Christmas came once a month in the Open-Unsolved Unit. That was when the lieutenant made her way around the squad room like Santa Claus, parceling out the assignments like presents to the squad’s six detective teams. The cold hits were the lifeblood of the unit. The teams didn’t wait for callouts and fresh kills in Open-Unsolved. They waited for cold hits.
The Open-Unsolved Unit investigated unsolved murders going back fifty years in Los Angeles. There were twelve detectives, a secretary, a squad room supervisor, known as the whip, and the lieutenant. And there were ten thousand cases. The first five detective teams split up the fifty years, each pair taking ten randomly chosen years. Their task was to pull all the unsolved homicide cases from their assigned years out of archives, evaluate them and submit long-stored and forgotten evidence for reanalysis with contemporary technology. All DNA submissions were handled by the new regional lab out at Cal State. When DNA from an old case was matched to an individual whose genetic profile was carried in any of the nation’s DNA databases, it was called a cold hit. The lab put cold hit notices in the mail at the end of every month. They would arrive a day or two later at the Police Administration Building in downtown Los Angeles.
Usually by 8 a.m. that day, the lieutenant would open the door of her private office and enter the squad room. She carried the envelopes in her hand. Each hit sheet was mailed individually in a yellow business envelope. Generally, the envelopes were handed to the same detectives who had submitted the DNA evidence to the lab. But sometimes there were too many cold hits for one team to handle at once. Sometimes detectives were in court or on vacation or on leave. And sometimes the cold hits revealed circumstances that required the utmost finesse and experience. That was where the sixth team came in. Detectives Harry Bosch and David Chu were the sixth team. They were floaters. They handled overflow cases and special investigations.
On Monday morning, October 3, Lieutenant Gail Duvall stepped out of her office and into the squad room, carrying only three yellow envelopes. Harry Bosch almost sighed at the sight of such a paltry return on the squad’s DNA submissions. He knew that with so few envelopes he would not be getting a new case to work.
Bosch had been back in the unit for almost a year following a two-year reassignment to Homicide Special. But coming back for his second tour of duty in Open-Unsolved, he had quickly fallen into the rhythm of the squad. It wasn’t a fly squad. There was no dashing out the door to get to a crime scene. In fact, there were no crime scenes. There were only files and archive boxes. It was primarily an eight-to-four gig with an asterisk, that asterisk meaning that there was more travel than with other detective squads. People who got away with murder, or at least thought they had, tended not to stick around. They moved elsewhere and often the OU detectives had to travel to retrieve them.
Excerpted from the book THE DROP by Michael Connelly. Copyright © 2011 by Hieronymus, Inc. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY. All rights reserved.
Harry Bosch is facing the end of the line. He’s been put on the DROP—Deferred Retirement Option Plan—and given three more years on the job until he’ll be forced to retire from the LAPD. With his swansong looming, he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.
First a cold case from 1989 gets a DNA hit for a rape and murder, pointing to a 29-year-old convicted felon. Was he an 8-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 crime 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: an unknown killer operating in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
The Drop is Michael Connelly’s 15th thriller featuring police detective Harry Bosch—and it’s as twisted as the double helix of a strand of DNA!
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA ( November 28, 2011 )
Item #: 13-476579
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.937inches
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boring/long winded & no flow
Reviewer: linda f
I've read all of Connolley's books; they have been getting steadily worse. It seems he is concerned with the deadlines - one per year. Sure Harry is concerned about his daughter and partner but only superficially. He barely touches on the clue to the whole story and only at the very end of the book. There are way too many references to high jingo and absolutely no definition or why there is high jingo in quotes. It's a mess of a story that does not hinge together. What wsa the point of the pedophile - to add more pages? The editor should have just wrritten the book.
Reviewer: Bosch R
I liked this book as much as the other books featuring Harry Bosch. I have read all the Harry Bosch books sometimes twice. This one revealed the emotional side of Harry which I like. This books includes feelings about his relationships with women, his daughter, his partner and his job. More like the earlier books about him. I still like keeping up with what Harry is doing and look forward to more books about him.
This was a different look at Bosch. He is still a detective and it still involves solving crimes, but you see him more interactive on an emotional level with his peers, his daughter and potential love interests. I read the book quickly and will, as I generally do, re-read it in a couple of months but I found it enjoyable to view Bosch's character from different angles.
Loved this book as much as all of the other Harry Bosch books.