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The Closers (Harry Bosch)


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ISBN13: 9780446616447
ISBN10: 0446616443
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1. Welcome Back Roy In Michael Connelly's novel, The Closers, Harry Bosch rejoins the ranks of the LAPD after three years in retirement. Harry has a hard time suppressing his excitement at being back. At one point, he says to his partner, Kizmin Rider, "The point is I need the gun. I need the badge. Otherwise I'm out of balance. I need all of this." Why do you think Harry needs to be a cop?

2. The Oldest Living Boot The new chief of police welcomes Harry back but at the same time he warns him that he is on probation. Harry can't screw up or he'll be out. Later, Harry has a run in with an old adversary, Deputy Chief Irvin Irving, who also welcomes him back with a warning, calling him "a retread." So Harry has to prove himself all over again while watching his back. What do you think Harry's reputation is within the LAPD? What does Irving think of Harry?

3. Forget Closure Harry's new boss, Abel Pratt, warns him that closing cases is not the same thing as closure. He warns that there is no such thing as closure?that all the police can do is provide answers. Do you agree with that? Can there ever be closure for the victims of crime? Is justice the same thing as closure? How about revenge?

4. The Ripples The Closers focuses on the toll of violence over time. What effect did Becky Verloren's murder have on her mother and father? Can you think of other examples from the book that show the ripples of crime?

5. High Jingo Throughout the book, Kizmin Rider fears that Harry's actions will somehow backfire and hurt the chief. Do you think Kiz was dedicated to solving the case or more concerned about helping the chief? In the end, Harry thinks he was set up by the chief to bring Irving down. Is Kiz implicated in that?

6. The City Of Angels "It was a city full of haves and have nots, movie stars and extras, drivers and the driven, predators and prey." Michael Connelly's novels are, in a way, a love letter to Los Angeles. They describe the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, of this "destination city." How does he reflect that in Harry Bosch's take on the city?

7. A Black Hole Think about Robert Verloren's actions at the end of the book. Do the terms justice, satisfaction, or closure apply in any way? Why do you think Harry felt guilty about Robert Verloren?

8. One Coming, One Going Do you think Irving will just walk away? How can he get back at Harry and the chief?

9. Red Herrings A red herring is defined as something that draws attention away from the central issue. In crime fiction, a red herring is often put there to fool or distract you. Were you fooled by anything in The Closers? Were you surprised by the killer's identity?

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jt4130, February 18, 2007 (view all comments by jt4130)
Harry's back on the force with a badge and attitude. Devoted to the rule that 'everybody counts or nobody counts'. His first cold case assignment that brings a mystery overlooked for 15 years that was full of clues overlooked and then forgotten. Harry pieces the clues together to discovers several layers of intrigue and heart wrenching stories of lost souls in LA.
The Closers is at the top of the new best sellers list for good reason, if your not a Connelly fan yet you will be.
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Product Details

Connelly, Michael
Warner Books (NY)
Mystery & Detective - General
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Teenage girls
Los angeles (calif.)
Mystery fiction
Mystery-A to Z
Unsolved murders; DNA evidence; Racially mixed people; Conspiracies; Teenage girls
Unsolved murders; DNA evidence; Racially mixed people; Conspiracies; Tee
nage girls
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
A Harry Bosch Novel
Publication Date:
7 x 4.25 x 1.125 in 0.5 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review A Day" by , "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." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Fans and newcomers alike will love seeing Bosch back in uniform, stirring up trouble."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , " the real thing: an immensely skilled entertainer who has mastered the requirements and expectations of his genre but also from time to time rises above them....Connelly writes grown-up novels that...remind us that the place to look for serious American fiction is not in the schools of creative writing but out there in the real world."
"Review" by , "Like James Ellroy and John Fante, both of whose work is referred to here, Mr. Connelly continues to make his doomy, secretive Los Angeles a living, breathing character in his stories."
"Review" by , "The Closers finds both Bosch and Connelly on the top of their game."
"Review" by , "The Closers is a worthy if not especially noteworthy entry in the Bosch saga. Average Connelly is far better than average."
"Review" by , "[I]n the absence of a feral Poet-like serial killer to keep things exciting, this plodding expedition never really takes off. (Grade: B-)"
"Synopsis" by , In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Although detectives on the case found clues that pointed toward murder, no one was ever charged. Detective Harry Bosch, newly returned to the LAPD with the job of closing unsolved cases, gets the report of a new DNA match that makes the case very much alive again. A white supremacist with close ties to the LAPD becomes a suspect — but Bosch and his partner, Kizmin Rider, can't take a step without threatening higher-ups in the department. And the case turns out to be anything but cold. Everywhere he probes, Bosch finds hot grief, hot rage, and a bottomless well of treachery and danger.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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