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The Closers

(Harry Bosch #11)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  37,490 ratings  ·  1,561 reviews
Detective Harry Bosch is back with the LAPD with the sole mission of closing unsolved cases. The murder of a 16 year old girl in 1988 is his first file. A DNA match makes the case very much alive again, and it turns out to be anything but cold. The ripples from this death have destroyed at least two other lives, and everywhere he probes, Bosch finds hot grief, hot rage, an ...more
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Published October 2nd 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 16th 2005)
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Three years ago, Harry Bosch abruptly walked away from his job as an L. A. Homicide detective, largely because he couldn't take the politics and the cynicism of the department any longer. He tried being a P.I., but without his gun and his badge, he felt "out of balance." And so now he's back, taking advantage of an opportunity allowed by a new department program that would allow ex-cops like himself to return. He's reunited with his old partner, Kiz Rider, and is assigned to the Open/Unsolved Un ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
Another enjoyable outing with Harry Bosch - 400 and something pages just zoomed past:)
This book was a little slower than some of the earlier ones but I always enjoy police procedurals so it was okay with me. Harry seemed a little more mellow. He tried harder to work as part of a team and apologised nicely to Rider when he failed. And although he was still dead set on find the killer he took some of his co workers failings without comment instead of antagonising everyone.
I enjoyed the fact that
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it

In this 11th book in the 'Harry Bosch' series, the detective teams up with his old partner Kiz Rider to solve a cold case. The book can be read as a standalone.


LAPD Detective Harry Bosch retired three years ago, in 1985, thinking he'd work on unsolved cases and spend time with his newly discovered young daughter Maddie. Maddie's now been whisked off to live in Hong Kong with her mother - a professional poker player - and Harry's bored and missing his badge and gun.

Harry's influential form
Harry Bosch is back with the LAPD, this time with the Open-Unsolved Unit, a new division responsible for closing cold cases. He's partnered with Kiz Rider and their first assignment is the 17-year old murder of a 16-year old biracial girl, Rebecca (Becky) Verloren. It should come as no surprise that Harry and Kiz end up opening the proverbial Pandora's box involving old police department politics.

Oh, how I loved this story! I finished it in two road trip sessions and was thrilled that I had no
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Connelly Back To His Old Self

Bosch and Connelly are back in top form in the Closers. Harry is back on the force and Connelly is back to writing Bosch in closely held third person point of view. For me, the point of view impacts the experience of Bosch considerably.

For several novels now, Harry has been retired from the Police force and also written in the first person by Connelly. There is something lost in the brooding loner Bosch--the man on a mission, his credo: everyone counts or no one cou
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, mystery
Harry Bosch is back with the LAPD as part of the Open/Unsolved Unit. His first case is about the murder of a biracial teenager seventeen years ago. The case has been reopened because the DNA found on the murder weapon has now been analyzed and a match has been found. Harry and his partner, Kizman Rider, start weeding through the evidence, trying to put the pieces together.

It's nice to see Harry back with the police department again. He's trying very hard to be a team player and not cut his partn
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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'
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 2019-goal
Another top notch mystery featuring my favorite LA detective, Harry Bosch.

Bosch, newly returned to LAPD, has been assigned to the rejuvenated cold case unit and is once again partnered with Kiz Rider.

They’re assigned to a cold case which is heating up because of newly discovered DNA evidence. It’s a great ride as Bosch cuts a few corners and makes a few deals (with his nemesis) to close their case.

Yeah I guessed a few things in advance including the ending but it’s so well-written that it did
Jane Stewart
Too slow moving. Not as good as other books in the series.

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
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry is back on the force working cold cases. This case is reopened since DNA evidence is now available. While DNA is conclusive in most TV shows, it isn't in real life since it can now be read from such tiny, old samples. Often it is just evidence that someone interacted at some point - good data, but certainly not the whole story. Harry makes this clear as he follows a typically twisty tale.

I almost knocked this down to 3 stars because it was pretty much just a police procedural, but dealing
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller

Bosch is back! Well he never really went away in literature terms but he's back in terms of the LAPD.

