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Chasing the Dime

by Michael Connelly

Category: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers / Crime & Mysteries
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 26 June 2003
Number of pages: 368

Henry Price has a new life, apartment and telephone number, but when he checks his messages, he discovers that someone had the number before. The messages are for a woman named Lilly, and she is in trouble. Price is drawn into her world of escort services, websites, sex and secret identities.

The end of a relationship sees computer scientist and entrepreneur Henry Pierce move into a new apartment with a new telephone number. On first checking his messages Pierce finds a large backlog of messages for a woman called Lilly. As a man who has built his life and career around following his curiosity - a compulsion he calls 'chasing the dime' - Pierce can't help but be interested. After making some initial inquiries, he discovers that Lilly was a prostitute and that something nasty appears to have happened to her. As he pursues his amateur investigation, he is drawn deep into the furtive, dangerous world of the sex industry and hurtling towards a terrifying outcome. This is a thriller that subtly draws you in before pouncing and clutching you in its grip as you speed-read to the finish. There's nothing stunningly original here, but Connelly knows exactly which buttons to push, with a tense, exciting plot that will hold your attention till the last. For the reader, as for Pierce himself, discovering what has happened to Lilly, the 'part Spanish, part Italian, all American' call girl, becomes a compulsion. And if a thriller writer achieves that, he's done a good job. (Kirkus UK)

What the papers say:
'Connelly is a former polic reporter for the LA Times, and attention to detail is perhaps one of the hallmarks of his work. In this, computer engineer Henry Pierce has a whole new life - new aprtment, new telephone and new telephone number. But he finds messages left for the woman who had the number beforehim, and becomes drawn into her troubled, somewhat seedy and definitely dangerous world in this intriguing and well-crafted novel.' THE INDEPENDENT 50 Best Books to Read on Holiday 28/6/03

Author's Biography:
A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of twelve acclaimed Harry Bosch thrillers and several other bestselling novels. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and daughter.

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