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Teaser Tuesdays!

teasertuesdays2Good morning and welcome to my very first Teaser Tuesday at my new website!  I hope you’ll stop back again soon for all my usual reviews, teasers and commentary.  I’m really excited about having a place all my own.

Today’s teaser is from 9 Dragons by Michael Connelly.  I love his Harry Bosch novels, and this one is just what I’ve come to expect from Bosch and Connelly — lots of excitement, plenty of danger, and (sadly) poor Harry taking a bit of a battering.  Poor guy.  He deserves a happy ending.

In 9 Dragons, Bosch is investigating a case with ties to the Triads — Chinese crime organizations that followed immigrants to the US and set up shop in our big cities.  I had never read an explanation of the origins of the triads.  According to Bosch’s colleague, Detective Chu, the triads date back to the 17th century, when Manchu invaders slaughtered a group of Buddhist monks in a Shaolin monastery.  But over the years, their purpose has changed:

Much like the Italian and Russian mafias, they engage in extortion and protection rackets.  To honor the ghosts of the slaughtered monks, extortion amounts are usually a multiple of one hundred eight.

Now, I bet you didn’t know that!  The Manchu invaders killed 108 monks and to this day, their criminal descendents honor their memory.  Touching, but it’s still extortion.

So, what’s teasing YOU this week?

  37 comments for “Teaser Tuesdays!

  1. December 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I read this one too. Interesting book, nice tease. Here’s my teaser

  2. December 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    that’s interesting

    here’s mine for this week

  3. December 8, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Learn something new every day! Mine has a bit if info on it as well. Here’s my teaser.

  4. December 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Interesting teaser. I didn’t know that.
    Here’s mine.

  5. December 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Good teaser. I like your new site!

  6. December 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm
  7. December 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I am DYING to read 9 Dragons! It will be my first book of his.

    Great teaser, and BEAUTIFUL site! I love the header!

    Mine is:
    http://bookblabbing.blogspot.com/2009/12/teaser-tuesday_08.html

  8. Lisa
    December 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks, Lisa, and keep clicking! A friend put together a series of rotating headers with pictures of libraries around the world. (Some of them are pics I took myself.)

  9. December 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm
  10. December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    This sounds very interesting. The new website looks great… congratulations on having a place of your own!

  11. December 8, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Interesting info and I bet a good read. Enjoy!

  12. December 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Interesting teaser and educational all at the same time. I may have to add 9 Dragons to my TBR pile.

  13. December 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I read this book a few months back… look forward to hearing your thoughts on it

  14. December 8, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    No, I did not know that. Interesting. This sounds like a great series – I’ll have to give it a look. Thanks for the teaser! And I really love your new look!

  15. December 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Wow, great teaser. I’m torn over my feelings about the extortion.

    I have yet to read anything by Connelly but I may have to start with this one.

  16. December 8, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Very good look to the new site and I shall file that information away and never carry anything that’s divisible by 108, they *might* go away

  17. December 8, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Your new site is beautiful. I’ve added it to my Reader. I read Nine Dragons a few months ago and really enjoyed it. It was my first Harry Bosch but won’t be my last.

  18. December 8, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Great teaser this week! I just received this book in the mail last week and now I’m chomping at the bit. Love the new look of your site.

  19. Tam
    December 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    How interesting! Thanks for this tease.
    New site looks great.

  20. December 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Excitement and education, what more could you want?! I shall add your new sit – which is lovely – to my reader post haste.

  21. December 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Great teaser!

  22. December 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Loved this book when I got an early review copy – I could not put it down and almost rode past my stop on BART! Enjoy!

  23. December 8, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks for visiting me. I have 9Dragons for review, great teaser..

  24. December 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Interesting teaser!

    I love the header on your new site. Great job and congrats!

    Thanks for visiting today.

  25. December 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Sounds really interesting, great teaser! I’ll have to check this book out

  26. December 8, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Sounds interesting, adding it to goodreads.

  27. December 9, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Very interesting!!

  28. December 9, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Thanks for stopping by to check out my teaser… I agree Claudia does need her own valentine. Just wanted to let you know I just became a follower of your blog.

  29. December 9, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Sounds interesting! Great teaser!

  30. December 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Never knew that! Interesting.

  31. December 9, 2009 at 3:03 am

    That is an interesting fact, Thanks for visiting my blog!

  32. December 9, 2009 at 3:47 am

    ohh, that is an interesting fact! I think I’ve heard it somewhere before but I’ve watched quite a few Triad movies to remember XD;
    I won this book recently in a contest and am really excited to read it~
    thanks for the teaser!

  33. December 9, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Ohh…I’ll have to add that to my tbr pile!

    Heather
    http://www.2manygoodbooks.blogspot.com

  34. December 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Interesting teaser! Learn something new every day :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  35. Amy
    December 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Great teaser and educational too!

  36. December 10, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Your new site looks great!

  37. December 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Interesting teaser, and I agree that the new site looks fabulous.

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