Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly
Henry Pierce is about to become very rich--as soon as his firm, Amedeo Technologies, gets an infusion of capital from a big backer. But the brilliant chemist's workaholic habits are disrupted when his lover, the former intelligence officer of his company, breaks up with him. Lonely and dispirited, he moves into a new apartment and gets a new phone number that attracts a lot of callers, but not for him. His new telephone number seems to have previously belonged to one Lilly Quinlan, an escort whose Internet photo arouses Henry's curiosity, especially when L.A. Darlings, whose Web page features the beautiful young woman, can't tell Henry how to find her. With the same single-mindedness that made him a high-tech superstar, Pierce pursues his search for the missing girl, motivated by his guilt over the disappearance years earlier of his own sister, who, like Lilly, was also a prostitute (and ultimately the victim of the Dollmaker, a serial killer from Connelly's 1994 novel Hardcover edition.
Actually three and half but maybe avg review will go higher, October 8, 2003
from barrie, on
This being my first Connoly novel I unlike some reviewers have no frame of reference to compare it to. I read the reviews before purchasing the book yet despite surprising numeber of harsh reviews read it and enjoyed it. The premise is original enough alone for a little fictional escapism. Henry Pierce is a molecular scientist "Chasing The Dime", when he breaks up with his girlfriend, well dumped more appropriate word, moves into new apartment with new phone number. After numerous calls to wrong number it becomes obvious the number is shared with an excort who advertised her services on web site, and has since disappeared. Pierce having lost his sister to familar fate long ago decides in attempt to redeem his lack of doing enough for her in past will try to find Lilly. I was actually impressed with Connelly's main character, whereas some found him incredible I found his traits, motivations and other characteristics very believable from the get go. Overall I have to say I thought this was not an exceptional thriller, as a fellow reviewer pointed out the ending was little Hollywood, but that may be because it has movie rights written all over it. This novel is very adaptable to big screen but I don't think it takes away from it as a read, again reinstate not reading anything else yet by Connelly can't say if it was up to par with his Harry Bosch or other non Harry Bosch novels, but I think its good novel to get one interested in him as a writer it sure did me. Last thing this novel has excellent pacing and is fast read, one slight dip where it lagged but overall it was very fast and well done.