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Chasing the Dime

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  23,802 Ratings  ·  661 Reviews
The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren't for him: "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site." Pierce has just moved into a new apartment, and he's been "chasing the dime"--doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions. But he can't get the messages for Lilly out of his head. As Pierce tries to ...more
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Published October 15th 2002 by Little, Brown and Company
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Cathy DuPont
I never, ever, ever thought I would put a Michael Connelly book down. But never say never.

This stand alone was so contrived and the protagonist was so damned stupid it just annoyed me to no end. Here he is the founder and CEO (or whatever) of a multi-million dollar company and he acts like he a verified idiot (if there is such a thing.) He acts stupid, stupid, stupid.

I love Michael Connelly and have raved on about both his series, Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller but either one of them have more
Jane Stewart
I didn’t like the main character Henry so I couldn’t enjoy the story. He does “stupid” things for 90% of the book.

The background and secondary story:
Henry is a computer science chemist. He formed a company to research molecular computing. He has created a molecular energy source call Proteus. He needs $12 million to move forward with the research. His financial guy has been looking for investors. Their first choice is Goddard who is coming next week to see Proteus. The title is a met
Nov 26, 2008 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amazon's review sums up the plot: "Henry Pierce is about to become very rich--as soon as his firm, Amedeo Technologies, gets an infusion of capital from a big backer. But the brilliant chemist's workaholic habits are disrupted when his lover, the former intelligence officer of his company, breaks up with him. Lonely and dispirited, he moves into a new apartment and gets a new phone number that attracts a lot of callers, but not for him. His new telephone number seems to have previously belonged ...more
Jul 04, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non-Harry Bosch a little light on plausibility, but still fun!

It's a remarkable coincidence that in the very same month (Nov. 2002) that Michael Crichton published "Prey", a novel about nanotechnology and minuscule robots, Michael Connelly brings out a book on virtually the identical subject. Protagonist whiz kid Henry Pierce is about to patent amazing new technology that will power molecular-sized computers, capable of being injected into blood streams (for example) to ward off disease and effe
Jun 10, 2011 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculous story line, was still kind of fun.

That half page where he explains to me how the dimmer settings work in a car really pisses me off. "You see there are three settings. One where the light stays on all the time, one where the light stays off all the time and one where the light comes on but only when the door was you see? Pierce opened his door but the dome light did not come on....Pierce knows he left it on that other setting where the light just comes on when the door is
Jul 17, 2013 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2013
I like Connelly's Harry Bosch series, and the Lincoln Lawyer has its charm. So did Blood Work.
The protagonist in this one, Henry Pierce, left me cold. Erratic, old, lacking the passion you'd expect. The first half seemed slow because of the character. But fortunately Connelly bound and solved the story together elegantly towards the end. Still, this and The Outlook are so far my two least favorite books of his. If this was your first Connelly, try some old Harry Bosch books. Ideally in order...
An almost perfect mystery novel.
Patrice Hoffman
I'll be honest... I'm a little biased when it comes to my favorite authors. Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors. The reason I say I'll be honest is because I wanted to give this book 2 stars because the main character just kept making me upset. The story hooks from the beginning. But I, like other readers, could not understand what was motivating the protagonist to find this woman who's number he was given accidentally. Had it not been for the ending, I would have felt this book was a ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't improve on what's been said and written about CHASING THE DIME. It worked for me. Quite well, in fact. Maybe the geeky protag put off some readers. Great pacing and tension stood out. I'm hooked on the stand alones.
Michael Redd
Oct 12, 2014 Michael Redd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good change of pace book from Michael Connelly. follows an everyman a la Hitchcock's North by Northwest. ..anything else would spoil it.
Sep 04, 2014 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having a like-able protagonist isn't necessary in a good book. Some of the greatest characters out there are complex creations - multifaceted and difficult to like. Usually you, as a reader, respect him or her though. Henry Pierce is difficult to respect. He is a lot like that character who opens the door to the basement where the serial killer lives. You keep wishing there was a way that Henry could hear you shouting at him as he makes the same mistakes over and over. I found myself wanting the ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly’s books are always good. This one does not feature his staple detective, Harry Bosch, although the main character did have peripheral involvement with a case from a previous novel relating to serial killings by the “doll maker” (see The Concrete Blonde.)

