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Let's Hear It For Harry Again

  • Nov 12, 2012
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+5
Harry is still working on closed cases and he decides to re-open the "Snow White" case. When he was an officer during the 1992 LA riots he came upon a murdered Danish report Anneke Jespersen, who was found dead by a National Guardsman. Harry was never able to solve that mystery and it basically went dormant for 20 years. The fact that he never found Jesperson's killer had always gnwawed at him and the 20th anniversary sets him to dive back into it.

In the meantime he has annoyed his new group leader (O'Toole) and pretty soon the PSB (formally Internal Affairs) is investigating Harry for improprieties when he visited his girlfriend"s (Hannah)brother in prison. Harry is no longer a regular detective as he is in his four year DROP period and he could be let go for the merest infraction.

As Harry starts to investigate the Jesperson case, he gets more blowback from O'Toole making him think that those that sit on the 10th floor are against him and are behind the PSB investigation. This makes Harry more determined to work on the case. Harry learns that a call was made to the police from Modesto, CA on the 10th anniversary of the murder and when Harry looks into that call, it is the clue he needs to really start the case going. His partner Chu had told Harry that every case has a "Black Box" which is the one clue that can break the case wide open.

Harry has to work the case solo and let Chu work in the background because he is afraid that O'Toole will come after Chu too. Harry is relentless at persuing all clues in his usuall direct manner. The story gets hot and heavy as Harry must quickly solve the case before he is ousted from his job and must go after the bad guys without a partner for backup.

This book held me from start to finish and Connelly's writing is crisp. The only things that were negative about the book is he does go overboard talking about jazz songs as I am not a jazz aficianado. Also, his daughter Maddy is virtually a non-entity and after his last book, I thought she would have a hand in helping him solve the case. None of these issues prevent me from giving the book a full five stars!

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