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Chasing the Dime (English Edition) par [Connelly, Michael]
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Henry Pierce is about to become very rich--as soon as his firm, Amedeo Technologies, gets an infusion of capital from a big backer. But the brilliant chemist's workaholic habits are disrupted when his lover, the former intelligence officer of his company, breaks up with him. Lonely and dispirited, he moves into a new apartment and gets a new phone number that attracts a lot of callers, but not for him. His new telephone number seems to have previously belonged to one Lilly Quinlan, an escort whose Internet photo arouses Henry's curiosity, especially when L.A. Darlings, whose Web page features the beautiful young woman, can't tell Henry how to find her. With the same single-mindedness that made him a high-tech superstar, Pierce pursues his search for the missing girl, motivated by his guilt over the disappearance years earlier of his own sister, who, like Lilly, was also a prostitute (and ultimately the victim of the Dollmaker, a serial killer from Connelly's 1994 novel The Concrete Blonde.) But that motive is too thin to support Pierce's sudden abandonment of his career at such a critical juncture, even if forces unknown to him are setting him up for a fall. Despite those holes in the plot and a less than compelling protagonist, the novel succeeds due to Connelly's literary and expository gifts and his more interesting secondary characters. --Jane Adams

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The copy on the galley of Connelly's slick new thriller doesn't mention Hitchcock, but most reviews probably will, with the novel's many surprises and "wrong man" plot line. Even the opening echoes Hitch's North by Northwest, in which Cary Grant's mistaken interception of a bellboy's page leads to disaster; here it's nanotechnology entrepreneur Henry Pierce's getting a phone call that triggers the trouble. The call is for a prostitute, Lilly, and it's the first of many; turns out that the Web site on which she advertises, L.A. Darlings, has Pierce's new home phone number next to a photo of gorgeous Lilly. But when Pierce visits the Web site's offices, he learns that Lilly has vanished. Where has she gone? His search to find the missing woman-prompted by his insatiable curiosity and by memories of his tragic, long-ago hunt for his sister, also a prostitute-draws Pierce into mortal danger. It also pushes him into conflict with the law, for when the cops cotton to Lilly's disappearance, Pierce becomes the number one suspect-serious bad news for this scientist whose company is being visited by a major investor in just a few days. Connelly's plotting is shrink-wrap tight, his characters-particularly Pierce, whose impulsiveness is balanced by his measured applications of the scientific method to analyze his plight-are smartly drawn. It's the rare reader who will be able to finger the villain behind all the mayhem. While very entertaining, however-this is the perfect book for a long airplane ride-the novel lacks the moral resonance and weight of Connelly's most impressive works, such as City of Bones.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 454 pages
  • Editeur : Little, Brown and Company (15 octobre 2002)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Tout commence par un numéro de téléphone qui est attribué à un jeune chimiste entrepreneur alors qu'il appartenait avant à une prostituée. Découverte d'un autre monde et poursuite de la vérité: que lui est-il arrivé? Michael Connelly est toujours bien mais ici on ne se sent pas impliqué comme dans les livres avec Harry Bosch, le détective un peu "hasbeen" au grand coeur, où on apprécie le personnage et la qualité de l'écriture presque lyrique. Il reste des bons éléments mais malheureusement il y a trop de détails techniques, informatique, etc. qui alourdissent l'action. Cependant la fin montre bien le talent de l'auteur, en renouant tous les fils et en laissant de l'espoir pour le futur.
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Je n'ai pas beaucoup aimé ce livre que j'ai pourtant lu avec plaisir, mais cela n'a rien à voir avec les séries H. Bosch. C'est une question d'appréciation. L'écriture est toujours du CONNELLY, mais quand on a trempé dans les enquêtes de Bosch On a du mal à suivre celle-ci. L'enquête est intéressante et bien documentée mais parfois les explications techniques sont longues et difficiles à suivre. Ceci dit il faut peut-être s'habituer à un nouveau personnage.
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J'ai eu du mal à avancer dans ce livre, qui n'est pourtant pas très long. C'est surtout parce que le style me paraît trop "haché". On a du mal à rentrer dans l'histoire, même si l'intrigue en elle-même est plutôt bien ficelée. Le héros étant un scientifique, on peut suivre ses raisonnements, et c'est là le point fort du livre. Cela donne envie d'acquérir ses capacités de déduction et de social engineering! Mais malheureusement, l'histoire ne palpite pas, et plusieurs fois j'ai lu juste parce que je n'avais que ça à faire. Ce livre n'arrive pas (loin de là) à la hauteur de The Poet, que j'ai lu plus tard, et qui m'a passioné du début à la fin.
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Henry Pierce, scientifique et business man, se retrouve, après un déménagement, embringué dans une histoire de call girls, de sexe sur Internet…
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I May Not Finish It. 18 novembre 2016
Par Denny Crane, Esq. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm not sure that I will finish this book. At the same time, I am torn on how to review it. The negative reviews are on target. It is very frustrating to watch Henry continuously do unbelievable, and unbelievably stupid things. I fully understand how many readers will stop and say, "No way!" in disbelief. However, I know someone who is so dysfunctional that he makes unbelievably stupid decisions, decisions that are similar in nature to the ones Henry makes. [Plot Spoiler Alert}. Part of my frustration with the book may be that Henry's emotional need to rescue the damsel in distress overrides common sense to an extent that most of us find unbelievable. Unfortunately, the person I know has that same irresistible need to rescue the damsel, and is similarly placing himself at great risk by doing so.