Henry Pierce has had a brilliant idea that may soon translate into an enormous fortune. A chemist, he has discovered a method to create a new power source for nano-computers, His firm, Amedeo Technologies, has the backing of a v
Jan 07, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried listening to this one. After several chapters, I just couldn't live through the boredom anymore. The plot dragged like molasses and the main character was just plain annoying. I suppose it might have picked up eventually considering the average rating on Goodreads is four stars, but I just couldn't be bothered to wade through anymore of the boredom. It's funny--I used to think that once I started reading a book, I somehow had this obligation to finish it even if I wasn't enjoying it. Then ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who-dun-it mystery freaks

By pure happenstance I stumbled upon a Michael Connelly book that wasn't featuring Harry Bosch! Henry Pierce is a start-up high tech entrepreneur who has created molecular RAM, the engine that will power the next generation of computers. Although he's aware of the market implications of molecular RAM, he is naïve in underestimating the treachery his closest associates will go to steal it from him. If ever there was a perfect example of a who-done-it mystery, Ch
Emma-Jane Goode
Enjoyed this book, thought it had a nice twist at the end which I didn't see coming!
Clint Mccoy
This was alright...not his best. It was good to read to kill some time.

Most of it was predictable and I couldn't believe how the main character didn't catch onto a lot of what was going on. I mean, if you see a "U-Store-It" key on your keychain and there's been a murder then yeah, that's where the body is. And, Jesus Christ! Every damn cop thriller I read has a Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry reference in it and it's not subtle at all. Calm down with that shit! I mean, I like Clint Eastwood, hell I
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
I thriller americani e la fissa per i laboratori scientifici. No, cioè, sono dappertutto.

Non ditemi che non è vero, perché quasi ogni volta che apro un thriller americano c'è di mezzo un laboratorio scientifico. O degli scienziati, o un progetto scientifico. Insomma, di solito le cose vanno a braccetto. Magari li pesco tutti io, eh.

Questo libro è un crescendo di "forse l'ho valutato male". Parte in modo abbastanza piatto, forse un po' da cliché. Insomma, la misteriosa storia di una prostituta
May 11, 2012 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my least favorite of he Michael connelly books so far. I contemplated giving it two stars since it wasn't so poorly-executed that I couldn't bring myself to finish it. In the end, though, I was so annoyed by it that I decided the one-star review was being generous.

This novel suffers from a pretty big major flaw: the main character's every-man status. The fact that this character, for seemingly no reason, continues following up in this plot makes no discernible sense. He continues piling
Dec 15, 2007 Johnsergeant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Narrator: Jonathan Davis
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2002
Length: 10 hours and 26 min.

Publisher's Summary
The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new telephone clearly aren't intended for him:
"Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site."

Pierce has just been thrown out by his girlfriend and moved into a new apartment, and the company he founded is headed into the most critical phase of fund-raising. He's been "chasing the dime" - doing all it ta
Bruce Snell
Dec 28, 2011 Bruce Snell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another of the stand alone novels by Michael Connelly. This story is what I have come to expect from Connelly, a complex plot, believable characters, and interesting situations all thrown together with a good mix of action. The protagonist, Henry Pierce, has split up with his girlfriend, and moved into a new apartment. As he is moving in, he receives several phone calls to his new number, and discovers that the number had previously been assigned to a (now missing) call girl. Henry is in ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
As the teaser says, 'murder begins with a phone call'. It is so true in this Connelly stand-alone, whose story I found highly interesting and unique. Something that seems quite tame and perhaps dry on paper comes alive when this master storyteller breathes life into it.

