After three years in retirement, Detective Harry Bosch has returned to the LAPD to join
his former partner, Kizmin Rider, on the Open Unsolved Unit.
Rider hit the ground running. On their first day, theyíre handed valuable information
that could finally help them solve a seventeen-year-old case. In 1988, a
sixteen-year-old girl named Rebecca Verloren disappeared from her home. At first, the
case was treated as a missing persons caseóthe LAPD figured sheíd run away from home.
But, a few days later, the girlís body was found. Though it originally appeared to be a
suicide, it was quickly escalated to homicideóone that went unsolved, even after a
Now, the case is open againóand Bosch and Rider
have a DNA match from the murder weapon. To try to put the pieces of the case together,
they have to go back and open up the old wounds of a mother who keeps her daughterís
bedroom as a shrine, a father who ended up living on the streets, a detective who worked
on the case (who suspects it may have led to his partnerís suicide), and friends who will
always be haunted by the girlís death. But they also have to face internal
pressuresófrom other people in the department who seem to be hiding long-buried
The Closers is a finely-detailed, well-researched
mystery novel thatís nearly impossible to set aside. The writing is sharp, the action is
non-stop, and the story itself is so gripping that youíll find yourself staying up well
past your bedtime, unable to put the book down.
Itís obvious that
Connelly, a former journalist, knows what heís talking about. He understands the
situation, and he creates a story that goes beyond the surface of the crime and into the
lives of everyone who was affected by it.
When itís over, there are a few
loose ends, but itís still clear why Connelly is a mystery-loverís favorite. The
Closers is so realistic that you may just forget itís fiction.