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.
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The story was captivating & I could hardly put it 'down'! Would have given it 5 stars except for the ending. Which made it sound like Bosch seem like he was the only one that knows what 'is true' in city politics! It kind of made him seem like "Saint Bosch'
Side light, his daughter in the story was a GREAT addition!!!
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
Great story...great series...searing characters...outstanding plot -- all by one of the top crime writers on the planet. What's not to like?
Try to plan listening to this on a road trip...because I guarantee you're going wind up sitting in the driveway unwilling to turn it off if you don't.
Connelly and Cariou are a perfect combination. One of the best audio books of the year.
Now when's the next one coming???
“The Drop” is the third Michael Connelly detective mystery I’ve read, and I’ve learned by now, that Connelly can be depended upon to pen an exciting and creative story, one that avoids the obvious clichés of this genre. “The Drop” tells the story of two crimes, which are cleverly interwoven, although they are not related to each other. The solution of the crimes remains a mystery until the end. Connelly’s Harry Bosch L.A. detective series is well-established and this addition will keep both devotees and new readers happily engaged in a fast-moving police procedural peopled by characters who are realistic, acting in ways that are entirely believable.
Harry is back. Connelly deals with some very difficult subjects in this book, including ones that makes my skin crawl, pederasty and child abuse in general. However, he does so in a way that is not offensive just difficult to read because of my hardly unique loathing of all things related to child abuse. If you like the character of Harry Bosch you will enjoy the novel. The story will rip you up in parts but the denouement is ultimately satisfying and his observations about the effects of child abuse are graphic and profound.
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!
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Michael Connelly is a superb author, Harry Bosch is one of my favorite detectives, and Len Cariou has the voice to bring it all together. I have read all of the Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer stories. And have enjoyed them all to varying degrees.
But, this time Connely has outdone himself with a great DOUBLE story\case for Bosch that includes a relatively new partner, a brand new romance, plus the return of old friends, and older enemies. Often authors can get stale with reocurring characters. Not here. Bosch is on the case with fresh eyes and the supporting cast are all equally engaging.
Each of the characters, including Bosch, undergo change, are in transition, evolving, growing, and this matches perfectly with the storyline, which ends with a combination of both answers and questions about our characters and their futures.
This is not a cliffhanger. Instead you leave wanting more; excited for the next novel to begin. Thoroughly enjoyable. Can't wait for the next one.
Michael Connelly and I have been 'Audible Friends' for a few years now, and his early work was extremely well crafted. In my opinion, his approach with Bosch as a character peaked with Trunk Music and The Last Coyote, masterpieces of the genera, and has been somewhat formulaic since. With The Drop, I think he's broken new ground with a complex, multifacited plot that let's Bosch mature into a much better character with a lot more texture and substance. Len Caiou's voice, with it's age and gravel, really fit the character now. It's a pleasure to see him grow and expand the character.
I liked waiting for the book to come out . I really didn't like the narration.
I would not recommend The Drop .
I think the book needed a different narrator or Len Cariou needs to clear his throat before being a male voice and not try to be a woman's voice.
I have read all of The Harry Bosch books and loved them so I don't know if this was really a let down in the storyline or if I was so put off by the narrator that I couldn't stay interested in what seemed to me to be two separate stories that just didn't mesh well. Really sorry I was set to like this book.
The characters in this book sound like they're 80 years old. A younger narrator would have been a better choice--Craig Wasson would be terrific (listen to Stephen King's 11-22-63 and you'll see what I mean). How many times do we need to be bored with the politics and pecking order of the LAPD? What happened to the Harry Bosch we've known for fifteen years? Connelly has moved on to Micky Haller (a terrific character) and Harry has indeed become the neglected step-brother. This one is boring, pedantic and a waste of time and an money. I'm looking forward the the next Haller book and will let Harry rest in peace.