The Drop by Michael Connelly

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32 Critic Reviews

Connelly’s veteran detective finds it more of a challenge to apply his ethical code to a live case he’s been assigned: the suspicious death of a city councilman’s son
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Synopsis

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.

DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.

Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.

Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
 

About Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
 
Published November 28, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 401 pages
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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All: 32 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 27 2011

Not by a long shot Bosch’s finest hour, but a welcome return to form after the helter-skelter 9 Dragons...

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by MARILYN STASIO on Dec 16 2011

Connelly’s veteran detective finds it more of a challenge to apply his ethical code to a live case he’s been assigned: the suspicious death of a city councilman’s son

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by JANET MASLIN on Nov 23 2011

“The Drop” is one of those Harry Bosch books that starts with a bang and stays strong all the way through.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Sep 26 2011

Connelly’s considerable strengths are on display: the keen eye for detail and police procedure, lots of local L.A. color, clever plotting, and—most important—the vibrant presence of Harry Bosch

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Nov 26 2011

the reader can never be sure what sudden turns the plot may take. Mr. Connelly is superb at building suspense through the accretion of detail.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Martin Levin on Dec 23 2011

Among the other treats in this complex web are Connelly’s ability to construct seamless links between plot strands while springing the occasional plot twist on us

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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Jack Batten on Jan 14 2012

Moving through this intense double story, Michael Connelly is at the top of his game. So is Bosch.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Art Taylor on Nov 29 2011

Each strand of Michael Connelly’s latest thriller moves the novel’s title, “Drop,” in a fresh direction.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Don Oldenburg on Dec 04 2011

The Drop starts out slowly, almost as if the scene is just another ho-hum morning at the squad room a few days after the end of the last case.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Austin Camacho

By shuffling us back and forth between these two big plotlines Connelly is able to show off his extraordinary ability to build suspense

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Independent.ie

Excellent
Reviewed by Independent on Nov 05 2011

...this latest episode in the colourful life of Harry Bosch is quite literally unputdownable.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky on Dec 17 2011

Connelly juggles his plot brilliantly while he keeps us guessing about the outcome.

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Blogger News Network

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Apr 14 2012

The result is an intensely good read as Bosch is forced again and again to not only reconsider the cases as events develop but to also consider those around him and their motives.

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Crosswalk.com

Above average
Reviewed by Glenn McCarty on Dec 12 2011

Credit Connelly with finding new, revealing pathways into a veteran character like Bosch. While The Drop isn't his finest work, it's a solid read with just enough thematic intrigue to make it work.

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Cairo 360

Below average
Reviewed by Basma Mostafa on Sep 24 2012

Here's the problem with The Drop; it doesn't offer anything beyond the surface...Lacking the element of surprise, The Drop is a safe read.

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Mystery Scene

Excellent
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Nov 27 2011

So when you read Connelly's fine The Drop, savor the complex plot, the complicated characters and the vivid Los Angeles setting

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Onyx Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

The Drop is one of the better Bosch novels in recent years. Bosch works through a logical and satisfying chain of evidence to reach his conclusions.

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The Independent Review

Below average
Reviewed by Kelsey on Jan 17 2012

I don’t think this was Connelly’s best work; it had all the right elements — two very intricate mysteries, and plenty of shock value — but it didn’t pop, sparkle, and buzz electric...

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The Mystery Site

Good
Reviewed by J Curran

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.

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Petrona

Good
Reviewed by Maxine. on Nov 10 2011

...is a gripping book in which one simply has to follow along behind Bosch’s driven, focused actions in order to find out how both investigations turn out.

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Crime Watch

Good
Reviewed by Craig Sisterson on Feb 13 2012

Packed with authentic character relationships, intriguing issues, and plenty of depth beneath a gripping storyline

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Mean Streets

Good
Reviewed by Stephy Marland on Oct 07 2011

Connelly’s writing puts you deep into Bosch’s world, like an unseen shadow peeking into his life. If police procedural stories are your thing, this won’t disappoint.

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Marilyn's Mystery Reads

Good
Reviewed by Marilyn on Apr 14 2012

Michael Connelly has again penned a fast-paced, well-written novel about Harry Bosch, a man with a many-faceted personality.

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Irresistible Targets

Good
Reviewed by Michael Carlson on Oct 22 2011

The Drop is Bosch at his complex best... It's Connelly at his best, and there aren't many better.

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The Mystery Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by John Sheridan on Nov 10 2011

So maybe not quite Connelly at his best...not a grand slam on this occasion.

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Stephen Legault

Below average
Reviewed by Stephen Legault on Jun 25 2012

Where The Drop disappoints is that the two investigations never converge except in the form of some talk about “high jingo” between the LAPD and Councillor Irving.

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Lazy Daisy

Good
Reviewed by Marie on Apr 30 2012

I really enjoyed this book. It's more of a police procedural and not that action packed. However, it was exciting nevertheless.

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Electronic Scrapbook Blog

Good
Reviewed by Alan Williams on Apr 27 2012

Michael Connnelly is a master of the plot and sub-plot, and able to weave a very intricate tale which keeps the reader turning the pages without the need for lots of action scenes...

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Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan

Good
Reviewed by Bill Selnes on Feb 24 2012

Connelly skillfully crafts another excellent mystery with plausible but unexpected twists.

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Crime Watch

Good
Reviewed by Craig Sisterson on Feb 13 2012

THE DROP is another compelling instalment in one of the very best series in crime fiction, an engrossing tale that will delight long-time Bosch fans and new readers alike.

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Morganti Writes

Above average
Reviewed by Charlotte Morganti on Dec 07 2011

The Drop is well worth reading. Although some of the vital elements of Harry’s backstory are provided in the novel, if you are new to Harry Bosch, you might want to begin with an early novel...if you elect to start with The Drop – I think you’ll be so intrigued with Harry that you’ll want to read the entire series.

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IRRESISTIBLE TARGETS

Good
Reviewed by MICHAEL CARLSON on Oct 22 2011

The Drop is Bosch at his complex best, and if anything Connelly weaves a web so tight that the series of revelations at novels end function like a stone skipping across water...

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