Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review of The Drop

I have to start by putting in a disclaimer – I have read every one of Michael Connelly’s books and love his style of writing, so I might not be as unbiased as I should be when writing this review. No surprise then that I loved The Drop!

Harry Bosch, now back after a brief retirement, is working on open and unsolved cases. His current workload consists of an old sex crime, with some very suspect DNA results, and the (apparent) suicide of the son of one of Harry’s old enemies, a local politician who has made no secret of his dislike of Harry – a dislike bordering on hatred.

We move through both cases as Harry’s private life becomes increasingly difficult, in the shape of his teenage daughter with whom he is trying to build a relationship.

When Harry’s investigations uncover some dark doings in the force and local government, he is encouraged to look the other way. But that has never been Harry’s path through life. When he sees corruption, he has to root it out and this book is no different in that regard.

Added to his troubles are his doubts about his partner, David Chu. Something else he has to resolve in order to get to the truth.

There is more soul searching than in most Harry Bosch novels, but that simply adds to the enjoyment of the story.

As I said, I might be biased, but there are few writers on a par with Michael Connelly and this book is right up there with his best.

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