Only one or two of Connelly's continuing characters (attorney Langwiser, for example) show up in this departure novel. As in The Poet the protagonist here is not a cop of any kind, but the "scientific mind" of chemist Henry Pierce will take one on a typical convoluted-Connelly ride and provide enough thrills and chills to satisfy even the most jaded reader.
This book was riveting from the first paragraph. It kept me on the edge of my seat accompanying the man (Henry Price) through his desire to help "Lilly" and wondering how involved he would become in her life. The mystery of just how involved he would become and how dangerous his queries would be for either (or both) of them. A true page-turner.
Totally different kind of book from this author. A research scientist gets a new phone number when he moves that apparently belonged to a call girl who has gone missing. For reasons only he can understand but yet not admit to himself, he has to find her. He nearly becomes a statistic himself and the players seem to be part of the porn underworld. He is surprised and shocked to find out who sets this whole thing up.
"Chasing the Dime" is not one of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch character novels. At first I was kind of dissapointed, but this book hooked me on the first page and I could not put it down! Very fast moving, twisted plot that will not leave Connelly's fans upset at all! I was sorry to see this one end. Give it a chance!
While I am a fan of Connellys Harry Bosch novels, this standalone book, while having a great plot and pacing, suffered from the characters doing some incredibly stupid things. Connelly sets in motion a Hitchcockian plot when mild-mannered chemist Henry Pierce gets a new phone number that had previously belonged to Lilly Quinlan, a young woman working for an escort service. When Pierce begins getting messages from men for Lilly, instead of simply changing the number (or having his assistant Monica do this), he investigates her disappearance.
Henry does have his reasons for doing so, most of which involve the murder of his sister, Isabel, at the hands of the serial killer known as the Dollmaker. However, Henry is also a workaholic whose breakthrough in molecular computing will make him a rich man, if he can get funding from venture capitalist Maurice Goddard. Henrys workaholism has cost him his relationship with Nicole, his firms intelligence officer.
Henry does a lot of things wrong: he breaks and enters into Lillys house, looking for clues; he refuses to give the details of his investigation to Detective Renner, which turns Pierce into a suspect in Lillys disappearance, and he looks at hardcore fetish porn involving Lilly on his work computer. For a man who is supposedly a genius, these are all very stupid things to do, and he does them without much justification on his part.
The villains reveal is a nice twist, but overall I would rather re-read a Bosch novel.
This one is not part of the Harry Bosch series. Connelly is one of the best mystery writers around today. Articulate, literate, creative, he is for me one of those who are currently holding the gold standard. He can sometimes seem unrelentingly dark, but he's never boring, and never ever stupid.
Would you risk your life for a woman you'd never met?
Henry Pierce has a whole new life new apartment, new telephone, new telephone number. But the first time he checks his messages, he discovers that someone had the number before him. The messages on his line are for a woman named Lilly, and she is in some kind of serious trouble. Pierce is inexorably drawn into Lilly's world, and it's unlike any world he's ever known. It is a nighttime world of escort services, websites, sex, and secret identities. Pierce tumbles through a hole, abandoning his orderly life in a frantic race to save the life of a woman he has never met.
Pierce's skills as a computer entrepreneur allow him to trace Lilly's last days with some precision. But every step into Lilly's past takes Pierce deeper into a web of inescapable intricacy and a decision that could cost him everything he owns and holds dear.
This one was different from most of Michael Connelly's detective or journalist murders, centered this time on the a victim wrongly accused, set up for reasons not clear in the beginning. It was an enjoyable read with a unique angle that made me cling to every fact and turn the pages faster. The references to other crimes and persons from his other books builds the interest and piques the insiders feeling of knowing more than what was written. Very clever.
This is an excellent read. It hits the ground running with a good fast pace. I only have one little negative - in a few places the narrative exposition is too long and slows things down, but not for long. That's the only flaw, otherwise, great book.
Well written, well paced plot, great sense of place. All these are part of a Michael Connelly book. This is a stand alone novel, not part of his other series books, so a good introduction to his writing style.
A page turner to say the least. Michael Connelly is a master at his craft but he does the research and analysis to make it so. The technology that surrounds this [ten-year-old] story is not science fiction which makes the novel all the more compelling and believable, characters aside. Fast paced and exciting.
