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The Drop (Harry Bosch Universe #20)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  32,809 Ratings  ·  2,198 Reviews
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'
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company
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June Ahern
Jan 08, 2012 June Ahern rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2012 James Thane rated it really liked it
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
Jane Stewart
Dec 13, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-s-reads
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
Apr 11, 2012 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
Mar 17, 2015 Carly rated it it was ok
This entire book was ruined for me by one small subplot, and I'm still fuming over it. In fact, other than the culmination of Irvin Irving's flanderisation to the Evil Schemer, I'm finding it hard to remember the plot in light of that subplot.

The subplot: one of the major suspects is a man who was "sacrificed to the mob" when he was thrown out of the LAPD for killing people with the choke hold. (That's right--the same type of chokehold that caused Eric Garner's death.) Here is Connelly's int
Jan 17, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
Apr 06, 2012 Pamela rated it it was ok
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
Daniel Audet
Feb 21, 2012 Daniel Audet rated it it was amazing
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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
Feb 23, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2014 Maddy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops, 2014-reads
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #17 of 18
WHY: Harry Bosch is back in Open/Unsolved with his partner David Chu and assigned a cold case from 20 years earlier when a hit comes in on the DNA - but indicates that an 8-year-old may have been involved in a murder/rape. Then something strange happens - his arch nemesis, Irv Irving, requests that he handle the investigation of his son's death. George Irving fell or was pushed form a hotel balcony. Connelly does a brilliant
Feb 23, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
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
Detective Harry Bosch is back with the Open-Unsolved Unit and has just been handed a cold case. DNA from a blood smear in a 1989 rape and murder case matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. The problem? The convicted rapist was 8 years old in 1989. If the lab made a mistake it could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court. Bosch and his partner are told to work the case and find out how the DNA came back to match a person who was 8 years old at the time of the crime. But he has ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Jan 12, 2013 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
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
Cathy DuPont
Aug 11, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it
I've found in this series, some are great reads, some pretty good but none are bad or boring both of which I simply can't read.

Three books to go and will have finished this series. So I'm looking forward, kind of, to that.

As usual, a great storyline and Harry learns something new about himself.

I have to give Jim Andersen and Harry Roolaart a thank you for recommending Michael Connelly and especially this series of Harry Bosch. I didn't particularly like him at first but he certainly can grow o
Mar 20, 2013 Eric_W rated it really liked it
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
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
Elizabeth Theiss
Apr 13, 2013 Elizabeth Theiss rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
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
Apr 11, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Harry Bosch is my favorite police procedural and this was another great book in the series. Harry continues to change and learn and love. Always serious, but always entertaining.
I was first introduced to Harry Bosch a number of years ago through a Blind Date with my local library. I won a copy of The Drop through a competition run by the publisher and it's been sitting on my TBR shelf ever since.

I'm glad I picked this book up. It's readable and I was able to pick it up and put it down as needed.

At the start of the book, Harry Bosch is delivered what appears to be an impossible case. As he's getting started, he's given a second case to solve. There are twists and turns
Rex Fuller
Jan 15, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
Extremely good. Very satisfying. A few minor errors that have no effect on the overall impression.
Rick Urban
Sep 03, 2012 Rick Urban rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 10, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
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
Frances Plino
Jan 09, 2013 Frances Plino rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

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
Dec 31, 2011 Nette rated it really liked it
I always jump on the latest Connelly -- he's pretty dependable, although sometimes a bit humorless for my taste. (To clarify: I mean dark, bitter, Richard Price-esque humor, not "ooh, I'm a dog-walker who's also an amateur detective, la la la!" humor.") This one was excellent, though -- two twisty plots and a ton of insight into the guts of police investigations. I'm awarding an extra half point for introducing me to the term "high jingo," meaning the inexplicable, back-room decisions made by up ...more
Mar 04, 2016 K rated it really liked it
Another fine Harry Bosch story, but four instead of five stars due to what I felt was a dissatisfying ending. Bosch continues as a wonderfully damaged individual, not unlike some of my favorite Nordic Noir detectives, but sans the humor that those authors imbed into their protagonists. Nevertheless, Bosch is satisfyingly intense and relentless throughout this story that has him tackling a current and "cold" case simultaneously. Very good- just not great.
Oct 26, 2015 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As expected from this author and from this series, this book will not disappoint.

Our main protagonist is working on a high profile death investigation that looks like a suicide, having to juggle between a lot of media attention and pressure from upper management, while same time he's working hard to uncover some murders with sexual deviancy aspect of it, from an old case.

Remarkable in this book is how the author is presenting us the sad effects politics can have when involved in police work. A
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