|Plot Summary of The Closers|
|"Michael Connelly is back with his eleventh book in the Harry Bosch series. In this installment, Bosch returns to the L.A.P.D. working for the Open-Unsolved unit (Connelly's renaming of the Cold Case Division) after a three year retirement. The 1988 murder of bi-racial sixteen-year-old Rebecca Verloren is the case he is working on. Through straight, untainted police work Bosch comes up with a possible perpertrator in Roland Mackey. With Mackey as the primary suspect, Connelly -- through his deftly crafted tale -- makes you believe that anyone could have a motive to do the murder.
Everyone from the former boyfriend, to high school girlfriends, to the parents and other peripheral people all get Bosch's brain working. Eventually Bosch and his partner Rider start working the Mackey angle hard as the other suspects seem to be weaker or dead ends. This leads to Bosch getting Mackey's phone tapped and infiltrating his job through some clever undercover work. But Mackey's reaction to the info Bosch supplied through his undercover ploy leads to chase between him and the police that ultimately changes the direction of the story."
Bobby Blades, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Closers|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- Los Angeles
Part of a series?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
What kind of sex:
- vague references
A lot of techno jargon?
Unusual forms of death
- run over
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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