Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Novel Anticipation ... The Drop

Finally, this November, Michael Connelly's next Harry Bosch mystery is coming out! Can you tell I'm excited?
For those of you who haven't read any of the Bosch series (17 books with a minor appearance in another Connelly novel), you're missing out.
Bosch is an LAPD officer who's a bit curmudgeonly and slightly maverick. Plus, he's got an impressionable teenage daughter at home so you know his stories will have more depth than the average mystery. The author, Connelly, always does an excellent job at blending plot and character, something I always look for in mystery/suspense.
No, you will not find any Michael Connelly works in your church library, (he does do a fair amount of swearing and periodically has sexual situations) but, his works are typically a fight of good vs. evil in addition to dealing with the shades of grey in between. I've read all of Connelly's novels and, unlike so many other authors in the general market, he does not denigrate Christians. He's occasionally had religious figures in his novels, and they've always been treated with respect. So, maybe it's not church library material, but I have no qualms recommending his books to Christians.
So, if you enjoy a good police procedural, if you're a fan of J. Mark Bertrand, Mark Mynheir, or Brandt Dodson, I recommend you pick up a Harry Bosch mystery from Michael Connelly. You can find his complete list of works on his website: http://www.michaelconnelly.com/extras/series/.

by Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company, November 2011
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.
Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Fifth Witness, The ReversalThe ScarecrowThe Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.


  1. Should I start at the beginning - which seems daunting with that many in the series - or is it okay to start with this new release (which is how I started with Vince Flynn in Pursuit of Honor)?

  2. I'm a bad one to ask that, Nicole. When an author has a series of books, I always have to start at Book 1. Not having read The Drop yet, I couldn't tell you if it works as a standalone or not.

    If I were you, I'd start at Connelly's first Bosch book, The Black Echo, and decide if he's a character you'd like to follow. I think knowing Bosch from the beginning does help understand him in the later works.