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The Closers by Michael Connelly
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The Closers (2005)

by Michael Connelly

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Series: Harry Bosch (11)

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The book was very captivating.Its a great suspense thriller,i found very hard to put it down.You can assume I enjoyed so much reading.

Now about the novel-This novel is about a murder that happened before 17 years.An unsolved murder mystery revolving a 16 year old girl who was brutally murdered back then and now it is reopened and assigned to detective Bosch.It is up to him to solve the case and put the culprits in jail.Will he be able to find the killer who has been absconding for over two decades?Maybe or maybe not.Really superb story line.Who would have thought the killer was the killer? ( )
  infantinanivetha | Jul 30, 2018 |
Back on track again after a disappointing "The Narrows".

The reunion with his former partner Kiz Rider was great. The detective work solving an old cold case of the murder of a 16 year old girl was logical and exciting after a slow start. Lots of twists that came about logically, not out of the blue coincidence.

I am nearing the end of the Bosch series... I will regret it when the end. ( )
  Lynxear | Jul 28, 2018 |
There have been several series of crime novels that I have enjoyed in the past, but all too often, after a run of strong novels, the author loses his way. Some prime examples of this falling off would be Patricia Cornwell, Peter Robinson and Stuart MacBride, all of whom started off so promisingly, only to find themselves trotting out either woefully predictable and repetitive reworkings of earlier success, or, particularly in the case of Cornwall, succumbing to increasingly facile story lines in a literary equivalent of jumping the shark.

Some ten or twelve novels into his series featuring Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch, Michael Connelly shows no hint at all of such falling off. This novel sees Bosch returning to the LAPD after having taken and spent a couple of years working for himself. Whether coincidentally or not, Connelly has returned to third person narration, which I think suits his style better.

Bosch has been brought back to participate in a cold case unit, reinvestigation some of the thousands of unsolved murders still on LAPD’s books, and finds himself once again partnered with Kiz Rider, a colleague from the past. They are assigned to the case of a young woman abducted from her home and murdered eighteen years ago, at the age of sixteen. In the intervening years, investigative technology has advanced, and a DNA trace from a gun believed to have been used in her killing has now been associated with a known felon. It all seems pretty straightforward, but nothing could be further from the case. Bosch and Rider find themselves uncovering a web of hate crimes and possible police corruption.

As always, the police procedural aspects of the book seem perfectly plausible, and the plot is very strongly constructed. Bosch is very far from being an angel, but despite his own clear frailties and self-doubts, he is a generally sympathetic character, and always believable.

Another strong addition to an appealing collection. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jul 13, 2018 |
The Closers
4.5 Stars

Harry Bosch is back on the force and together with his new (old) partner, Kiz Ryder, investigates the unsolved murder of a teenage girl taken from her home. The case takes an unexpected turn when the evidence suggests a connection to white supremacists and the possibility that the LAPD, specifically Bosch's nemesis, Chief Irving, may have been involved in a cover up.

The Closers is one of Connelly's better installments in the Harry Bosch series as the writing is succinct, the plotting cohesive and the characterization unburdened by the excessive personal angst that bogs down some of the other stories.

It is good to have Harry back in the LAPD as being a PI was not the right fit for him. The cold case is compelling with some excellent twists and misdirection. While the killer's identity is self-evident in retrospect, it is not as obvious as the story progresses. In addition to the solid mystery, Connelly also manages to skillfully evoke the reader's sympathies for the victim by focusing on those left behind - the parents, the friends, the cops.

Although the department politics takes a back seat to the mystery, there are still some interesting developments and there is one particularly satisfying scene when Chief Irving seems to get his just desserts. Perhaps we have finally seen the back of him, but only time will tell.

All in all, an extremely satisfying read and I am eager to read the next one and finally be able to watch the first season of the Bosch television series. ( )
1 vote Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
What can I say? If you love Harry Bosch, you'll love this book. Harry returns to the LAPD after a three-year retirement. Partnered again with Kizmin Rider, they become a team focusing on closing cold cases. With Connelly's brillant plot building skills, this promises to be another tome that fans of Harry Bosch will enjoy. ( )
  ppmarkgraf | May 5, 2018 |
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"A city that forgets its murder victims is a city lost. This is where we don't forget," Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is told by his new boss, as he ends a three-year retirement and rejoins the Los Angeles Police Department at the start of The Closers, the 11th installment of Michael Connelly's Edgar-winning series. Having long ago demonstrated his knack for cracking previously unsolved homicides, Bosch is assigned to the newly re-branded Open-Unsolved Unit (aka "cold case" squad), and charged with resolving the 17-year-old abduction and slaying of a mixed-race teenager.

Rebecca Verloren, 16, was discovered missing from her Chatsworth home on a July morning in 1988. Her corpse and the gun that ended her life were later found on a hill behind the house. An autopsy revealed that she'd recently undergone an abortion, and a piece of skin tissue--presumably the killer's--was found trapped inside the murder weapon. Only now, though, has DNA science matched that tissue to Roland Mackey, a dyslexic 35-year-old tow-truck operator with no obvious connection to the deceased. It's up to Bosch, once more partnered with Kizmin Rider, to determine whether Mackey offed Becky Verloren, or was at least an accessory to that tragedy. But the more Bosch and Rider dig into this dusty crime, trying in part to determine whether racial animosity might have been involved, the more pain and resistance they encounter. Becky's white mother maintains the teen's old bedroom as a shrine, while her shattered father, an African-American chef, has vanished into LA's homeless community. Of the two original investigators on the case, one has since committed suicide, and Bosch suspects that the other--now a police commander--is helping to keep the lid tight on some old departmental secrets, perhaps linked to our hero's nemesis, Deputy Chief Irvin S. Irving.

Understandably rusty after three years sans shield, Bosch makes his share of personal and professional mistakes here--including one that supplies The Closers with a lethal, plot-turning climax. But the greater problem is that Connelly exhausts so much time and effort following his protagonist through the tedium of modern police procedures, that he neglects what readers have liked more about this series in the past: its persistently deft exploration of Bosch's lonely, haunted soul (which remains mostly out of sight in this tale), and the author's frequent flights of lyrical prose (also not much in evidence). Would-be novelists wanting an example of a solidly constructed cop tale need look no further than The Closers. But readers hoping to learn why Connelly is so well-respected in this genre should turn, instead, to previous Bosch titles such as The Concrete Blonde, Angel's Flight, or City of Bones. --J. Kingston Pierce

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Years after the death of a sixteen-year-old girl is ruled a suicide, detective Harry Bosch receives DNA evidence that reopens the case, which involves an investigation of a white supremacist with close ties to the LAPD.

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