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The Drop by Michael Connelly (Review #2)

The Drop Reviewed by Allen Hott

For those of us who are Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch fans The Drop comes as bit of a shock. In the vernacular of the LAPD the DROP means Deferred Retirement Option Plan. And in the case of Harry Bosch, Connelly’s favorite detective, DROP means the end of his career. Needless to say Bosch is not at all in favor of the DROP in his case. But since he is put on it and because of certain circumstances has only 39 months left in his career instead of the 60 months that are generally given. He retired once before and he was not able to live with it and now he is not looking forward to it. He decides that he will go out with a bang and work as many cases as they will give to him.

The morning after he is given the news of the DROP situation he is given two new cases to work. The first one is based on DNA being matched from a 1989 rape and murder to a recently convicted twenty-nine year old rapist. Sounds like a slam dunk until Harry realizes if the accused is 29 today he would have been only 8 at the time of the rape. Somewhere there is a problem. Either with the work out of the Crime Lab that did the analysis of the DNA or something else. Harry has to find out the real story behind this one. Read the rest of this entry »

The Drop by Michael Connelly

The DropReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

After a couple of books away from Harry Bosch as the main character, Connelly returns with The Drop, a book where Harry is at his best. Harry and Chou have two cases to investigate and as things seem to be resolved in each case, the cases take unsettling turns. Questions arise that may pop up again down the road.

The Cold Case Unit of the LAPD routinely selects cases at random to be reviewed to see if using the latest DNA testing there are any new leads in the case. Harry Bosch, now a member of this unit, catches a case from 1989. When the evidence is reviewed, there is a hit on the blood that was found at the scene-only the blood belongs to a guy who would have been only eight years old at the time the crime was committed. Before Harry and his partner Chou can really get started working the case, Harry long time nemesis, Councilman Irvin Irving asks that Harry be assigned to investigate the death of the Councilman’s son.

As readers ride along with Harry and is partner, it’s like catching up with old friends. Readers find Harry and his daughter settled into a comfortable routine after the death of Harry’s ex-wife and Maddy’s mother. Harry and his new partner have a not surprisingly unbalanced relationship with Harry wanting only to give orders while not sharing information. Kiz Rider, Harry’s old partner, has moved up the ladder in the police department and while it is sometimes helpful for Harry there is a definite shift in their relationship during this book-a shift leaving Harry feeling the loss. But the best is the return of Irvin Irving. In The Drop, the Councilman and Harry are supposed to be on the same side on this case, but can Harry and the Councilman ever be in agreement? Their relationship also takes an unusual twist by the end of The Drop. Read the rest of this entry »