The Drop (Harry Bosch, #17)
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The Drop (Harry Bosch #17)

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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...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2011)
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June Ahern
This is how much I enjoy Michael Connelly's "Harry Bosch" series - I bought a hardcopy and gifted to myself as a Christmas present. I couldn't wait to hop into bed with Harry. I savored each page and even reread a few the next night to set the flavor of the evening's reading. Connelly is at his finest - once again - even though he does break some writing rules by telling rather than showing - so like who cares? It works. Harry is back from retirement working cold cases, not the active murder cas...more
James Thane
This is another excellent entry in Michael Connelly's series featuring LAPD homicide detective, Harry Bosch.

Bosch, who had earlier retired from the department is now back under the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP). He has a little more than three years left before he will be forced to retire for good and he is anxious to accomplish as much as he possibly can in the time he has remaining.

Harry is now working in the Open/Unsolved Unit, investigating cold cases, and as the book opens, he and...more
Jane Stewart
Not much action or adrenaline, but excellent police procedural investigating. I smiled a lot.

One of the reasons I gave this 5 stars might be because I have read all the other Bosch books, and I miss him. I was so happy to have another book to read, but also it was very good. One thing I love about Bosch is his intense mission in life – catching murderers. It was satisfying. I enjoyed his thinking, comments, decisions, and actions.

After the last two Bosch books, Nine Dragons and The Reversal, I w...more
Few things bring me greater pleasure than stumbling across free books. One might even say I have a sickness or disease for which there is no cure in this life or the next. But I’ve learned to live with my disease and so has my wife. So when I happened upon THE DROP on the other side of the TSA line as it sat on a metal table and as I picked through my luggage before I headed toward the pearly gate and a destination that was not New Mexico, one might say I was giddy. I took a quick look around an...more
A sobering story to be hearing as i drove up and down the 250 mile round trip to Plymouth in the run up to Easter. All blood, guts, suicide, embezzlement and dark conspiracies and police cover-ups not to mention serial rapists and child abusers. Not the most conducive of listens to get me into the mood for celebrations and resurrection but it was a story which kept the interest.

Harry Bosch is a detective in the Open-Unsolved Unit which searches out the open-ended murders and rapes and attempts...more
Daniel Audet
The newest in the popular (with me too) Harry Bosch series has Harry working two cases, one old, one new, and only our hero can bridge the gap between old school and new when it comes to good old fashioned gum shoe field work that gets results. Connelly, clearly at the top of his game with this great read bangs out another twisty, turny, high end thriller with a decided personal side that he weaves in with his articulate mastery.
Readers, spoiled rotten by this level of skill, will enjoy this bo...more
Detective Harry Bosch is contemplating retirement - again. The Deferred Retirement Option Plan (The DROP) gives him another 39 months. He enjoys his work with LA's Open-Unsolved unit, working on cases that went cold up to 50 years ago. Currently he's trying to solve the 1989 murder of a young woman. But perhaps, he thinks, he's losing his edge. Besides, there's Maddie, his teenaged daughter, to think of, and wouldn't it be great to be able to spend more time with her? So Harry, who's a dedicated...more
I've read--or rather listened to--all of Michael Connelly's books. Yep...all the Bosch, all the Haller, all the stand alones, everything except the short stories. With a few--very few--exceptions, they've been pretty much amazing.

This is the first I've read, and the first and only Bosch I've been disappointed with. It just didn't have the wow-factor of the others. The plot was far too linear for a Bosch, the characters too predictable, the humor too forced. In short, if this were the first Bosch...more
Feb 23, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Bosch books
Michael Connelly has squeezed a lot of stories out of Harry Bosch, and looks to be trying to retire the character while he is still in prime form, giving Bosch only a few years until being forced into retirement in The Drop, which actually refers to the retirement -- Deferred Retirement Option Plan -- as well as the alleged suicide fall the detective investigates.

The two simultaneous cases are both strong, and this is hardly a case of a sequel degrading in quality. There is the obligatory love...more
So, back on 10-31-2011 I put this book on hold and today I finished it, 2-23-2012.
Loved it.!!!!
Of course it is a aging Harry.
He still jumps in where angels fear to tread ( or something like that)
Another poignant ending.

