The Drop

The Drop

A Novel

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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In his fierce search for a new case, Detective Harry Bosch discovers a killer hiding behind suspicious DNA evidence -- and a political conspiracy that could destroy the Los Angeles Police Department.

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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316069410
Branch Call Number: MYS CON
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 16, 2019

Diligently written and carefully controlled -- good thing, because the plot is complex (two cases plus a 15 year-old daughter). The cases and the politics (and the choke hold controversy and discussions about evil in the world to a lesser extent) are well developed, forcefully written, concluded, and given the literary postmortem. That's all on the plus side.

Onthe negative: the romantic interest is contrived and shallow; this time, any available female will do to act as a foil for the plot, even though it rings false as a romantic interest. And Bosch's relationship with his daughter as well as his parenting skills are thin, at times implausible, and disgustingly selfish. He bails on his sick daughter so he can go on a date?! He deals with horrific crimes but doesn't check out where his daughter is?? His daughter was recently abducted from a mall but she needs no supervision now? Not credible, unless Connelly wants us to see Bosch as selfish and stupid. I'd love to again read a Bosch novel that is as good as The Black Echo. Bosch was a fascinating character, but Connelly's last three books lack the finesse and attention to human detail that won him that first award, and he's doing Bosch a disservice.

Feb 27, 2018

Another very good Harry Bosch novel.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 08, 2017

Harry Bosch - smart and highly principled L.A. detective!

Jan 28, 2017

Always satisfying when an enemy who misuses the power entrusted to them gets what's coming to them.

Dec 24, 2016

Really good story and characters with excellent pacing. Enjoyable read.

Sep 04, 2016

Love that Harry Bosch, who always comes across as a realistic cop/detective/orphan type!
Good solid plotting and scripting, exposing the usual Bosch who isn't always the nicest of guys, but gets the job done!

Mar 18, 2016

Did he fall? Was he pushed? Or, did he jump?Harry Bosch is on the on.

Jul 26, 2014


Feb 17, 2014

very good book and entertaining. fast paced police drama. Connelly does it again.

Jul 25, 2013

recommended by Maureen Corrigan on NPR in response to JKR's Cookoo's Calling

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Dec 30, 2011

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Ranie_Elias Mar 03, 2012

Great Book....lots of twists and suspense...Bosch is the best...


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