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The Drop

(Harry Bosch #15)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  57,007 ratings  ·  3,105 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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Valerie Theisen Not necessary as far as I'm concerned. I have not read in order and still enjoy each one. There are sometimes references to earlier cases or character…moreNot necessary as far as I'm concerned. I have not read in order and still enjoy each one. There are sometimes references to earlier cases or characters but not crucial to understanding the stories. (less)

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James Thane
Dec 03, 2012 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
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another really entertaining few hours spent with Harry Bosch and friends. I always love these books and this was an especially good one.

I enjoyed the relationship he has with Maddie in this book. It is nice to see a main character actually succeeding in managing his work and home life and caring for his daughter in a supportive way.

Of course at work he is his usual uncooperative self. Harry is not a team player and his partner is that in name only. Not surprisingly the partnership goes off the
June Ahern
Dec 29, 2011 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
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: e-audible, mystery
Bosch is one of my favorite TV cops. The narrator's voice didn't match my image of Titus Welliver, but the audio was still compelling. ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 15 in the Harry Bosch series.
Yet again another par excellence police procedural by Michael Connelly.

Two cases to be solved this time around. Case one, what looks like a suicide but could be a murder. Case two, a cold case from twenty years ago where a young girl was murdered. Case unsolved. New DNA evidence now indicates that the DNA belongs to an eight year old boy who has, in later life, been found guilty of sexual crimes.

Case one, Harry and his partner are given the task of determinin
Harry Bosch is facing forced retirement unless he receives approval of his Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) extension request. He and his partner are back in the Open-Unsolved unit and are tasked with finding out how the DNA hit on an old murder/assault case points to a former sex offender who would have been eight years old at the time. Before they can get started, Harry's plopped in the middle of a politically charged case involving his nemesis Irvin Irving whose son was either dropped f ...more
Jane Stewart
Dec 13, 2011 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
The Cats’ Mother
This is the 15th book in the Harry Bosch series, and is set about two years after the events of Nine Dragons, so a lot has changed in Harry’s life. He has appeared in a couple of the Mickey Haller books, set in between these, which I read at least five years ago, before starting the Bosch series from scratch, and there are also several short stories set in this period that I haven’t yet read.
There is a lot going on in this one, and it is a testament to Connelly’s skills as a writer that he can c
Alex is The Romance Fox
Michael Connelly “The Drop”, the 17th novel in his Harry Bosch Series, sees Harry being transferred to the LAPD's Open/Unsolved Unit, investigating cold cases and the story opens with him and his partner, David Chu, assigned to a cold case involving a rape/murder of a woman in 1989.

When the DNA found on the victim turns out to be that of Clayton Pell, a convicted predator, who had been an eight years old at the time of the crime, it's thought at first that it probably had been a mistake. But wh
Rob Twinem
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding! What a truly fantastic read by what has to be my favourite crime writer; Michael Connelly. What is it about his style, what is it about his writing that makes a character so real, so unbelievably complex yet so dedicated who truly believes "Everybody counts or nobody counts." Bosch working with the unsolved crimes unit is looking into historic cases that were never resolved, in this particular instance the murder of Lily Price some 20 years previous. Added to this he has been reques ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of books in this series & they should be read in order, but don't let that put you off. This one is just as good or better than any of its predecessors which is an amazing feat. Connelly pulls this off in a large part because his characters are so well drawn. They grow in very realistic settings over the years.

The title refers to the deferred retirement program (DROP) that Harry is working under. This personal theme runs through the story as he wonders how long he should keep at
kartik narayanan
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is vintage Bosch! Plenty of high jingo, a death, an old case, a serial killer and Irvin Irving.
I literally could not sleep until I finished the book. Woohoo!
Anthony McGill
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-crime
I think this is my sixth Michael Connelly and my third Harry Bosch. This one scores on every level. A superbly constructed police detective story, credible characters, fast paced and well written with an excellent plot which will have you keenly turning the pages in anticipation of the next exciting happening.
This is what every mystery novel should aspire to be and Connelly has succeeded to the fullest. The two investigations which make up this novel, w
Freda Malone
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Michael Connelly must be going through a creative streak lately. The last couple of novels have been really intense and gripping. Bosch is back with Open-Unsolved, with a new partner, Chu. Kiz Rider is working a desk next to the chief just a few floors up. Bosch not only gets an old cold case, but he was also requested to investigate a same day case, a possible suicide. Irvin Irving, who was pushed out of LAPD, quite a few years ago, became a councilman. Although he and Bosch are still major ene ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great. Classic Bosch. I've come to the conclusion that Bosch is the only one who is true and good, though flawed, everyone else winds up being a major disappointment and corrupt in some way. It's hard to believe he's soooooo right all the time. Maybe Bosch needs to actually mess up. ...more
Mar 04, 2015 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
Dec 23, 2013 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
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime

