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Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly

Chasing the Dime (2002)

by Michael Connelly

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This is my least favorite Connelly book- it seemed to take forever to get into it and I at times was confused. I understood the lab to be working on some new computer type project and then they were discussing medical advancements and I felt that he wrapped everything up in the last few chapters and crammed all together quickly. I also felt there was a lot left unanswered as well. ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
Every 20 or so pages I was tempted to throw this away, such was my frustration with the sheer stupidity of the lead character. Hard to believe this is written by the author of the outstanding Harry Bosch series. ( )
  DrJohnD | Aug 1, 2018 |
It seems that after every three or four of his novels featuring Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch, Michael Connelly likes to shake things up a bit, and bring in a new protagonist. Some of these ‘stand-alone’ ventures have led to their own series, while others remain simply as one-off episodes. Yet even these are grounded in the universe of Harry Bosch, and there is normally some overlap through the medium of appearances by peripheral characters from the Bosch series, or an oblique reference to one of his previous cases.

This particular standalone novel follows Henry Pierce, a chemist on the brink of an astounding breakthrough in the field of molecular memory, potentially worth billions to the computer industry. Having recently split up with his partner Nicole, Henry has moved into a new apartment. On his first night there, the phone (a newly installed line with what he had understood to be a completely new number) starts ringing, with a series of men wanting to contact ‘Lilly’. Bemused, he does some basic research and identifies Lilly as an escort whose services are advertised on an exclusive website. Now intrigued, and seeking a diversion from both the considerable work pressures he has faced bringing his start-up company to the brink of a major flotation and his emotional travail following his split from Nicole, he resolves to try to find out more about Lilly.

This plunges him into a shady world of sexual exploitation, violence and organised crime, all of which emerges with Connelly’s customary facility to craft a gripping plot. Connelly seems particularly gifted at ensnaring his readers. I know nothing at all about the science behind Pierce’s business interests, and ordinarily the explanation of them might well have made my eyes glaze over. Connelly, however, succeeds in conveying the technical wizardry behind them without making even the most scientifically ignorant reader (i.e. me) feel at all bogged down.

Another gripping and successful story written with Connelly’s characteristically effortless prose. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jun 23, 2018 |
The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren't for him: "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site." Pierce has just moved into a new apartment, and he's been "chasing the dime"--doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions. But he can't get the messages for Lilly out of his head. As Pierce tries to help a woman he has never met, he steps into a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions. A world where his success and expertise mean nothing...and where he becomes the chief suspect in a murder case, trapped in the fight of his life.
  JESGalway | May 28, 2018 |
did not finish ( )
  sitting_duck | Mar 22, 2018 |
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It doesn't have the urgency of his best work, but it also avoids his tendency to work in one plot twist too many until the plausibility of his story falls to bits... Still, "Chasing the Dime" is well-plotted and it holds your interest, and it's easy to picture the book's high-tech shenanigans translating well to the screen.
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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

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After accidentally intercepting some telephone messages for the previous tenant of his new apartment, computer entrepreneur Henry Price is drawn into a nightmarish web of dark and dangerous secrets as he races against time to save the life of a woman he has never met.… (more)

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