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)
This book grips you from the beginning. I listened while I was driving to work. On some days I couldn't get out of the car. On another day I drove right past the entrance to my office. The ending was quite a surprise. You HAVE to get this book.
From the start this book grabs you and you don't want to stop listening to know what happens next; however it appears the author had to finish quickly because the ending is poorly conspired. But I enjoyed it very much.
I've read every other Michael Connelly book and loved them all. This one is the exception. The protagonist is such a moron I found myself yelling, "No! No!" when he was about to make one of his uncountable horrible decisions. The writing style is different than other Connelly books - almost like someone else wrote it, or he was trying to intentionally create a different style. The narrator doesn't help either - his tone makes most of the characters sound like hip, arrogant, self-absorbed jerks. What a disappointment. But don't let this review stop you from reading other Connelly books - they are VERY good.
Connelly lost this one in an effort to make sufficient plot twists. The story had such a good chance, but his final twist relies on an implausible level of conspiracy theory... well, let's not give it away. There were some errors also that defied common sense and most are related to the final, flawed twist. They're not easy to miss: how did the transmitter penetrate the copper walls in the lab?
This is truly bubble gum reading at its best...or worst. Poor character development surrounding a weak and unrealistic plot. I was also distracted by the fifth grade writing level replete with poor scene descriptions and comic book diologue with gratuitous potty-mouths. This Audible is not worth a dime.
I just discovered Michael Connelly. OK, I've been under a rock! His audio books I eat up like candy. There's never a dull moment and the setting in L.A. is so real. What a great writer!
Great storyline. I found Connelly after Lincoln Lawyer movie and have gotten all his books going through them chronologically. This is a departure from the Bosch character and his half brother, however it is an absolutely great listen. Great character development.
No..during several car trips.
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