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.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Pay for one, get two Harry Bosch novels entwined here in "The Drop" AND…. a bridge to Connelly's next Bosch… "The Black Box"! Plus this is totally great Michael Connelly. Here Harry goes puzzling-out the mysteries of a "Splatter" who's found seven stories below his penthouse terrace while Bosch's also working through the mindset of a pedophile who's got an astonishing alibi as a suspect in a rape/murder.
Of course both cases are cemented together with procedural detail and cop-politics. Connelly's never been better, nor has Michael McConnohie. As usual, I recommend you start Bosch from the beginning of this epic series to capture all the whorls and whims of Connelly's imagination, but hey… If you just want to start your Bosch experience somewhere…
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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.
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.
TRUE TO LIFE
Harry was my favorite character. He made HARD decisions. He wasn't afraid to do so and didn't care that it may hurt another person, only that it was the correct thing to do. You've got to admire someone like that. Somebody's got to do the hard job.
I would try. Sometimes, his voice sounds a bit like he has false teeth or had a stroke, it makes me feel sad.
This book makes me long to watch a cop show. It is the closest thing to a tv cop drama that I've ever heard in a book. I am not sure if that is a good thing or bad, but I enjoyed listening and I never knew what Harry would do next. I was like his partner Chu, left in the dark.
I enjoyed this selection.
This one is way up there with the best of them. Some of the negative critics act as though Connelly should write just for them.
The plot had enough twists and turns to keep me ready and eager for the nest
Cariou has always had Bosh nailed. He maintains the ambiance that paper Connelly Harry Bosh put forth.
I was able to feel the revulsion that Bosh and others experienced when confronted with the horrors of the serial sicko's crimes.
I was left a little wanting at the ending - would have liked, perhaps, more resolution. But there is always the next book to deal with issues that were not resolved in this one.