Michael Connelly writes this great series about an LAPD detective named Harry Bosch. In this book, The Drop, Harry Bosch is called in to investigate what looks to be an apparent suicide. However, the dead man's father is Irvin Irving, a city councilman and Harry's former boss in the department.
Harry and Irving have disliked each other intensely for many years, so Harry is confused by Irving's request that he work the case. Irving doesn't think his son, who made his living as an attorney, would kill himself. Some internal politics pop up, among them companies who've hired the councilman's son to win contracts from the city of Los Angeles, which Harry investigates because Irving is on the city council.
The second storyline running through The Drop is a rape and murder case from 1989. New DNA evidence emerges, but points to a guy who's only 29, which makes him 8 years old at the time of the crime. Harry re-opens the case and begins to chase down new leads not only for this case, but for the councilman's case as well.
I wish Michael Connelly had given the second storyline more pages in his book. I found it to be, not only the more interesting, but the better of the two stories. As a sidenote, the author doesn't write well for female characters. Some of the things the female characters say sound more like what a guy would say to a woman, instead of the other way around.
I love Michael Connelly's books. They're gritty and they have a sense of realism to them. Of couse, I've never worked in law enforcement or a related environment, so this is just my opinion :) Harry Bosch is most definitely one of my favorite characters in literature.
Maybe one day they'll make a Harry Bosch movie like they did for Mickey Haller, Connelly's other character series.
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