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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.

©2002 Hieronymus, Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

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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    "Not my favorite Michael Connelly"

    Within the first fifteen minutes, I had figured out the vehicle for the plot. From there it was annoying and sometimes agonizing to watch the protagonist's risk-taking (even though his behavior was pretty well-motivated, one of Connelly's strengths). It was too easy to figure out the culprits. Narration also not to my taste--technically fine, but seemed a bit expressionless (maybe fitting for a plot about a workaholic chemist?)

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    Kerry Webb New Harmony, UT USA 08-12-07
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    "Bad Narration"

    The story was OK. Nothing particularly creative or unpredictable, but decent entertainment while sitting on the Metro. However, the narration stunk. It was filled with drama and sharp intakes of breath in almost every sentence, regardless of the topic of the sentence. It was as if the narrator was told that this was to be a Suspense, and therefore, without consciously reading it, just let the words pass from the page to his mouth. It was distracting and annoying.

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    Roger Riverwoods, IL, USA 02-06-04
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    "Chasing the dime"

    imaginative and worth the listen.

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    "GREAT BOOK"

    It was a refreshing break from James Patterson, Nichols Sparks, etc. It held my interest from beginning to end. I never knew what would happen next to poor Henry. I will definitely read more by Mr. Connelly.

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    This book was a quick listen! I couldn't turn it off, it was amazing!

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    "GREAT BOOK WELL DONE"

    5 OUT OF FIVE GREAT FROM PAGE ONE TO END.I KNOW YOU WILL LIKE IT.

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