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4.00007446016381 out of 54.00007446016381 out of 54.00007446016381 out of 54.00007446016381 out of 54.00007446016381 out of 5 4.00 (13,430 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Len Cariou Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781611139181
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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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

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

    " Connelly again writes a great mystery thriller. Bosch is such a complex character. I hope he never retires! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 2/4/2014

    " Good but not one of his best. Too much high jingo for me but still gripping and entertaining nevertheless. "

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

    " Another great Harry Bosch story by Connelly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Ostro | 1/7/2014

    " Exceptional. Author is a master of the police procedural . This series never disappoints . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 zenbren | 12/14/2013

    " Another excellent thriller from Connelly. Harry Bosch's characterisation gets better with each storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/11/2013

    " Like all of his books this one is very good. An interesting twist is that Harry Bosch is working two major cases at once which makes for a fascinating plot. Connelly continues to be the master of the "police procedural", but their is a lot more than process going on here. A gripping story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 12/4/2013

    " I'm hooked on just about all of the Michael Connelly characters. I don't know how he turns out so much good fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 11/20/2013

    " Love Harry and the suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al Stoess | 11/18/2013

    " Connelly is good. Everything is well written. It's a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbin | 11/11/2013

    " First book I read by him and I liked it. Looking forwardd to more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 10/31/2013

    " Just love Harry Bosch, period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Stoddard | 9/24/2013

    " This is a mindless, quick read, but really entertaining and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 8/27/2013

    " Harry Bosch is in full form... loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Unden | 8/14/2013

    " Good older cop story. It was a great book to listen to on the way to and from Tucson. Even my 20 year old listened to parts of it when not plugged in to her Jane Austin audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 7/3/2013

    " I always wonder about the cop correctness in the Connelly books, but they are a fun read for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/1/2013

    " never read this author before, also didn't realize this was part of a series, and yet still a very good detective novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/1/2013

    " Another page-turner from Michael Connelly as Harry Bosch is asked to investigate a death involving an old enemy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Meyer | 1/29/2013

    " 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 Kyle Wendy | 8/13/2012

    " Well written story with lots of twists and whos-the-bad-guy in this one. Two cases run side by side, with both of them coming to (mostly) satisfactory conclusions. Bosch is one of my favorite fictional characters, and Connelly doesn't disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew U. | 7/16/2012

    " This was a well-written and well-paced story from one of my favorite contemporary authors. I found it to be a very entertaining read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good detective novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Marshall | 7/3/2012

    " Connelly's like Ian Rankin in the way you pick up the latest book and it gets you *immediately*. I think he's at his best when he's writing about Bosch; this book's a Bosch one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie A. | 6/18/2012

    " This was honestly the first book in the series that I felt disappointed with. It wasn't completely bad by any means, just not up to the standards set by the earlier books. I felt that the characters and plot elements were too predictable and the story lacked the excitement of earlier adventures with Bosch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry C. | 5/23/2012

    " Michael Connelly can always be counted on for a well-written mystery and The Drop is no exception. Great story, interesting characters and just the right amount of intrigue add up to one great story. I especially enjoyed the narration as it was very well done in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/23/2012

    " I just love Harry. He is a great character and one that I love coming back to over and over again. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 4/15/2012

    " I like Harry Bosch so it's good to see him back, but not much else too gripping in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.B. | 4/14/2012

    " Pretty dark story but a great addition to the Harry Bosch series. I recently listened to the audiobook on a trip and it managed to hold my interest the whole time which is no small task as my attention span is pretty short if things get boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/15/2012

    " I never want Harry Bosch to retire! "

  • 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/16/2011

    " LAPD page turner; two mysteries in one. "

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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.