Chasing the Dime

Chasing the Dime

A Novel

Book - 2002
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After accidentally intercepting some telephone messages for the previous tenant of his new apartment, computer entrepreneur Henry Price is drawn into a nightmarish web of dark and dangerous secrets as he races against time to save the life of a woman he has never met. 350,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

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After accidentally intercepting some telephone messages for the previous tenant of his new apartment, Henry Pierce is drawn into a web of dangerous secrets as he races against time to save the life of a woman he has never met.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316153911
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 08, 2018

Not a great read when compared to the usual Michael Connelly quality of writing. I enjoyed the mystery and the detective work of the plot but the main character was both unsympathetic for the most part and felt too "written" at times. He's a smart inventor, but we are to believe he makes bone-headed choice after poor judgement after bone-headed decision. "Henry" simply seemed to be following plot points convenient to continue the story rather than buying into a character and understanding his motivations and choices.

Dec 14, 2016

Probably the poorest of any of Connelly's many books. The main protagonist a scientist named Henry Pierce has to be about one of the dumbest characters ever. For a supposedly smart guy he just cannot stay out of trouble or stop making totally dumb moves. I would not let a guy like this walk my dog. I had to struggle to get to the end of this clunker. A surprising come down for Connelly from the excellence of the Harry Bosch series. Don't waste your time.

Dec 14, 2016

I have been a fan of Michael Connelly for years. This book was a complete and utter disappointment. Henry Pierce is a tech entrepeneur who has just gone through a breakup. At his new apartment, he begins receiving calls from men looking for Lilly. Instead of simply having the number changed, he begins to search for Lilly. I was not able to suspend disbelief enough to get into the events that followed.

Jul 15, 2016

ok, but there is much better material by this author

May 02, 2015

Connelly never fails to deliver.

Feb 06, 2012

Very good thriller and superb plot. Easy read.

Aug 02, 2011

OK - entertaining enough. Not sure I liked this one as much as his Harry Bosch novels.

Jun 15, 2011

This is a really good one.

Nov 21, 2003

Henry Pierce has just moved to a new apartment after a break up with his girlfriend and co-worker. And to top it off he is trying to keep the lid on a secret computer chip that is based on the technology of using molecules. Then he starts receiving phone calls that are for a girl called Lilly. When he starts investigating, he finds out that she used to have his phone number and is now missing. Starting off with a great premise this novel takes a nose dive into the mediocre. Coincidences multiply until the totally disappointing and predictable ending. What a disappointment from Michael Connelly!


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