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The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel) Hardcover – November 28, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: With his retirement looming, LAPD's Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch takes on two seemingly unrelated cases. The first is a botched DNA test from a 1989 rape and murder, which has been pinned on a convicted rapist who was only eight years old at the time of the crime. Harry's pursuit of that case is interrupted by the apparent suicide of a councilman's son. A former police chief and no fan of Harry's, the councilman insists that Harry investigate his son's death. In pursuit of the truth, and an elusive killer, Bosch and his partner uncover secrets and a political conspiracy deep within the police department. Connelly's aging hero is a flawed, haunted, and unforgettable character; his creator is a master craftsman. --Neal Thompson
PRAISE FOR THE REVERSAL:
"Each of his books is so much more than the sum of its parts....Connelly writes true-to-life fiction about true crime. What makes his crme stories ring true is that they're never really over."―Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Thank God for Michael Connelly....Connelly retains his journalistic gifts; his eye for detail is spot on....Taken together, his 22 novels form an indispensible, compelling chronicle of L.A."―Jonathan Shapiro, Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Connelly, a former journalist, is a master of mixing realistic details of police work and courtroom procedure with the private feelings and personal lives of his protagonists, and of building suspense even as he evokes the somber poetry inherent in battling the dark side."―Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
"Another of Connelly's brilliant Los Angeles crime novels."―Les Roberts, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Connelly's prose is so smooth that it looks easy....The product of a master fully in command of his craft."―Robin Vidimos, Denver Post
"Connelly knows his way around a police investigation, and he knows his way around a courtroom. This knowledge makes his stories believable while his writing skills make them come alive....An exciting writer and one we love to read."―Jackie K. Cooper, Huffington Post
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Harry is packing on some years, now, and has a reality check in this story as to whether or not he even wants to continue his mission - to fight for murder victims - to his "Drop" date, that day when he is kicked loose from the LAPD. If I had just read the first 3/4ths of the book I would think he probably should just go on with a change in direction. His usual dour, holier-than-thou attitude to other cops, particularly his partner, Chu, is wearing really thin. Maybe it is because Connelly gives so little - no real urgency, no feeling of place, little sensory description, and flat characterizations. But the story picks up in the last quarter when we see Harry deal with yet another inhuman monster. How does he do it? How can he see all that and still be human? Because that is why we love Harry...he's so human. And of course, there is the twist in the end. Nicely done!
So, in the end, read the book for the end!
Oh, and if Harry is close to closing the book, perhaps Connelly is setting the stage for a spin-off...? Harry's daughter. Hmmm. (less)