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Henry Pierce is about to become very rich--as soon as his firm, Amedeo Technologies, gets an infusion of capital from a big backer. But the brilliant chemist's workaholic habits are disrupted when his lover, the former intelligence officer of his company, breaks up with him. Lonely and dispirited, he moves into a new apartment and gets a new phone number that attracts a lot of callers, but not for him. His new telephone number seems to have previously belonged to one Lilly Quinlan, an escort whose Internet photo arouses Henry's curiosity, especially when L.A. Darlings, whose Web page features the beautiful young woman, can't tell Henry how to find her. With the same single-mindedness that made him a high-tech superstar, Pierce pursues his search for the missing girl, motivated by his guilt over the disappearance years earlier of his own sister, who, like Lilly, was also a prostitute (and ultimately the victim of the Dollmaker, a serial killer from Connelly's 1994 novel The Concrete Blonde.) But that motive is too thin to support Pierce's sudden abandonment of his career at such a critical juncture, even if forces unknown to him are setting him up for a fall. Despite those holes in the plot and a less than compelling protagonist, the novel succeeds due to Connelly's literary and expository gifts and his more interesting secondary characters. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Former journalist and Edgar Award winner Connelly (City of Bones) skillfully unfolds a story of obsessive curiosity and taut psychological suspense ideally suited to audio translation. A burgeoning technologies company, broken engagement and new apartment leave little time for 34-year-old workaholic chemist Henry Pierce to even check his messages. But when he does, he realizes his new telephone number was formerly that of a beautiful prostitute named Lilly, who's still receiving dozens of messages, but hasn't been heard from in over a month. Veteran audiobook narrator and actor Davis provides crisp, stage-honed vocals, with his versatile characterizations easily shifting from the Valley talk of an aging surfer/computer hacker to the hesitant pleas of Lilly's johns. Haunted by his own sister's murder, Henry eschews his normal all-business demeanor and plunges head first into the seedy sex underworld, where he befriends a hardened escort, makes a grisly discovery that may prove Lilly's demise, as well as his own, and is fingered as the prime suspect by the cops. Davis's masterful dramatizations deliver the perfect complement to Connelly's sophisticated mystery, sure to attract fans of his Harry Bosch series, as well as new listeners.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A friend lent me this book, and I just don't know why. I didn't buy the premise, found the characters unsympathetic, and was waiting for someone to grab the protagonist by the... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by P. T. Hill
Somehow a novelist has to convince the reader that the events described in the tale could or did happen. This is extremely important in a mystery/suspense/spy/action book. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Roger Long
"Chasing the Dime"... By page 86, I believe I counted at least eight references to the title. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Trenton Pomeroy
Being a huge fan of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, the few books he wrote that didn't feature the popular detective, to me were not his best work. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Theresa W
It's difficult to fathom how Connelly's editor(s) let this one pass. It's a totally ridiculous and formulaic book. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by Bruce J. Miller
Implausibilities and thin motives aside, this is one heck of a good read. It's basically a grab bag of some of the best elements of Crichton' "Disclosure" and Grisham's... Read morePublished on May 27 2004
Anyone with the smarts that Pierce had in this book would not have been that stupid to sacrifice ..."chasing the dime" for a waste of his "time".. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by The TT
(...) This is a great read, fast-moving, "can't put it down" type book. Sure, there are some implausibilities, but what novel is totally realistic? Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Kris