The Closers (Harry Bosch Series #11)

The Closers (Harry Bosch Series #11)

by Michael Connelly

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ISBN-13: 9781455550715
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Series: Harry Bosch Series , #11
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 29,466
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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Within the practice and protocol of the Los Angeles Police Department a two-six call is the one that draws the most immediate response while striking the most fear behind the bulletproof vest. For it is a call that often has a career riding on it. The designation is derived from the combination of the Code 2 radio call out, meaning respond as soon as possible, and the sixth floor of Parker Center from which the Chief of Police commands the department. A two-six is a forthwith from the chief's office and any officer who knows and enjoys his position in the department will not delay.

Detective Harry Bosch spent over 25 years with the department in his first tour and never once received a forthwith from the chief of police. In fact, other than receiving his badge at the academy in 1972, he never shook hands or spoke personally with a chief again. He had outlasted several of them-and, of course, seen them at police functions and funerals-but simply never met them along the way. On the morning of his return to duty after a three-year retirement he received his first two-six while knotting his tie in the bathroom mirror. It was an adjutant to the chief calling Bosch's private cell phone. Bosch didn't bother asking how they had come up with the number in the chief's office. It was simply understood that the chief's office had the power to reach out in such a way. Bosch just said he would be there within the hour, to which the adjutant replied that he would be expected sooner. Harry finished knotting his tie in his car while driving as fast as traffic allowed on the 101 Freeway toward downtown.

It took Bosch exactly 24 minutes from the moment he closed the phone on the adjutant until he walked through the double doors of the chief's suite on the sixth floor at Parker Center. He thought it had to have been some kind of record, not withstanding the fact that he had illegally parked on Los Angeles Street in front of the police headquarters. If they knew his private cell number, then surely they knew what a feat it had been to make it from the Hollywood Hills to the chief's office in under a half hour.

But the adjutant, a Lieutenant named Hohman, stared him down with disinterested eyes and pointed to a plastic sealed couch that already had two other people waiting on it.

"You're late," he said. "Take a seat."

Bosch decided not to protest, not to make matters possibly worse. He stepped over to the couch and sat between the two men in uniforms who had staked out the armrests. They sat bolt upright and did not small talk. He figured they had been two-sixed as well.

Ten minutes went by. The men on either side of him were called in ahead of Bosch, each dispensed with by the chief in five minutes flat. While the second man was in with the chief, Bosch thought he heard loud voices from the inner sanctum and when the officer came out his face was ashen. He had somehow fucked up in the eyes of the chief and the word-which had even filtered to Bosch in retirement-was that this new man did not suffer fuck ups lightly. Bosch had read a story in the Times about a command staffer who was demoted for failing to inform the chief that the son of a city councilman usually allied against the department had been picked up on a deuce. The chief only found out about it when the councilman called to complain about harassment, as if the department had forced his son to drink six vodka martinis at Bar Marmount and drive home via the trunk of a tree on Mulholland.

Finally Hohman put down the phone and pointed his finger at Bosch. He was up. He was quickly shuttled into a corner office with a view of the Union Station and the surrounding train yards. It was a decent view but not a great one. It didn't matter because the place was coming down soon. The department would move into temporary offices while a new and modern police headquarters was rebuilt on the same spot. The current headquarters was known as the Glass House by the rank and file, supposedly because there were no secrets kept inside. Bosch wondered what the next place would become known as.

The chief of police was behind a large desk signing papers. Without looking up from this work he told Bosch to have a seat in front of the desk. Within 30 seconds the chief signed his last document and looked up at Bosch. He smiled.

"I wanted to meet you and welcome you back to the department."

His voice was marked by an eastern accent. De-paht-ment. This was fine with Bosch. In L.A. everybody was from somewhere else. Or so it seemed. It was both the strength and the weakness of the city.

"It is good to be back," Bosch said.

"You understand that you are here at my pleasure."

It wasn't a question.

"Yes, sir, I do."

"Obviously, I checked you out extensively before approving your return. I had concerns about your . . . shall we say style, but ultimately your talent won the day. You can also thank your partner, Kizmin Rider, for her lobbying effort. She's a good officer and I trust her. She trusts you."

"I have already thanked her but I will do it again."

"I know it has been less than three years since you retired but let me assure you, Detective Bosch, that the department you have rejoined is not the department you left."

"I understand that."

"I hope so. You know about the consent decree?"

Just after Bosch had left the department the previous chief had been forced to agree to a series of reforms in order to head off a federal takeover of the LAPD following an FBI investigation into wholesale corruption, violence, and civil rights violations within the ranks. The current chief had to carry out the agreement or he would end up taking orders from the FBI. From the chief down to the lowliest boot, nobody wanted that.

"Yes," Bosch said. "I've read about it."

