Connelly's 'Chasing the Dime'
Alex Grant on Crime Fiction
novelist Michael Connelly [BLOOD WORK/CITY OF BONES] has fashioned
several Harry Bosch and Terry McCaleb novels
of distinction and ingenuity. He also went out on a limb with VOID
MOON that featured a female protagonist.Versatile beyond the usual
limitations of pulp genre fictioneers Connelly has made a hasty
pudding of his latest opus. No doubt the obligation of meeting deadlines
and fulfilling contracts played a part in this superficial and superfluous
"hi-tech/tec." Misnomer of a mystery.
His latest book CHASING
THE DIME is clogged with expository lumps the accumulation
of facts per se concerning a new organic or biological breakthrough for
energizing minuscule computers that curtail the narrative flow
and when combined with an entirely unsympathetic hero : one
"Henry Pierce" a chemistry whiz-kid now ageing floridly : we
have the least effective thriller so far penned by Connelly.
It is sappy and lacks the courage to take a hammerlock plot of conspiracy
and cyberporn-sex-"dating" to its logical extreme. The thrust
of CHASING THE DIME shouldve left Henry dangling or behind bars
with a juicy sequel in the wings. Our hero would have earned a thoroughly
deserved comeuppance in the slammer and would have got in touch with his
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