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The Drop [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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Nov. 28 2011 A Harry Bosch Novel
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.

DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.

Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.

Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.

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"Each of his books is so much more than the sum of its parts....Connelly writes true-to-life fiction about true crime. What makes his crme stories ring true is that they're never really over."—Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Thank God for Michael Connelly....Connelly retains his journalistic gifts; his eye for detail is spot on....Taken together, his 22 novels form an indispensible, compelling chronicle of L.A."—Jonathan Shapiro, Los Angeles Times

"Mr. Connelly, a former journalist, is a master of mixing realistic details of police work and courtroom procedure with the private feelings and personal lives of his protagonists, and of building suspense even as he evokes the somber poetry inherent in battling the dark side."—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal

"Another of Connelly's brilliant Los Angeles crime novels."—Les Roberts, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Connelly's prose is so smooth that it looks easy....The product of a master fully in command of his craft."—Robin Vidimos, Denver Post

"Connelly knows his way around a police investigation, and he knows his way around a courtroom. This knowledge makes his stories believable while his writing skills make them come alive....An exciting writer and one we love to read."—Jackie K. Cooper, Huffington Post

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry's Back! March 18 2012
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After some misses in the last couple of Harry Bosch novels, not to mention those Lincoln Lawyer stories where Harry plays a supporting role, which is not a good use of his character, I am glad to see that he is back in form in The Drop. The story is well plotted and paced and an entertaining read. Even if it is not fully up to the angst and edge of the early Bosch novels, it is still enough so to put it head and shoulders above most of the competition. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gruff but Noble Feb. 6 2012
LAPD's Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is a great character with more lives than a litter of cats. The entire series has been entertaining with a 'noir-lite' atmosphere that does very little to extol the virtues of Los Angeles. But it is the gruff but loving Harry who carries each outing. Borrowing a Sherlock Holmes' convention of presenting two mysteries in one book, Connelly has Harry trying to solve a brutal murder that has remained unsolved for twenty years while chasing down a politically charged potential suicide. The most compelling relationship is that between Harry and his provided a bridge between the two cases and was the most interesting part of the whole outing. One may complain that both Harry and his format are growing stale but his understated nobility and genuine desire to make the city safe have me anticipating the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Michael Connelly doesn't fail to keep up to his usual standards in this book. Here Harry Bosch is dealing with 2 mostly unconnected cases - the death of a man who happens to be the son of a long-time enemy, Irvin Irving and the discovery of a serial killer who has been successfully concealing himself and his crimes for a long time. As far as I'm concerned, this book is a top-notch success. Bosch has to deal with his own personal failings, the complications of looking after his daughter Maddie, the politics of "high jingo" and a former partner's role at the highest levels of LAPD - oh, yeah he has cases to solve. Connelly is better than most at handling the ambiguities of the situation while still allowing us to understand and admire Bosch and what he is trying to accomplish.

At some point, Connelly is bound to disappoint, but not this time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch is back May 12 2012
Just finished The Drop and must say, it's great to see Harry Bosch back in great form. I'm hopeful that there will be many more books with Harry in them. (Hint, hint Mr. Connolly). I enjoy the Lincoln Lawyer books but prefer Harry Bosch. I like his acerbic humour and outlook but am aware of his great humanity too. It doesn't always come out in the books but in the Drop, you see more of that side of him. And his failings. That's ok's good to get to know a character. His treatment of his partner Chu doesn't sit well but I also understand where that comes from. Harry is a loner and is probably at his best when he has no partner or just a partner to do his leg work and office work for him. That discusses the character but not the book. It's great. The story is easy to follow and in this case, Harry has two cases at the same time. Connolly manages to keep the two plot lines separated enough so there is no confusion. Some great characters emerge from the story. Well described and easy to picture in your mind. All in all, a good book, well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First time listening to a Connelly book Feb. 1 2012
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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Harry Bosch returns in Michael Connelly's latest book - The Drop. Harry has three years left until mandatory retirement kicks in. He's working in the cold case squad now. When he and his partner Chu get a DNA hit from a twenty year old sample, they think a mistake has been made. The perp is in the system, but he would have been eight years old at the time. But just as they start investigating further, they are told to drop everything to investigate the death of a prominent city counciller's son. The summons comes from the top - Harry calls it 'high jingo' - there are political factions at war and work here. But of course, Harry works both cases.

Although I've read everything Connelly has written, this is the first of his books that I've listened to. Len Cariou was the reader. At first I found his slightly sibilant esses annoying, but as I got further into the story, I didn't hear them. His voice is rough and gravelly and immediately brought to mind the mental image I have of Harry. He also handled the other roles well, providing a different voice for each character.

The Drop had two great cases as the primary story lines. But it also has secondary plot lines involving Harry's personal life, notably with his daughter Maddie. I am enjoying Harry as a dad. Really, I can't say much more than The Drop is classic Connelly - an excellent read with a character I am quite partial to. And Connelly has left it open for another book with Bosch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive detective work! Sept. 12 2014
By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've read several books by this author and enjoyed most of them. This book features Detective Bosch who is now working in the open unsolved crime unit in Los Angeles. He is not the most charismatic man but, in this novel, he seems to have more personality than in previous novels. He's now close to the end of his career and he comes across as more "human" and flawed. In this novel, there were two main plots which are for the most part, independent from one another. One case is about the unsolved murder of a young girl dating back 20 years while the other is a live case which involves the son of Bosch's former chief with whom he had intense conflicts. It's really interesting to see how Bosch goes about both investigations and how he navigates the local political pressures -- so, it's like two novels for the price of one!! The pace is slow, the cases are not "shiny" and the level of action is mild (i.e., no silly car chases) and yet, the book kept me keenly interested and intrigued to the very end. I give it 4 out 5 stars (very good).
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Published 13 days ago by LOuis Poirier
5.0 out of 5 stars I gould relate to the streets and the areas where incidents happened...
I was in Los Angeles couple of weeks ago ,I gould relate to the streets and the areas where incidents happened
Wonderful novel
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He keeps you in the book
Published 3 months ago by Bill
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Right up there.
Published 3 months ago by D. H. Burney
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A brilliant and believable plot. This is the Bosch stories I have read to date. Excellent character development and the story line never flags. Read more
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Published 17 months ago by Jackie Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy all of Michael Connelly's books
Another great read ---- interesting plot ---- always enjoy harry bosch and his way of solving crime and dealing with his associates
Published 22 months ago by Freddie Helmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone matters
This is the 2011 book in the Harry Bosch series, here he investigates an old sex killing and a new high profile death, Along the way he meets a love interest and pushes and pulls... Read more
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