When our main character begins getting phone calls to his new telephone number obviously meant for the former number's owner, he cannot let it go. He MUST get to the bottom of this, if only to ensure the sex trade worker's calls s
Dec 18, 2014 Kelli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A rare Connelly miss for me. I have a strong dislike for any story that gets fuel for drama or suspense by having a character be dishonest with the cops. I also hate any time a civilian decides to Sherlock the case alone and ends up contaminating or compromising crime scenes in the process. This case should have been handed to Bosch in the beginning.

Also, as someone married to a scientist who spends excessive hours doing research, I just think there is no way this main character would have taken
Feb 21, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I keep getting led off my real reading list by the giveaway shelf at the gym. Last week I picked up this 10-year-old Connelly novel. A first-person, fast read about a biotech genius who gets caught up in the seedy escort world of L.A., this never really gelled for me. (Hard to understand the guy's motivations, and the mystery wasn't very compelling. Lots of interesting details on the cutthroat biotech world, though.) Connelly is an expert writer, but I won't be pondering the themes of this book ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three interesting things in this book. #1) The book “Hell to Pay” by George Pelecanos is mentioned in this book. The lady that is working at the storage facility is reading it. #2) Hieronymus Bosch (the artist) is mentioned #3) I love the way Connelly uses the children’s book “Horton Hears a Who” by Dr. Seuss as a theme for his lab project. “Our Buildings, to you, would seem terribly small, but to us, who aren’t big, they are wonderfully tall.” One more thing, the Dollmaker is mentioned in here ...more
Michael O'Leary
Jul 01, 2016 Michael O'Leary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a great read by Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, the story is suspenseful, fast-paced and truly a mystery. Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about the book:
"Former journalist and Edgar Award winner Connelly (City of Bones) skillfully unfolds a story of obsessive curiosity and taut psychological suspense ideally suited to audio translation. A burgeoning technologies company, broken engagement and new apartment leave little time for 34-year
May 30, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chasing the Dime
Michael Connelly (Author)
Chasing the Dime is one of those novels that starts, and keeps going, down narrative hills, around steep corners, through character development, inciting incidents, until it ends. Henry Piere has just moved into a new apartment, with a new phone, and a new number. Nobody wants to talk to him though; they all want to speak to Lilly, and Henry soon learns that Lilly is in a lot of trouble, the sort of trouble he would be advised to stay out of.

It is from th
Michael Connelly's 'Chasing the Dime' is one of those really great novels to read when you're on holidays. You find yourself reading in a relaxed setting on a remote beach with only a handful of other people. All the locals offering you pineapple slices and foot massages have left to go and harass someone else for the time being. Your favourite drink is slowly warming in the sun on the little side table next to your lounge chair and there is a soft wind that makes the temperature just right. Wai ...more
Robin Thomas
Not up to Connelly's usual standards. The main character is head of a company that is close to developing a molecular computer. They have patents ready to file and a promising investor lined up. After a recent break-up with his live-in girlfriend, who had just quit the firm, he moves to an apartment and starts receiving phone calls that are not for him. They seem to be callers looking the Lilly who is an escort. This guy seems quite stupid to me in the actions he takes, except at the end when he ...more
Nathan Palmer
Apr 15, 2011 Nathan Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly has that 'best seller' style that leaves you turning pages and wanting more. It is a generic story, yet he adds so much to the characters that you feel like you're watching a movie. You're rooting for the protagonists. You're hoping for a good outcome, but you just really don't know. I give it four stars for its simplicity, but I highly recommend it for everyone. I read it in about a short work week.
Feb 05, 2015 Sudsol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Different Type of Story for Connelly

This highly suspenseful novel is a different style than the many other Connelly books I've read. It center's on Henry Pierce, a gifted scientist working on the cutting edge of nanotechnology.
When Pierce's new phone line rings off the hook with men looking for "Lily" Pierce becomes intrigued and starts his own amateur investigation to find the mysterious woman. His personal background is a motivating factor that keeps him searching for answers.
Pierce rapidly
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