Michael Connelly makes another spectacular entry into the world of crime-fiction with Lost Light and The Drop
After spending almost three decades in LAPD, Detective Harry Bosch decides to throw in the towel. Despite an illustrious record and formidable reputation, there is something that makes him uneasy. Images from an unsolved murder case of a young woman keeps returning to him and the veteran cop decides he is going to crack it. After retirement, Bosch gets a private detective’s licence to pursue the case. However, he is not the only one who is interested.
He starts dusting the file; and within hours feathers are ruffled and new enemies are made. A lot of powerful men wants Bosch to back off. From his former superiors to federal counter-terrorism agents, the list of interested parties start growing longer.
But what the decorated policeman is not prepared for is a personal discovery that will change his life and decisions forever. The Lost Light has all this and much more to offer. Love, murder, betrayal, bank robbery, money laundering, terrorism… there are many dots spread across the board which Bosch must connect. He stumbles into a grey area of post-9/11 America that he cannot stomach. As he digs deeper, trust is reduced to just a word, the lines separating professional from personal blurs and each move presents a new challenge. While someone seeks redemption, it is revenge time for the others. Bosch must use all his skills and experience to find answers.
The author’s experience as a former policeman has enabled him to present a simple but gripping plot that keeps you glued. The main character, Harry Bosch, is your old-school, by-the-rule-book senior investigator. The Lost Light has several sub-plots and care has been taken to make each of them individually watertight and equally important in holding the story together. As the middle-aged cop battles odds of profession and personal life and painstakingly pursues his leads, there is something about the story that makes you walk in his steps.
Michael Connolly then returns a few years later with another book The Drop with his hero but in a totally different setting. Eight years have passed and Bosch is back in his job, realising that it is his true calling. As a senior sleuth with eons of experience, he is now part of a division that goes after unsolved cases that have remained unsolved for decades. They use modern technology to establish connections that would have been impossible during the days of prosecution.
Bosch and his partner are put on a case where technology has provided a link that might discredit the entire forensic science. DNA found on a rape victim matches that of convicted rapist — but he was only eight years old at the time of the incident.
Before Bosch can begin chasing the anomalies, he is ‘requisitioned’ by councilman Irving, the victim’s father, to investigate a case of suspicious death. Once a top-ranking cop, Irving left the department and has an axe to grind against Bosch and his former employers. But he insists, much to Bosch’s bewilderment, that his bête noire be put on the case. While investigating the case, Bosch also keeps working on the mysterious rape case. Soon he realises that there is a monster on the loose and that there are several skeletons in the cupboards of the department he has served for so long.
The Drop makes up for what Lost Light lacked in subtlety. The criminal element here is smart, cold blooded, relentless and ruthless. And its pursuit leads Bosch down paths that challenge his personal convictions and the world he lives in. When the most trusted people in his life betray him for their share of glory, Bosch has only himself to rely on to bring matters to their logical conclusion.
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