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The Closers (A Harry Bosch Novel) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Michael Connelly
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"A city that forgets its murder victims is a city lost. This is where we don't forget," Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch is told by his new boss, as he ends a three-year retirement and rejoins the Los Angeles Police Department at the start of The Closers, the 11th installment of Michael Connelly's Edgar-winning series. Having long ago demonstrated his knack for cracking previously unsolved homicides, Bosch is assigned to the newly re-branded Open-Unsolved Unit (aka "cold case" squad), and charged with resolving the 17-year-old abduction and slaying of a mixed-race teenager.

Rebecca Verloren, 16, was discovered missing from her Chatsworth home on a July morning in 1988. Her corpse and the gun that ended her life were later found on a hill behind the house. An autopsy revealed that she'd recently undergone an abortion, and a piece of skin tissue--presumably the killer's--was found trapped inside the murder weapon. Only now, though, has DNA science matched that tissue to Roland Mackey, a dyslexic 35-year-old tow-truck operator with no obvious connection to the deceased. It's up to Bosch, once more partnered with Kizmin Rider, to determine whether Mackey offed Becky Verloren, or was at least an accessory to that tragedy. But the more Bosch and Rider dig into this dusty crime, trying in part to determine whether racial animosity might have been involved, the more pain and resistance they encounter. Becky's white mother maintains the teen's old bedroom as a shrine, while her shattered father, an African-American chef, has vanished into LA's homeless community. Of the two original investigators on the case, one has since committed suicide, and Bosch suspects that the other--now a police commander--is helping to keep the lid tight on some old departmental secrets, perhaps linked to our hero's nemesis, Deputy Chief Irvin S. Irving.

Understandably rusty after three years sans shield, Bosch makes his share of personal and professional mistakes here--including one that supplies The Closers with a lethal, plot-turning climax. But the greater problem is that Connelly exhausts so much time and effort following his protagonist through the tedium of modern police procedures, that he neglects what readers have liked more about this series in the past: its persistently deft exploration of Bosch's lonely, haunted soul (which remains mostly out of sight in this tale), and the author's frequent flights of lyrical prose (also not much in evidence). Would-be novelists wanting an example of a solidly constructed cop tale need look no further than The Closers. But readers hoping to learn why Connelly is so well-respected in this genre should turn, instead, to previous Bosch titles such as The Concrete Blonde, Angel's Flight, or City of Bones. --J. Kingston Pierce

