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3.0 out of 5 stars Deferred retirement option plan, January 13, 2012
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This review is from: The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 17) (Kindle Edition)
Harry Bosch is the hero of a successful procedural cop novels series. A while ago, he had retired and gone private. Now he is back with the LAPD and has 3 years and 3 months to go on his contract. That's barely enough to see his teenage daughter through high school.

Harry works in a cold case unit, applying new forensic technology to unsolved old cases. His new case is about a known sex offender whose blood has been found at a 1989 crime scene. Problem: he was just 8 years old then.
While he is just about to get started, Harry gets called away to a current case. An old nemesis wants him to investigate the alleged suicide of his son, who has jumped or fallen from a hotel balcony. The dead man was an LA influence peddler with a good income and some enemies. Harry's bosses tell him to give top priority to the jumper/faller case, but Harry always sets his own priorities, which is not a good career basis in any outfit.

Connelly is a star of the genre. He used the Bosch character for a long time and is apparently still struggling to find a way for the future.
Connelly's strength lies in procedural and legal know-how (he was a police reporter himself) and in plot construction. His prose is pleasantly matter of fact and lacks pretensions. Good for him and us. Unfortunately he serves us a romantic fairy tale about the lonesome rider, disguised as hard- boiled crime fiction. Harry is the clean one, the un-political one, the one with principles. The populism that comes out in his attitude to questions like death penalty or nurture vs nature shows the essential flatness of this character.

The ending sees Harry frustrated. He has solved both cases, but finds that he has been manipulated for political purposes in one case, and he blames himself for saving the serial killer's life from a revenge killing in the other.
While I appreciated the suspense of the narration, I found the overall reading experience stale and not worth a repetition. There are better ways to deal with the issues at stake here.
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Initial post: Jan 13, 2012 6:29:47 PM PST
Lobet den Herrn! Ein Buch ich brauche nicht lesen!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 12:25:53 AM PST
H. Schneider says:
Your comment crossed a message of mine...
Ofterdingen coming soon!

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 4:01:29 AM PST
H. Smiling after reading your review. Earlier this week, a young friend enthusiastically asked me if I had read Michael Connelly...'he's really really good'. Irish? I asked...yes, was the reply. 'Well so am I, and will check him out on Amazon when I get home and many thanks'. All to say, before doing this, I just found your review on him, and understand that he has quite a following here in his detective Bosh and other mysteries. Planning to swing 'Bosh', by an economist friend of mine, who reads all the detectives you've been introducing us to here in your reviews. PD James, much heard of, and my first introduction, received as a gift this weekend being read here. On another topic, 'Last Brother' will be for a friend of two of mine while Friederike may wish to check the Nobel Prize Author, J.M.G. Le Clerzio in his 'Le Chercheur d'Or', or 'The Prospector', taking place also in Mauritius, this in 1892. In the meantime, happy reading to all of you and looking forward to your next reviews. AG

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 4:06:38 AM PST
I think I might let this one go .... F1

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 4:08:40 AM PST
J. We shall have to arrest you then, and throw you into the clinker without the keys. AG

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 4:19:42 AM PST
The famous British crime author, Dick Francis, one of England's foremost leading jockeys of the 20th century, nearly killed in a 'freak' tragic racing accident, retired and turned to writing with a large following of readers, including an American boss of mine, of Austrian background in the corporate world, considered one of the great economic minds still around. Francis, an older generation, lived until 89, in 2010. Might be worth checking some of the reviewers on the above since we are on the matter of detectives at the moment. AG

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 5:48:45 AM PST
H. Schneider says:
Agnes, before F has a chance to speak up I want to warn you that she is one of the foremost Clezio enthousiasts around here!
Re Bosch, please make sure to be aware that Harry Bosch's full name is Hieronymus Bosch, like the great Dutch painter!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 6:05:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2012 6:07:57 AM PST
H. Well at least, Friederike will know that I appreciated her referring us to 'The Last Brother'. This, in turn, I plan to give a copy to a friend from Ghana, now back in South Sudan although the pouch in Khartoum not reliable. A few years ago, I sent a copy of 'Narnia', to a sister's of hers, a school teacher in Ghana, and these young ones enjoyed it tremendously although it was not in French, a crushing blow for GB, with a preference for French nains and the like. Bosh, I have to add to here ! And, have now noted the correct spelling for detective Bosch, remembering this most intriguing Dutch painter, a poster of his work immediately placed in the first studio apartment of my husband and mine in New York, where I proceeded to examine this painting very closely. Fascinating, and a reminder on your part that I plan to take a look again at this magnificent painter again. Many thanks. AG

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2012 6:02:25 PM PST
Agnes, H is quite correct about my soft spot for Le Clezio's writing, primarily his writing about Africa and the desert... I have started "Le chercheur d'or" but had to put it aside for a while. It is still calling me...My favourites so far are "Desert" and "Poisson d'or" F.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 3:57:21 AM PST
Friederike, making a note of 'Desert' and 'Poisson d'or' to add to list. In the meantime, and back to 'The Last Brother', a copy in French is going shortly to a friend in Paris, who will appreciate this wonderful novel, I believe. Many thanks. AG
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