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The Drop

A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly

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Bosch is back in "THE DROP" by Micheal Connelly

  • Apr 14, 2012

“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 retirement but understands the system and how things work. Partnered with Detective Chu, their latest case in the “Open-Unsolved Unit” is going to be a problem with potential wide ranging repercussions. DNA from a case dating back to 1989 has come in from the regional lab at Cal State. The DNA results are a match to a known sex offender by the name of Clayton S. Pell. Pell is a bad guy and has done a lot of various bad things over the years. The problem is that he was 8 years old when the murder case happened in 1989. If the lab received material contaminated by the “Open-Unsolved Unit, the cases involved are going to be tainted and careers at the very least will be over.


Why the DNA links to a sex offender who was 8 at the time of the murder is an urgent matter that gets the attention of Bosch and Chu. That is until the body of the son of city councilman Irvin Irving is found smashed into the ground outside a local hotel. Maybe it was suicide? Maybe it was homicide?  No one has any idea in the early hours of the investigation. The councilman, who has a long standing antagonistic history with Bosch and the LAPD, wants Bosch on the case. 48 Year old George Thomas Irving is dead and thanks to the order of the current police chief, daddy is going to get his way. Politics drives priorities in any job and it certainly does here making the case priority number one.


The politics at work have been a major backdrop to each novel in this series and are very much the theme at the center of this novel. Both cases have the potential to be extremely high profile. While Bosch rarely plays politics and would rather focus on taking care of his teenage daughter and solve cases, others are okay with a whatever ends justify the means type of philosophy. For some in “THE DROP” Bosch’s code of “everybody counts or nobody counts” is meaningless as they just don't get it  The result is an intensely good read as Bosch is forced again and again to not only reconsider the cases as events develop but to also consider those around him and their motives.


Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.



Kevin R. Tipple © 2012

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December 17, 2012
Nice summation of the book but I was wondering what particularly did you like about it that prompted you to give it 4 stars? I put a lot of reasons in my review. You can draw on the uneasiness of Harry dealing with Kiz Ryder or the politics behind solving the crime. I liked the way Maddy helped out in this one.
May 17, 2012
April 16, 2012
Thanks for another terrific recommendation, Kevin. Well done.
April 16, 2012
Thank you for reading my stuff. Appreciate that and the compliment.
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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 . 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 …
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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