Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly, Another action packed mystery thriller by the master of the gene.
As a longtime reader of Michael Connelly, I was delighted to get hold of this book. If you are a fan of his Harry Bosch books, be warned that this book instead focuses on Henry Pierce, a brilliant scientist and owner of a biotechnology company. Like all inventors, he is faced with the need for investors.
Henry’s single-minded obsession with creating a working Nan computer and raising the funds for his company could potentially revolutionize the computer industry, but instead drives away his fiancé. The book begins with Henry moving out of their home to try and move on with his life. He takes a new apartment by himself and soon discovers that his phone number was previously used by a woman named Lilly.
The calls are all from men trying to find her in order to arrange for sexual encounters. Henry’s guilt over his sister’s death to drugs and sexual abuse make him feel responsible for finding Lilly and making sure that she is safe.
His very life is in danger as he makes his way through the sleazy, unfamiliar sides of Los Angeles and Internet pornography. Henry finds himself trying to track down this poor young woman at the same time as attempting t avoid arrest for her, all without losing his focus on finding investors for his revolutionary nano computer.
It wasn’t his best work, but it made my commute to work infinitely less tedious for several days. The book started off slowly, but I had faith in Michael Connelly that it would pick up. Boy am I glad I did! I will give this book four stars because of the slow start and some weak character development. Otherwise it was a lot of fun.
I look forward to listening to more Henry Pierce books in the future!
Jonathan Davis brings his very considerable talent to this reading.