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The Concrete Blonde

By Michael Connelly

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Four years ago, Harry Bosch shot notorious serial killer the 'Dollmaker'. Now the case has come back to haunt him . . . From the bestselling author of The Lincoln Lawyer and The Gods of Guilt.

From the bestselling author of The Lincoln Lawyer and The Gods of Guilt.

When LAPD detective Harry Bosch shot and killed Norman Church - the 'Dollmaker' - the police were convinced it marked the end of the search for one of the city's most bizarre serial killers.

But four years later, Norman Church's widow is taking Bosch to court, accusing him of killing the wrong man. To make matters worse, Bosch has just received a note, eerily reminiscent of the ones the Dollmaker used to taunt him with, giving him a location where a body can be found.

Is the Dollmaker still alive? Or is this the work of a vicious copycat killer, determined to repeat the Dollmaker's grisly feats and destroy Bosch's career in the process?

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  • ISBN: 9781409156161
  • Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Orion
One of the world's finest crime writers — MAIL ON SUNDAY
Connelly is a crime-writing genius — INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
One of the great storytellers of crime fiction — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Crackling authenticity...cunningly conceived...Connelly joins the top rank of a new generation of crime writers — LOS ANGELES TIMES
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