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Mystery Books - Michael Connelly - The Drop - J. Curran review

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The Drop A Harry Bosch Mystery
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company 2011
400 pages

Detective Harry Bosch is back in The Drop, the latest mystery novel by Michael Connelly. On the edge of retirement, he has been approved to stay on with the LA Open-Unsolved homicide unit that tracks hits on cold case files.  Hungry for a new and exciting case, with his partner David Chu, he is assigned to investigate new evidence regarding a DNA match from a sex crime from 1989 which may have been inadvertently mishandled by the system.  Kindle version at Amazon

Their involvement is sidetracked by the immediate priority investigation into the death of George Irving, son of former deputy police chief, and Bosch’s nemesis, councilman Irvin Irving, who has taken a dive off of a hotel balcony.  Homicide or suicide, Irving’s high profile death is ripe with suspicion and dirty politics, with Bosch being hand picked to handle the investigation.

Filled with betrayal, surprise, shock, and multiple references to high jingo, The Drop is complex enough, always interesting, and you never know exactly where it will take you.

Here we see a different, more personal, reflective and philosophical side of Harry Bosch, but do not think that he has lost his edge.

The focus on the Irving case, while good, does not always reflect Connelly’s masterful, exciting style.  That being said, The Drop ends the tease and shifts into high gear, dropping into darkness like a plummeting elevator, as details of the cold case unleash their horror in true Connelly fashion.  Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.

J Curran

Other Michael Connelly Reviews

Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.

The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly

Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.

The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.

The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery

The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.

The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)

The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.

The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.

Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.

The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.

The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery

The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.

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The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.

The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.

The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.

Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great

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