After the hit and miss thriller type outing in the last Bosch book, Nine Dragons, Bosch returns to what Bosch does best. Detecting . This is methodical work, such as interviewing people and working leads. This may not sound like riveting stuff but it is and you have to doff your hat to Connelly for getting this 100% right and not reverting to the action infested outing of the last book which just didn't work.

Bosch is at his best when he’s facing a number of foes on both sides of the law
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: movie, mystery, html-img
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Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch

The book’s title THE DROP refers to “Deferred Retirement Option Plan”.

Bosch was coming close to retirement, 3 years away & applied for extension. Bosch took it to keep him past his daughter’s high school graduation - better than nothing.

He didn’t want to retire. Bosch and David Chu (new partner) assigned to 2 cases. Bosch dominates all of the investigations over Chu.

May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
** Continuing my read and review of Michael Connelly’s Detective Bosch series **

Connelly’s 24th book and 15th outing with Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, a Vietnam war veteran and a twenty-year police officer serving in the Los Angeles, California police department. Harry was once a star in the Robbery/Homicide division, working out of the LA city headquarters until his bad habit of fighting the formal structure of the police department and especially those in leadership positions led him to
Ashish Iyer
This is another excellent book about Harry Bosch, my favorite LAPD homicide investigator. The title of the book may throw the reader off though.
The DROP in this book refers to the Deferred Retirement Option Program of the LAPD. Harry is still working in the Unsolved Cases unit and is at the mandatory retirement age and had put in for a DROP. Through it is not the focal point of the story, it does tie in to Harry's mindset throughout the book.

Harry and his partner Chu get assigned to a cold case
Apr 11, 2012 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
Book Addict Shaun
I am running out of ways to say how much I love Harry Bosch and this series of books. I am so upset that I have nearly caught up as I don’t know what else I can read that’s similar to this series in terms of characterisation and quality.

I keep saying that each book is better than the last but that’s definitely true here in The Drop. This is one of the most politically charged stories yet, and sees the return of Irvin Irving, Bosch’s one-time boss and long-term nemesis. There’s so many things ha
Mar 16, 2012 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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
Trigger warning: Child rape and pedophilia.

So this was a pretty cool Bosch book. We have Harry trying to work two cases with his new partner David Chu who readers met in "Nine Dragons". And Bosch acting like a jerk again (that's becoming a theme). If you expect to get any back and forth with Bosch and his daughter Maddie in this one, you will be sad. Seriously, at this point Maddie is practically a pet that Bosch refers to but doesn't seem to know what to do with (Connelly does not either).

Jan 13, 2012 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
Andrew Smith
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Connelly is one of those writers (like Lawrence Block and Lee Child) who writes in a very simple, linear style. In a nutshell, he's easy to read. But this ease is married to absolute precision and characters that become friends over time. It's why I always go back to his books.
Harry Bosch is such a character: blunt and frustrating at times but honest as a banker and straight as a bankers trouser crease. I love him. And by the way, this book is one of the star turns in a brilliant series.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 rating for me. Harry is working an old case. I found it a bit slow in the beginning but it gained momentum about half way. Detective Bosh never disappoints me. Looking forward to The Black Box!
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Bosch heads to the lab to get a rush on a swab from a case he's working. A young woman is attacked and killed in her own home, when the perp slides through the window and attacks her. Leaving a bite mark, Bosch is sure he's found the killer. When the evidence turns things on its head, no one expects what the computer spits out...

Great short story, Mr. Connelly. Another great Bosch tale!

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