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The Drop (Harry Bosch Book 17)
The Drop (Harry Bosch Book 17)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Book, Two Cases and big Trouble for Bosch!, 10 Mar. 2013
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The Drop is the seventeenth Harry Bosch novel and once again shows that the series is going from strength to strength. After the excellent novel The Reversal featuring Harry Bosch and Micky Haller in a shared role Michael Connelly reverts back to a full Harry Bosch novel and the result is a very, very good book.

The Drop features two main plots with two cases getting equal time. The first is a cold case hit. Harry is handed a case with a new DNA match. The murder and a rape of a young women has gone unsolved for years but now the Open Unsolved Unit have made a DNA match and a suspect has been named. The DNA matches a convicted rapist however in a twist the suspect would have been just eight years old at the time of the crime. Harry is brought in to take over the case and to find out if the lab has made a mistake and if not to find out how an eight year old can leave DNA on the victim of a rape and murder.

In the second case Councillor Irvin, one of Harry's long term enemies and a long term thorn in the side of the LAPD, has asked for Harry personally to be the lead investigator into the death of his son. The Councillors son has checked into a high class hotel and is found dead on the pavement outside. All the signs point to suicide but Irvin uses Harry's belief that "everyone counts or no one counts" to demand that Harry find out exactly what happened to his son in that hotel room. The case is as political as it is challenging. Pressure is placed on Harry from Irvin, from his partner and from the chief of police. Harry however will not be swayed or pressured from getting the truth.

The relationship between Harry and his young daughter is also at the centre of this book. Harry is constantly thinking about her and the few scenes that the two are in together are wonderfully written and provide an extra layer to the Harry Bosch character

Once again Connelly has written a fantastic story and a great novel. The two cases are both very, very well written and the moving from case to case keeps the book moving at a fantastic pace and the phrase page turner may have been invented for this book! I could not put it down. Without giving away too much Connelly also produces one of the most shocking and fantastic endings in the whole series.

All in all this is a wonderful book. I would recommend it to any fans of either Michael Connelly or the crime genre in general.


Short Shockers
Short Shockers
Price: £2.39

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable, 3 Mar. 2013
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I am a big fan of Peter James and his Roy Grace series so was very interested in what this short story collection would contain. I can say that I am very happy with this, for the price it is this is excellent value and the standard of writing and story telling is excellent as usual. All in all this is a very good short stories collection that I would recommend to everyone.
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The Reversal (Mickey Haller Series Book 3)
The Reversal (Mickey Haller Series Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bosch and Haller part two, 24 Feb. 2013
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The reversal sees Michael Connelly pair up his two most successful creations Detective Harry Bosch and defence attorney Micky Haller for the second time. In the previous book The Brass Verdict Micky Haller is the star with Harry appearing numerous times. In the Brass Verdict the two are forced to work together to uncover a killer that may be linked to a case that Micky is the lead defence on at the time. The story is told from Mickey's point of view and for that book it worked very well. This book however is much more a fifty/fifty split. This story is told by both of the half-brothers and the idea of alternate chapters featuring Bosch and Micky works very well as it keeps the story moving at a very fast pace.

At the start of this book new DNA evidence sees the release of a convicted child killer. After twenty four years the DNA found on the victims dress is shown to belong to someone other than Jason Jessup who is the convicted killer that has always claimed his innocence. This new evidence is enough to secure a retrial but the district attorney and the police are still convinced of Jessup's guilt. In an attempt to show independence from the original trial and the department Micky Haller is hired to prosecute the case. Despite his reservations Micky agrees but only under certain conditions one of which is the role of his ex-wife as second chair and Harry Bosch from the LAPD as his lead investigator.

As good as the Brass Verdict was this book is another step up. Both lead characters are shown in a different light to previous books. Haller is a defence attorney by trade and finds the swap to the prosecution table and the extra pressure that comes with it hard to handle. Harry is also in a different situation. Not only is he working alongside his half-brother but recent changes in his personal life mean that Harry sees everything in a different way. No longer can he drop everything and go out on midnight surveillances and seeing Harry adjust to this whilst dealing with the pressures of the case is a fun change from the normal.

I found this to be a very, very enjoyable book. The relationship between Harry and Micky is evolving and it is fascinating to see. The complex relationship between Micky and his ex-wife and his daughter is also explored which really added to the book. I also found the case part of the book to be very well done. The complex and sometimes unfair nature of the trial system are highlighted as at times an innocent witness can be attacked and discredited despite the issues highlighted having little or nothing to do with the case. As usual Michael Connelly has written a fast paced and hard hitting novel that evolves two of his main characters in a wonderfully well written way. I would recommend this book to any fan of the crime or legal thriller genre however I would say that to get the best results reading the Lincoln Lawyer and the Brass Verdict would add to your enjoyment. The book would work well without the previous two but I feel that reading them will add more to your understanding and enjoyment of this book.


Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch Book 15)
Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch Book 15)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most personal Bosch yet, 24 Feb. 2013
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Michael Connelly has taken his main creation Harry Bosch on a real rollercoaster over the last few books however none of these books come close to the troubles he has in this book.

