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The Drop (Harry Bosch, Bk 17)
The Drop - Harry Bosch, Bk 17
Author: Michael Connelly
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 co...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316069410
ISBN-10: 0316069418
Publication Date: 11/28/2011
Pages: 388
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 113 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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I am a long time fan of Michael Connelly and I think this is one of his strongest efforts yet. A very compelling, readable book!! Don't wait for the paperback and don't wait for anyone else to part with their copy to send to you. They're gonna read it and run down the street and lend it to their friends before they even think of mailing it to you.
Bosch and his partner, Chu, working in the LAPD's Open/Unsolved unit get a hit on one of the units cases. The DNA is match to a someone now in the penal system on a murdered female teen that occurred back in the late 80's. There is only one problem; the 'perp' was only eight years old when the victim was murdered.
As they set out to determine if there is a problem with the evidence Bosch gets called out, my special request, on a case at a well known hotel. Someone has jumped out of the window, or were they pushed? Bosch must navigate the tricky waters of this 'high jingo' case and seek the cause of the demise of the son of one of his old nemesis, now a LA City Council member with an axe to grind with the LAPD.
The leaps of intuition in this novel are quite believable and the author never disappoints. Easily one of the strongest titles in this series. I love the character development here with Bosch, Kiz, Chu and the young daughter Madeline Bosch. I see this series moving to the next generation in this novel and hope that Connelly and I are on the same page!

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One of the amazing things about Michael Connelly is that he brings the reader into the inner workings of LA police and politics. THE DROP refers to Deferred Retirement Option Plan for LAPD. Through this program, Harry Bosch is allowed to delay his retirement for a certain number of years.

This is an exciting story of Harry Bosch drive to get as many perps into prison before his tenure is over (he's been given 39 more months). On the same day that he's given the good news about his extension, Harry and his partner get 2 cases - one a cold case and then a fresh case.

The second case is tainted with lots of politics. Irvin Irving's son seems to have jumped from the 7th floor of an upper scale hotel. Could the title refer to the son's drop onto the concrete below the hotel?

Irvin Irving is Harry's sworn enemy; but Irving has demanded that Harry is named the detective in charge of the investigation. Harry has been ordered (by the LAPD police chief) to drop the cold case to spend all his time on the politically-charged case. If you know Harry, you know he won't do that.

This story rushes along with lots to twists and turns. Harry and his partner David haven't seemed to be a good match. The strain reaches the breaking point during this book.

Whenever Harry and Irvin Irving clash - the story gets really interesting. This one does not disappoint!
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One of the best Harry Bosch novels, (Lincoln Lawyer was my favorite)moves along from start to finish.
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Harry Bosch is back. He retired, then came back, and in this episode he is given extra time to continue before he has to retire for good.

This is a new, improved, Harry. He has learned from life. Although he is easier to work with, and makes time for his teen-age daughter, he is still driven to solve crimes. And sometimes to run roughshod over those who try to prevent him from doing that job.

Harry is called to the scene of an apparent suicide. The son of a former Police Chief (and now City Councilmember) Irvin Irving appears to have jumped from the top floor of a hotel. Why is Bosch called in for this case, when he is currently in the "Open-Unsolved" unit? Because Irving personally requested him. This is more of a mystery to Bosch because Irving had practically made it his life's work to destroy Bosch. Many years of acrimony loom between them. Irving says he wanted Bosch because he wanted no stone unturned, wanted to be certain that the truth will be determined, and he was told that Bosch is the best man for the job.

It does appear to be suicide but Bosch does a painstaking investigation. In addition to this case, though, he has just landed a case from 1989 where DNA evidence has created a "hit" - a match with a person in the system. Trouble is, the person whose blood is on the strangled victim is an eight-year-old boy. Now a registered sex offender. No way could a boy have done this murder, so Bosch has to figure out how his blood got there.

Working two cases simultaneously, Bosch can't satisfy everyone, of course. He wants justice for the strangling victim more than a closed case for the councilmember. Complicating matters, he is working with a new partner and he is not entirely happy with him. He doesn't share his thoughts or plans, and often leaves his partner wondering where he even is. The situation does not improve when Bosch discovers something improper about his partner's conduct.

I have long liked Bosch. Over the years that I have been reading Connelly's vision of this detective, I have come to feel like I know what he looks like, how he thinks, how he might act. I don't always like what he does and often am wanting him to take a little more care with personal relationships. It seems that he has been doing just that, and when things go off he stops to think about his part and sometimes even fixes the situation. A kinder, gentler Bosch. I like that, but at the same time I miss some of the more gut-wrenching times from past novels. There is a darkness to Bosch that, it seems, is starting to see the light, yet I am not sure I am ready for this version.

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Harry Bosch (Primary Character)
Irvin Irving (Major Character)
David Chu (Major Character)
Kiz Rider (Average Character)