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Harry's Drop date not soon enough?
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2011
Wow, it is hard to believe I just finished the 16th Harry Bosch book. I guess you can say I am a pretty big fan. And I really am - but not so much of this book. I don't think I would have finished it if I didn't have my handy-dandy Android Kindle app, so easy to snuggle into bed and read from on my cell phone...
Harry is packing on some years, now, and has a reality check in this story as to whether or not he even wants to continue his mission - to fight for murder victims - to his "Drop" date, that day when he is kicked loose from the LAPD. If I had just read the first 3/4ths of the book I would think he probably should just go on with a change in direction. His usual dour, holier-than-thou attitude to other cops, particularly his partner, Chu, is wearing really thin. Maybe it is because Connelly gives so little - no real urgency, no feeling of place, little sensory description, and flat characterizations. But the story picks up in the last quarter when we see Harry deal with yet another inhuman monster. How does he do it? How can he see all that and still be human? Because that is why we love Harry...he's so human. And of course, there is the twist in the end. Nicely done!
So, in the end, read the book for the end!
Oh, and if Harry is close to closing the book, perhaps Connelly is setting the stage for a spin-off...? Harry's daughter. Hmmm. (less)