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The Closers (Harry Bosch #11)

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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 D ...more
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Published May 1st 2005 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2005)
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James
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'
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Dagny
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.
Georg
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
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Jane Stewart
Too slow moving. Not as good as other books in the series.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
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
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LJ
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
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Gabby
Dec 09, 2008 Gabby rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
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Maddy
RATING: 4.5

PROTAGONIST: Harry Bosch
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #11 of 18
RATING: 4.5
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
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Kellie
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
Eric
Jan 03, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Miloš
One word only.
Fantastic!
Dave Kramer
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
Bonnie
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
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Brenda
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
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Donna
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
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Domino Finn
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.
Robin Thomas
This was really good. Harry Bosch is back in the game, having rejoined the LAPD. He now works the Open/Unsolved cases with his partner Kismin Rider. Almost right off the bat Bosch is confronted by his old boss Irvin Irving who threatens Bosch. But Bosch gets him in the end. This case has high jingo. I love that term.
Susie
I know that lots of people love this series... but its just ok for me. I listened to this by audio cd, and maybe that doesn't help, but I found myself yawning my way through it, and if it hadn't been the fact that I was trapped in a car with nothing else to do but drive, I may not gotten through it.
Helaine
Probably three and half. I have been reading the Harry Bosch series in order (always gives me a better feel for the main character--get to see him grow and change over time). In this book, Bosch has come out of retirement to the "new" LAPD and he is back in a "new" persona--not quite the head banger he was in the previous volumes (probably his age--mellowing out?). I always enjoy procedural police stories because you can try to find the "who done it" right along with the detective as the evidenc ...more
Rex Fuller
Really liked this one because perfect justice was dealt out.
Georgene
Oct 22, 2014 Georgene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Georgene by: Alan Wickstrand
Shelves: thrillers
It's been a while since I've read a Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly. This one does NOT disappoint.

Harry Bosch, a long time cop and retired from the L.A.P.D., comes out of retirement and goes back to what he does best: solving murders. Now assigned to the Open/Unsolved Unit, he works to find the murderers of long dead victims. His first case involves a 16 year old girl who was murdered 17 years before. The case has lots of twists and turns. It was a real page turner. I read it in an evenin
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Maggie
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Marleen
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
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Anna
Harry Bosch returns to LAPD after a 3 years retirement didn't keep him happy. He had started to walk with a limp because he didn't carry his badge or his gun any more. Now he's put to Open-Unresolved unit with Kiz Rider, and their first case starts to run into action very fast. A 17 years old unresolved case; a bi-racial schoolgirl Rebecca Verloren was abducted from her home and found murdered. No one was convicted for it. Now there is some new DNA evidence on the gun, but as usual, not everythi ...more
Kaitlin
I like the Harry Bosch books because they're easy to read and competently written. Most people will appreciate the fact that Connelly doesn't feel the need to have all his characters speak only in curse words or to sleep with everyone they meet, and then describe that in detail. He moves the plot along nicely and provides enough twists and turns to always keep me guessing. Further, most of his plot movement is believable.

This is the second Bosch book I've read and I have the same complaints abou
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Elizabeth Theiss
Why are police procedurals persistently addictive? Is it the hard wired human attraction to understanding what we fear? Perhaps it's the enjoyment of the puzzle part, the voyeuristic sifting through evidence and interviews to sort out the one true narrative. Adding to the pleasure is spending time with the diverse characters who inhabit every station house. Full disclosure: I married a handsome young cop 40 years ago, so I know something about the pleasure of such company.

Michael Connolly delive
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Nancy (Hrdcovers)
Bottom of the Ninth, Harry Bosch In For The Close

I'm on a mission right now to get all caught up with the Harry Bosch series in time to read Connelly's newest, Nine Dragons, when it comes out in October. I have Echo Park and The Overlook to finish in order to be ready in time. That sounds like a quest I might be able to accomplish.

In starting The Closers, once again, I had no idea what closers were. I knew what it was in baseball but had no idea what it was in "Harry Bosch Land". The explanatio
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Denniger Bolton
Harry Bosch is back. He's been retired for three years after 25 years with the L.A.P.D. Now he's the new kid on the block working with the Open-Unsolved unit. It used to be called the Cold Case file, but L.A.P.D. is changing it image. For those of us who love Harry Bosch, we've followed this independent minded cop through many a case, looked over his shoulder at many a murder book, watched him defy authority, were with him in his relationships with women, up to his retirement. He has a brief sti ...more
Weavre
A pretty good example of what I conceptualize as "TV books"--nothing instructive or enlightening, just plain fiction that I read quickly for the same kind of mindless entertainment other people seek by turning on the television. I occasionally like to watch TV, too, and tend toward (OK, documentaries, but other than that) shows that apply science to criminal justice, medicine, etc. This novel, for example, would probably appeal to people who enjoy shows like CSI. I don't like graphic violence on ...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
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3)
  • The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4)
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“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.” 0 likes
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