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Monday, 19 September 2011
‘The Drop’ by Michael Connelly
Within hours of being assigned his new case Harry gets an urgent call to investigate the death of Councilman Irvin Irving’s son George. It appears that the Councilman who has considerable clout with the police department has requested that Harry take-over the investigation. As Irvin Irving and Harry have clashed on many occasions over the last twenty-five years, with
seemingly bent of destroying Harry’s career, he is surprised and suspicious of the request, but is unable to get out of it. Although told to put his cold case on the back burner and to concentrate on the death of George Irving, Harry continues to pursue both cases along with his new partner David Chu. Irving
As with previous books I was fascinated by the detail of the chase as Harry follows the trail of these two cases that twist and turn like live snakes. While the cold case leads Harry in pursuit of justice for a brutally murdered young girl, the current case immerses him in politics, corruption and conspiracy.
While juggling with two cases, with the Police Chief and Councilman Irving constantly on his back, Harry is also a single parent caring for his fifteen-year-old daughter, and trying to have a personal life – a tall order.
A compelling entry in this excellent series, I couldn’t put this book down and read into the early hours to finish it. One of the best books I have read this year, put it in your ‘must read’ list.