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The Drop

A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly

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I really liked this well-written suspenseful crime novel

  • Dec 26, 2011
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 a high-level hotel apartment that had meaning for the son. His father is a man who once worked at a high level job with the police until Bosch discovered something that made him resign. Irvin requests that the Chief of Police assign Bosch to the case, despite their past. He says he wants to find out the facts, was it really a suicide. He says he wants Bosch on the job because Bosch will find out the facts, and he will not hide anything.

The second case is an old cold case. While checking cold cases, the police check the DNA of blood found on a belt. It turns out to be the blood of a then eight year old. Since the case involves a rape and murder, it seems unlikely that the eight year old committed the crime. Since this fact may indicate that the police somehow made a mistake, this sensitive case is assigned to Bosch.

There are also several very interesting subplots. One concerns Bosch's current partner. This man has a queer ever-questioning personality that frequently bothers Bosch. Bosch finds himself in a situation where he feels that he must hide information from his partner. This angers the man, who retaliates. Will Bosch who sees matters in black and white be able to forgive him? Another subplot is the sexual attraction that Bosch feels toward a certain woman who has a terrible secret, a black mark. Can Bosch overlook it? Still another is Bosch's relationship with his former partner who now works with the Chief of Police. Again, Bosch's integrity comes into play. Another is his relationship with his daughter. Here, and only here, there is no black and white; it is all love; love that goes both ways; love that it is a pleasure to read about.
I really liked this well-written suspenseful crime novel I really liked this well-written suspenseful crime novel I really liked this well-written suspenseful crime novel

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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 . November 01, 2011
Is nothing uncomplicated when politics are involved?
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 …
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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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