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The Drop by Michael Connelly
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Feb 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, read-alouds
Read in February, 2012

Connelly is a reliable good read. Compelling characters, well constructed plot. This one has a love interest which is always a plus for Maggee.

Bosch and Daniel Chu are involved in two cases, one arising out of their regular work in the Open-Unsolved Unit and the other a other a death (murder? suicide? accident?) with political overtones — high jingo, Bosch's term for the what happens when police work and politics are both part of the mix.

A DNA match is found on a blood smear taken as evidence in an old murder case. That trail leads Bosch and Chu (and the reader) to a pretty horrific place.

The high jingo case involves the death of George Irving, the son of Bosch's old nemesis, Irvin Irving. For reasons that Bosch can't quite figure out, Irving uses his influence as a city councilman and his connections to the chief of police to have Bosch assigned to the investigation of his son's death.

Bosch's fifteen-year old daughter is living with him and at one point he gets a text message from her telling him that she is watching a CASTLE episode that she has downloaded. "Hmmm... wouldn't it be a hoot if it turned out that Connelly was the creative genius behind the CASTLE series and the actual author of the books?"

8. MemoryWalk: the house at 8th and Burden kitty-corner from the log house. As we're walking past, a body drops out of the sky and crashes through the roof of the house.

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