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The Drop by Michael Connelly

The Drop (edition 2012)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:The Drop
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Orion (2012), Paperback, 419 Pages
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Tags:Crime & Mystery Fiction, American Crime Fiction

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Perfect. ( )
  DeanClark | Mar 26, 2015 |
For me Michael Connelly consistently tells a great story. Harry Bosh is a character who I have journeyed with for many years. We have gotten to see how time and age have made Harry who he is, and why he keeps going.

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. ( )
  oldriverbooks | Mar 2, 2015 |
Pure Bosch, excellent book. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
The paperback edition contains the beginning of his next book, The Black Box. Mr. Connelly enjoys using abbreviations, which he then explains in the next few paragraphs or pages. The title is short for Deferred Retirement Option Plan. ( )
  raizel | Jan 27, 2015 |
In my estimation, Detective Harry Bosch is one of the finest detective characters in the world of crime fiction, past or present, and thankfully, he will be around for a while longer. The first Harry Bosch novel, The Black Echo, was released in 1992 and the seventeenth, The Burning Room, in 2014. Along the way, Harry has had quite a career with the Los Angeles Police Department – even in the two novels during which he had officially retired from the department (2003’s Lost Light and 2004’s The Narrows). In the last several novels, including The Drop, Harry has come out of retirement to work cold cases for the department as part of a special unit that puts fresh eyes on old crimes.

Harry knows that he is now working against the clock in more ways than one. For one thing, he will be forced into permanent retirement in just thirty-six months. More importantly, though, some of the cold cases that come his way are so old that there is already a good chance that the perpetrators are now as dead as their victims. Time is always on Harry’s mind.

His unit pulls old evidence from case files and forwards samples to the lab for modern DNA analysis. The day, once a month, when the few cases that come back with DNA matches are assigned for investigation, always feels like Christmas to Harry. This time around, however, he gets more than he bargained for.

At the special request of a prominent city councilman, Harry is forced to lead the investigation into the violent death of the councilman’s son. Did the man jump, or was he pushed to his death from the balcony of one of LA’s landmark hotels? Harry already has a long history of confrontation with this particular councilman (who is a former LAPD cop), and he cannot imagine why he has been purposely pulled into an investigation that is certain to be influenced by constant political pressure – exactly the kind of case that always gets Harry into trouble with the brass.

Much to his chagrin, Harry is told to table the cold case he has just been assigned so that he can concentrate on the one involving the “jumper.” But Harry is having none of that. Instead, he decides to work the two cases simultaneously despite the political pressure the LA city councilman is unapologetically applying on the department to call his son’s death a murder.

Harry’s new cold case, involving a 1989 murder, has come back with a DNA hit on a twenty-nine-year-old convicted rapist. That’s the good news and the bad news - because in 1989, when the woman’s brutal murder took place, the identified suspect was only eight years old. What could that mean?

The Drop is the portrait of a career cop who believes that his days as an effective investigator are numbered. He fears that he is losing his investigatory skills to age, and just to further increase his self-doubt, Harry is raising a teenaged daughter on his own, something he feels just might be way beyond the limits of his parenting skills. One more time, though, Harry proves that he still has it. The Drop is another fine chapter in the Harry Bosch story. ( )
  SamSattler | Jan 1, 2015 |
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No readers of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels doubts Bosch’s superiority as an LAPD homicide investigator. Where we’ve questioned Bosch over the years has been in the rest of his life roles. As a father, husband, friend and boyfriend, he has frequently revealed himself as a bust in the previous 14 Bosch books. But that perception changes with the new book. In The Drop, Bosch emerges as a freshly mature fellow.

It’s his 15-year-old daughter who seems to have made the difference (though some might say of Bosch, who is approaching 60, what took him so long to grow up?). Maddie moved in with Bosch two years ago after her mother was killed in Nine Dragons (2009). Bosch has turned into an alert and nervous father, constantly on the phone to his daughter. For her part, the kid is a gem. She’s far more technologically adept than her father and helps him past tricky computer problems. Her influence works further on him in ways she might not suspect; it’s her mere presence that keeps Bosch from drinking at home and influences him to settle for a glass or two of wine everywhere else.

At LA’s new Police Administration Building, Bosch works with the unit handling cold cases, and as The Drop opens, he and his partner are assigned to a 1989 rape-murder case that comes to life with a curious new clue. Ordinarily, this case, with much promise of twists and turns to come, would be enough to fill a satisfying Bosch book. But, still in the opening pages of the new novel, Bosch gets orders from the chief of police to add a second, non-cold case to his list.

The case’s crime, as hot as the day’s headlines, involves a prominent LA businessman who either jumped or was shoved from the Chateau Marmont’s penthouse. Worse news for Bosch is that the deceased’s father is Bosch’s mortal enemy, former LAPD deputy chief Irvin Irving. The situation places Harry in the awkward middle of a piece of “high jingo,” his phrase for dirty police politics.

Moving through this intense double story, Michael Connelly is at the top of his game. So is Bosch. So, for that matter, is Maddie.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: With his retirement looming, LAPD's Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch takes on two seemingly unrelated cases. The first is a botched DNA test from a 1989 rape and murder, which has been pinned on a convicted rapist who was only eight years old at the time of the crime. Harry's pursuit of that case is interrupted by the apparent suicide of a councilman's son. A former police chief and no fan of Harry's, the councilman insists that Harry investigate his son's death. In pursuit of the truth, and an elusive killer, Bosch and his partner uncover secrets and a political conspiracy deep within the police department. Connelly's aging hero is a flawed, haunted, and unforgettable character; his creator is a master craftsman. --Neal Thompson

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Detective Harry Bosch investigates a cold case and the murder of a city councilman's son. The cases are unrelated but they twist around each other like the double helix of a DNA strand. One leads to the discovery of a killer operating in the city for as many as three decades; the other to a deep political conspiracy that reached back into the dark history of the police department.… (more)

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