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The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel (15)) Audio CD – Unabridged, March 24, 2020
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- Item Weight : 7.9 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1549151401
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549151408
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.5 x 5.75 inches
- Publisher : Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged Edition (March 24, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #430,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Detective Harry Bosch is working in the Open-Unsolved Unit with partner Adam Chu. They are given a strange case from a 1989 murder where the recovered DNA points to a killer who was just eight years old at the time. The second case is current and involves a male body that didn’t survive a fall from a downtown hotel’s seventh floor. The victim turns out to be the son of Councilman Irvin Irving, a former LAPD official who detests Bosch but thinks he’ll handle the case in a totally professional manner. This assignment comes from the highest offices of LAPD, something Bosch refers to as “high jingo,” political influence demanding police action.
A wink now to Michael Connelly for the book’s double-meaning title. Bosch is facing mandatory retirement within four years under the LAPD’s DROP program and one cause of young Irving’s death is postulated as the killer “dropping” him from the hotel’s veranda.
Bosch and Chu have their hands full pursuing leads in both investigations. Bosch is not helped much by Chu’s many mistakes and personal activities, events that cause Harry to seriously consider having him transferred to another department. Bosch is also trying hard to be a good father to teenage daughter Maddie since her mother’s death in Hong Kong several years before. She’s a smart girl and trustworthy, someone Harry describes to a friend as being “thirteen going on thirty.”
Bosch and Chu work the cases relentlessly, conducting interviews, checking out forensic data, digging up historic data from prior years, and getting help from one of Harry’s earlier partners, Kiz Rider, who is working in the police chief’s office. The book is a fine police procedural with plenty of interesting characters on the periphery of these terrible crimes. The tension ratchets up nicely to give the reader a satisfying and exciting end.
Both cases hold plenty of surprises for the reader. The plot is exceptionally tricky and clever. There’s a bit of romance in store for Bosch too — as well as lots of moral ambiguity to challenge his most cherished values.
Bosch’s teenage daughter Maddie wants to become a cop like him is and is learning all about guns. Maddie is wise beyond her years, and her interactions with Bosch make pleasant reading. A nice rest from murder and city politics.
The Drop is one of the best books in a very strong series.
Kiz Rider, between echo park and this, she is starting to be annoying. Before she was shot in Echo park she was a little pain and I definitely could not stand her in this.
Detective Chu, just a sad weakling that Harry got stuck with, where is Jerry Edgar when you need him?
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.
It is still a great book. It shows that in life, at some point when you think all is right, particularly one’s purpose and mission, it is ok to be tested and be doubtful. Once we turned back from this situation and continue our mission, we will be stronger and better than ever, just like Bosch. This is part and parcel of life’s journey.
Top reviews from other countries
It's very rare that I award 5 stars but with Bosch books I can do no less. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
As Harry and his partner pursue answers to both cases, political conspiracies, a new love interest and silent killers are unearthed leading to a chilling climax for Harry and his young partner.
Certainly a gripping as far as the Bosch novels go, my only criticism (which has grown from novel 1) is the often formal language structure that Connelly uses such as 'Thank You' instead of 'thanks' between 'established' friend characters and often referencing character's names in a spoken sentence when the characters in the scene have already been established, but that is just myself being a bit picky.
The Drop features two main plots with two cases getting equal time. The first is a cold case hit. Harry is handed a case with a new DNA match. The murder and a rape of a young women has gone unsolved for years but now the Open Unsolved Unit have made a DNA match and a suspect has been named. The DNA matches a convicted rapist however in a twist the suspect would have been just eight years old at the time of the crime. Harry is brought in to take over the case and to find out if the lab has made a mistake and if not to find out how an eight year old can leave DNA on the victim of a rape and murder.
In the second case Councillor Irvin, one of Harry's long term enemies and a long term thorn in the side of the LAPD, has asked for Harry personally to be the lead investigator into the death of his son. The Councillors son has checked into a high class hotel and is found dead on the pavement outside. All the signs point to suicide but Irvin uses Harry's belief that "everyone counts or no one counts" to demand that Harry find out exactly what happened to his son in that hotel room. The case is as political as it is challenging. Pressure is placed on Harry from Irvin, from his partner and from the chief of police. Harry however will not be swayed or pressured from getting the truth.
The relationship between Harry and his young daughter is also at the centre of this book. Harry is constantly thinking about her and the few scenes that the two are in together are wonderfully written and provide an extra layer to the Harry Bosch character
Once again Connelly has written a fantastic story and a great novel. The two cases are both very, very well written and the moving from case to case keeps the book moving at a fantastic pace and the phrase page turner may have been invented for this book! I could not put it down. Without giving away too much Connelly also produces one of the most shocking and fantastic endings in the whole series.
All in all this is a wonderful book. I would recommend it to any fans of either Michael Connelly or the crime genre in general.