Reviews for Closers
Booklist Reviews 2005 March #2
/*Starred Review*/ Even cynicism has a way of going stale, as so many hard-boiled authors have discovered. But what can you do to refresh the screen when your hero, like Connelly's Harry Bosch, looks at the world through "seen-it-all-twice eyes"? You can take a chance, and that's exactly what Connelly does here, transforming his world-weary hero into a rookie cop and forcing him (and us) to live one day at a time without the comfort of our own cynicism. Several books ago, Bosch walked away from the LAPD after 25 years; now he's back, having realized that "I need the gun. I need the badge. Otherwise I'm out of balance." Working with his old partner, Kiz Rider, he is assigned to the newly formed Open Unsolved Unit, dedicated to closing unsolved murders. In their first case, the 1988 shooting of a 16-year-old girl, DNA testing has established a link from the murder weapon to a suspect, but there's a lot that doesn't add up. Why weren't various leads suggesting a hate crime explored properly? Soon Bosch remembers all too well why he quit in the first place: too many cases soiled by "high jingo," that deadening, justice-defying mix of departmental politics, corruption, and cover-up. Connelly sets up a great premise here--the cop determined to reinvent himself in the face of a thoroughly recalcitrant world--and he makes the most of it. Hard-boiled fans don't like traditional commitment much (it makes us itchy), but Bosch turns us into believers. Give Connelly credit for having the courage to tinker with one of the richest characters in the genre. ((Reviewed March 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews 2005 April #2
Harry Bosch returns to his old homestead-the Los Angeles Police Department-in Connelly's latest novel (after The Narrows). Assigned with his former partner to the unsolved case squad, Bosch immerses himself in his old habits to solve their first case: the kidnapping-murder of a young woman 17 years ago. New DNA evidence leads the detectives to an ex-con with no obvious connection to the girl. But when Bosch and his partner start asking the right questions of the wrong people, a hornet's nest erupts. After having Bosch narrate in Lost Light and The Narrows, Connelly switches back to the third person here, and his compelling style makes even the most mundane details fascinating. Fans and newcomers alike will love seeing Bosch back in uniform, stirring up trouble. For all crime fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/05.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal Reviews 2005 January #1
Poor Harry Bosch. The new suspect in the long-ago murder of a teenaged girl is a white supremacist with ties to Bosch's very own LAPD. With an 11-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal Reviews 2007 September #1
In Michael Connelly's The Closers (Grand Central. 2006. ISBN 978-0-446-61644-7. pap. $7.99), Harry Bosch joins the Cold Case Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department and, with the help of DNA, uncovers the killer of a young girl murdered almost 20 years earlier. Unfortunately, the person matched to the DNA sample seemingly has no connection to the victim. Now it's up to Bosch to prove they knew each other. The cold case of Connelly's book resembles the 1983 killing of Elaine Graham, which remained unsolved until the LAPD was finally able to obtain a conviction in 2003. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 April #1
LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hero of last year's The Narrows and other Connelly thrillers, is back on the force after a two-year retirement. Assigned to the Open Unsolved (cold cases) unit and teamed with former partner Kiz Rider, Harry's first case back involves the killing of a high school girl 17 years before, reopened because of a DNA match to blood found on the murder gun. That premise could be a formula for a routine outing, but not with Connelly. Nor does the author rely on violent action to propel his story; there's next to none. In Connelly/Bosch's world, character, context and procedure are what count, and once again the author proves a master at all. The blood on the gun belongs to a local lowlife white supremacist, Roland Mackey; the victim had a black father and a white mother. But the blood indicates only that Mackey had possession of the gun, so how to pin him to the crime? Connelly meticulously leads the reader along with Bosch and Rider as they explore the links to Mackey and along the way connect the initial investigation of the crime to a police conspiracy. Most striking of all, in developments that give this novel astonishing moral force, the pair explore the "ripples" of the long ago crime, how it has destroyed the young girl's family-leaving the mother trapped in the past and plunging the father into a nightmare of homelessness and drink-and how it drives Rider, and especially Bosch, into deeper understanding of their own purposes in life. Connelly comes as close as anyone to being today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature, and this is one of his finest novels to date, a likely candidate not only for book award nominations but for major bestsellerdom. Agent, Phillip Spitzer. Major ad/promo; 11-city author tour. (May 16) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.