Monday, January 2, 2012

The Drop (Harry Bosch, #16)The Drop by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another terrific Harry Bosch novel!

I've been a fan of Michael Connelly since his 3rd book - I read the first three Bosch novels in a row and since then I've waited anxiously for each new book.  Harry Bosch is one of the best characters written - he's developed over the years, faced some of his own demons, and moved forward.  Now he's a single father of a 15 year old daughter, trying to balance work and family.

This book has him working two cases - a open-unsolved case involving the murder of a young girl and he's called in to investigate Irvin Irving's son's death.  If you've read the series, you will be familiar with the animosity between Bosch and Irving.  Irving has requested Bosch personally for the investigation, and Bosch is now in the middle of political "high jingo" which he doesn't like.  And the murder case leads him to a pedophile (and the psychiatrist who works with him).  Bosch has to work with both to get to the murderer.

Of course, both cases are solved, but not without some personal torment and loss.  Still, Bosch stays true to his convictions, even though he questions them.  I think that's why I love this character and these books - there's much more depth than just solving the crime.

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