The Drop by Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch #17 (EPUB)
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD. He wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.
DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court.
Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.
Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
Michael Connelly has squeezed a lot of stories out of Harry Bosch. He looks to be trying to retire the character while he is still in prime form, giving Bosch only a few years until being forced into retirement in The Drop, which actually refers to the retirement — Deferred Retirement Option Plan — as well as the alleged suicide fall the detective investigates.
The two simultaneous cases of the book are both strong, and this is hardly a case of a sequel degrading in quality. There is the obligatory love interest, and little character development outside the confines of the police cases Bosch works, but all-in-all, its a riveting police procedural. As an aside, I wonder if Connelly is setting up Bosch’s daughter Madie as a potential spin-off candidate for when Bosch retires, with her seeming interest in detective work and marksmanship.