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I expected this to be better as Michael Connelly of Harry Bosch fame is usually an excellent writer This 2005 story was less than satisfactory 4 of 10 stars I never, ever, ever thought I would put a Michael Connelly book down But never say never This stand alone was so contrived and the protagonist was so damned stupid it just annoyed me to no end Here he is the founder and CEO or whatever of a multi million dollar company and he acts like he a verified idiot if there is such a thing He acts stupid, stupid, stupid I love Michael Connelly and have raved on about both his series, Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller but either one of them haveI never, ever, ever thought I would put a Michael Connelly book down But never say never This stand alone was so contrived and the protagonist was so damned stupid it just annoyed me to no end Here he is the founder and CEO or whatever of a multi million dollar company and he acts like he a verified idiot if there is such a thing He acts stupid, stupid, stupid I love Michael Connelly and have raved on about both his series, Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller but either one of them havesense in their little finger than this guy has in his entire head What s his name I don t know and don t care but if I see it again, I ll recognize it and will put the book down.Michael Connelly is still a bright, shining light writer This hic cup of a book will not stop my reading everything out there he s written that I haven t yet read And he s easy on the eyes to boot that s for sure He reminds me of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller Ok read too far fetched of a storyline to believedM.Connelly could have done better and has because there are many of his excellent and well written books out there,this just isnt one of them paperback A stand alone novel by Michael Connelly published 2002.This book might not have Harry Bosch in but it s still a knockout.This book is now 18 years old and a great deal of it is concerned with nanotechnology in computers And here we are 18 years later still talking about it, well I am at least Henry Peirce, the head of a small but influential nanotechnology lab is about to unleash a product that will change the world as we know it But this does not please everyone There are some very big, ver A stand alone novel by Michael Connelly published 2002.This book might not have Harry Bosch in but it s still a knockout.This book is now 18 years old and a great deal of it is concerned with nanotechnology in computers And here we are 18 years later still talking about it, well I am at least Henry Peirce, the head of a small but influential nanotechnology lab is about to unleash a product that will change the world as we know it But this does not please everyone There are some very big, very powerful corporations that would do anything to prevent it from seeing the light of day.After having broken up with his girlfriend Henry is setting up a new place to call home Unfortunately his new phone number seems to belong to working prostitute After a lot of some very annoying and at time obscene phone calls Henry decides to get in touch with this woman in an effort to stop her calls coming to him But everything he tries ends up at a dead end Intrigued Henry start on a journey that will take him to places he never though existed and come in contact with people who will send him to hospital.A tense, tight plot with not a lot of twist but what there are, are major I was blindsided by the end, blinded in a good way.There s a bit of tech talk but it didn t detract from the pace one bit.A recommended 4 star read Henry Pierce, a chemist in Amedeo Technologies, that develops new pharmaceutical drug patents worth worth millions In his new apartment after breaking up with his fianc e Amedeo s ex intelligence officer , his new phone number is from a men s escort service website Why He begins research with this new website L.A.Darlings which is really a Micheal Connelly website The calls are a bother Why wouldn t you just get another phone number Instead his curiosity, a past family memory, he Henry Pierce, a chemist in Amedeo Technologies, that develops new pharmaceutical drug patents worth worth millions In his new apartment after breaking up with his fianc e Amedeo s ex intelligence officer , his new phone number is from a men s escort service website Why He begins research with this new website L.A.Darlings which is really a Micheal Connelly website The calls are a bother Why wouldn t you just get another phone number Instead his curiosity, a past family memory, he tracks down the number to a empty apartment, then a murder making him a suspect Is it a setup Is he Chasing the Dime of new phone calls You do see hints of the ending coming but they are good Many years ago phone booth calls were only a dime Now everyone has a cell phone FYI notes The website mention in the book, www.la darlings.com brings up Michael Connelly.com for this book, Chasing the Dime I didn t like the main character Henry so I couldn t enjoy the story He does stupid things for 90% of the book.STORY BRIEF The background and secondary