"Good. I'm glad you have kept yourself informed. And I am happy to report that despite what you may read in the Times we are making great strides and we want to keep that momentum. We are also trying to update the department in terms of technology. We are pushing forward in community policing. We are doing a lot of good things, Detective Bosch, much of which can be undone in the eyes of the community if we resort to old ways. Do you understand what I am telling you?"

"I think so."

"Your return here is not guaranteed. You are on probation for a year. So consider yourself a rookie again. A boot-the oldest living boot at that. I approved your return-I can also wash you out without so much as a reason anytime in the course of the year. Don't give me a reason."

Bosch didn't answer. He didn't think he was supposed to.

"On Friday we graduate a new class of cadets at the academy. I would like you to be there."


"I want you to be there. I want you to see the dedication in our young people's faces. I want to re-acquaint you with the traditions of this department. I think it could help you, help you rededicate yourself."

"If you want me to be there I will be there."

"Good. I will see you there. You will sit under the VIP tent as my guest."

He made a note about the invite on a pad of paper next to the blotter. He then put the pen down and raised his hand to point a finger at Bosch. His eyes took on a fierceness.

"Listen to me, Bosch. Don't ever break the law to enforce the law. At all times you do your job constitutionally and compassionately. I will accept it no other way. This city will accept it no other way. Are we okay on that?"

"We are okay."

"Then we are good to go."

Bosch took his cue and stood up. The chief surprised him by also standing and extending his hand. Bosch thought he wanted to shake hands and extended his own. The chief put something in his hand and Bosch looked down to see the gold detective's shield. He had his old number back. It had not been given away. He almost smiled.

"Wear it well," the police chief said. "And proudly."

"I will."

Now they shook hands but as they did so the chief didn't smile.

"The chorus of forgotten voices," he said.

"Excuse me, Chief?"

"That's what I think about when I think of the cases down there in Open Unsolved. It's a house of horrors. Our greatest shame. All those cases. All those voices. Every one of them is like a stone thrown into a lake. The ripples move out through time and people. Families, friends, neighbors. How can we call ourselves a city when there are so many ripples, when so many voices have been forgotten by this department?"

Bosch let go of his hand and didn't say anything. There was no answer for the chief's question.

"I changed the name of the unit when I came into the department. Those aren't cold cases, Detective. They never go cold. Not for some people."

"I understand that."

"Then go down there and clear cases. That's what your art is. That's why we need you and why you are here. That's why I am taking a chance with you. Show them we do not forget. Show them that in Los Angeles cases don't go cold."

"I will."

Bosch left him there, still standing and maybe a little haunted by the voices. Like himself. Bosch thought that maybe for the first time he had actually connected on some level with the man at the top. In the military it is said that you go into battle and fight and are willing to die for the men who sent you. Bosch never felt that when he was moving through the darkness of the tunnels in Vietnam. He had felt alone and that he was fighting for himself, fighting to stay alive. That had carried with him into the department and he had at times adopted the view that he was fighting in spite of the men at the top. Now maybe things would be different.

In the hallway he punched the elevator button harder than he needed to. He had too much excitement and energy and he understood this. The chorus of forgotten voices. The chief seemed to know the song they were singing. And Bosch certainly did, too. Most of his life had been spent listening to that song.