Working on the cold case unit, Bosch and his partner, Kiz Rider, are tasked with finding out who murdered a teenage girl 17 years beforehand. Quite a monumental task you would think, but advances in technology and policing means it's worth another crack when a hit on a blood sample links this case to some new information.

What could be seen as a slow, procedural style book still manages to
It's been awhile since I read a Connelly book. What took me so long to come back to this series? I love Harry Bosch! Great story, excellent characters and a nice twist at the end. Welcome back in to my life Mr. Connelly!
The Closers
4.5 Stars

Harry Bosch is back on the force and together with his new (old) partner, Kiz Ryder, investigates the unsolved murder of a teenage girl taken from her home. The case takes an unexpected turn when the evidence suggests a connection to white supremacists and the possibility that the LAPD, specifically Bosch's nemesis, Chief Irving, may have been involved in a cover up.

The Closers is one of Connelly's better installments in the Harry Bosch series as the writing is succinct, the
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: connelly-michael
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.
Cathy DuPont
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Freda Malone
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This installment of Harry Bosch is one of the best ones I've come across. I love a good murder mystery. Harry is back with his badge after 3 years retirement, running with a cold case and with limited clues. This particular one reminded me just how flawed our system can get. Just because there is DNA doesn't always mean that person is a killer. A young girl is stunned, swept away from her house, carried up a hill, shot and positioned to make it look like a suicide, and why? Read this one, it'll ...more
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5 stars. Another awesome installment in this series. Harry Bosch is awesome and a lot happened in this book! Wow... wow... wow. I loved it and can't wait for the next book.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Michael Connelly fans
Shelves: fiction, thriller
What were the odds? After three years of retirement, Harry Bosch has rejoined the LAPD in the newly formed cold cases unit. He has persuaded his old partner Kiz Rider to swap an administrative position in the police chief's office for hands-on work as his partner. Their first case has languished for 17 years. In 1988 a sixteen year old girl was tasered, abducted from her home, and murdered in the nearby hilly terrain of Oak Mountain. Their investigation will unearth departmental secrets involvin ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this might have been the best Bosch I’ve read since The Concrete Blonde, which is really saying something because that book was a motherfucker. I’m sure it had something to do with the fact that in this one Bosch is on the LAPD’s Open/Unsolved unit which deals with crimes that in some circumstances were committed decades ago. I’m obsessed with unresolved crimes and mysteries, especially ones where the victim was never even identified (if you want a really fucking bad case of the heebie-j ...more
Alex Cantone
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge, crime
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.

Harry Bosch returns to LAPD after three years in retirement to find a new chief has been appointed who is ridding the department of corruption and restoring its image in the eyes of the public. Bosch is paired with former partner, Kiz R
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carl Alves
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
In this novel, Michael Connelly tries to reinvent his character Harry Bosch by having him return to the unsolved crimes division after having retired from the LAPD, finding out that his life isn’t the same after leaving the police force. His first case is an unsolved murder of a 16 year old girl after new DNA evidence links the murder weapon to a suspect in the case. When Bosch begins to dig into the case, he finds many things that don’t add up, including links to hate crimes. What Bosch finds i ...more

Description: 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 DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal. But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle
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
Sep 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One understands how it will go, but that’s more than ok; it’s a relief and a pleasure.
So this was the last Harry Bosch book I read this past weekend. We have Harry reunited with Kiz and now they are both working in the Open/Unsolved Unit in the LAPD (think Cold Case). Kiz pulled some strings and got Harry back with her and now the former partners are teaming up to figure out who was behind the murder of a young 17 year old girl in 1988. This book has a little bit of everything. You have Harry finally happy again because he is doing what he does best, closing cases. He has Kiz bac ...more
kartik narayanan
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Closers is a decent Bosch book with an okayish mystery but manages to elevate itself by the twist in its ending. There were a lot more red herrings than I expected but my initial suspicion about the actual murderer was correct - and this disappointed me a bit. But, the stand out portions of the book are the ones involving the organization politics especially the sting in the tail.
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
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.

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May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing

SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #11 of 18
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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“The world was full of people who could not get over things. There was no closure and there was no peace. The truth did not set you free. But you could get through things. That’s what Bosch would tell him. You could head toward the light and climb and dig and fight your way out of the hole.” 7 likes
“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.” 6 likes
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