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4.00007448234768 out of 54.00007448234768 out of 54.00007448234768 out of 54.00007448234768 out of 54.00007448234768 out of 5 4.00 (13,426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Len Cariou Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781611139204
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Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.

DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab's DNA cases currently in court.

Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving's son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch's longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.

Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Drop is one of those Harry Bosch books that starts with a bang and stays strong all the way through.”

    New York Times

  • “In The Drop, Connelly displays a sure-footed, suspense-fueled noir novel that will keep readers turning pages into the darkest hours.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Mr. Connelly is superb at building suspense through the accretion of detail.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Connelly gives yet another virtuoso performance in how to write crime novels (this is his twenty-fourth and one of his most skillful yet).”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • The Drop is another winner from Connelly, one of the best crime story writers on the scene today. Each new novel refines his talent and makes its story one to be remembered. So get ready to celebrate. Connelly has a new book and Harry is back. Hallelujah!”

    Huffington Post

  • “Bosch is one of the best detectives in crime fiction, and Connelly continues to amaze with his latest effort.”

    Associated Press

  • “A lesser novelist would have manipulated the cases to connect with each other. Connelly’s more subtle strategy is to allow each case to get to Harry in ways that further define his character.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Connelly continues to show why he is one of the best living crime writers in The Drop.”

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • “Master crime writer Connelly gives his favorite detective two cases to solve—and doubles the suspense.”

    People

  • “Michael Connelly is the undisputed master of police procedural thrillers, and this latest episode in the colorful life of Harry Bosch is quite literally unputdownable.”

    Independent (Ireland)

  • “He’s the master of the American crime thriller, and this positively pulses with electri­fying and relentless tension.”

    Peterborough Evening Telegraph (UK)

  • “The author’s sure-footed and psychologically incisive writing provides yet another solid, satisfying example of suspenseful and agile storytelling, delivered with his trademark tight style and craftsmanship.”

    Mystery Scene magazine

  • “Connelly’s aging hero is a flawed, haunted, and unforgettable character; his creator is a master craftsman.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “As usual, Harry is in the midst of the trouble and at the top of the fray. Well-written; strong, memorable characters; a solid entry in a resilient series.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “All of Connelly’s considerable strengths are on display: the keen eye for detail and police procedure, lots of local LA color, clever plotting, and—most important—the vibrant presence of Harry Bosch.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

  • “Readers love to root for the antiestablishment, bureaucrat-hating Bosch—there’s some high jingo in every office, after all—but where Connelly really excels is at giving us both sides of the equation. Does Harry’s complete unwillingness to bend cause more harm than it saves? Connelly makes us think about that, even though we’d much rather celebrate Harry’s never-give-an-inch approach to life. Crime fiction with a dose of the ambiguity-sodden real world.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Connelly tightly twists the two cases with conflicting power grabs, plausible procedural barriers, and unexpected snafus to support his credible plot. Furthering his noble cause to root out evil, Bosch exhibits an unshakable and highly respected integrity that will not be swayed from the truth. If Connelly’s engaging plot doesn’t hit you between the eyes, Bosch’s insights and integrity will. Mystery fans as well as general readers will appreciate this engrossing novel.”

    Library Journal

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the December 2011 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews u201cNew and Notable Titleu201d, November 2011
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2011
  • An 2012 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle Young | 2/16/2014

    " Not my favorite Harry Bosch novel, but it was still a good read. I have yet to find one in the Harry Bosch series that wasn't good. Wish they would make this series into a movie series!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Norman | 2/16/2014

    " I love Harry, reading the book is like spending time with an old friend. was definetly a bit different from normal no immediate danger to Harry or his daughter but the descriptions of the mental things Harry went through was impressive. I can't wait for the new book in November!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/9/2014

    " Love the book, love Bosch and love Connelly! Keep 'em coming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2014

    " This book was great. It was gruesome but you can skip over those parts if they bother you. Connelly is terrific. Seems we discovered him late but we're so glad we did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 2/3/2014

    " It's difficult for me to put down a Connelly book once I've started & this one was no exception, a good story well written in the author's usual straightforward style. Bosch is mellowing a bit, though & maybe retirement isn't a bad idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/30/2014

    " Not the author's best effort. Too many loose ends tied up too quickly at end. Connelly needs to finish his story and not just quit when he hits the publisher's page quota. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/26/2014

