The Drop (Connelly novel)

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The Drop
The drop - bookcover.jpeg
Softcover edition
Author Michael Connelly
Country United States
Language English
Series Harry Bosch #15
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication date
December 5, 2011
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback)
Pages 400 pp.
ISBN 978-0316214551
Preceded by The Fifth Witness
Followed by The Black Box

The Drop is the 24th novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the fifteenth novel featuring Los Angeles Police Department detective Harry Bosch. The book was published on 22 November 2011.

The novel was referenced in an October 2010 interview, in which Connelly indicated that he'd like to release "'bookend' novels next year, the second one a Bosch book".[1] Connelly's first novel of 2011 was the Mickey Haller novel The Fifth Witness.


The book was mentioned in a February 2011 interview, where Connelly explained that Bosch would be "handling two cases at once, a cold case that turns hot and the politically charged investigation into the death of a city councilman's son. The city councilman happens to be Harry's old nemesis, Irvin Irving."[2]

Irving involves Bosch because, despite his personal antipathy, he believes he is a dedicated detective who will find out the truth no matter what; he is nevertheless unwilling to believe Bosch when the evidence points to suicide. Concurrently, while involved in the cold case investigation, Harry meets and falls for therapist Hannah Stone.[3]

At home, Bosch grows closer to his daughter Maddie, now fifteen years old and expressing an interest in a law enforcement career.

Character name auction[edit]

In March 2011, Connelly auctioned off the naming of a character in The Drop on eBay. The fundraiser will benefit the DeKalb County Public Library Foundation. The bidding ran until 13 March 2011, at which time, after 65 bids, the auction closed at $2,917.00. The name of the winner has not been disclosed.[4]