Synopses & Reviews
The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren't for him: "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site." Pierce has just moved into a new apartment, and he's been "chasing the dime"--doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions. But he can't get the messages for Lilly out of his head. As Pierce tries to help a woman he has never met, he steps into a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions. A world where his success and expertise mean nothing...and where he becomes the chief suspect in a murder case, trapped in the fight of his life.
"Michael Connelly is one of the best of the current crop of American hard-boiled writers, but halfway through Chasing the Dime I began feeling that Nancy Bartholomew's series of feather-light comic mysteries featuring the Florida stripper Sierra Lavotini had him beat for sophisticated outlook. Connelly can only think of the sex trade in terms of victims and users, and the worst part of the book is when he slides into the moralism that is the wheezing bane of hard-boiled writing....Still, Chasing the Dime is well-plotted and it holds your interest, and it's easy to picture the book's high-tech shenanigans translating well to the screen. And nobody is going to argue with the revelation of who's behind the book's evildoing: It's a villain so many of us hate already." Charles Taylor, Salon.com
About the Author
Michael Connelly is a former journalist and has won every major prize for crime fiction. He lives in Florida.