In sum, if you reject the idea that people make terrible decisions based upon a dysfunctional emotional need, you won't like the book. And, if you accept the idea that people make terrible decisions based upon emotional need, you may find that the book reminds you of those people, and is unpleasant to read. If you accept that there are such people, and it doesn't bother you, you might enjoy the book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Even geeks have intrigue. 4 décembre 2016
Par Lacelle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A wrong number leads to the main character, Henry Pierce, to begin a welfare check on the mystery woman whose phone number he was assigned. His hunt begins with delving into the underbelly of digital sex and leads him right into a very clever and devious trap, but why and who did this and why him? Chasing the dime means basically doing nothing but going after scientific research which leads to producing the results and getting the funding to do it with. This is what caused Henry to lose the woman he loves. However, the mystery of the missing woman begins to take over and becomes his new obsession.
I was expecting a novel about Michael Haller, and it wasn't. This one is full of deceit, anger, murder, violence, and betrayal in the nanotechnology field. Yes, even geeks have intrigue. I am not a techie, so a lot of this was boring to me, and I just skipped those parts. Henry Pierce is a genius, but rather pathetic when it comes to trying to redeem his relationship with his soon-to-be-ex girlfriend.
Many years before, his sister, Isabella, a runaway, was brutally murdered by who had been known at the time as The Dollmaker. He feels connected to this missing woman, and although he is not a detective, or in law enforcement in any way, he feels compelled to follow through and find this beautiful young woman, whose picture he has found on a sexually oriented website. Apart from there being too much technology-speak, this book is fast paced, brutal, and I could hardly put it down.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Maddening - Defies Rational Consideration 5 mars 2016
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Honestly, I could not bring myself to finish reading the book. That's saying something since I've read most of Connelly's novels more than twice and am anxiously awaiting the second season of Bosch. Now, why couldn't I finish reading it? Henry Pierce is supposedly a very bright person. Yet he cannot avoid blundering into situations that a slow witted child would know to avoid. Once this behavior pattern is established, the novel becomes maddenly predictable. Why did he hire an attorney and not heed her advice or call her to investigate a situation before he blunders into it? A complete failure of common sense. Lastly, based on the copyright date and the uncomfortable, almost anachronistic, mixture of technology, this novel is not new. It actually flies in the face of life as it is conducted during the second decade of the 21st century. I mean, who actually has a land line in their home anymore? Senior executives of large multi-national corporations conduct most, if not all, of their business on their smartphone today. Oh, and the bad guys are cliche; unbelievable. Either Connelly or his agent must have been running short of cash to re-release this novel.Chasing the DimeChasing the Dime
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Early Connelly. Worth readling. 23 septembre 2015
Par la plume d'une femme - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First of all, I am a huge Michael Connelly fan. I preorder all his books months in advance and never wait for early reviews because I don't care what others think of his work - I am entertained by it.

After a good start, the pace of Chasing the Dime slowed too much to keep my attention, and I never became involved with the story after that. At times I found myself shaking my head saying, Michael Connelly didn't write this. It isn't the usual seamless, flawless narrative and realistic dialogue I know him capable of. It was in some ways a surprisingly amateurish effort. I looked it up on amazon and saw that he had written this book back in 2002 and I was fascinated by the contrast with his current work.

Even after all the years he spent as a journalist, and having already written a few books before CTD, Connelly still hadn't hit his stride by this point. Obviously he continued to improve in the subsequent years until he became the Michael Connelly whose work I can pick out from reading the first paragraph. I once read of an experiment conducted by Anais Nin, where she submitted a manuscript to her editor under a different name. As soon as he started reading it he called her and let her know he was on to her. We don't include Michael Connelly in the same class with Nin, but if you are a solid diehard Connelly fan, you may have to be forgiving while reading CTD, but you'll eventually hear his voice in there.

I continued on through Chasing the Dime for the sole purpose of picking out the parts that rang hollow, or wimped out, were clunky, or just went totally off the credulity meter for me, and thought about ways the author would probably write it today, if he ever did a rewrite. In a way I enjoyed the book as much as any other Connelly because for me it was an interactive experience! Okay, we get our kicks where we find them.

Not his best, obviously, but still worth the read whether you are a fan or not. Because Connelly couldn't write a bad book if he tried.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 I give up... 5 juin 2016
Par Rt1583 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I give up...

I've made it to chapter 14 or 15 and just can't bring myself to read any more of this book. These few chapters have been a fumbling, bumbling mess of following a protagonist who is just too unbelievable to get behind.

I've read all of the Bosch novels (to date) which, although being formulaic, I found immensely enjoyable and readable.

One thing I've noticed about the Bosch series is that, from first to latest, Mr. Connelly is present in great, if not perfect, form in character development, plot structure and story telling. This book seems as if it was possibly his first manuscript which was shelved until Mr. Connelly made his name, much the same as Battlefield Earth was shelved until Travolta was enough of a market draw to support the film.

If this is your first Connelly read, please don't judge his other books by this one. He really is capable of telling a fantastic story. He simply, for whatever reason, missed the mark on this one.
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