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The Closers (Harry Bosch #11)

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In Los Angeles in 1988, a sixteen-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide - but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

Now Detective Harry Bosch

Hardcover, 403 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by Little Brown and Company
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Sep 15, 2015 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I sometimes take a break from "serious" literature to read some genre fiction. After reading Julia Keller's review of Michael Connelly's most recent novel I decided to try one of his earlier works, The Closers, featuring Detective Harry Bosch.
I was not disappointed as the novel was tightly woven, suspenseful story of crime and detection. In it Detective Harry Bosch is brought out of retirement by a new chief of police and assigned to a new division called "Open-Unsolved"; basically a 'cold case'
Sep 23, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

Bosch is back! Well he never really went away in literature terms but he's back in terms of the LAPD.

Working on the cold case unit, Bosch and his partner, Kiz Rider, are tasked with finding out who murdered a teenage girl 17 years beforehand. Quite a monumental task you would think, but advances in technology and policing means it's worth another crack when a hit on a blood sample links this case to some new information.

What could be seen as a slow, procedural style book still manages to
Jul 10, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry is back on the force working cold cases. This case is reopened since DNA evidence is now available. While DNA is conclusive in most TV shows, it isn't in real life since it can now be read from such tiny, old samples. Often it is just evidence that someone interacted at some point - good data, but certainly not the whole story. Harry makes this clear as he follows a typically twisty tale.

I almost knocked this down to 3 stars because it was pretty much just a police procedural, but dealing
Jane Stewart
Too slow moving. Not as good as other books in the series.

This is one of the weaker books in the Harry Bosch series. If you want to read just a few of them, skip this one. Me, I intend to read them all, and I’m glad I read it. I did it as an audiobook, keeping me company while I was doing other things, so I didn’t mind the slowness. As a mystery it was average and slow at times. Nothing special was done during the investigation, kind of plodding along. But there was one neat s
Dec 07, 2014 Dagny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another super read in the Harry Bosch series as he continues his mission in life. About the time I reached the final third of the book, all other activities went out the window. Nothing could be done until the book was finished.

Description: He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.'s tides of crime. With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain, and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal. But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle
Sep 14, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Closers by Michael Connelly is the 11th book in the Harry Bosch series.Harry returns to the LAPD and is assigned to the open-unsolved cases unit with his old partner Kiz Rider. They are assigned an old case from the 1980s involving the abduction and murder of a teenage girl. Harry is back where he belongs and is as sharp as ever but when things go wrong he begins to doubt himself. This book moved a lot slower for me with Harry seeming to need to explain his thoughts and actions every step of ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Mr. Connelly's books, mostly because of what they have and also because of what they don't, that is explicit sex, excessive foul language and gory violence. What they do have is intelligent plotting, surprises and interesting characters. I've never been in the police and fortunately haven't had to have many dealings with the law, but Mr. Connelly seems to know what he's writing about.

"The Closers" is one of his books featuring Harry Bosch, who has just come out of retirement to jo
Cathy DuPont
Is it me or is Harry Bosch's series turning into a police procedural genre?

The only police procedural book that I know of is Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series. However, I haven't read any so I don't know how they compare.

The bottom line is that in my opinion, the storyline here is pretty thin unless you enjoy an overload of police procedures.

If some of my friends who read what I read (which is most, by the way) can you clue me in? I hate to put down this series but I do know it will be a numbe
THE CLOSERS (Police Procedural-Los Angeles-Cont) – VG
Connelly, Michael – 15th book
Little Brown, 2005 – Hardcover
Harry Bosch has rejoined the police force after 3 year's retirement. He's back with his partner, Kiz Rider, on the Open-Unsolved, formerly Cold Case, Squad. Their first case is that a young woman in 1968 who was taken from her home and murdered. Now there's a break in the case thanks to advances in technology; a DNA match.
*** It's nice to see Connelly back writing a very good police pr
Jan 31, 2014 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #11 of 18
WHY: After 3 years of retirement, Harry Bosch has returned to the LAPD as a detective in the Open/Unsolved (cold case) department, with Kiz Rider as his partner. Their first case involves the murder of a teenage girl 17 years earlier. It's a different kind of investigation for Harry, and he sometimes struggles with how to conduct it. Finding links that suggest interference by the LAPD of the time doesn't help, and
What a nice change from the last book. I love this author and I think I’m in love with Harry Bosch. This book was signed “Harry is back on the beat and all is right in the world” by Michael Connelly when I met him at his book signing in Greensboro. Harry IS back in the Open Unsolved department. He is back with his partner Kit. Their first case is 17 years old. It’s recently been reopened because they have DNA and found a match. It doesn’t take long for Harry to get back into his investigative mo ...more
Freda Malone
Aug 05, 2016 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This installment of Harry Bosch is one of the best ones I've come across. I love a good murder mystery. Harry is back with his badge after 3 years retirement, running with a cold case and with limited clues. This particular one reminded me just how flawed our system can get. Just because there is DNA doesn't always mean that person is a killer. A young girl is stunned, swept away from her house, carried up a hill, shot and positioned to make it look like a suicide, and why? Read this one, it'll ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Georg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, crime
After all my praise for Connelly I have now to correct myself a little bit. Admittedly the plot of “The Closers” is good. As always Connelly knows how to lead the reader through the story, build up a lot of suspense and the end was really surprising and satisfying to me.

But the middle part of the book has its length. It takes page after page to describe how they set the trap (telephone bugs, false tattoos, choosing of the right car, etc.) before the action begins. And, no, “Reichert” is not the
Jan 03, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Bosch books
Even at it's dull and uninspired worst, Connelly's writing is still interesting in that the reader gets a more realistic look at how police procedure actually works -- there is tons of paperwork, there are lots of fruitless leads to follow, stakeouts are long and boring, etc. -- and not some absurd action-movie trope of police life.

