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The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel, 15) (utgåvan 2019)

av Michael Connelly (Författare)

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Los Angeles, staden d©Þr m©Ænga ©Þnglar har svarta vingar. Med tre ©Ær kvar vid LAPD dras Harry Bosch in i ett fall d©Þr polisk©Ærens hemligheter riskerar att komma fram. En fullm©Þktigeledamots son hoppar - eller blir knuffad - fr©Æn ett f©œnster p©Æ det legendariska hotellet Chateau Marmont.Samtidigt ©Þr kriminalveteranen upptagen med ett fall fr©Æn slutet av 80-talet, d©Þr DNA fr©Æn en v©Ældt©Þkt tyder p©Æ att en d©œmd v©Ældt©Þktsman om©œjligen kan ha utf©œrt sitt brott. Det mesta tyder p©Æ att polisens laboratorium har gjort fel, och det kan ©Þventyra en l©Æng rad kommande r©Þtteg©Ængar.… (mer)
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Titel:The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel, 15)
Författare:Michael Connelly (Författare)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2019), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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Betyg:****
Taggar:read 2024

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETAILS:
Print: 11/28/2011; 9780316069410; Little, Brown and Company; 388 pages.
Audio: 12/20/2011; Hachette Book Group; 9781611132878; Duration 10:52:15; 9 parts.
Feature Film: No, but it sort of is incorporated into the tv series.
Series: Harry Bosch Book 15 (Harry Bosch universe book 22)

Main characters:
Harry Bosch-LAPD homicide detective.
David Chu- LAPD Homicide detective-Bosch’s partner.
Madeline "Maddie" Bosch-Harry and Elenore’s daughter
Hannah Stone-new love interest

SUMMARY/ EVALUATION:
Harry and his partner are in a feast or famine stage, going from no cases to two. First they are handed a 20 year old murder case when DNA comes up with a suspect who seems perfect if not for the fact he would have been just 8 years old at the time of the murder, and then Harry’s old nemesis, Irvin Irving requests that he investigate the sudden death of his son.
As always, the story held my interest.

