The Drop by Michael Connelly (2011)
Yet again I read a book from a series out of the publication order. This time Hubby told me off because he has all the previous ones that I have read. I am finding that I like seeing if a book can stand alone, even if it is part of a wider series. I believe that the really good authors are able to create effective stand alone books within linked series. Hubby says I will miss information that is provided in the earlier books and this book will tell me things unknown in them but I don’t mind that.
The book centres on Harry Bosch, a detective in the Open – Unsolved Unit, three years off retirement. I first got interested in when there was an adaptation of some of Connelly’s early novels. It was an excellent TV series so we hunted down the books and this story was equally enjoyable. I will eventually compare the books that were adapted to create the TV series but this one caught my eye first.
I enjoy the police politics that are weaved within this novel. With Bosch as the centre we can see how his role in the force is impacted on by political maneuverings within the force and the local government with impact on financial constraints that the force can face. I also like the statement that Bosch operated his police work under:
Everybody counts or nobody counts
I think this statement is a good one for anyone to adopt.
This is a keep it but not a reap it as I already collect this author, well myself and hubby. He has read more of them than me to date.