The Drop (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly


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If you haven’t seen Amazon’s original series Bosch, I highly recommend it. It is one of the few books to screen adaptions that remains true to the stories.

Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming now, and Season 2 is filming as of this writing. The ten episodes in Season 1 are based on three Bosch novels Echo Park, City of Bones, and The Concrete Blonde. Season 2 is based on Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote. Personally, I intend to reread all six novels, as it’s been far too long since I lost myself in these stories.

Booklist Online Review

Harry Bosch, who’s been given three years until he must retire, is yet again deep in “high jingo,” the LAPD’s special version of power politics, in which a combination of cover-up, corruption, and “the good of the department” gets in the way of justice. This time, the jingo is tied to the apparent suicide of George Irving, son of Bosch’s longtime nemesis, former cop Irvin Irving, now a city councilman. Why does Irving handpick his enemy, Bosch, to take the case? The ploys and counterploys run deep as Bosch works the suicide while simultaneously following up on a 1989 rape and murder. As that trail seems to be leading to a serial killer, Bosch finds he’s setting himself up to face double jeopardy: break both cases, and invite departmental crossfire. Readers love to root for the antiestablishment, bureaucrat-hating Bosch—there’s some high jingo in every office, after all—but where Connelly really excels is at giving us both sides of the equation. Does Harry’s complete unwillingness to bend cause more harm than it saves? Connelly makes us think about that, even though we’d much rather celebrate Harry’s never-give-an-inch approach to life. Crime fiction with a dose of the ambiguity-sodden real world.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Connelly’s Mickey Haller novels have consistently topped best-seller lists, but the author’s longtime devotees love Harry Bosch above all. A new Bosch novel is always headline news, and Connelly’s publisher will be spreading the world in print and online (don’t forget to download the new Michael Connelly app!).

— Bill Ott

Amazon Description

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.

4.4 out of 5 stars, 2,100+ reviews

Goodreads

4.12 out of 5 stars, 29,000+ ratings

Michael Connelly’s Description

(Yes, I know it’s the same as the Amazon description.)

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.

The Drop is now available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is available in print and as an eBook and an audiobook.