story Henry is a computer science chemist He formed a company to research molecular computing He has created a molecular energy source call Proteus He needs 12 million to move forward with the research His financial guy has been looking for investors Their first choice is Goddard who is coming next week to see Proteus The title is a met I didn t like the main character Henry so I couldn t enjoy the story He does stupid things for 90% of the book.STORY BRIEF The background and secondary story Henry is a computer science chemist He formed a company to research molecular computing He has created a molecular energy source call Proteus He needs 12 million to move forward with the research His financial guy has been looking for investors Their first choice is Goddard who is coming next week to see Proteus The title is a metaphor for finding a deep pocketed investor a whale.The main story Nicole and Henry lived together, but she broke up with him because he worked too much and didn t spend enough time with her The story begins on a Friday with Henry moving into an apartment He just received a new phone number which used to be Lilly s phone number This phone number appears on the LA Darlings web site for escorts prostitutes Many men call Henry s phone asking for Lilly A normal guy might wait until Monday and call the phone company to change the number, but all these calls make Henry curious He wants to contact Lilly to tell her to change her web site phone number On Saturday he visits the office that manages the website He talks to another prostitute He visits Lilly s home and place of work No one has seen her for over a month Now Henry is worried about her and wants to make sure she is ok REVIEWER S OPINION The author is a good writer, but I cannot recommend this book For most of the book I was saying This guy is stupid Why is he doing that Don t do it He has no common sense It s like a Dr saying Don t pick at your scab, but he can t help himself, and he rips it off He gets beaten by thugs Lucy a prostitute gets beaten by thugs because she helped Henry Lucy tells Henry to never call her again What does he do He continues to call her and try to find her His reason is he wants to see if she s ok I was sick and tired of hearing that reason That s the reason he kept trying to find these two women All that did was get him deeper and deeper into trouble with the bad guys and with the cops Some of the stupid things he did were illegal, so this forced him to lie to the cops Of course a cop catches him in these lies Later a defense attorney tells him that the cops are planning to get a search warrant for his home and car He says Let them I have nothing to hide, which is stupid because someone planted evidence in his car which he later learns I could not enjoy a story about this man doing so many stupid things.The last hour or so of the book was better Henry started to figure things out He took some good action to solve his problems There is a happy ending for Henry which I liked The bad guys were handled in a way I liked There was some explanation trying to justify Henry s stupid actions, but it wasn t good enough for me His sister was a prostitute who was murdered and Henry felt guilty So when he meets a prostitute he wants to make sure she is ok NARRATOR The narrator Jonathan Davis was good.DATA Unabridged audiobook length 10 hrs and 26 mins Swearing language I can t remember hearing any, but there may have been a couple of strong words Sexual language none Number of sex scenes one Setting 2002 Santa Monica and Los Angeles area, California Book copyright 2002 Genre crime mystery suspense Ending Good for Henry .FREE DOWNLOAD ♴ Chasing the Dime ⚆ The phone messages waiting for Henry Pierce clearly aren t for him Where is Lilly This is her number It s on the site Pierce has just moved into a new apartment, and he s been chasing the dime doing all it takes so his company comes out first with a scientific breakthrough worth millions But he can t get the messages for Lilly out of his head As Pierce tries to help a woman he has never met, he steps into a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions A world where his success and expertise mean nothingand where he becomes the chief suspect in a murder case, trapped in the fight of his life An effective crime thriller about the troubled mastermind of a high tech firm in beautiful downtown Santa Monica, California While I was reading it I often thought to myself, Wow, Santa Monica is an awesome place, with year round nice weather and all kinds of hip, successful, intelligent people How does Connelly make it seem so scary and dangerous Connelly s Harry Bosch novels really haven t captured my interest but Chasing the Dime is great for some quick chills and thrills. I still have great memories of this book I purchased and read this in the hardback edition and loaned it to several relatives I kept recommending it and never got it back.I ve read several of the Hieronymus Bosch novels and liked them a lot but I differ from most reviewers in that I liked thisI ve drifted away from police procedural s toward psychological thrillers but sometimes have an itch to re visit former flames. An almost perfect mystery novel.