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The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11 | [Michael Connelly]

The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.
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Publisher's Summary

In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

Now Detective Harry Bosch is back with the LAPD with the sole mission of closing unsolved cases, and this girl's death is the first he's given. A DNA match makes the case very much alive again, and it turns out to be anything but cold. The ripples from this death have destroyed at least two other lives, and everywhere he probes, Bosch finds hot grief, hot rage, and a bottomless well of betrayal and malice.

And it's not just the girl's family and friends whose lives Bosch is stirring up afresh. With each new development, Harry Bosch finds increasing resistance from within the police force itself. Old enemies are close at hand. Even as he pushes relentlessly to find the truth, Bosch has to wonder if this assignment was intended to be his last. Digging up the past may heal old wounds, or it may expose new, searing ones.

From the mind of the man GQ has called "the best mystery writer in the world", The Closers is a masterpiece of thriller writing that is as sharp and immediate as the greatest fiction.

©2005 Hieronymus, Inc.; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"In Connelly/Bosch's world, character, context, and procedure are what count, and once again the author proves a master at all....Connelly comes as close as anyone to being today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature, and this is one of his finest novels to date." (Publishers Weekly)

"Harry sticks to his knitting and delivers a sharp, straightforward police procedural." (The New York Times)

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    Wheelman 12-30-06
    Wheelman 12-30-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable....."

    This listen was completely enjoyable. Narration by Len Cariou was perfect. This is my first Michael Connelly novel and consequently my first detective Harry Bosch story. The writing is excellent - great plot, nice twists and turns, great characters. I thought I needed a lot more action (violence?) to hold my attention and maintain suspense. Connelly has proven that that is not necessary. Good suspense does not mandate a lot of shooting, car chases and staccato dialogue. Just good writing.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kev United States 05-19-05
    Kev United States 05-19-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Connelly Just Keeps Getting Better"

    THE CLOSERS is the best yet from Michael Connelly, which makes it the best of the best. I realize that mere superlatives don't make for a very "helpful" review, but what can I say? Each entry in the series of mysteries featuring Harry Bosch is better than the last -- and it started out pretty strong (with THE BLACK ECHO, 1992). If you liked CITY OF BONES and LOST LIGHT, then you'll like THE CLOSERS.

    51 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Orlando , FL, USA 06-27-05
    Dan Orlando , FL, USA 06-27-05
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    "Any Harry is better than no Harry..."

    I did not like the end of this book. I read it all the way thinking that surely, something would happen. It never did, and that is the one thing that sperates this H.B. novel from the others.

    I am glad I read it. Any novel by M.C. is better than no novel by him. He is a complete writer and this book stands alone.

    It is just that... well, if anyone else had written this, it would be just great. But with M.C. you expect more. Where was the tension? Where was the stress? Where was that 'what Harry does' going to make a difference? How does the interplay between him and the new Chief make us care what happens? And at the final scene, why didn't M.C. do his usual series of visions behind a sanded glass wall? It was all too apparent.

    And for the first time, when the book was finished, I didn't care what's going to happen to Harry next. Sorry.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marjory Belmont, CA, USA 05-29-05
    Marjory Belmont, CA, USA 05-29-05
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    "Clear writing, real characters, believable plot"

    This is the first book I've read (or listened to) by Michael Connelly. I loved it for the following reasons. First, regarding the plot and characters, Connelly writes with absolute clarity. This is a rare quality in novels (and movies) nowadays. Second, Connelly conveys a wonderful sense of verisimilitude. If a police investigation is not run exactly as described in "The Closers" (including the unintentional mistakes and political coverups), I'm not sure why not. Third, the characters are all sympathetic, but Bosch (I hope I'm spelling this right) is a standout as a completely developed human being - fallible, guilt-ridden, and utterly heroic. Finally, the narrator seemed just right for Bosch's voice. (Note to publisher: please, no music. Let the story stand on its own.)

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-26-10
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-26-10 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "What a great book"

    The Closer" is an engaging and captivating cold case with former partner Kiz Ryder. I loved the character development as they evolved with their complex investigative story of villain catching and of the lasting consequences of heinous crimes on the victim's family and friends and the investigators as well. I thought the narration excellent. To me this was one of the best books of the Bosch series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    HackZaw New Orleans LA 08-23-05
    HackZaw New Orleans LA 08-23-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Bosch is getting old."

    A good book if you like murder mysteries, but be advised that most of the story is interviewing witnesses, searching for clues, and developing theories. There is almost no action. Think of it as a mental exercise in "Who Done It?" I prefer the previous wilder and crazier Harry. For example, I enjoyed "The Narrows" and "City of Bones" more. "The Closers" was interesting, but a little dull at times.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lakewood, CA, United States 10-29-05
    Wendy Lakewood, CA, United States 10-29-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Writing, Well Narrated"

    Enjoyed the quality of the writing by a genuine first class author, read excellently. We were captivated by the plot. However we were upset by the profane language used at times in the novel.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-15-05
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-15-05 Member Since 2005
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    "over-rated"

    I bought the book based on the reviews. The book was good, but did not live up to the hype. The best part was observing Bosch uncover minute details that others missed. The plot was so-so. The author takes you down a few very different avenues on the way, and the ending is much less interesting that those.... I wish he followed it through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Preston Lawton, OK, USA 07-04-05
    Preston Lawton, OK, USA 07-04-05
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    "Favorite Harry Bosch story."

    I have listened to all of the Michael Connelly stories thus far and this one is by far my favorite. The author gives just enough clues to keep the reader enticed. I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does an excellent job of keeping up with voices and he is easy to listen to. Great choice for a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan APO, AE, United States 06-18-05
    Morgan APO, AE, United States 06-18-05 Member Since 2004
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    "just was not impressed."

    This was the first Michael Connelly book I have ever listened to, and I was not very impressed. I felt that it was a great look at an average cop going through the basics of an investigation. There were very few creative twists in the case and the lead character did not impress me with any keen insights. My real gripe about the story is that this case has been unsolved for seventeen years and two cops get on the job and close it in under a week?just a little unbelievable. I found the narrator spot on for some characters and just awful for others. I have been listening to audiobooks for over ten years and just was not impressed.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    "Harry Bosch is getting old!"

    I like Harry Bosch and generally anything written by Michael Connelly. I thought this was a good book but not as good as some of the other Harry Bosch stories. Having said that I like the narrator and this is still worth listening to.

    As always I will be getting the next book in the series. I believe there are still another 8 in the series, but how long can Harry continue! Surely he'll be on a zimmer frame by the end. Only kidding Mr Connelly keep up the good work!

    Rob

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    "Another very entertaining episode of Harry Bosch"

    This is another very entertaining episode of the career of LA murder detective Harry Bosch. Michael Connelly stands out as one of the best authors in this genre, and I recommend this book. However, it is not my favourite in the series, possibly because I guessed who the killer was too soon, in spite of the red herrings. Still a very good book and very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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