    " A good thriller as usual from Michael Connelly "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 1/23/2014

    " One of my favourite procedural detective series, with Harry Bosch as the detective. Getting on now Bosch is based in the Open-Unsolved case Unit with a problem to solve. DNA testing of a blood smear on a 1989 murdered rape victim links in to a serial rapist. But the source of the smear was only eight years old at the time. While Bosch is preparing to investigate this possible mishandling of forensic material, the son of Councilman Irving commits suicide and Irving, whom has made life very difficult for Harry in the past, settles on Bosch to investigate the crime. It makes for good reading and an easy intertwining of the two plot-lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerri | 1/17/2014

    " Another good Harry Bosch detective story. Enjoyed the the characters and the interesting plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Robbins | 1/10/2014

    " Another strong installment in the Harry Bosch police procedural series. Not as much character emphasis as I like. Harry is such a well drawn, multi layered character, but still a solid and interesting read. Well plotted and believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 1/6/2014

    " Not absolutely Connelly's best, but as usual a real page-turner with characters you really care about and plenty of twists and turns. I didn't really care for the cynical ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/6/2014

    " The Drop title is the abbreviation of Deferred Retirement Option Plan. I thought that this book was long in the teeth as it was 388 pages worth of two LAPD cases only and it dragged on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/30/2013

    " All of these are good. The Harry Bosch character is a great guy. This one is about finding a man who had committed a crime 20 years before and a crime as to whether a councilman's son jumped or was pushed. The ways crimes are solved is well thought out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Von Glitschka | 12/29/2013

    " This is one of the best Harry Bosch novels yet. But if you're not familiar with his Bosch series you have to start with the first one "Black Echo." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Newman | 12/26/2013

    " This was an excellent Harry Bosch novel. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Meyer | 12/6/2013

    " Harry Bosch at his best...lots of twists...a side of Harry I hadn't seen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 7/31/2013

    " great book - lots of political dirty tricks and two crimes...looking forward to the next Harry Bosch book.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 4/20/2013

    " This book just happened to be on a Nook I borrowed from my community library. I wouldn't have read it otherwise. But it was AMAZING! I couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 4/10/2013

    " It was vintage Harry Bosch, but it tended to wander off track at times. I will still read a Harry Bosch book whenever I find one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 3/28/2013

    " A very nice story. Connenlly is a very gifted writer. What a view of Los Angeles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/25/2013

    " seems to be channeling Robert W Parker--disconcerting and disappointing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Dailey | 12/23/2012

    " I enjoy reading the Harry Bosch books but this one seemed like a half hearted effort by the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/19/2012

    " This book is proof that Michael Connelly--unlike many writers of long-running series--still has it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 11/16/2012

    " Michael Connelly has indeed authored another great Harry Bosch novel. Harry is at his best in this exciting thriller. It's a page turner!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 7/6/2012

    " Another solid entry for aging detective Harry Bosch and the LAPD. Just when you think you figured him out, there's a twist. Not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 6/11/2012

    " I am so glad Harry is back - Connelly's last book was disappointing....this one was the old style that I really like. This was an excellent police procedural and showed how a case is investigated and built.... and I enjoyed every word, finishing it in record time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Wright | 5/30/2012

    " I can't believe this book has been out for almost a year and I didn't know about it. I always love a Bosch book. I especially enjoyed his interaction with his daughter in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry M.D. | 2/3/2012

    " This was a wonderfully written police procedural novel. It had a perfect mix of action and intrigue resulting in a riveting story that had me hooked from the opening passages. Here's to many more years of crime-solving from my favorite detective! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Kirschner | 2/1/2012

    " Ilike it get next ones "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rafael Dominic | 11/15/2011

    " Too much bureaucracy and politics or "high jingo" for my taste. It seemed to me like the beginning of the end for Harry Bosch, 5 more years. No matter, I thought it was a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrator

Len Cariou is a distinguished stage, television, film actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. His narrations have won three AudioFile Earphones Awards and the distinction of an AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007, as well as the prestigious Audie Award in 2007 for Best Mystery Narration. He is a three-time Tony Award nominee, winning a Tony for his performance in Sweeney Todd. His film credits include About Schmidt, Shall We Dance, and Secret Window. He appeared in the TV series The West Wing, The Practice, and Law & Order, among many others.