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Review: The Drop

October 25, 2012

Detective Harry Bosch has been put on the Deferred Retirement Option Plan which means he will have to retire from the police department in three years and he’s none too happy about it.  When he and his partner, David Chu, are assigned a cold rape and murder case, Bosch is out to make a statement.  Bosch and Chu discover that the DNA of Clayton Pell, a convicted rapist, was found at the scene of the crime but that doesn’t make sense since Pell was 8 years old at the time the crime was committed.

Bosch and Chu are told to drop that case and investigate the  death of the son of a city councilman – he either jumped or was dropped from the window of a high priced hotel.  Harry has a mind of his own, though, and finds a way to investigate both cases at the same time and he makes some surprising discoveries as he delves into the cases.

The Drop is Michael Connelly‘s 18th Harry Bosch book, but only the 3rd or 4th I’ve read.  That didn’t keep me from enjoying it or knowing what was going on.  I might have appreciated the personal aspects of Harry’s life a little bit more if I’d read the earlier books, but I was never lost when they came up.

Harry Bosch is an old school detective and a fabulous character.  He uses a gruff exterior to hide his feelings and knows his way around a police investigation.  He also knows how to bend the rules to suit his needs.  In other words, he’s just the kind of cop I’d want around if I needed a crime solved.

I thought this book was terrific!  Connelly slowly builds suspense and tension in the book.  The writing is tight and the plot is solid. I even thought the title, with it’s dual meaning, was great!

I listened to the audio version of The Drop and was hooked from the very start and didn’t want to stop listening once I began.  It’s narrated by Len Cariou and I thought he did a wonderful job.  The audiobook is on 9 CDs and lasts approximately 11 hours.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
26 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2012 5:01 am

    I was hooked on that one as soon as I read the line about Clayton being 8 at the time of the crime!

    Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:02:20 +0000 To: ruth2day@hotmail.com

  2. October 25, 2012 6:07 am

    Good to know you don’t have to read all the previous ones!

  3. bookingmama permalink
    October 25, 2012 7:48 am

    I am a HUGE Harry Bosch fan. Michael Connelly is one of my all-time favorite authors!

  4. October 25, 2012 7:55 am

    Eight years old??? Interesting. Have it on my list. I’m in this mystery mood. Maybe it’s because of Halloween?? Don’t know.

  5. October 25, 2012 7:59 am

    Len Cariou? He was Sweeney Todd. . . such a great voice! That’s reason enough to go search for this audiobook at the library!

  6. Beth F permalink
    October 25, 2012 9:01 am

    Oh so glad this is a win. I can’t wait to find the time to listen (the two Ken Follett books have tied me up. 🙂 )

  7. October 25, 2012 9:47 am

    Love, love, love Harry Bosch. Have listened to them all on audio. One of the few series I’m totally up to date on! Also like the other Michael Connelly character from The Lincoln Lawyer, etc. but can’t think of the name right now.

  8. zibilee permalink
    October 25, 2012 9:53 am

    I am so out of touch when it comes to this genre of books, but your review really inspires me to give the first one in this series a chance. I love it when cops break just enough of the rules to get the job done. Fantastic review today, Kathy! I will be looking for it!

  9. October 25, 2012 10:41 am

    This is a series I’ve missed somehow but this review has me intrigued about this book. I think it must go on my list.

  10. October 25, 2012 11:00 am

    I liked your description of Bosch’s character. That alone makes me want to listen to this audio.

  11. Beth Hoffman permalink
    October 25, 2012 12:48 pm

    This sounds sooooooooo good. Thanks, Kathy. I’m adding it to my list!

  12. October 25, 2012 1:00 pm

    Excellent review, Kathy.

    (I guess what “turns me off” about audibooks is that there are so many CDs for each book. I don’t know that I could listen to so many. )

  13. sandynawrot permalink
    October 25, 2012 2:09 pm

    I love Harry but I have no recollection if I read this one. Haha! So that tells you something. Is this the one where he goes to Hong Kong? Who knows. I am usually very entertained by Harry and his rough and gruff demeanor.

  14. October 25, 2012 8:36 pm

    I must have missed this one somehow – sounds like one for my list; thanks Kathy

  15. October 25, 2012 9:50 pm

    I missed this one too. I love a good mystery and will definitely check it out!

  16. October 25, 2012 9:59 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a Detective Harry book but you’ve made it sound so enticing! I’m definitely going to be checking it out on audio!

  17. booksnyc permalink
    October 25, 2012 10:39 pm

    I used to love the Harry Bosch stories but took a break from them – maybe I will go back to them on audio.

  18. October 26, 2012 12:33 am

    This is one of those series I have always meant to read, but haven’t yet. One of these days…….

  19. October 26, 2012 9:39 am

    I’m going to have to try a Bosch book one of these days!

  20. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 26, 2012 10:00 am

    Sounds great!

  21. October 26, 2012 12:36 pm

    Sounds like a good one and good to know its a standalone.

  22. October 26, 2012 2:01 pm

    I’ve enjoyed the Bosch books I’ve listened to. 18’s a long series, though.

  23. October 26, 2012 2:18 pm

    I haven’t read any of Bosch’s books, but I like that you can enjoy this one without having read the prior 18.

  24. October 27, 2012 2:14 pm

    One day I will start this series.

  25. October 28, 2012 6:48 pm

    I’ve read only 1 of his books but none with Harry..must remedy that situation!

  26. October 31, 2012 8:40 pm

    Someone just gave a copy of one of these books to Mr. Jenners to read. I might have to check it out too.

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