While not Connelly's finest effort, The Closers is still a serviceable detective novel. The acceleration of events in third act and subsequent climax/aftermath saved
Jul 18, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This entry leans more heavily on the police procedural work and less on the thriller action aspect than usual but that still makes for an eminently readable story. I even found myself trying to guess the killer along with Bosch and his partner...something I never do! Ah, if only everyone could write as well (or should I say tell a story?) as well as Connelly.
❆ Crystal ❆
5 stars. Another awesome installment in this series. Harry Bosch is awesome and a lot happened in this book! Wow... wow... wow. I loved it and can't wait for the next book.
When I last encountered Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch, he had left the LAPD and was working as a private detective. But after three years away from the force, he misses it and when he learns that certain personnel would no longer be there to torment him and that the new police chief is open to his returning, he decides to go back. The decider is that he will be able to work with his former partner Kizmir Rider in a new unit called Open-Unsolved. These are old murder cases that have grown cold but ar ...more
Dec 09, 2008 Gabby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: 2008, mystery
In this addition to the Harry Bosch series, Harry is called out of a 3 year retirement to work with his former partner, Kizmin Rider on the newly formed Open-Unsolved Squad of LAPD. The case assigned to Bosch and Rider concerns the murder of a teenager who'd been carried from her bedroom during the night and murdered not far from her home. The murder had originally been staged as a suicide, but even after that conclusion was ruled out, there never was a firm suspect or solution to the case.

17 ye
Nov 26, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Bosch had been retired from the LAPD for three years, and was missing the job. He is brought back in by the new Police Chief, who has been giving the department a thorough clean up, from top to bottom. Harry was installed into the department's Open-Unsolved Unit, where they worked on thousands of cold cases which haunt some of the old cops. Harry and his associates are called 'The Closers'.

Harry is partnered with his former cop partner, Kiz Rider. She knows him inside out, knows how he ti
Jul 30, 2014 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I don't read a lot of mysteries, but I've always enjoyed Michael Connelly's writing. With his experience as a newspaper journalist in Los Angeles, I trust his portrayal of the city and its crime scene. That and his view of the LAPD (some good people fighting a tough system with its share of prejudice, bias and politics) just feels right. This is part of his Detective Harry Bosch series. Harry, a Vietnam vet (which figures more prominently in the earlier books, but which is never forgotten as par ...more
Pitch perfect procedural of LA detective Harry Bosch solving a 17-yr. old cold case involving the abduction and murder of a bi-racial teenager. In this 11th book of the series, Harry is brought back from retirement to work with his old partner Kiz Ryder in a new unresolved cases squad. The parents still live shattered lives from the crime, and the investigation stirs up much pain and renewed hope. The combined empathy, toughness, and tenacity of Harry's efforts are compellingly portrayed. As usu ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 11 in the Harry Bosch Series.
Another excellent Michael Connelly book, I am beginning to repeat myself. Great plot, well crafted characters, lots of twists and turns and suspense.
This series is full of page turners and the more you read the better the series gets.
Rex Fuller
Jan 07, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this one because perfect justice was dealt out.
Dec 29, 2014 Miloš rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
One word only.
Tror jeg bare skal lese Connelly iår!
Oct 20, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying reading haphazardly through the Bosch books, mostly backwards in time. He has recently become one of my favorite protagonists. I love the world weary types: the jazz loving poets seeking deeper meaning for life by speaking for the dead. Plus he just can't let go of the smallest detail when it gets under his skin and inevitably that's the piece that leads to the larger puzzle. This is one of those stories where he can't let go of a little something that rubs him the wrong way. It's r ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michael-connelly
It’s good to have Harry Bosch back as a detective, knocking on doors, carrying a badge. Strangely enough I think that the author feels the same. It’s as if Michael Connelly’s writing improves, like he’s more inspired, original and excelling when Harry’s functioning as a cop.
Being freshly assigned to the Robbery-Homicide Division Open/Unsolved cases with his former partner Kizmin Rider, Harry investigates the unsolved death of the sixteen-year old Becky Verloren as she was discovered missing from
Aug 08, 2014 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I have enjoyed reading this series.....but NOT this one. It almost seem liked it was written by someone else. It was so wordy and explanatory....all telling and no showing.

One of my major pet peeves in crime/mystery novels is when the author connects two dots with nothing to back up why and how he came to that conclusion. It's like he says, "Because the grass is green, the refrigerator must be white", then off they go. It leaves me thinking, "Say what!" That is not natural evolution. There was a
Domino Finn
Aug 07, 2014 Domino Finn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry Bosch is back with the LAPD and the story is back in third person. Unfortunately, the first third of the novel lacks the excitement and energy I was hoping for. The pace picks up in the middle with some cool developments. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and how things devolved at the end, but there was something missing from making this one of the great Bosch novels. That and some cheesiness at the end kept off a star, but this is still a solid mystery book.
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“The world was full of people who could not get over things. There was no closure and there was no peace. The truth did not set you free. But you could get through things. That’s what Bosch would tell him. You could head toward the light and climb and dig and fight your way out of the hole.” 3 likes
“Bosch knew the dawn had nothing on the dusk. Dawn always came up ugly, as if the sun was clumsy and in a hurry. The dusk was smoother, the moon more graceful. Maybe it was because the moon was more patient. In life and nature, Bosch thought, darkness always waits.” 2 likes
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