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Chasing the Dime

By Michael Connelly

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 September 2009
Henry Pierce has a whole new life - new apartment, new telephone, new telephone number. But the first time he checks his messages, he discovers that someone had the number before him. The messages on his line are for a woman named Lilly, and she is in some kind of serious trouble. Pierce is inexorably drawn into Lilly's world, a night-time world of escort services, websites, sex, and secret identities. Pierce tumbles through a hole, abandoning his orderly life in a frantic race to save the life of a woman he has never met. Pierce's skills as a computer entrepreneur allow him to trace Lilly's last days with some precision. But every step into Lilly's past takes Pierce deeper into a web of inescapable intricacy - and a decision that could cost him everything he owns and holds dear.

About the Author

A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of eleven acclaimed Harry Bosch thrillers and several stand-alone bestsellers, including most recently the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer.

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It's not Harry Bosch this time but Henry Prince, who discovers that the woman who previously had his new phone number is in dark and dirty trouble. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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. (One-day laydown Oct. 15). Forecast: Connelly has risen to the ranks of number one bestseller authors. Expect this to shoot to the top. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9781742371719
ISBN: 174237171X
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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