It just came out October 2011, I just put a hold at the library and I am #469 with one book.
Let's see.....given 3 weeks per hold 3 weeks X 469 =1407
divided by 52 weeks in year = 27 years until I get to read this from the library.
Hmmmm, that'll make me 92 years old.
I just read the...more
This is another one of those books where I feel the need to mention that the book flap contains more information than I would want to know before reading the book.

I always enjoy Michael Connelly for his finesse as a writer in a genre with its share of hacks. He's always right on top of the latest developments in technology and law related to police work in Los Angeles. This book is no exception in that regard, but the plot and conclusion felt a little worn out to me.

Harry Bosch is working two...more
Harry Bosch is back in the Cold Case unit, and is asked to investigate how paroled child molester's blood is found on a murder victim at a time when the parolee was only eight years old. Just after being assigned this oddity, a city councilman known for hating the police (and Harry), asks that Harry be assigned to investigate the fall of his son from a hotel balcony -- an apparent suicide. Meticulous as ever, Harry is suspicious about the death and is bothered by nobody hearing a scream. In the...more
I liked this classic Connelly as I have enjoyed most of the Hieronymous Bosch detective series. on for a few caveats.

The title is a play on multiple plot themes: the suicide of the son of Bosch's earlier nemesis who now sits on the city Council and has become a thorn in the side of the police department; Bosch's ability to continue work as a detective past the normal retirement sequence (called the "drop); and the budding relationship Harry's starts with a Hannah, a psychologist worki...more
This is my first book by an author I have long wanted to read...and probably my last. It gets three stars because it qualifies as an impeccably-written, well-plotted, superbly edited and entertaining page turner.

I can certainly understand why Michael Connelly is so popular...the man knows how to spin a yarn! The writing is clean, concise, fast-paced with no extraneous fat fleshing out the characters or the setting. He simultaneously unwinds two murder cases with great thoroughness and detail, ef...more
I try to always keep a Michael Connelly book on my shelf for times when I'm sick or extra grumpy-pants, just so there's always something to fall back on.

These aren't great novels, and I don't even particularly like the featured detective, Harry Bosch (other than his name, short for Heironymous Bosch), but they always seem to be just what the doctor ordered at certain times.

I see according to GR that the Harry Bosch novels are numbered, but for once I haven't stressed too much about reading them...more
Elizabeth Theiss
Detective Harry Bosch is on the case and that means I've had a delightful few days of living in the LAPD's unsolved cases unit. Michael Connelly has mastered the police procedural and The Drop is no exception.

As Bosch nears retirement, his passion for resolving criminal wrongs is unslaked. A twenty-two year old unsolved child murder and a high-profile politically connected death drop on his desk on the same day and the grizzled detective unsurprisingly solves both before the end of the book. So...more
Rex Fuller
Extremely good. Very satisfying. A few minor errors that have no effect on the overall impression.
Rick Urban
If there is a sure thing in the detective novel genre, it is Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch books, and this is one of his best. Sometimes I get into a reading funk, where, even though I have about 50 books on my shelves that I haven't gotten to yet, I just can't get interested in any of them. It happened to me again this week, and I decided that I would go to the library and pick up Connelly's latest book, which I had planned to read for awhile now. And like the very best comfort food, The...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars


It’s “Christmas” day in the Open-Unsolved Unit. Harry and Chu get a 22 year old rape/murder case that got a hit in the DNA Database. The contributor is a convicted sex offender, Clayton Pell. The match to the blood smear on the victim’s neck seems like manna to the detectives: case closed. But Pell was only eight years old at the time of Lily’s murder. Did the original OU detectives cross contaminate their submission from another cold case? Or did the State lab make a tremendous...more
After reading The Fifth Witness I lamented that while it was good, it wasn't up to the recent standard of excellence Michael Connelly had set for himself. But given how prolific Connelly is, it wouldn't be long before he'd have a chance to start a new streak.

Thankfully, Connelly does that with his latest novel The Drop though I had to admit for the first couple of chapters I had my doubts.

Harry Bosch is back working cases in the cold crimes unit. Three years away from retirement, Bosch wants to...more
Frances Plino

I have to start by putting in a disclaimer – I have read every one of Michael Connelly’s books and love his style of writing, so I might not be as unbiased as I should be when writing this review. No surprise then that I loved The Drop!

