.

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Anonymous said...

Email subscriber.

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enyl said...

I've never been to Hong Kong, but I would love to go. As a history teacher it is nice to visit the places that you teach about.
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enyl said...

I subsribe by e-mail.
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enyl said...

I follow on Google reader.
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edmontonjb said...

I have never been and don't think I want to go. I am a very picky eater and always worry about what I would eat in foreign countries with different food. It also seems like a very busy place and I don't like crowds.
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edmontonjb said...

I'm a follower
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DarcyO said...

I've never been to Hong Kong and don't think I'd like to visit -- too many people for me!

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DarcyO said...

follow with Google Reader

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Martha Lawson said...

I've never been to Hong Kong and have no desire to go!!

I'm a new follower.

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Anonymous said...

I've not been there, but I would
like to go. What would I do? Since I am a sewer, I would go to
the many fabric shops. I hear they
have beautiful silk.



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Anonymous said...

I am an email subscriber.


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Anonymous said...

I am an email subscrber and I would like to win this book. I have been a fan of Harry Bosch for a long time
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

Sara M said...

I have never been to Hong Kong. I've never left the North America. Flying over a huge ocean kinda freaks me out.

+1 follower

Sara M
sara_Ufblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

ossmcalc said...

I have never been to Hong Kong but would love to fly there and visit. The plane flight would not be my idea of a good time. When I went to Japan for three weeks as a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, the flight was miserable and so crowded. I would love to explore and experience more of Asia - its lands and cultures.

thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I follow your blog. I would very much love to win a copy of Nine Dragons.

thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

Under my Facebook name of Christine Womack, I just shared about this giveaway on Facebook.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

Under the twitter name of ossmcalc, I just tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/4958886066

Thank you,

Christine
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~Jennifer~ said...

I have no desire to go to Hong Kong.

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~Jennifer~ said...

follower

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cqueen2 said...

i've never been there but would love to go :)

thanks

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cqueen2 said...

i follow

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Haleyknitz said...

i've never even been out of the country :D oh well. one day.

i follow you and i posted on twitter.com/haleymathiot

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Anita Yancey said...

No, I have never been to Hong Kong, and I wouldn't want to go. I just prefer to stay in the US. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower!

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Heidi V said...

I would love to go to Hong Kong for the food, see some of the awesome building and take the train.

Thanks
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Heidi V said...

Blogged about the giveaway @ http://theblackcell.com/blogs/index.php/book-giveaway-%E2%80%93-nine-dragons-by-michael-connelly-%E2%80%93-ends-%E2%80%93-10-28-2009/

Thanks again,
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Winning Readings said...

Me too - been through HK, but not really there. Would love to read this...

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Nancye said...

I have never been to Hong Kong, but I would love to go. I love learning about other cultures. (I have been to Beijing, Kunmimg, and Guangzhou, China---amazing!!)

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Jaime said...

No, I would never want to go to Hong Kong. Too long in a plane
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CherylS22 said...

I've never been to Hong Kong. I also would never want to - I don't do well on extremely long airplane rides.

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CherylS22 said...

I follow ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

CherylS22 said...

#1 - I shared on Facebook

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CherylS22 said...

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Belinda M said...

I have not been to hong kong and it is not on my list of top 5 places to visit


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Belinda M said...

I follow your blog


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renee said...

I have never been to hing kong and i wouldn't want to. I'm not a good traveller, and anything by plane is out of the question.
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renee said...

I am a follower
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flowerchild said...

i have never been to hong kong and i would love to with a group of people ...
i would love to go to say i have been there...
thanks

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flowerchild said...

follower

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