From Publishers Weekly

Connelly's bruised but unbeaten crime buster, Harry Bosch, is back in harness at the Los Angeles Police Department after a two-book retirement (Lost Light, The Narrows) during which he sought justice as a private eye. Luckily, reader Cariou has returned with him. Cariou's deep, dry and slightly mournful delivery proved a perfect match for Bosch's moody first-person PI narration. With Connelly reverting to the third-person format he prefers for his hero's police procedural cases, Cariou opts for a more objective, faster-paced, just-the-facts-ma'am approach to the descriptive passages, smoothly slipping back into Bosch-voice for the book's abundant dialogue sequences. Finding the right nuances for that voice is a tougher job this go-round, since Harry is in a state of constant emotional flux. He's happy to be back on the force, working with his former partner Kiz Rider and, for the first time, for men he respects, but he's not sure he can adjust to the new, streamlined LAPD. Cariou effectively enacts a large, carefully crafted cast of suspects, victims and cops, maneuvering easily past ethnic and sexist vocal land mines. Judiciously placed blues and jazz riffs add the finishing touches to this solid audio production. Bonus features include Connelly explaining Bosch's return to the LAPD, plus his reading of a chapter from his next novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring Bosch's half-brother.
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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : Little, Brown and Company (1 mai 2005)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FORA2O8
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Né en 1956, Michael Connelly, maître incontesté du polar américain, a reçu les plus hautes distinctions littéraires dont l'Edgar du premier roman policier pour « Les Égouts de Los Angeles ». Il est notamment l'auteur du « Poète » et de « Créance de sang », porté à l'écran par Clint Eastwood. Tous ses ouvrages sont disponibles en Points.
Il l'auteur de : « La Glace noire », « La Blonde en béton », « Le Poète », « Le Cadavre dans la rolls » , « La Lune était noire », « Lumière morte », « Deuil interdit », « La Défense Lincoln », « Echo Park », « A genoux », « L'Épouvantail » et « Neufs dragons » . Il s'est vu décerner le Prix Pulitzer pour ses reportages sur les émeutes de Los Angeles en 1992.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Du bon polar 26 janvier 2007
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Un régal ce livre, même si la profondeur psychologique du héros, Harry Bosch ne se révèle pas autant que dans "Black Echo". Michael Connelly appartient aux écrivains talentueux du genre thriller. Une bonne vision de la société américaine (Californie).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Harry Bosch tackles old murder cases 8 février 2014
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Michael Connelly’s books are police procedurals and should be required reading at police academies. They are about how cops should think and work with the means they have. But they also show how or why a nasty canteen culture, external temptations, plain stupidity and indifference, or poor reasoning, tunnel vision and personal ambition too often yield poor to mediocre results. Which in turn leads to innumerable unsolved murder cases.
Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch (HB) had retired three years before after 25 years service and began a career as a private eye (“The Narrows”) when he is suddenly asked back by his former employer, the Los Angeles PD. A lot has changed there following a number of painful scandals. A new Chief of Police, imported from New York, has been appointed. A new elite unit has been established with the sole task, and with the aid of the latest DNA-, ballistic- and computer techniques, to solve old murder cases before the deadline for persecution expires. The new Chief refuses to refer to them as ‘cold cases’. HB shares his opinion and begins to believe he is entering a more wholesome working environment than the one he left 3 years ago, esp. when he is rejoined with his old partner Kizmin Riders (KR).
But the appointment of the pensioned and soloist HB with his unconventional working style and methods to such a nice position inevitably also causes disappointment on the LAPD work floor... HB’s first morning back at the office teaches him once more, just like 30 years before as a “tunnel rat” during the Vietnam war, that he is not a little cog or wheel within an organization, but that he has to fight his own wars. The first file HB and KR are given on the morning of the first day of Harry’s miraculous return to the LAPD concerns the murder of a 16-year old girl in 1988.
Enough said, this should be sufficient information for aficionados of crime novels to want to read this excellent book. Michael Connelly is quite simply the best in this genre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un excellent roman de Michael Connelly 25 novembre 2012
Par Ravetto
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Polar qu'on ne lache pas avant la fin, passionnant.
Avec, en personnage central, Harry Bosch, désormais détective dans le service des affaires non résolues.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bosch is back - a little older, a little smarter 23 mai 2005
Par C. Middleton - Publié sur Amazon.com
In Connelly's previous novel, The Narrows, Harry Bosch was seriously considering coming out of "retirement" and returning to service with the LAPD, despite several misgivings, one of which was the entrenched corruption throughout the force. However a new police chief is on board with a mission to clean house. Harry's old enemy, Deputy Chief Irving, a self-serving political player, wants Harry to fail and will do anything to achieve this end. Bosch has been assigned to the Open-Unsolved Unit, (cold cases) teamed up with his old partner, Kiz Rider, a no nonsense police woman in a predominately male domain, embark on an unsolved seventeen year old murder of a young girl, shot through the chest and taken out of her bedroom and dumped in a field. Harry attacks this unsolved murder with calculated zeal, leading to possible corruption in the force, pushing the case to it limits to find the perpetrator. The Closers begins at breakneck speed and doesn't let up until the last page is turned.

Reading The Closers was like meeting an old friend after a year of absence. Harry Bosch is one of the great characters in crime fiction, a man with an incredible sense of justice and an over bearing conscience, that pulls him into trouble from time to time. His relationship with Kiz Rider, as his partner, is a perfect match, as they know each other well, can read each other's thoughts before a word is spoken. Kiz never rides on Harry's coattails, but contributes to the motion, adding her own special skills to the investigation. Harry is older but he's a little smarter, and careful to stay within the bounds of the law. Kiz keeps Harry in line and is there to prevent him from slipping into his old, unorthodox habits.