AUTHOR:
Michael Connelly (7/21/56). This is Connelly’s 15th Bosch novel and 22st Bosch Universe novel. (Only leaving out a Henry Peirce novel which I’m not convinced will never get swept into the universe.)
NARRATOR:
Len Cariou (9/30/1939). Born in Winnipeg , Manitoba, Canada. I know him best as the retired NYPD commissioner and grand patriarch of the Reagan family in the tv series, Blue Bloods.
Len does a pretty good narration but I did notice a Publisher’s Weekly review mentioning his voice has come to sound to old for Harry. Perhaps the review, or his mature voice is why this appears to be the last book in the Bosch series that he narrates.
GENRE: Mystery, thriller, fiction, suicide, crime, police procedure
LOCATIONS: Los Angeles
SUBJECTS: Child abuse, sex crimes, suicide, murder investigations, police procedures
SAMPLE QUOTATION: From Chapter 1
'Can you guys step in for a minute? You, too, Tim.'
Tim Marcia was the squad whip, the detective three who handled mostly supervisory and fill-in duties in the squad. He mentored the young detectives and made sure the old ones didn't get lazy. With Jackson and Bosh being the only two investigators in that latter classification, Marcia had very little to worry about there. Both Jackson and Bosch were in the unit because they carried a drive to clear cases.
Bosch was out of his seat before the lieutenant had finished her question. He headed toward the lieutenant's office with Chu and Marcia trailing behind.
'Close the door,' Duvall said. 'Sit down.'
Duvall had a corner office with windows that looked across Spring Street at the Los Angeles Times building. Paranoid that reporters were watching from the newsroom across the way, Duvall kept her shades permanently lowered. It made the office dim and cavelike. Bosch and Chu took the two seats positioned in front of the lieutenant's desk and leaned against an old evidence safe.
'I want you two to handle this hit,' she said, proffering the yellow envelope to Bosch. 'There's something wrong there and I want you to keep quiet about it until you find out what it is. Keep Tim in the loop but keep it low-key.'
The envelope had already been opened. Chu leaned over to look as Harry lifted the flap and pulled out the hit sheet. It listed the case number for which DNA evidence had been submitted, plus the name, age, last known address and criminal history of the person whose genetic profile matched it. Bosch first noticed that the case number had an 89 prefix, meaning it was a case from 1989. There were no details about the crime, just the year. But Bosch knew that 1989 cases belonged to the team of Ross Shuler and Adriana Dolan. He knew this because 1989 had been a busy year for him working murders for the Homicide Special team, and he had recently checked on one of his own unsolved cases and learned that jurisdiction over cases from that year belonged to Shuler and Dolan. They were known in the unit as 'the kids.' They were young, passionate and very skillful investigators, but between them they had fewer than eight years' experience working homicides. If there was something unusual about this cold hit, it was not surprising that the lieutenant wanted Bosch on it. Bosch had worked more killings than everybody in the unit combined. That is, if you took out Jackson. He had been around forever.
Bosch next studied the name on the hit sheet, Clayton S. Pell. It meant nothing to him. But Pell's record included numerous arrests and three separate convictions for indecent exposure, false imprisonment and forcible rape. He had spent six years in prison for the rape before being released eighteen months earlier. He had a four-year parole tail and his last known address came from the state probation and parole board. He was living in a halfway house for sexual offenders in Panorama City.
Based on Pell's record, Bosch believed the 1989 case was likely a sex-related murder. He could feel his insides beginning to tighten. He was going to go out and grab Clayton Pell and bring him to justice.
'Do you see it?' Duval asked.
'See what?' Bosch asked. 'Was this a sex killing? This guy has the classic pred--'
'The birth date,' Duvall said.
Bosch looked back down at the hit sheet as Chu leaned over farther.
'Yeah, right here,' Bosch said. 'November nine, nineteen eighty-one. What's that got--'
'He's too young,' Chu said.
Bosch glanced at him and then back at the sheet. He suddenly got it. Clayton Pell was born in 1981. He was only eight years old at the time of the murder on the hit sheet.

RATING: I gave this book 4 stars. I’m still enjoying the series. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
With long-standing series, no matter their genre, there is always the danger of incurring in a repetitive formula, one that might offer the comfort of a pleasant read, granted, but also one that could ultimately lead to boredom: this is not the case - so far - with Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series: this author has the gift of making his stories feel always fresh and engaging, and his main character shows definite signs of change as his age and outlook on life evolve, most probably thanks to the parallel, real-life evolution of his creator.

In this 15th book we find Bosch still investigating cold cases for the Open-Unsolved Unit, and the twenty year old one he and his partner David Chu have just been assigned promises to be a weird one: the DNA analysis on a trace of blood found on the victim just came up with a correspondence in the police database, pointing to a serial offender. Problem is, at the time of the rape and murder of young Lily Price, the offender, Clayton Pell, was 8 years old, so either the crime lab made a mistake, or the detectives who processed the case did: Bosch and Chu really have their work cut out for them… But since there is no rest for the weary, they are also unexpectedly called to a fresh scene, that of a fall from a hotel balcony that could either be murder or suicide: Bosch’s presence has been directly requested by his old nemesis, councilman Irving, because the deceased is his own son George and Irving wants to be assured of the best police work available. No matter his past differences with Bosch, the councilman admits his admiration for the detective’s integrity and wants no one else to deal with the situation.

The book’s title obviously refers to George Irving’s fall from the hotel balcony, but it’s also the acronym for the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, the scheme that allowed Bosch to temporarily return to active duty and that is now reaching its limit: in a little over three years he will have to retire for good, and while that might prove a good opportunity to be a full-time father for his teenage daughter, the detective is not sure he’s ready to give up his life’s mission. This awareness colors his actions and thoughts as he tries to juggle both cases and for the first time in his life feels he might not be up to the task, that his keen instincts might be somewhat dulled by the passage of time.

