The Closers by Michael Connelly

Here are the discussion questions for this Michael Connelly novel featured on BOOKED. Be sure to check out the general Booked club questions posted on our web site.

  1. This is Connelly's 11th novel featuring Detective Harry Bosch. In this novel, Harry is back from retirement and once again working with the LAPD. What does Harry's return to the department mean for this series?

  2. In one scene, Harry tells his partner, Kizmin Rider, "The point is I need the gun. I need the badge. Otherwise I'm out of balance. I need all of this". Why do you think Harry needs to be a cop? How much does his career define who he is?

  3. Connelly named Harry Bosh after the 15th Century Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch who created detailed landscapes of debauchery, violence and human defilement. Why do you think the author chose to name his main character after him?

  4. The Closers focuses on the toll of violence over time. How did you feel about the depiction of Becky's parents as victims of crime? Is it an accurate portrayal?

  5. Harry's new boss, Abel Pratt, warns that there is no such thing as closure, all the police can do is provide answers. Can there ever be closure for the victims of crime? Is justice the same thing as closure? Does revenge give closure?

  6. Connelly stated in an interview that probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs his work than from the philosopher Nietzsche who wrote "when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you". How is this reflected in The Closers?

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