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The Drop by Michael Connelly [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD] Unabridged on 9 CDs Unknown Binding – 2011
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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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Connelly does his usual masterful job of adding enough layers of mystery to keep the pages turning until the very end, and along the way fleshes out Haller's character to make him an interesting, complex person. He also gets the law right...of course, excessively dramatic (otherwise, no one would read the book), but without the glaring errors which make so many courtroom dramas unreadable to those of us who actually go to court.
Bosch, however, seems to change little through this story. His strengths remain his strengths and his weaknesses remain his blind spots. Perhaps he has been around long enough as a character that he has little room to change. Or maybe Connelly doesn't intend for him to. Instead we end up with inconsistencies. A love interest who is appalled by Bosches unrequited antipathy toward a particularly loathesome criminal changes her mind despite no apparent change in circumstances or motivation. Also, the ending, while exciting and satisfying is rather contrived and improbable. All in all, however, this is a great interesting, fast paced, and all around good read.
He is back working in the Open-Unsolved Cases division, The Cold Cases. He and his partner David Chu, are good at what they do and look forward to the beginning of the week when the L.T. hands out the new assignments. The case that Bosch and Chu gets is twenty-two years old, a young 19 year old college student was found sexually assaulted, tortured and left for dead. Due to the new science the case was sent back to the lab for DNA testing on a blood sample that was smeared on the girls neck. It turns out the blood match gets a hit with a young man, Clayton Pell, who happens to be living in a half way house for sex offenders as part of his parole from prison. The only problem is that Pell would have been eight years old when the 19 year old college coed was murdered. How could an eight year old kid do that?
The case seemed simple until that point came up. But now to make matters worse another case enters into the picture. A jumper has committed suicide at a local upscale hotel. To make matters worse he is the son of a prominent City Councilman, the most powerful City Councilman, and one that doesn't like the LAPD. Harry's phone rings and his friend Kiz Rider from the Chiefs office tells him that the Councilman has requested that Harry be assigned to the case as the lead investigator. Harry doesn't like the idea because he works cold cases not current cases. But he is given no choice.
There is bad blood between Harry and the Councilman from when the Councilman was on the police force himself. Harry asks why the councilman wants him on the investigation and is told it's because Harry treats all cases with the highest regard, complete integrity and let's the case go were it needs to go to get the complete truth.
Now the story begins. Detectives Bosch and Chu are under the microscope with this murder. But they also have their Cold Case to solve. They work both side by side and that makes some people unhappy. Also Bosch doesn't include Chu in everything and that makes him unhappy.
Add to all of this Harry's daughter and their relationships and then to further complicate things add a woman who comes into Harry's life who he is attracted to, but they seem to be polar opposites.
How will it all turn out. Well true to form Connelly keeps the stories moving, little bits of info keep popping up at the most strategic times and love is trying to find it's way to the surface but things are complicated that. On top of all of this there is a 'leak' in the department and facts of the Councilman's sons investigation keep getting out. Who is the mole leaking the story and why?
Well all of this is well written, it is fast paced, exciting and you won't want to put it down. I read it on break, over lunch, during breakfast and gave up sleep because I wanted to know how it was going to end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and feel that you will as well.