The Closers Paperback – 11 Jun 2009
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The Closers puts Harry Bosch back in the Los Angelese Police Department, where he was meant to be, and sets him to solving old cases, which is what he always did best, alongside Kiz Rider, who was always the best of the partners fate, and Connolly, gave him. They are working on the death of a bi-racial teenager back in the 1980s, abducted from her bedroom and shot dead. The racial tensions of the time are clearly a factor - the DNA of a known racist is trapped in blood on the gun - but in a Michael Connolly novel, things are never as simple as they seem. And Bosch finds, not to his especial surprise, that he has been asked back into the LAPD as someone's weapon in the dance of departmental politics. The death of Backy Verloren was a tragedy - the investigation of her murder was a series of mistakes that left her father an alcoholic mess and her mother an obsessive trapped in the past, and someone profited by their misery. Connolly is always at his best when Harry is caught up in the problems of other people, rather than his own, and this excellent, twisty police procedural is a snappy return to form. --Roz Kaveney
'A scrupulously plotted procedural ... and all the excitements of a terrific thriller well paced by a cool and fast running narrative.' (Philip Oakes LITERARY REVIEW)
'There's a mountain of American detective fiction. At the summit are Connelly's Harry Bosch books.' (SUNDAY SPORT)
'A cracking return to form by Connelly, and we can only hope Harry Bosch doesn't apply for retirement again.' (IRISH INDEPENDENT)
'The Closers is more than just a terrific mystery that slowly builds into a breathless race against time, twisting and turning to the very last page. It is a fascinating portrait of a city ... It also highlights, with great sensitivity. 'the toll of violence over time'. However, as usual, hardbitten Harry [Bosch] is the main attraction. He's exactly the kind of cop you'd want to investigate your own murder.' (Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD)
'Michael Connelly is always reliable and The Closers is as dark and thrilling as ever' (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL)
'A return to form.' (Maxim Jakubowski THE GUARDIAN)
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Top Customer Reviews
The pace is fast, maybe too fast as i finished the book in three days and again i have to wait another year for the next novel. If you have not discovered Bosch then you have a lot of reading to do as there are now thirteen novels available and they are all as good as you can get. The plot unfolds beautifully and Connelly succeeds again in twisting you around his little finger.
I liked the introduction of a new commander, and he definately adds colour to this new novel.
So, in conclusion, go for it ! you will not be disappointed !
Harry came back to the Open-Unsolved Unit (aka "cold case" squad). This excited him. He had so many unsolved crimes in his career, and in his mind he could picture many of them. On his first day at the squad he was obtaining coffee for his partner when his old nemesis, Deputy Chief Irvin S. Irving, gave him a warning, "Watch your step, Harry, there are many watching you!" This threat didn't bother Harry, but the fact that Irving sought him out made Harry wonder what the real story was all about. Later that day, Harry and Rizen were given their first case. Rebecca Verloren, 16, was discovered missing from her Chatsworth home many years ago, and now, there was a new DNA clue to help them solve this mystery.
Along the way Harry relies upon his skills, sometimes a bit rusty, but his "gut" is so sure that he knows what clues to look at and what is real and what is sometimes false. He gets back to his research, and the people he knew before he quit the job. Often, a long ago name or profile will surface, and we wonder how long will it be before this person shows up. A next door neighbor from Las Vegas from one of his last cases bears a remarkable resemblance to one of the people seen in a newspaper article that has a close relationship to this new case. Michael Connelly often inserts small clues about previous stories into his novels, and I find this piece of detective work thrilling.Read more ›
It's a case, with uncomfortable political and racial undercurrents, that sees Harry Bosch back in his element, and Connelly writing close to the top of his game.
Let's face it: Bosch is always at his best when he's getting down and dirty righting wrongs, fighting for justice for those who can no longer get it for themselves. He is, unfailingly, at his best in the thick of a case, usually one that has lain cold for a long time. Connelly is at his best, too, with these kinds of cases, and he is even more able to render the keen and sharp sting of injustice when it's a state of affairs that has stood for a long time. He's at his best when race is an issue, too, even a tangential one as here. The Closers is near his best, then? Without a doubt, in my opinion.
While The Narrows was a great thriller, it wasn't really such a great detective novel. Seems that way a year later, anyway. Looking back, the impression is that it went very fast, seemed to be over almost too quickly. Enjoyable and high-class fiction, indeed, a thrilling thriller indeed also, but lacking that vital something which makes a good Bosch novel a great one, which this new one is. Back in LA, back in Homicide, Harry is where he really belongs, and you feel it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Riveting to the end.
Excellent weaving in the story line. Keeps you hooked, with the need to read the next page ASAP!!
One of Harry's best!
I love Harry Bosch, his character, his foibles, his mission. The Closers was cleverly written to keep you gripped, right to the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. L. Smith
I have read all of the Bosch books preceding this one and in general I don't review them, I just keep reading them. :)
However, I have to say that this the worst one yet. Read more