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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (7 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752821415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752821412
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons
The Reversal
The Drop
The Black Box
The Burning Room

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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


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)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Viddy on 10 Nov. 2003
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "no1reviewerlol" on 8 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to read on my holiday, planning on being able to read it for a week. I had to go and buy another book because i read this in two days. I think this is a great book. It was also my first Michael Connelly book. However there was a few silly points that didnt quite seem believable but it has an intriguing storyline. Once i had started reading it i just didnt want to put it down. I wanted to find out what happened to him, his project and Lily. You really do need to read past the first coupe of pages..even hundred!
Really worth a read and i would definetly recommend it to others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Welsh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2002
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sourmashontherocks on 2 Nov. 2009
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Whenever i read a great Michael Connelly novel (the Last Coyote, The Poet, The Brass verdict) I would liken it to drinking champagne into the early hours before dawn with my best friend. Having read "Chasing the dime" it was more like having a quick beer with the same friend in a hurry.

Michael Connelly is as far as i'm concerned second to none in the crime thriller category. He is a great talent, but of late i am suprised at the variation in quailty of his work. He drifts between the sublime and the ordinary. the most obvious example of the latter that comes to mind is the recently published "The Scarecrow" which i was disappointed with to put it mildly. However, "Chasing the dime" is really quite a nice change of pace when one thinks of the stage in Connelly's books that it was written. It's not one of his better novels, but as a departure from the Bosch series, it stands alone as a decent thriller.

Like other reviewers, I have doubts as to whether the protaganist Henry Pierce would have risked everything he had simply to pursue the welfare of someone he had never met. And also the reason given for his inexorable pursuit of the facts doesnt stand up for me, but despite this it is an intriguing story and quite gripping. Connelly as always manages to put you right into the heart of the action and leads you down the path where you think you can see whats coming, but dont. In spite of this though, I think that the story is lacking in depth and you arent given enough background on the main characters to make this a genuine "who-dunnit". Fans of this author wont be too disappointed with this novel, but Connelly has produced much, much better stuff. Perhaps he wrote this as a bit of a breather or to fill his publishers schedule for new releases, but either way it shows that even mediocre work from this man is still leagues above the average crime writer.
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