This book was the first book by Michael Connelly I read and I had to hunt for more books by this author.
What happens when a CEO moves to a new apartment and starts receiving phone calls for the person, who had the phone number before him. She a call girl and he decides to hunt her down. The amount of trouble he finds himself is very interesting read.
The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce are clearly not for him: Where is Lilly? This is her number! It's on the site. Pierce has just moved into a new apartment and the messages will not stop. Eventually he becomes the chief suspect in Lilly's disappearance and becomes involved in the fight of his life.....for his life......
After being given a wrong number, Henry Pierce decides to investigate the whereabouts of its previous owner. This seemingly small decision leads him on a crazy adventure and into the depths of conspiracy. This book was suspenseful and hard to put down!
Like Void Moon, this book is a departure from Connelly's Bosch / McCaleb detective series. It starts as a book about a citizen / scientist / entrepreneur engaging in some amateur detective work that explodes in seriousness and complexity. Plenty of twists (and a little nanotechnology) thrown in. Fun.
Excellent mystery from beginning to end. The beginning was a little slow. After all the characters were in play, I caught Henry's curiosity and was intrigued by the whole story. The ending has a very nice twist that I didn't see coming and had to actually re-read some of the story to see how it fit in. Nice ending. A Good read over all.
Michael Connelly, enough said. A man competing for his company to be the first with a million dollar scientific breakthrough gets drawn into the world of a woman he has never met, and becomes determined to save her.
"The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren't for him: 'Where is Lilly. This is her number. It's on the site.' Pierce has just moved into a new apartment, and he's been 'chasing the dime' -- doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions. But he can't get the messages for Lilly out of his head. As Pierce tries to help a woman he has never met, he steps into a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions. A world where his success and expertise mean nothing...and where he becomes the chief suspect in a murder case, trapped in the fight for his life."
This is a stand alone novel and not part of the Harry Bosch series. It's a good read, with all the twists and puzzles we look to Connelly to provide.
This was the first Michael Connelly book that I had ever read. I am happy to report I picked a winner! It begins with a wrong number...and ends with a murder case and a man fighting for his life.
It was great!
really good mystery novel. quite a lot of surprising twists and turns and a real surprise ending. not harry bosch detective as many of connelly books are. different and really good read. fast page turner for beach or plane this summer
I requested this book through paperbackswap.com after reading a review or recommendation for this book in the newspaper. I had read at least one of the author's books, albeit quite a while ago. He has a good reputation so I thought this book would be good. Initially, this was engaging but that didn't last long as Henry, the central character, became fixated on finding the woman who previously had his new home phone number. Most normal people would simply get the number changed (he was getting numerous calls for her as she was an escort) and forget about it. Henry became obsessed with finding the woman, so much so that he started neglecting his work. Then, at the end, it was revealed that Henry had been framed by someone who was able to orchestrate how Henry would react each step of the way as the frame unfolded. The whole thing was completely unbelievable. I'm willing to suspend belief to a point, but this book was asking too much.
Compelling reading! Henry Pierce is a scientist not a private detective. But he becomes obsessed with a missing call girl. His new phone number actually belongs to her and his investigation into why he is receiving her calls pulls him deeper and deeper into a dark world of crime and murder. Has he been set up to take the fall for her murder?
This is one of the best books I've read.....ever. It was off to a quick start and held my attention until the final period on the last sentence.
It was full of technology which was included as part of the plot in a very believable way. The technolgy became another character in the book - but, nothing too far "out there".
I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read about a compassionate person dealing with his connection to someone he didn't even know at first. He was able to solve mysteries in her life by utilizing the technology he dealt with as part of his career knowledge base.
The title refers to fitting technology onto devices as small as a dime - therefore "Chasing the Dime" sized technology.
Doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions, Henry Pierce can't get the phone messages out of his head. As he tries to help a woman he has never met, he steps into a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions.
I love the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly, so I wanted to give this a try even though it's not a Bosch novel. I was NOT disappointed. Grips you from the beginning and doesn't let up, giving you just the right amount of twists to keep you guessing and makes you not want to put it down till you know all the answers.