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Chasing the Dime

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  25,184 Ratings  ·  714 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
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...
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
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
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
Asghar Abbas
Dec 11, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of the best stand alone novels out there. He certainly chased that dime. This was certainly better than Void Moon.
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 22, 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 04, 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.
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
Sep 30, 2016 Nathaniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
If I did not know this book was by Michael Connelly, I never would have guessed it. The one thing that unifies all his other books is that the heroes--though certainly imperfect and limited--are at least competent. In fact, they are experts. Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb, Cassie Black and--to a lesser extent--the obnoxious reporter whose name escapes me are all very, very good at what they do. (Oh, McEvoy. That's right.)

Now, I get that part of the whole point of this book was that the hero--Harry P
Jul 28, 2011 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
Sep 09, 2011 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
Emma-Jane Goode
Enjoyed this book, thought it had a nice twist at the end which I didn't see coming!
Sep 26, 2011 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorites of all of the MIchael Connelly's books. It was still good and worth reading.
Marty Fried
Apr 19, 2017 Marty Fried rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, enjoyable read. A fast-moving story with unexpected twists, marred only by occasionally frustration at the mistakes made by the protagonist. But people do things for strange reasons sometimes, so I try not to judge. His main mistake was talking too much, especially to the police without a lawyer, but he didn't expect to become a suspect I suppose. Actually, his big mistake was probably getting too involved in the first place, but that's what made the story.

This was a standalone
Stephanie Jenkins ortiz cerrillo
The ending surprised me. To be a scientist, Harry Pierce, and having just patented a breakthrough scientific product he didn't exactly use his common sense. Having just moved and getting a new phone line and phone service he begins getting phone calls from men for a lady called Lilly. Curiosity sends Harry down a very unexpected path that ends up being life threatening. His curiosity and guilt lands him in the position of being the prime suspect in a homicide. My first read by Michael Connelly b ...more
Charissa Wilkinson
Overview: Henry Pierce’s new phone number used to belong to a woman named Lilly. Unfortunately, she didn’t leave a memo to her clients, and Henry is fielding calls for her. What’s a guy to do? Look for her, of course.

Dislikes: Henry is a problem for me. His moral code leaves much to be desired. And he thinks of himself higher than he ought to.

Likes: Play the game of crossover cameos. Or read the story for Nicole, Robert Renner, and Clyde Vernon.

Conclusion: This book is pretty dark, so it won’t b
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
Sep 05, 2011 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
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
May 08, 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
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 02, 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
Bruce Snell
Dec 26, 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
Joe Cummings
Nov 15, 2016 Joe Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"What?!?!" I thought, "A Michael Connelly novel that's not a part of the Harry Bosch Universe!?!?!" "This I got to read!" Actually, his 2002 novel Chasing the Dime is tangentially a part of the HBU, but it could have been easily written without Harry, Mickey, etcetera wandering around silently in the background. Still, I'm sure that HBU fans will enjoy finding the connections.

Similarly, Connelly easily could have written it as a regular HBU novel, but the author pushes his envelope somewhat in
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
Dec 11, 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
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