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.
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"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)
For any Connelly fan, this book is a great break from Harry Bosch. Not a hard boiled detective book but a great thriller for anyone with a more than a few neurons flashing. It is a great listen and better than any James Patterson trash ever.
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!
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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.
Not sure. Depends if this was just a bad book or if it is a pattern. I can't believe it is by the same author as the Harry Bosch series.
This is a fairy poorly written story with a main character who is too stupid to be believable. It appears the author learned a few technical words and decided to throw a "story" around them. Too bad he didn't learn enough to use the words correctly.
Not much character development. Story is predictable. I expected better from the author.
As an enthusiastic fan of Connelly's work, I was astounded by the implausibility of this book's characters, plot, and overall mediocrity. Having enjoyed close to 20 of his yarns, it seems he needs to stick with what he knows best
If it hadn't been written at all.
It just wasn't believable. Nobody is so stupid that they would do all of the stupid things that Pierce did. Maybe his frontal lobe just never developed. I can't see a 14-year-old doing half of the stuff that he did without thinking of the consequences. If Michael Conley's name was not on this book you would've never convinced me in a million years he wrote it. I've read and listen to 28 of his books, this one was a huge disappointment!
The narrator was fine, the performance was done as best as it could be considering the storyline.
Other then it's a Michael Conley book, not that I have found. I'm struggling just to get through it. I wanted to quit and return it several times, but keep hoping the next chapter is going to get better and this guy will smarten up. I'm on chapter 11 of 16, so far I don't see that happening.
I guess out of all of the dozens and dozens of Michael Connelly books he can afford to have one epic fail. 😕 But this is all just my opinion.
This is the first time I've been significantly disappointed by Michael Connelly. The Bosch novels are among my absolute favorites, but this was an exercise in frustration. I almost wonder if this was an early unpublished novel that got pulled out of the trunk and trotted out as new.
The main character is foolish beyond belief, leaving fingerprints everywhere after breaking in. And even if you can believe the way he got set up -- which is a real stretch IMO -- the crux of the novel revolves around (SPOILER ALERT) a company delaying a key patent filing that makes no sense. First off, in a cutthroat industry, you don't delay. And if you're trying to get funding, you don't sell off part of the company before filing the patent; you sell AFTER filing the patent.
Hey, I'll go right back to Connelly because he's a master and I'm considering this to be the exception that proves the rule.
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