Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This is a really great mystery featuring one of the best detective characters in the genre and by one of the best writers of our time. I just dont like the reading by Cariou. He makes it read like a work of nonfiction with a "just the facts" demeanor.
Nevertheless the story is excellent. I am never dissapointed with any of Connolley's novels.
Whenever I spot the new release of a Mike Connelly book, I download it immediately. 'Tis a matter of reflex. And I am never disappointed. "The Drop" is a great listen, augmented by Cariou's flawless narration.
Connelly's economy of language, clarity, and tightly crafted plots keep the listener engaged without effort. He is meticulous and credible on police procedure. And his characters always emerge, to a great extent, by default - that is, as a function of the compelling settings he creates.
I usually listen to his books when exercising. I hate to shut off the narration when I stop. And the thought of picking it up again gets me out when I don't want to go.
"The Drop"'s story line suggests that the shelf life on Harry Bosch may be good for another five years. This reader hopes that will translate, at a minimum, into five more Bosch-oriented books.
What Louie L'Amour was to Westerns, Mr. Connelly is to the Detective genre. But he is a better writer.
It's almost boring how consistently Michael Connelly turns out superlative books. To me a perfect day is (as a long haul trucker) when I can start listening to a book I've never read or listened to before when I put it in gear first thing in the morning and finish it before I park in the evening. Yesterday was a perfect day. Of course it helps if the book in question is a good book narrated by a competent narrator. The Drop more than filled the bill. Len Cariou is an excellent match with the Connelly - Bosch books. his only short coming is that when he's reading a female part his voice doesn't work as well as some others. I liked it that Bosch was hit with two new cases at the same time because I think that might be closer to what it's actually like for real life detectives as opposed to the typical detective novel where the hero is allowed to devote 24 hours a day to the case that the book is about. I also like that the book ended in a manner other than a fairy tale ending, after all it didn't start out 'once upon a time'. I have trouble picking out one book and saying that this is the best book that this author has written, but what I will say about the drop is that it's been a while since I've enjoyed a book as much as I did this one.
Author of Stitch Alchemy
This was my first Harry Bosch novel. I'm never sure about beginning a series so late (#17), but now I'm hooked and will go back and pick up some of the earlier ones. Bosch is a believable and sympathetic cop who holds up to a lot of adversity. He's not perfect--but very likeable.
The many uses of the symbolism of "a drop" were extremely interesting. The author was able to keep several stories balanced simultaneously, which made it a fast read. When one mystery concluded, there were a couple others which kept me racing to the finish. Beautifully woven together.
There were enough plot twists to keep me anxious to get to the next chapter and they all had a common thread of "the drop" which created a harmonious set of subplots.
It was difficult at first because he has a very rough voice, but after awhile I came to associate it with the main character and then it added to the story.
An intelligent thriller with flawed and believable characters. Everything you could ask from this genre. Loved it and will be back for more Harry Bosch.
This is my 2nd Harry Bosch book, lucky for me! Now I envision a future of happily listening to over a dozen prior Harry Bosch books! This book really kept me listening which is surely a sign of a great audio book. Great plot line, fast pace, wonderful characters kept me glued to my headphones from start to stop of this audiobook.
Resolving not to let the slow pace deter me, I kept plodding on to the end and felt exhausted by the narrator, by the plot, and by the characters.
More action! More intrigue! Less introspection! Less police procedure tutorial. I understand Bosch is having some kind of mid-life crisis, but nothing in the story made me care.I kept expecting that the two different cases would somehow get interesting, or even connect but it never happened.
The narration contributed greatly to the old and tired theme. His voice made Bosch seem a very old man and I felt like we should all take a nap. He cannot do female characters at all and should not have tried.
No, the ending left me not caring about any of the characters or finding out about the obvious unresolved plot-lines.
No more Bosch....bring me another Lincoln Lawyer!
I love the series, the characters, etc., and I am comfortable with this reader. I think this was fairly good but for a few small nitpicks. I think Maddie's role was too small. Since so much of the story had to do with child predators (more on this later), I think more parallels between Harry's love and concern for his teenager could have been presented. Chu's gaffe was too great. Harry would not have dealt so evenly with him, nor would he have reversed his decision to cut him loose.
About the stories. the murder/suicide should have been its own single book, and it could have been more thoroughly examined. I can't figure out why these two crime stories were put together. They do not relate in any way.
Pell's story was sad and horrific, and it too could have had its own full length treatment. I must also add that I am beginning to worry that writers are falling back on the child predator t too often as the source of fiction. This one was handled more humanely than most; Pell's talking about his ordeal was better than having to wade through the details through cataloguing evidence . I think I know what Connelly was attempting in bringing us to sympathize with Pell as victim, but he nearly exonerated Pell's crimes in that process.
I am not happy with the final scenes of the suicide story. The confrontations between Bosch and Irvin and then with Kiz and Bosch were not clear enough for me to see the exact truth. I don't want to believe that Kiz has gone all 10th floor, but for now, we might assume it as such. So, in the end I am not satisfied with the verdict regarding George's death. I don't want to believe McQuillen, but it does sound plausible. I am just not sure.
And what about Dr. Stone? She was kind of a vague character, and I am not sure why her situation with her son was so offputting to the relationhship with Bosch. Perhaps The very significant nature vs. nurture conversation was valuable, but not conclusive. Maybe I blanked out for some pages. At any rate, it is not even clear if Bosch will pursue her.
For these books, this was a 4*, which for me puts it at the top of the best. I like the Bosch series better than the Mickey Haller series, though there are standouts in that one too.
1) why two unrelated stories (or did I miss the subtleties that connect them)?
2) why exactly did Harry not pursue Dr. Stone?
3) why did Harry forgive Chu -- it is really not his style?
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This latest Harry Bosch book is holding up the excellence of the author. I have been disappointed lately by authors I have followed for year decline in quality. Bosch is having problems balancing his work life, his role as father and problems of working with a partner rather than alone. He is also questioning himself about the fact aging maybe starting to cause him to lose his edge. The story balances two cases, one current, one cold so the reader needs to stay on ones toes. You will not waste a credit on this book.
Tightly written and thoroughly enjoyable. Shows Bosch at his absolute best. No need to have read earlier books in the series. Warning, however: You won't be able to stop listening.
In this case, Harry comes up against "high jingo" better known as the internal politics within LAPD when he investigates the death of the son of his nemesis on the city council. This book takes takes several twists and turns as it lays out multiple story lines. Just when you think one case is solved, you find that there is more in store. If you are a Harry Bosch fan, don't miss this one. It is compelling from beginning to end.