The Drop by Dennis Lehane

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Let’s call this what it is……    ***

 

First, this is not a novel, it is a novella.   Actually an expanded short story.  Okay, by word count maybe it is a novel, but for this reader it is an expanded short story.  Too short to justify the price, even discounted.

Having said that, the story is face-paced and a good read.  I wanted to read this before seeing the movie and although this may not be Lehane’s best work, I can see where it might make a good film.  It does read more like a screenplay with very little description.  The style of writing is simplistic yet it held my interest.

Lehane manages to surprise us in a couple of places and in the end, I did want to know more about what happens to Bob and Rocco.  So for holding my interest, even if it was short, I give this one three stars.  I will review the film after I see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel)

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Bosch Is Back   ****

After being disappointed in the last few books by Connelly, it is nice to see him back in his past form. He is a good story teller, I would not say suspenseful, but he weaves a good story.

Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters to read about and “The Drop” is a good example of his mindset. My only negative comment is in the editing. It seems as authors become famous, editors get sloppy. There are several phrases that are repeated and should have been caught by an editor. But that aside, the novel reads fast and kept me intrigued, it only took me a day to read it. Connelly does leave a few threads undone, but then that just makes us anxious for the next book.

Welcome back Harry!!