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The Drop

A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly

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Is nothing uncomplicated when politics are involved?

  • Nov 1, 2011
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Detective Harry Bosch has the opportunity to continue his work in the Open/Unsolved Unit with his extension to stay on approved.  Harry has been working the cold cases long enough to get have a rhythm down so that he gets the work done and still be home for dinner with his daughter.  Doing his best to be a good detective and great father is a tightrope but Harry is a man always up for a challenge, even with a teenage daughter.

 On this particular cold case assignment day, he draws a case from twenty-two years ago with trace evidence that is a complete dead end.  The blood on the body is from an eight year-old boy, with no conceivable way to have committed this crime.  The questions becomes how did his blood get on her body, was he an additional victim, or a witness?  Just as Harry is ready to begin his hunt, another person stops him to ask for help.  His nemesis and former police office Irving Irvin wants Harry to investigate his son’s death quickly and quietly.  Harry stands for everyone including the son of his enemy, but he won’t be anyone’s political pawn.

What Irving really wants is as clear as mud but Harry has seen all this man’s tricks, or he thinks he does and knows better than to follow the road Irving is laying out for him.  With each bit of evidence or rock turned over the pieces are not coming back into place correctly as if someone else is putting the puzzle together and Harry is just watching as it happens.  There are so many unanswered questions about what is going on and no one is telling the full truth.

At the same time, Harry is trying to solve the cold case and bring justice to the poor woman who was brutally murdered.  The single case blows up with scenarios going in every direction where the prey may have become the predator.  When emotions, past transgressions, and even people are hidden in plain sight the final confrontation is going to be explosive.

Michael Connelly is incapable of writing a less than perfect book and The Drop is a complete grand slam that engages readers from page one.  You think you know what is going on; you follow the trail of evidence along with Harry and then take you somewhere you never could have expected and terrified once you get there.

Is nothing uncomplicated when politics are involved? Is nothing uncomplicated when politics are involved?

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review by . January 02, 2012
Harry Bosch is assigned to a cold case of a 1989 rape and murder that DNA evidence shows an eight year old child was involved. Harry must find if the evidence was compromised or what happened.      As he begins this case, he's ordered to investigate the untimely death of the son of his former adversary, Councilman Irvin Irving.      Harry is getting closer to retirement and is dealing with the city to grant him five years more on the job. He also has an …
review by . April 14, 2012
Bosch is back in
“Everybody counts or nobody counts” has always been Detective Harry Bosch’s personal mantra. In THE DROP, the latest book in a series that began long ago with the excellent novel The Black Echo, Harry Bosch’s belief system and his trust in others are tested in new ways. Ways that will have him second guessing himself again and again before these two cases are over.   Bosch has 39 months to go before mandated retirement from the LAPD. He isn’t happy about forced …
review by . September 28, 2011
This is another excellent book about Harry Bosch, my favorite LAPD homicide investigator. The title of the book may throw the reader off though.      The DROP in this book refers to the Deferred Retirement Option Program of the LAPD. Harry is still working in the Unsolved Cases unit and is at the mandatory retirement age and had put in for a DROP. Through it is not the focal point of the story, it does tie in to Harry's mindset throughout the book.   Harry and his …
review by . December 26, 2011
I really liked this well-written suspenseful crime novel
This novel is interesting from page one to its surprise ending on page 388, with no let up. Bosch is portrayed as a man of integrity, but he sees life in black and whites, and this personality trait affects, in interesting and positive ways, virtually all the events in this story. Bosch works two crime cases and is able to see facts missed by others, even experienced police officers. One case concerns an apparent suicide, but was it murder? The son of Bosch's nemesis Irving Irvin fell off of …
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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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