Pierce has just been thrown out by his girlfriend and moved into a new apartment, and the company he founded is headed into the most critical phase of fund-raising. He's been "chasing the dime" - doing all it takes to come out first in a technological battle whose victor will make millions. But he can't get the messages for a woman named Lilly out of his head:
"Uh, yes, hello, my name is Frank. I'm at the Peninsula. Room six-twelve. So give me a call when you can."
Something is wrong. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he has never met.
The world he enters is one of escorts, Web sites, sex, and secret passions. The beautiful Lilly is an object of desire to thousands. To Pierce, she becomes the key that might fix a broken life. But in pursuing Lilly, Pierce has entered a landscape where his success and expertise mean nothing. He is a mark, an outsider, and soon he is also the victim of astonishing violence, the chief suspect in a murder case, and fighting for his life against forces he can barely discern.
©2002 Hieronymus, Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group
"A grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling." (Booklist)
"It's the rare reader who will be able to finger the villain behind all the mayhem." (Publishers Weekly)
"Connelly takes what could have been a typical suspense thriller and turns it into something exceptional through nonstop action and surprising twists." (Library Journal)
Ditto on the "Don't bother" & "Disappointed" reviews. Got through the 1st book and part of the 2nd, then I finally had to stop listening-- just way too implausible. Save your time and look for something else.
This may have been a best-seller in its analog form but that just goes to show how low-brow popular taste can be. It's an okay thriller, Michael Connelly is an decent writer, but don't go here looking for anything substantial.
I was very disappointed with this mystery when you compare it to other Connelly mysteries. The things an "intelligent" person did were ridiculous and far fetched. Very unbelievable plot. I found myself thinking, "why would someone be so dumb to do that!
I expected more from the author of the Bosch books and others. I couldn't make the "leap of faith" to imagine the protagonist of this novel - a Ph.D. chemist - willing to risk so much for a "wrong number", and if I read "I just wanted to help. To see if she was all right." one more time, the book would have wound up in the fireplace. By the end, it was "who cares?".
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I still don't know if it was all worth the struggle in getting through this book. I love the author's other books, and this story surely has his signature to it, but like some of the other reviews the main character is just too unbelievable. I believe the author was trying to do a study in the scientific research world. Maybe also he was trying to get away of his usual characters. He was trying to stretch his horizon, though as the listener I feel I paid heavily for his attempt.
Interesting novel. You have to wonder what a high tech CEO is doing chasing a recycled telephone number for a call girl. The reading is very good. Just a enjoyable, not to deep, mystery.
Yes, highly recommend. Well written and read, Very hard to turn off.
Not sure they all played so well
Very good narrator and easy to listen.
Nope just a good listen
yes, but on the basis of other works .
The main characters actions just lack credibility. Definitely the worst Michael Connelly book I have bought.
Pierce is an idiot. He was an easy sucker and the eventual satisfactory outcome is totally unbelievable. I love Michael's books and this was so out of his genre that I was totally disappointed. It is hard to believe that Connelly wrote it.
The Hieronymus Bosch novels, while fading of late, are dark, compelling stories that provide a backdrop of rich, deeply flawed characters winding their ways through myriad obstacles (many of their own making) to a plausible solution.
If this book is suppose to be about the high energy world of society-as-we-know-it changing technological advances in the ruthless, no holds barred financial world, well I just do not get it! Pass the No-Doze, cuz this loser makes the plot in the phone book look gripping. Is this Connelly's first attempt as a novelist? Has he waited to set the hook with a few decent works, then tossed this loser out there for a little cash infusion?
My God, it is boring! And implausible. And did I say BORING! I worked in such a world, and I'm here to say, that this ain't it. Is there a story in here somewhere?
I'll never know, as I am pulling the plug 2/3s of the way through. "Dog" is too nice a word!
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