Chasing The Dime Paperback – 11 Jun 2009
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Having no previous Connelly experience (Harry Bosch et al...) I found "Chasing the dime" superb.
Shades of Michael Crichton's flair for the scientific drama but also a plain,old fashioned "whodunnit" with some twists and surprises along the way.I found it thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying for a holiday read.
I am looking forward to reading "Chasing the light" and am proud to add Connelly to my list of favourites alongside Tom Clancy,Len Deighton,Ludlum and John LeCarre.
The book grips you, holds you in and makes you want to read more. The story is well crafted with good characterisation. It moves at a good pace and you just want to keep reading.
The other good thing is that you don't expect the end until you find the one stand-out clue in the final 8th.
A well written and constructed novel that is worth the cost of the hardback. Don't wait six months for the paperback.
Really worth a read and i would definetly recommend it to others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love Michael Connelly's books but for some reason this one just didn't do it for me! Others may like it but I'm afraid it's one of the very few books I couldn't finish.Published 6 months ago by Sandie
Arrived in good condition, as described. Yet to be read - anticipating a good read, as per all the other Michael Connolly books I've read so far.Published 11 months ago by Ian Johnson