Chasing the Dime

Version: Abridged
Author: Michael Connelly
Narrator: Alfred Molina
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: October 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

"The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new telephone clearly aren't intended for him: "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site."" "Pierce has just been thrown out by his girlfriend and moved into a new apartment, and the company he founded is headed into the most critical phase of fund-raising. He's been "chasing the dime" - doing all it takes to come out first in a technological battle whose victor will make millions. But he can't get the messages for a woman named Lilly out of his head:" ""Uh, yes, hello, my name is Frank. I'm at the Peninsula. Room six twelve. So give me a call when you can."" "Something is wrong. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he has never met." The world he enters is one of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions. The beautiful Lilly is an object of desire to thousands. To Pierce, she becomes the key that might fix a broken life. But in pursuing Lilly, Pierce has entered a landscape where his success and expertise mean nothing. He is a mark, an outsider, and soon he is also the victim of astonishing violence, the chief suspect in a murder case, and fighting for his life against forces he can barely discern.

Reviews (36)

Great suspence

Written by Anonymous from Brookline, MA on May 17th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this book and really got into it.

Chasing the Dime

Written by Anonymous on May 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

A very boring book. I couldn't bear to get more than 1/3rd through it.

Simplistic and forced

Written by Anonymous on March 26th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book is really a little forced and too coincidental for me. It all works out in the end and the explanations are a little anti-climatic. Don't waste your time unless you are really into patent law.

Chasing the Dime

Written by Bruce Curson on October 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not a great literature read but a very good entertainment value for the time. I would recommend.

Chasing the Dime

Written by Anonymous on September 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Boring, contrived, unbelievable characters. A real snoozer.

Good Book

Written by Anonymous from Kingman, KS on May 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Could not finish in the car and had to bring into the house and finish. Could not just leave it until the trip. The only thing bad was this is an adbridged version and it seemed to have gaps in some places. Wish that you had the unabridged version to listen to.

Chasing The Dime

Written by Kay from Vevay, IN on April 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another very good read, really liked how the story played out.

Chasing the Dime

Written by Anonymous from Redding, CA on April 3rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I agree the guy made too many errors. But it was very entertaining and I liked it a lot. I thought the guy had character going after the search even though every said not to. Scum of the earth was what he found.

Chasing the Dime

Written by Kelly Jefferson on January 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good book but... Not believable in the least. This man made so too many mistakes, I was shouting at the car radio, “you jacka**. Sometimes it was so far in left field I think the author was reaching for a storyline.

Twists and turns

Written by Nacheska Gentry-Combs on October 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was interesting from the first and there were many times it felt like an old horror flick when you would say "No, don't open the door." Though the main character, Henry made some fairly large mistakes in judgement, the plot had great twists and turns and was very intriguing. I would recommend it as entertaining.

Author Details

Author Details

Connelly, Michael

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.
After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.
After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996—a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book Of The Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person. To celebrate its release, Michael produced the limited edition jazz CD, Dark Sacred Night, The Music Of Harry Bosch. This CD is a compilation of the jazz music mentioned in the Bosch novels and was given away to his readers on Michael's 2003 book tour.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. To accompany this Harry Bosch novel, Little, Brown and Company Publishers released a limited edition DVD, Blue Neon Night, Michael Connelly's Los Angeles. In this film, Michael Connelly provides an insider's tour of the places that give his stories and characters their spark and texture.
His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in May 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in October 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney and half-brother of Harry Bosch.
Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park, released in October 2006.
The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in May 2007.
Michael's next novel, The Brass Verdict, will be released in October 2008, and will unite half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch for the first time ever.
Connelly's books have been translated in 35 languages and have won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), and Premio Bancarella Award (Italy).
Michael was the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his literary work, Michael was one of the creators, writers, and consulting producers of Level 9, a TV show about a task force fighting cyber crime, that ran on UPN in the Fall of 2000.
Michael lives with his family in Florida.