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The Closers (Harry Bosch Series) Paperback – January 15, 2015
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After three years as a PI, Harry Bosch returns to the LAPD. The superb page-turning eleventh Bosch novel from the award-winning No. 1 bestselling author.
Harry is back, assigned to the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit with his former cop ally and partner, Kizmin Rider. These detectives are the Closers. They are thrown into a politically sensitive and dangerous case when a white supremacist is connected to the 1988 murder of a mixed race girl.
The police department has changed, but one thing hasn't - Harry's nemesis, Irving. The former Deputy Chief has been pushed from power and given a virtually meaningless new role. Full of vengeance, Irving calls Harry a 'retread'. He watches from the sidelines like an injured bear, hoping Harry will make a mistake . . .
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- Publisher : Orion (January 15, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1409157296
- ISBN-13 : 978-1409157298
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.76 x 1.06 x 5.04 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #161,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once again you are going to feel like you are one of Harry Bosch‘s partners As you and he investigate this case. The writer accurately captures Harrys highs and lows as the case unfolds. Harry has to deal not only with old case reports. Missing evidence, but he also has to deal with internal police politics. This is a very interesting murder case. Harry Bosch a True criminal investigator.
Harry and Kiz consult the old “murder book” and get to work quickly. They interview the murdered girl’s parents, now divorced, and see the girl’s bedroom that has been kept exactly the same since her death. But there’s something not quite right with the bed, something that nags at Bosch, so you know it will become more important later in the book.
In reviewing the murder book Harry notices that the original case was pressured by higher police authorities to move in a different direction. Harry and Riz believe this kind of “high jingo” was responsible for the case being closed without a final resolution. Topping this off is the reappearance of Deputy Chief Irvin Irving who puts unnecessary pressure on Bosch to keep his nose clean and not screw things up.
Kiz and Harry find a likely suspect for the murder rap but don’t have enough hard evidence for arrest and subsequent prosecution. So they watch and wait while trying to find more witnesses and check out more leads. Meanwhile we learn of all the necessary work that detectives perform when trying to find the killer in a long forgotten homicide. The reader may lose interest early in the book but it pays to stick with it until the pace picks up in the final one-third and author Connelly springs his final surprise.
The possibility that the girl was killed by Aryan wannabes was a strong possibility, but Bosch and his partner Kizmin Rider, sorted through the possibilities. A chance phone call during the investigation of yet another murder, cleared up the old suspects and brought to light one that was nowhere near anyone's radar.
The ending held a very satisfying tone.
Bosch’s first case goes back to 1988. A beautiful sixteen-year-old, bi-racial girl was taken from her house and murdered quarter of a mile from home. New DNA evidence has emerged. Harry and his black partner Kiz Rider explore every angle. Bosch makes mistakes. He feels rusty after three years away from the job. And there’s an officer in the department who wants to take Bosch down. The case gets more and more complicated every minute.
The Closers is very much a police procedural, heavy on technical detail. But it’s also quite emotional. The victim’s parents were shattered in particularly pathetic ways. And Bosch has a little daughter who’s always on his mind. He knows that losing her would destroy him just as Rebecca’s loss destroyed her parents.
This is an excellent series. I’ve found every book engrossing.
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This story opens with Harry Bosch returning to the Los Angeles police force following a three year spell as a private investigator. However, he is assigned to the 'Open - Unsolved' unit - a small team of seasoned police officers who take a second look at unsolved crimes of the past. Also on the team is former colleague Kizmin Rider. In addition, Harry is soon reacquainted with a number of other former colleagues, including his nemesis, Irving Irving.
The first case that Harry is given concerns the murder of a biracial 16 year old, Rebecca Verloren. Now, seventeen years later, thanks to advances in technology, a DNA match links an illiterate white supremacist with this old case. However, Bosch discovers that while the 'murder book' of the crime still exists, the box containing other physical supporting evidence collected at the time has disappeared. Could this new DNA connection be the break that brings this case to closure?
While this is a traditional police procedural story where you follow Harry Bosch and his colleagues as they conduct their investigation, and experience through them the highs and lows of a number of different 'avenues of investigation', I think the real strength and impact of this novel lies in how Michael Connelly skilfully, and devastatingly, portrays the impact that a long-standing unsolved murder has on family, friends, and others involved in such cases (the 'ripples' as Harry refers to them). In this novel there is far less emphasis on Bosch's personal life and a greater focus on his personality - particularly his dogged determination to seek justice, closure and to 'speak for the dead'. For me, this is the most poignant of the Harry Bosch novels I have read to date.
For me I find it sad that his use of the English Language is Americanised but I guess many of his readers are American. One of the worst for me is the word 'Gotten', there is of course no such word in correct English. The storyline more than makes up for this. I recommend reading the books in the correct order, although they are predominately stand alone books, there is a degree of follow on.
The story has nice pace, is really well told and I would be surprised if the reader doesn't finish it within 2 or 3 days as it is difficult to put down. Great book.