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The Drop by Michael Connelly
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Dec 23, 2011

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I too am a sucker for Harry Bosch books. Good police procedural but so-so plotting. Two completely separate cases, one a potential suicide, the other a cold-case murdered child, both of which proceed in a linear, straight-forward fashion, with few surprizes along the way. What I found interesting in this book is the shift in relationships. Harry finally decides his cold case partner (David Chu) is a valuable partner and begins to treat him as such. The other shift is with Kiz, his former partner, who now works at the head shed and begins to play the political game.
The apparent suicide is the son of Irvin Irving who is Harry's old nemesis and is now a city council man. Frankly, the book probably could have been better without that wrinkle; it is getting a little tiresome. The resolution of this plot thread carries the twist at the end.
The cold case seems to be the vehicle for bringing a new sex partner into Harry's life as well as some philosophical discussion about the nature of evil. Neither one is explored in any great depth (cf. the science of evil).
In any event, both case's are resolved but with Harry left in his usual precarious position vis-a-vis the head shed.
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