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Chasing the Dime | [Michael Connelly]

Chasing the Dime

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."
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Publisher's Summary

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new telephone clearly aren't intended for him:
"Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site."

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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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kris Jersey City, NJ, USA 01-26-05
    Kris Jersey City, NJ, USA 01-26-05
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    "Stopped reading..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Kienholz Wisconsin, USA 05-29-03
    Kathryn Kienholz Wisconsin, USA 05-29-03 Member Since 2013

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    "Unlikely."

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mario upland, CA, USA 05-29-03
    Mario upland, CA, USA 05-29-03
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    "Chasing the Dime review - far fetched."

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marc bedford, NY, USA 03-26-03
    Marc bedford, NY, USA 03-26-03
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    "Disappointed"

    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?".

    29 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    sjbob San Jose, CA United States 02-08-03
    sjbob San Jose, CA United States 02-08-03 Member Since 2013

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    "Chasing the Dime"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rob McHutchison 01-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "lacks credibility"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Jonathan Davis?

    yes, but on the basis of other works .


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The main characters actions just lack credibility. Definitely the worst Michael Connelly book I have bought.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John B. Powell NJ USA 03-24-12
    John B. Powell NJ USA 03-24-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Atypical for Connelly"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Belcamp, MD, United States 06-19-11
    Victoria Belcamp, MD, United States 06-19-11

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    "Ummm..."

    Not sure what to say about this book. Probably my least favorite of Michael Connelly. Just not a believable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann VERO BEACH, FL, United States 12-26-10
    Ann VERO BEACH, FL, United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"

    If I hadn't paid for this book, I would never finished it. The "hero" made so many dumb mistakes that it became very tiresome. This is the first Michael Connelly book that I didn't care for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    rebecca weber BELMONT SHORE, CA, US 11-19-10
    rebecca weber BELMONT SHORE, CA, US 11-19-10 Member Since 2006
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    "keep your dime"

    Well gosh, I am a huge fan of Michael Connelly. If you listen to this book go in with no expectations that way you won't be disappointed. I had to fast forward through many parts, it just kept going on and on - blah, blah, blah and more blah. He seemed to use a lot of filler type dialogue just to add pages. How much can we hear about atoms and molecules? I liked the end though! I am still a fan, just know this is not his typical work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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