After three years out of the LAPD, Harry Bosch returns, to find the department a different place from the one he left. A new Police Chief has been brought over from New York to give the place a thorough clean up from top to bottom. Working with his former cop partner, Kiz Rider, Harry is assigned to the department's Open-Unsolved Unit, working on the thousands of cold cases that haunt the LAPD's files. These detectives are the Closers - they put a shovel in the dirt and turn over the past. By applying new techniques to ...
After three years out of the LAPD, Harry Bosch returns, to find the department a different place from the one he left. A new Police Chief has been brought over from New York to give the place a thorough clean up from top to bottom. Working with his former cop partner, Kiz Rider, Harry is assigned to the department's Open-Unsolved Unit, working on the thousands of cold cases that haunt the LAPD's files. These detectives are the Closers - they put a shovel in the dirt and turn over the past. By applying new techniques to old evidence they aim to unearth some hidden killers and bring them to justice, for 'a city that forgets its murder victims is a city lost'. Harry and Kiz are given a politically sensitive case when a DNA match connects a white supremacist to the 1988 murder of Rebecca Verloren, a sixteen-year-old girl. Becky was of mixed race, and the case appears to have a racial angle. This was LA before the riots and Rodney King; the city was a powder keg waiting for a match. The detectives who worked the case all those years ago seem to have done a decent job, but something doesn't fit. Meanwhile Harry's nemesis, Deputy Chief Irving, is watching him. In the new 'clean' LAPD Irving has been sidelined to a meaningless job. Compelled by vengeance, he hopes that Harry will make a slip ' THE CLOSERS takes off like a speeding bullet and never lets up. Authentic, dark and complex, it confirms Michael Connelly's status as a number one bestseller and a master of modern detective fiction.
By now I have read almost all the Harry Bosch series and have liked them & him that much. This book is one of the best, letting Harry & his partner work thru bumps in their relationship & airing simmering problems in LAPD. The murder is an old one, but these guys are the "closers" and they solve it with more than the usual smarts & grit. These are the best written, most engrossing mysteries I have read.
Apr 29, 2010
a plot twister
This one starts out with Harry looking into a cold case of the murder of a 16 year old girl. Harry visits the surviving parents, school, old friends, trying to find a lead. Harry is drawn to look again at the old crime scene photos, talks with the now divorced and broken parents. Schoolmates and teachers remember the girl. A plaque at the school shows the wear of frequent touching. A great read and page turner.
Apr 1, 2007
One of his best
This is, by far, one of this author's best works in the Harry Bosch series. It shows great depth of characters and keeps you turning the pages. Harry is just getting back to the police force and now working in the "open-unsolved case" department. He is happy to be back and happy to be working with Kiz Rider, a previous partner who compliments Harry's style. Now their first case is the 20-year-old murder of a 16-year-old girl. First, Harry and Kiz get to figure out if this case is really murder or suicide. Was anything missed in the origial investigation? Is it sexually motivated or does race play a part? Get this book , sit down and ride the roller coster of a great mystery written by one of the best.
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