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.
Big mystery lover here! The picture is of my father who is suffering with dementia and my youngest daughter on her wedding day.
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.
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?
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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.
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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.
Love Connelly. Will not buy a book read by Len Cariou
Len Cariuo is a rine actor, but I really hated him as a narrator. I love Connely, and specificallu Harry Bosch but could barely make it through this audiobook, due to the narrator.