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Chasing the Dime Mass Market Paperback – 31 May 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Vision; Reissue edition (31 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044661162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446611626
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,585,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chasing the Dime starts a suspenseful urban nightmare with the simplest of things--a wrong number. Nanotechnology expert Henry Pierce has been working too hard--his girlfriend Nicole has thrown him out for it--and moves into a new apartment, where the phone continually rings with calls for Lily, a high-price call girl with her own Web site; Henry, whose prostitute sister was murdered by a serial killer, has his own reasons for worrying about her safety and cannot let things alone. When he should be registering patents and pursuing finance, he spends days using the hacker skills he and his friend Cody devised at college to track her down, along the way falling foul of brutal gangster Wentz and suspicious cop Renner; the thing about Henry, both as scientist and man, is that he is obsessively curious.

Most of Michael Connolly's books have dealt with cops either working within the rules or bending them; here he has an intelligent, highly logical man making up investigatory leg-work as he goes along, and realising as he works that he is as much pursued as pursuer, and that it is not only his own demons that are chasing him. Chasing the Dime is a gruelling puzzle from a master of misdirection and suspense. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thrill-a-minute stuff and impeccably researched. CHASING THE DIME is such a good read (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

This is a well-constructed page-turner ... a taut thriller that defies the reader to put it down (TIME OUT)

Michael Connelly's turbo-charged crime thriller jumps right in at the deep end and rarely comes up for air (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

Immaculately and inventively plotted (LITERARY REVIEW)

Connelly is such a fine storyteller ... keeps the pages turning swiftly, with a surprise ending (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

A fast, fresh and exciting read (ENIGMA) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Having read the synopsis of this book, I thought it had an interesting premise behind it. The story is about a Computer Scientist/Biochemist, Henry Pierce, who is on the verge of developing a breakthrough in nanotechnological microprocessing. Unfortunately Pierce is a workaholic, which has resulted in him being kicked out of his old home by his girlfriend to a new house in L.A. When Pierce arrives at his new apartment, he realises his new phone number was previously held by an escort girl, who now seems to have disappeared. The story basically carries on from there with Pierce intent on determining what has happened to this mysterious prostitute.
I found the first half of the book quite tantalising. The story moved at a decent pace and with a good degree of plausability. Unfortunately the second half of the book, and particularly the ending, left a lot to be desired. Connelly seems to have gone down a path where the basic premise of the story, focusing on the disappearance of this hooker, is forgotten. In fact, the actual story is rather implausible and leaves a felling of "he could have done SOOOO much more with it".
Connelly also goes too much into the depth of Henry Pierce's science, in my opinion. Although it gives the reader an understanding of the character of Henry Pierce, and sets one up for the reasons behind the ending, it does this by breaking the course of the main story. I found myself a number of times on the edge of a cliffhanger, only to have the excitement broken by having to read about how nanotechnology will "change the world".
Another major downpoint was the dialogue between the characters. Much of it was rather wooden, I felt, and there just because it was necessary.
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By A Customer on 23 July 2003
Format: Paperback
The premise of this book revolves around a wrong number and a man's attempts to redress a mistake he made in the past. After receiving a series of calls for a missing call girl he embarks on a search to find out what has happened to her. At the same time his company is 'chasing the dime' to find funding for a new technology they have developed. As his search for the mysterious woman continues his life becomes increasingly chaotic, threatening his business, his future and his life.
A fun read and an interesting premise. Although the novel does not take you in any new directions, it is well plotted, the characters are sympathetic and the pace is fast. A few twists and turns along the way, keep you guessing.
Overall the kind of book that will take you away for a few hours and provide the sort of entertainment you would expect from this author. Take it on holiday with you!!!
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Well, I bought "Chasing the Dime" in hardback and read it in a couple of days. And I am already sure that I will do the same with Connelly's next book... and the one after. In my opinion, "Chasing the Dime" is just as good as the author's first 11 books - just a bit different in the way it approaches the perennial subject of murder.
Anyone who has read Michael Crichton's novels may well see a generic resemblance, especially with "Disclosure". Yet there is not that much similarity, apart from the interweaving of high tech and business with sex and crime. Presumably Connelly likes to take a rest from Bosch from time to time, as he did (with great success, I thought) in "The Poet" and "Void Moon". I found it refreshing to look through the eyes of a naive civilian, rather than a cynical cop like Harry Bosch or a manipulative FBI agent.
As usual, Connelly's research is excellent and his technical descriptions convincing. This is a fast-paced thriller right from the start, although it did not really grab me by the throat until about halfway through. Strongly recommended for everyone except technophobes.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
What do nanotechnology (making molecular-sized devices), call girls, pornography, going public, and extortion have in common? They're all part of a most unusual crime story in Chasing the Dime.

Instead of following noir homicide detective Harry Bosch on the track of a violent criminal, this book is about Henry (don't call me "Hank") Pierce, a genius CEO who has cracked the code on an amazing new technology and who is poised to capitalize on his success by selling off a piece of the company to a "whale" investor. A typical lab rat, Pierce has let that fixation on amazing science destroy his relationship with the love of his life. After moving out, he's thrown off kilter by repeated calls to his new telephone number by men at local hotels looking to hook up with Lilly Quinlan. Intrigued, Pierce has to know more. That decision turns his over-sized IQ into learn-on-the-job bit of amateur detection. Despite being warned to get back to the lab, Pierce pushes on. Will curiosity kill the lab rat?

This story seems odd. Most people don't pick up Michael Connelly books to read about molecular biology. In addition, having a scientist become fixated on a call girl he's never met seems weird. I almost didn't keep going. I would rate the book's first half as a two-star effort.

Connelly hits his strike, however, after mid point in the book, and the plot becomes surprising, interesting, and irresistible. Be patient. The five-star second half lifts the weak beginning (which should have been edited down quite a bit) into an above average story.

But if you are looking for Harry Bosch (or a reasonable facsimile), you won't like this story very much.
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