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Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly

Chasing the Dime (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Chasing the Dime
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Orion (2003), Paperback, 368 pages
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Tags:Crime Fiction, Police Detective, Murder Mystery

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Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly (2002)



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one of his better on murder computer geeks - cellphones - websites

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.
  christinejoseph | Dec 23, 2016 |
I didn't finish this book. ( )
  dmontwerp | Dec 16, 2016 |
I don't listen to many audio books. I wish I hadn't listened to this one. I thought the premise was interesting: a guy gets a new cell phone and his new number was owned by a woman who was an escort. He continually gets phone calls for her. This happens on a Friday. Instead of changing his number immediately, he decides to try to find this woman to ask her to take the phone number off her online "dating" advertisement. My first thought was a forehead slap. I became increasingly put off by the actions this man takes. It was actually painful to listen to. I had to turn it off multiple times. I didn't care how many twists and turns there were to the storyline. I had absolutely no empathy for what I continually felt were stupid judgement calls on the part of the protagonist. I couldn't stand it. Although I wanted to know the call girl's story, I couldn't tolerate the foolish choices made. What I had hoped to be a good book to listen to while on an extended road trip, became a stressful situation for me. I was so disappointed. ( )
1 vote Raspberrymocha | Jul 9, 2016 |
Perfect. ( )
  DeanClark | Mar 26, 2015 |
A good read....I enjoyed the audio as always. Henry Pierce has a whole new life — new apartment, new telephone, new telephone number. But the first time he checks his messages, he discovers that someone had the number before him. The messages on his line are for a woman named Lilly, and she is in some kind of serious trouble. Pierce is inexorably drawn into Lilly’s world, and it’s unlike any world he’s ever known. It is a nighttime world of escort services, websites, sex, and secret identities. Pierce tumbles through a hole, abandoning his orderly life in a frantic race to save the life of a woman he has never met.

Pierce’s skills as a computer entrepreneur allow him to trace Lilly’s last days with some precision. But every step into Lilly’s past takes Pierce deeper into a web of inescapable intricacy — and a decision that could cost him everything he owns and holds dear. ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
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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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