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Closers (Harry Bosch Series #11) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 257 reviews.
SwanNC More than 1 year ago
I am hooked on Connelly's books, all of them but especially the Harry Bosch series. I just think he's the ultimate detective and I read everything I can about him. Connelly is the ultimate author, a master writer and I think the greatest. I love all of his books - so far and I am on #17. You won't be disappointed!!
dj108 More than 1 year ago
Harry's new assignment is a good one, he does not disappoint in this book. I have enjoyed every Michael Connelly book I have ever read. The author is great, the character is human and interesting. I love these books.
SSinCO More than 1 year ago
I am currently reading all of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series in order, and I LOVE them. I am a big mystery/detective story fan, and I have tried so many different series from different authors, but I finally found the one for me! What can I say? I often find myself not really liking the main characters in novels, but I truly like Harry; he is a good guy - not perfect, but he works hard, isn't a womanizer, and isn't overly macho. All of the stories are well-written, realistic, contain surprises and twists, and keep me hooked until the very end. My favorites have been The Black Echo (#1), The Concrete Blonde (#3), Trunk Music (#5), City of Bones (#8), The Narrows (#10), although again - I enjoyed all of them. If you like detective mystery novels, you won't be disappointed with Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch.
Abilene333 More than 1 year ago
This is one of his best books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry is the cop I want in my corner when I need help! He is a dog with a bone. I wish I had read the series in order, but have read about 8 of them, helter-skelter. It doesn't really matter much, though, as each story is independent of the ones before it, and all are entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Harry is someone you get to know and care about. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This character never grows old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pleasant, "getch ya reading" Try it
Cylee1 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. All the Harry Bosch books are wonderful reads. I can't wait for the next one. Once I start reading a Michael Connelly book I can't put it down which is a problem. I read them so fast I'm sorry when I'm finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
DPAULFENTON More than 1 year ago
Good series. If you know LA this is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of the Michael Connelly books. I have read most of the Harry Bosch series and love all of them.
The-Eagle More than 1 year ago
My biggest problem with the 'Harry Bosch' series is that I have failed to keep up with the titles that I have read in this series by Michael Connelly. The psyche of Harry Bosch plays out with more than a shallow solving of various murders & other heinous crimes. If you like police mysteries - - read the LAPD Detective 'Harry Bosch' series! It's worth your time & effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Bosch is assigned a "cold case" and he is determined to find the killer. Investigating every lead, every mis-lead, hunting for the truth. And like all of Connelly's books the twist and turns keep you riveted until the end.
smittiBS More than 1 year ago
Excellent .....a Must Read !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the cases but not as much as i love seeing Harry in action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous 6 months ago
One of my favorite Harry Bosch novels. The story has a major unseen twist and you see Harry not as sharp as usual.
Georg.Miggel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
After all my praise for Connelly I have now to correct myself a little bit. Admittedly the plot of ¿The Closers¿ is good. As always Connelly knows how to lead the reader through the story, build up a lot of suspense and the end was really surprising and satisfying to me. But the middle part of the book has its length. It takes page after page to describe how they set the trap (telephone bugs, false tattoos, choosing of the right car, etc.) before the action begins. And, no, ¿Reichert¿ is not the German word for ¿The Reich¿s heart¿. (But ¿Verloren¿ is the German word for ¿lost¿). But this is not my point: I really liked ¿The Brass Verdict¿, but what bothered me was Connelly¿s undisguised sympathy for self-justice and the capital punishment. In ¿The Closers¿ it gets worse. Bosch seems to think that dead is not punishment enough for a criminal. What would he prefer? Torturing? Stoning to death? Bury alive? Read this: ¿A dull thud hit Bosch in the stomach. He had started liking Richard Ross Jr. for the Verloren killing. ¿ But now he was dead. Could their investigation be leading them to such a dead end? Would they end up going back to Rebecca Verloren¿s parents and telling them their long-dead daughter had been taken from them by someone who also was long dead? What kind of justice would that be?¿ (p. 233)
co_coyote on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Michael Connelly is another writer I love to read on airplanes or on vacations. I like his slightly flawed characters, and his books hold my attention. I have a stack of Connelly books I'm planning to take to the beach in a couple of weeks.
bookczuk on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Bosch is back, out of retirement, and pulling unsolved cases out of retirement. After 11 books, it's like running into an old friend on the street and catching up with life. Some nice twists, and, as always, I appreciate the jazz interludes on the audio version. Let's hear it for cold cases getting closed.
bbuchan on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Connelly delivers on another fast paced and smart Harry Bosch novel. In this round Bosch has been assigned to the Open-Unsolved Unit and is teamed up with his old no-nonsense partner, police woman Kiz Rider. They embark on an unsolved seventeen year old murder of a young girl, taken from her bedroom, shot through the chest, and dumped in a nearby field. The investigation seems to be given new life with the identification of a crime scene DNA sample, however, the person it matches doesn't seem to have anything to do with the case. The case unravels into a fast-paced mystery thriller.
Gary10 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Detective Bosch novel about a cold case. Standard detective fare, but above average.
les121 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Good, but probably not one of Connelly¿s best. It started off slow and didn¿t pick up until two thirds of the way through. The mystery was interesting, but the investigation felt tedious. Thankfully, the last hundred pages ratcheted up the suspense, turning the crime-solving from boring to thrilling. Harry Bosch is a fascinating, multi-dimentional protagonist, which makes me wish that I had read these books in order. Despite this story¿s flaws, I will undoubtedly pick up another Bosch novel at some point in the future.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I sometimes take a break from "serious" literature to read some genre fiction. After reading Julia Keller's review of Michael Connelly's most recent novel I decided to try one of his earlier works, The Closers, featuring Detective Harry Bosch.I was not disappointed as the novel was tightly woven, suspenseful story of crime and detection. In it Detective Harry Bosch is brought out of retirement by a new chief of police and assigned to a new division called "Open-Unsolved"; basically a 'cold case' division that is known as "The Closers". They look into cases that have remained unsolved for many years, and are hoping to close the file after all these years. He is teamed with his old partner, Kiz Rider, and they have the DNA of a man connected to the murder, but quickly discover that there may be more to this case than there seems. It is a seventeen-year-old case whose twists and turns kept this reader turning the pages until the resolution almost four hundred pages later. The book is full of realistic details about police work and references to some of the changes in criminal law, particularly the impact of "hate crimes". The change in the science of detection with the advent of DNA and its' resulting ubiquity is also an important factor in the story. This was a delightful light read, and introduced my to an author to whom I plan to return for more enjoyment in the future.