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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • MARYANNE
  • EDEN, UT, United States
  • 08-02-14

Solid Connelly

I enjoy Connelly and this book is no exception. The main characters slow take on what is happening to him just gave me more time to figure it. The catalyst to the events was obvious very early on to me but not necessarily the mechanics. The interaction between the characters kept the story moving.

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Hey, this guy wrote those Harry Bosch novels, too!

What made the experience of listening to Chasing the Dime the most enjoyable?

What? Where? Who? Huh? My point is, the fun part of this book is paying very close attention and trying to keep tabs on every little and big thing(s) that is going on. Be careful or you may find yourself doing some rereading!

What other book might you compare Chasing the Dime to and why?

The Scarecrow by the same author is my choice, because basically, the world of high technology plays heavily in both books.

What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well, all great narrator's like Jonathon, bring depth to the storyline or plot by accentuating each of the character's persona. They also provide a stage or movie like thrill or excitement by using their voices to help the listener paint that exciting, vivid picture in your mind.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end!

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite Michael Connelly novels!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Michael Connelly slips up

Main character awfully hard to believe - makes great deductions occasionally, but most of the time makes really dumb moves, acts juvenile, and in general made me groan at his general handling of life. I love Michael Connelly's books and this is the only one I have not enjoyed a lot - the idiot main character is brilliant in the lab but a clutz in relationships and ability to live in the real world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Woodland Hills, CA, United States
  • 07-23-09

I have no problem with this book

I'd been putting it off because of bad listener reviews, but I was finally out of Connelly fiction so I went ahead. I thought it was just fine. Not the best, not the worst. Why some people are so upset with this book, I don't know. True, if you've never read a Connelly novel, you probably should get to know Harry Bosch instead, but otherwise, it lives up to Connelly's normal high standards.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Bordentown, NJ, United States
  • 12-08-08

Worst of Connelly's novels

I have listened to all of Connelly's books and by far I found this one to be a radical departure from his other works. I loved the Lincoln Lawyer and the Bosch series is always enjoyable but this book failed to hold my interest. I look for a few things: Good plot development, good character development and hopefully enough twists and turns to hold my interest. This one didn't have any of those in my opinion. If this is the first book you have read (listened to) by this author don't judge him on this one. Try ANY of the others and you will more satisfied.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • 04-24-06

Great Suspense

Keeps you guessing on what's going to happen to the main character from begining to end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A bit of a disappointment

This book was not bad, but it was somewhat disappointing. I'm a real fan of Connely's "Harry Bosch" novels, and this just didn't live up to what I've come to expect from this author.

After having seen the reviews that some others have written, I do have to defend this book to some extent. A number of reviews talk about the fact that the main character is supposed to be a super intelligent person, and yet he keeps making stupid decisions that make the story unrealistic. I have to disagree. Have you ever made one decision that you were embarrased by, and then had to cover up for it by making another bad decision? The next thing you know you are in over your head, and looking for a way out. It happens. This is just such a story, and the author does a very good job of making the reader/listener feel very trapped and uncomfortable. I'd say that's pretty good writing.

So why did I only give this book three stars out of five? Than answer is that although the writing was pretty good, it just wasn't a story that I cared much about. The science is plausible and accurate. The mystery itself is pretty good. But for some reason I just kept looking for more.

Would I buy it again? I might. Can I recommend it? That depends on which day you ask.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Chasing the dime

Excellent riviting edge of the seat suspence
Best read this week

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Chasing the Dime

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.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 02-27-03

Great Story Predictable Ending

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.