Nine Dragons begins with Harry waiting his next case. Right from the start it is noted that Harry and his partner are not getting along and Harry is starting to grow restless over the lack of cases that he has had recently. This changes when his captain sends him to the murder of a shop owner in LA. Right from the start the case involves a detective from the Asian Gang Unit and a link to the Triad underground is found. The case in moving along at a fairly fast pace until Harry receives a text message that changes everything. To avoid spoilers I will simply say that the content of the text takes Harry further from his comfort zone than ever before. Bosch must go from LA to Hong Kong and back and the risks and odds he faces have never been greater.

I really enjoyed this book. I found the story to be exceptional. This story could be my favourite so far in the Michael Connelly series. The idea of taking Harry from the relative comfort of LA and sending him to a country where everything including the language seems to be against him is a wonderful one. The book moves along at a very, very fast pace. The best compliment I can pass to Michael Connelly is that in general the pain and angst that Harry goes through leaps off the pages and you find yourself desperate to find out what happens next and that skill is never as well shown as in this book.

As said before this may be my favourite of the entire Michael Connelly collection. The book was a massive success for me and I would strongly recommend it to any fans of Michael Connelly or the crime genre in general.


Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Short Stories
Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Short Stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but short, 14 Feb. 2013
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As with the previous collection Suicide Run Michael Connelly has provided three very good and very entertaining short stories all involving the character Harry Bosch. In these three short stories Harry is faced with cases from his past and a moving short involving the death of a young boy. All three of these stories are very good however the fact that last thirty two percent of this book is taken up with an excerpt from "The Drop" one of Connelly's full novels and a plug for the other books that he has released was a bit much for me. Good stories but you shouldn't really use thirty plus percent of the product to sell other products.


Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories
Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Short Stories, 13 Feb. 2013
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Michael Connelly has proven himself to be a fine author who can create a captivating and memorable novel. In suicide run he attempts to conquer the short story and he does so with great success. In this collection Connelly calls out the big guns with Harry Bosch as the main character in all three and name checks to a few other loved Connelly creations. I found this collection to be a very good read and enjoyed all three of the stories on offer. If you are a fan of Michael Connelly you will enjoy this.


Only the Innocent
Only the Innocent
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good and Enjoyable Book, 12 Feb. 2013
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Only the innocent is a very enjoyable book with an excellent story to tell. The book begins with the murder of Hugo Fletcher. A respected member of the community who's charity work with young prostitutes has made him a well-known and well respected UK citizen. DCI Tom Douglas is given the task of investigating the murder and his investigations will take him into places that shock him to the core. Hugo's wife Lady Fletcher and the story of their marriage will provide the backbone to this book. Through a series of letters and conversations between family members the full story of Hugo and Laura's history is told and the full shocking story is brought out into the open.

The author tells the story from the point of view of the detectives and Laura and members of her family. The book also uses a series of letters that have been written in the past to fill in some blanks and to keep the story moving along. I found this to be a really good method of telling the story as it kept the pace up. The cliff-hangers as the story moved from one character to another was a very good way of making the book a page turner.

I found this book to be well written, the story is excellent and the conclusion was a shocker that I did not see coming. A slight criticism I have is that some of the conversations between the characters did not come across as natural and was a little forced. However despite this I really enjoyed this book and at the price that it is I would highly recommend any crime fans to give it a chance.


Perfect People
Perfect People
Price: £3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book!, 10 Feb. 2013
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I am a big fan of the Peter James Roy Grace series and as a result was tempted into buying this to give one of Peter's standalone novels a try. I am very glad that I did as this book is a wonderful combination of spooky, thought provoking and action packed!

The story begins with a young couple on board a boat having paid a revolutionary scientist to help them make a designer baby. The Klaesson family have lost a baby previous to a genetic disease and cannot face the prospect of having another child and the same thing happening again. This leads them to paying for a designer baby with the aim of simply removing any genes that could lead to illness.

This is a very, very good book. The pacing is wonderful and the main characters are very easy to both like and feel sorry for. Peter James is a wonderful writer and he manages in this book to create a wonderful story that will keep you hooked right until the last line. I cannot recommend this book enough.


Goodnight Sweetheart: The Complete Collection (11 Disc Box Set) [1993] [DVD]
Goodnight Sweetheart: The Complete Collection (11 Disc Box Set) [1993] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nicholas Lyndhurst
Offered by Revelation Films Direct
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great TV Show!, 9 Feb. 2013
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I always loved Goodnight Sweetheart when it was first show on TV and this collection gives you a chance to relive the many great episodes. A fantastic show in a good box and at a very reasonable price. If you are a fan of the show I would recommend this.


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - International Magic Live At The O2 [Limited Edition] [2DVD+CD] [2012] [NTSC]
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - International Magic Live At The O2 [Limited Edition] [2DVD+CD] [2012] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Flying High at the O2, 9 Feb. 2013
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A wonderful performance from one of the UK's biggest rock stars. The High Flying Birds songs sit comfortably with the Oasis classics and Noel is in fine vocal form. For me the show highlights are Everybody's On the Run, If I Had a Gun, Supersonic, Whatever, Freaky Teeth, Broken Arrow, The Importance of Been Idle and Don't Look Back in Anger. The addition of the church end choir and a brass four piece helps bring.a number of the songs alive! The bonus features are also very good. The NME awards performance is fantastic and the demo CD gives an insight into how the album took shape. All in all this is a wonderful package and possible the best DVD released in Noel's whole career.


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