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The Closers (Harry Bosch)by Michael Connelly
"Bosch, after two years of retirement, finds himself rusty in certain areas; his lack of finesse with the cell phone more than once threatens to blow his cover. But he proves his detective skills are still sharp, pursuing the Verloren case with a dogged, moral purpose. Connelly, too, is at the top of his game, and the latest installment of the Bosch saga comes with thrills, twists to spare, and a deeply satisfying conclusion." Anna Godbersen, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)
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In Los Angeles in 1988, a sixteen-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide — but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.
Now Detective Harry Bosch is back with the LAPD with the sole mission of closing unsolved cases, and this girl's death is the first he's given. 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, and a bottomless well of betrayal and malice.
And it's not just the girl's family and friends whose lives Bosch is stirring up afresh. With each new development, Harry Bosch finds increasing resistance from within the police force itself. Old enemies are close at hand. Even as he pushes relentlessly to find the truth, Bosch has to wonder if this assignment was intended to be his last. Digging up the past may heal old wounds — or it may expose new, searing ones.
From the mind of the man GQ has called "the best mystery writer in the world," The Closers is a masterpiece of thriller writing that is as sharp and immediate as the greatest fiction.
"LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hero of last year's The Narrows and other Connelly thrillers, is back on the force after a two-year retirement. Assigned to the Open Unsolved (cold cases) unit and teamed with former partner Kiz Rider, Harry's first case back involves the killing of a high school girl 17 years before, reopened because of a DNA match to blood found on the murder gun. That premise could be a formula for a routine outing, but not with Connelly. Nor does the author rely on violent action to propel his story; there's next to none. In Connelly/Bosch's world, character, context and procedure are what count, and once again the author proves a master at all. The blood on the gun belongs to a local lowlife white supremacist, Roland Mackey; the victim had a black father and a white mother. But the blood indicates only that Mackey had possession of the gun, so how to pin him to the crime? Connelly meticulously leads the reader along with Bosch and Rider as they explore the links to Mackey and along the way connect the initial investigation of the crime to a police conspiracy. Most striking of all, in developments that give this novel astonishing moral force, the pair explore the 'ripples' of the long ago crime, how it has destroyed the young girl's family — leaving the mother trapped in the past and plunging the father into a nightmare of homelessness and drink — and how it drives Rider, and especially Bosch, into deeper understanding of their own purposes in life. Connelly comes as close as anyone to being today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature, and this is one of his finest novels to date, a likely candidate not only for book award nominations but for major bestsellerdom. Agent, Phillip Spitzer. Major ad/promo; 11-city author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Connelly sets up a great premise here...and he makes the most of it....Give Connelly credit for having the courage to tinker with one of the richest characters in the genre." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Fans and newcomers alike will love seeing Bosch back in uniform, stirring up trouble." Library Journal
"Connelly is one of the most consistently excellent authors in current-day crime fiction: his characters, particularly the world-weary Bosch, are complex and appealing; his stories fast-paced, edgy and believable." BookPage
"The Closers finds both Bosch and Connelly on the top of their game." CrimeSpree Magazine
The death of a teenage girl almost two decades ago comes back to haunt all of L.A. — and detective Harry Bosch — in this spellbinding new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.
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 to fit all the pieces together. Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit-and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night....
About the Author
Michael Connelly is a former journalist and has won every major prize for crime fiction. He lives in Florida.
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