This might be one of the reasons behind his truly cantankerous treatment of partner David Chu, who is practically kept in the dark about the cold case investigation and used for mostly menial tasks: granted, Chu is young and somewhat inexperienced, and he’s guilty of a serious misstep at some point, but Bosch’s attitude here is inexcusable and stresses the darker side of his character. I appreciate how Connelly shows both the best and the worst of his creature: one does not necessarily have to like a book character to enjoy the way it is portrayed, and I found that it’s refreshing to see how the drive to seek justice for the victims can lead to negative behavior, even for the “hero” of the story.

The dual investigation itself is the propulsive force in the story: on one side there is the search for the murderer of young Lily Price, a trail that in the end points toward a serial killer who acted undisturbed and undiscovered for over two decades; on the other there is the difficult scrutiny into George Irving’s last hours, a case with delicate political implications that might lead to upheavals in the higher echelons of both police force and city administration. These two different and unconnected stories turn the book into a compelling, fast-paced read where each new discovery raises the stakes and makes you eager to get to the truth: while there is never any doubt that Bosch will be able to find the solution to the mysteries he’s dealing with, the process is always a fascinating one and one that never ceases to intrigue me.

At the end of the book, Harry Bosch shows how this recent experience changed him, even if only a little: he acknowledges the rude treatment of his partner and makes some friendly overture that points toward some mellowing of his trademark uncompromising attitude. Maybe the pain of a betrayal from a very unexpected corner taught him that people can be hurt, and that he needs to take human weaknesses into account when dealing with other people. Or maybe fatherhood has melted some of the ice that encases his soul… No matter what, Harry Bosch remains a very intriguing character who I hope will keep being interesting for a long, long time still. ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Mar 7, 2024 |
Crime
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
My favorite Bosch book in a while. Toar through it. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Well written story with lots of twists and whos-the-bad-guy in this one. Two cases run side by side, with both of them coming to (mostly) satisfactory conclusions. Bosch is one of my favorite fictional characters, and Connelly doesn't disappoint. ( )
  kwskultety | Jul 4, 2023 |
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No readers of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels doubts Bosch’s superiority as an LAPD homicide investigator. Where we’ve questioned Bosch over the years has been in the rest of his life roles. As a father, husband, friend and boyfriend, he has frequently revealed himself as a bust in the previous 14 Bosch books. But that perception changes with the new book. In The Drop, Bosch emerges as a freshly mature fellow.

It’s his 15-year-old daughter who seems to have made the difference (though some might say of Bosch, who is approaching 60, what took him so long to grow up?). Maddie moved in with Bosch two years ago after her mother was killed in Nine Dragons (2009). Bosch has turned into an alert and nervous father, constantly on the phone to his daughter. For her part, the kid is a gem. She’s far more technologically adept than her father and helps him past tricky computer problems. Her influence works further on him in ways she might not suspect; it’s her mere presence that keeps Bosch from drinking at home and influences him to settle for a glass or two of wine everywhere else.

At LA’s new Police Administration Building, Bosch works with the unit handling cold cases, and as The Drop opens, he and his partner are assigned to a 1989 rape-murder case that comes to life with a curious new clue. Ordinarily, this case, with much promise of twists and turns to come, would be enough to fill a satisfying Bosch book. But, still in the opening pages of the new novel, Bosch gets orders from the chief of police to add a second, non-cold case to his list.

The case’s crime, as hot as the day’s headlines, involves a prominent LA businessman who either jumped or was shoved from the Chateau Marmont’s penthouse. Worse news for Bosch is that the deceased’s father is Bosch’s mortal enemy, former LAPD deputy chief Irvin Irving. The situation places Harry in the awkward middle of a piece of “high jingo,” his phrase for dirty police politics.

Moving through this intense double story, Michael Connelly is at the top of his game. So is Bosch. So, for that matter, is Maddie.
tillagd av VivienneR | ändraThe Toronto Star, Jack Batten (Jan 14, 2012)
 

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