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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 twenty-nine-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.

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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

  • “A Harry Bosch police procedural like The Drop is best saved for a dark, rainy night. Like maybe tonight.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “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

  • “By shuffling us back and forth between these two big plot lines, Connolly is able to show off his extraordinary ability to build suspense—almost more than a poor reader's heart can stand, which is just what I'm looking for in this kind of novel.”

    Washington Independent Review of Books

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


  • “Connelly is quite simply the best of the best.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Connelly is superb storyteller, solid but flashy, letting out information the way you'd lay out fishing line, then reeling you in, another pleased reader.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “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) 

  • 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

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

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Bosch and his creator, Michael Connelly, are both at their best in The Drop…Connelly has made his own urban landscape, turning whole streets and districts into a kind of Bosch-world. It works for Connelly the way Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, does for Faulkner: it’s a recognizable milieu where both characters and readers are at home.”

    National Post (Toronto)

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

    Peterborough Evening Telegraph (UK)

  • “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)

  • “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 (UK)

  • “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

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

    Associated Press

  • “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

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

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • “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 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
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the December 2011 Indie Next List
  • 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 by Sherri Vigil | 2/19/2014

    " Perpetual motion and really like the Harry Bosch character. Frustrating ending but understand it leads to the next story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terri Morgan | 2/18/2014

    " What a delight to discovery Michael Connelly and The Drop. The writing was excellent, the characters compelling and well developed and the plot(s) intriguing. Connelly wove two main plots and several minor ones well throughout the book. I'm especially excited to learn that this is just one in a series featuring detective Harry Bosch. I'm looking forward to reading more novels by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by C.S. | 2/17/2014

    " My favorite Bosch book in a while. Toar through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ellen Keim | 2/10/2014

    " I normally love Michael Connelly, but I thought this book was underwhelming. At times I even wondered if he had written it, or had a minion do it for him according to a formula. There was too much explanation of things that didn't need to be explained, or would have been better if they'd been shown through action. I thought Harry came across as mean and belittling to his partner and just generally self-centered and arrogant. Frankly, I didn't find any relationship in this book to be interesting or appealing. Maybe it was just a bad reading day. "

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