As a piece of crime fiction, The Closers is by no means a character study, it is entirely plot driven, following Harry Bosch at work to every twist and turn of the case. Connelly knows how to write a crime novel and does not leave anything to the imagination. I have come to believe that the crime genre is an art form all its own, and Connelly has become one of its masters.

This is the real thing. Modern detective fiction doesn't get any better, and in the hands of Connelly, one can be sure the ride will be thoroughly entertaining; and The Closers delivers on all counts - a five star effort.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Back to Basics 20 mai 2005
Par J. Brian Watkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was my favorite Bosch novel in a long time. From start to finish the book evidences Mr. Connelly's respect for pure police work untainted by political and personal considerations. Chief Bratton has clearly made a positive impact on our author. As a character, Harry Bosch had been kind of drifting--I am glad to welcome him back.

This book is the finest example of a police procedural. It touches on all the major policing issues of the day, local use of the Patriot Act, the "CSI" effect, various social issues, attention to unsolved cases, increased expectations of officers, and still remains faithful to the predecessor works. Granted, you have to know the prior works to fully appreciate the involvement of Deputy Chief Irving and Bosch's newfound peace with his situation but Connelly's plot is rich enough to carry the entire work without the need for Bosch's usual internal conflicts. Besides, I'm sure that Bosch will run into trouble again soon--L.A. has a new mayor and nobody knows what he really believes or what he really stands for (other than re-election.

The masters make their work appear effortless--this work takes Connelly and Bosch to new heights. Do not expect to put it down until you are finished.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Connelly still the tops 22 mai 2005
Par Melissa A. Noyes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Once again, Michael Connelly has caused me to lose sleep. If I open one of his books, I don't rest until it's done. And I've never regretted the sleep deprivation!

The Closers reinforces the reader's belief in Harry Bosch, reunited with Kiz Rider, and their dedication to the victims of murder, regardless of their age at death.

Letting the chips fall where they may is a brave stance and the only modus operandi when Bosch is involved.

My advise, start at the beginning of Connelly's career as a novelist and ride along with Connelly as he develops one of the most incredible law enforcement characters ever!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but tedious 6 août 2005
Par Aalea1 - Publié sur Amazon.com
"The Closers" is a good summer read for devotees of "Forensic Files", "Cold Cases", and "CSI" The tragedy of a young girl's unsolved murder has far reaching consequences for all involved. Michael Connelly writes an intriguing mystery/crime novel and he does it without major violence or needless blood and guts. Detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch is a tough skinned , well seasoned cop who is missing an "edge" I really wanted him to have. I enjoyed "The Closers" but really could have done without the procedural overload. It dragged the book down.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Ho-hum effort from one of my favorites, Connelly 6 juin 2005
Par JanSobieski - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is not one of Connelly's best efforts. Maybe he and Harry Bosch have have exhausted their useful life. Maybe Connelly was just grinding out a journeyman effort. Whatever the reason, this book lacked the punch and excitement of many of Connelly's earlier Harry Bosch novels.

As alluded to above Harry Bosch is back, now a member of a "Cold Case" unit with his old partner, Kiz Rider, who has left administration for the more exciting and rewarding life of criminal investigation.

They are investigating the death of a mixed race 16 year old girl from 1988. His old nemesis, Irvin Irving again appears in this novel as malevolent as ever. Harry's a little rusty and it shows, but, as one might expect, the indomitable Bosch once again prevails.

But the story bogs down, at least for me, in several places. The inner turmoil that makes Bosch such an interesting character was given short thrift in deference to boring police procedures. This book just never seemed to grab hold of me.

It really wasn't a bad story, but the formula just seems a little stale to me now. The novel seemed to lack the heart and soul of earlier Bosch novels. I'd call this a good, but not great, journeyman effort, however not as good as I've come to expect from Connelly
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