Harry Bosch, now back after a brief retirement, is working on open and unsolved cases. His current workload consists of an old sex crime, with some very suspect DNA results, and the current (apparent) suicide of the son of one of Harry’s old enemies, a local polit...more
The Drop gets 3.5 Stars rounded up because Maddie, Harry's daughter, brings a new element into the story. Where will Connelly go with her? (She reminds me of Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter fact verrry similar!) DROP has a triple meaning: Harry is on the Delayed Retirement Option Program and can't decide if he wants to stay longer or get out quicker; the main crime event is a city councilman's son has either jumped or been "dropped" from the top of a hotel; and finally, Harry is co...more
Luanne Ollivier
Harry Bosch returns in Michael Connelly's latest book - The Drop. Harry has three years left until mandatory retirement kicks in. He's working in the cold case squad now. When he and his partner Chu get a DNA hit from a twenty year old sample, they think a mistake has been made. The perp is in the system, but he would have been eight years old at the time. But just as they start investigating further, they are told to drop everything to investigate the death of a prominent city counciller's son....more
Mal Warwick
Michael Connelly’s Latest: Another Thoroughly Satisfying Police Procedural

You might think that after writing 25 other novels and a slew of short stories Michael Connelly’s latest book would show at least a hint of boredom. Instead, the man keeps getting better and better. The Drop, Connelly’s 17th novel about Los Angeles police detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch, is one of his very best.

As you might expect in a series of such longevity, Harry is a complex character weighed down by layer upon la...more
Kelly Hager
Harry Bosch is investigating two cases in The Drop. The first is a hit on a cold case. A smear of blood on a murder victim's neck leads to a convicted rapist. It seems perfect...except when the woman was killed, the suspect was eight years old. The other is a seemingly open-and-shut case. A man checks into the Chateau Marmont and commits suicide by jumping from his seventh floor balcony. Except it may not be that simple. He's the son of Councilman Irvin Irving (who you may remember from his time...more
THE DROP. (2011). Michael Connelly. *****.
Harry Bosch isn’t ready to retire – yet, so he has been assigned to the Deferred Retirement Option Plan. He has been granted three-and-a-half years before he will face mandatory retirement from the LAPD. He has chosen to work out his remaining years on a cold-case squad (a very popular department in today’s crime novels) where he and his new partner, David Chu, come across a new piece of evidence in a rape-murder case that happened in 1989. The DNA of a...more
#17 of the Harry Bosch series-This author gets better every time he writes another book. Several years ago I went to a book signing of Connelly’s. I remember thinking Connelly seemed uncomfortable and a bit shy when he spoke in front of the crowd. I thought about that reading this book. I read somewhere that good writers are observers; on the outside looking in. I think this is an attribute of Connelly of which makes him a great writer. His characters are complex, consistent from book to book.

“Everybody counts or nobody counts” has always been Detective Harry Bosch’s personal mantra. In THE DROP, the latest book in a series that began long ago with the excellent novel The Black Echo, Harry Bosch’s belief system and his trust in others are tested in new ways. Ways that will have him second guessing himself again and again before these two cases are over.

Bosch has 39 months to go before mandated retirement from the LAPD. He isn’t happy about forced retirement but understands the system...more
Apr 05, 2013 Col rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, c
When evidence links a brutal murder in 1989 to a convicted rapist named Clayton Pell, the case should be water-tight. Pell's DNA was found on the victim - but he was only eight years old at the time.
This not the only mystery Harry Bosch has to solve. A man jumped - or was pushed - from a window. The victim's father is Councilman Irving, who's been intent on destroying Harry's career for years. Now Irving wants Harry to head up the investigation.
Harry uncovers traces of two...more
Mary Gramlich
THE DROP by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch Series #17
11/11 - Little, Brown & Company – Hardcover, 400 pages

Is nothing uncomplicated when politics are involved?

Detective Harry Bosch has the opportunity to continue his work in the Open/Unsolved Unit with his extension to stay on approved. Harry has been working the cold cases long enough to get have a rhythm down so that he gets the work done and still be home for dinner with his daughter. Doing his best to be a good detective and great father is...more
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache...more
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