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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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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!!!
“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.
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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.
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.
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.
Where to start with this one.....this was the best Harry to date imo and maybe the best book Ive read this year. MC has proved once again why he is one of the top 2 or 3 mystery writers out there.
Now for the bad. Something seems to have happened to Len Cariou's voice. He has always done a wonderful job bringing Harry to life. I used to listen to Cariou and think he his Harry Bosch. Although, since the "Overlook" something has changed with his voice. I first noticed it in "Suicide Run". His voice sounded real strained, like he was struggling to get through each line. I chalked it up to being a half a** effort because it was a short story and ignored it. Instead of listening to "Suicide Run" I bought the book because I just couldnt listen to Cariou. Well, I download the "Drop" and sure enough, Cariou's voice is still sounding weird. I dont know what has happened but it is now a challenge to listen to him. If you dont understand what I am saying go listen to "Lost Light" or any of his previous Harry Bosch books and you will hear this difference.
Cant fault MC for Cariou so I give the book a 5 out of 5. But if you have not bought the audio version yet, I suggest you by the print version of this one.
The narrator is very enjoyable. He captures each character and the emotion of Connelly's writing with each breath. Listening to him helps put you into the story or in this case right on the streets of L.A. along side Bosch.
Political ties can never bind the heart.