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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409116816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409116813
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,363 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)

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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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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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I picked up 2 Michael Connelly books when I finished the 2 books I had brought with me on a family holiday.I had seen Connelly's books before but never tried them (you all know how difficult it is to start off with a new writer...).
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.
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By J. E. Parry VINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2002
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I am a great fan of Michael Connelly but was a little disappointed by City of Bones, his last book. Having read Chasing The Dime I am pleased to say that this is a wonderful return to form.
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.
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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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I am a fan of Michael Connelly's previous works, especially the Harry Bosch series, however I was hard pressed to finish this book and if it had been written by anyone other than Connelly I would have given up after the first 100 pages. The plot was totally unbelievable; the character of Henry Pierse is one-dimensional, the dialogue is wooden and really I found myself not caring what happened. I only carried on reading it to see if it improved at all; unfortunately it did not.
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