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Chasing the Dime Audiobook

Chasing the Dime

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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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    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?".

    34 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Lifesavr 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 09-17-05
    Lifesavr 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 09-17-05 Member Since 2015

    Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.

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    "Worth the struggle?"

    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.

    4 of 5 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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-30-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-30-15 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "A very different Michael Connelly novel!"

    Most Audible listeners are aware of Connelly's Harry Bosch series as well as the more recent Mickey Haller series which overlaps the Bosch series. Many are also aware of the Terry McCaleb series and the Jack McEvoy series. Chasing the Dime, released in 2002, has scientist Henry Pierce as the protagonist. This is a very different Michael Connelly novel that his fans will either love or hate. I love the book!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nellsie 03-31-17
    Nellsie 03-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Be prepared for the 'chase'"

    Sorry to say that it was kind of slow moving for a while, but when it picked up it moved very quickly and kept you wondering.
    Narration was excellent.
    Don't give up as it was well worth the 'chase'

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    Elaine 03-18-17
    Elaine 03-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "got used to det.. bosch but this was just as good."

    this was good story. suspenseful. narrator was easy to listen to. loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Reilly 09-13-16
    M. Reilly 09-13-16
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    "Main character is too stupid to be believable"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Jonathan Davis?

    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.


    Has Chasing the Dime turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Do you think Chasing the Dime needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allen H. Kelson Lincolnwood, IL United States 07-12-16
    Allen H. Kelson Lincolnwood, IL United States 07-12-16
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    "Unbelievable"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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