The Closers by Michael Connelly

I am about to reread The Closers by Michael Connelly. This exciting crime thriller was published in 2005 and is the 15th crime thriller by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the eleventh featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. It follows on from Lost Light and The Narrows, which were both set during Bosch’s retirement. In fact i might start with Lost Light, then read the Narrows then the Closers.

The Closers features LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) detective Harry Bosch who is back on the force after a three-year retirement. Assigned to the Open-Unsolved Unit (cold case squad) and teamed with former partner Kizmin “Kiz” Rider, Harry’s first case back involves the murder of 16-year-old high school girl Rebecca Verloren in 1988, reopened because of a DNA match to blood found on the murder weapon. It transpires that The blood on the gun belongs to a local low-life white supremacist, Roland Mackey, a fact that links him to the crime via the victim’s biracial family.

So Bosch and Kiz set about locating and catching Mackey. However they discover that the initial investigation of the crime also has links to a police conspiracy orchestrated by Bosch’s nemesis Irvin Irving to cover up the ties of a ranking officer’s son with a neo-Nazi group. This leads the pair explore an old unsolved crime, which destroyed the young girl’s family—leaving the mother trapped in the past and plunging the father into a downward spiral of homelessness and alcoholism…

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