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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
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The Black Echo (1992)

by Michael Connelly

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Series: Harry Bosch (1)

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I got this from a free offer on Amazon. I enjoyed a quick read, the writing is fluent and the plot keeps moving. The book is showing it's age somewhat, the hero's military service in Vietnam pinning the action into the 1980s. Clichés abound - Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch is the archetypical lonely man, son of a murdered hooker, institutionalised by child care, the army and LAPD and relating to the lone man in Hopper's Nighthawks. Is he going to find love and security with his new female work partner? Is he, hell!. Due to some handy media money he has bought himself a cantilevered house in the Hollywood Hills with a balcony looking out over the studios and the smog. His boss in Hollywood homicide doesn't really trust him and the Internal Affairs guys are still trying to get him. He really needs his cigarettes and it just starting to feel the force of the anti-smoking movement.

The plot revolves around a previous bank raid in which the 'perps' had drilled their way into the vault from below over a holiday weekend - I read the book a few days after a strongroom break-in in London's Hatton Garden with much the same m.o., the news media having many pictures of the hole they drilled. The tunnelling was related to interesting history of the Viet Cong fighting tunnels in Vietnam. ( )
  abbottthomas | May 17, 2015 |
I loved the Amazon Instant Video series, so I sought out the first of this LA procedural. It's good on insider acronyms and police slang (one imagines!), but the plot is slow to get moving and the author has the proverbial cloth ear for dialogue. One might even suggest that he can't actually write for toffee, were it not for the somewhat inconvenient fact that he's a multi-squillionaire writer. Annoyingly. ( )
  jtck121166 | May 16, 2015 |
Pretty good. Obviously interesting enough for me to keep reading. But not enough that I'm excited to continue with the series. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
In the end the story was a bit too tangled. But still a good and entertaining book. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
Harry Bosch is a grizzled, worn out middle aged detective cop who struggles to fit into police society, because his life has been spent not fitting in, and he's too busy trying to do what's right, rather than what's ordered. When he is brought in on an apparent overdose, it turns out the victim is a fellow soldier from 20 years ago in Vietnam. The clues don't add up to an accidental death and Bosch tenaciously follows the threads from this murder to a much wider set of crimes. Along the way, he teams up with FBI agent Eleanor Wish, and becomes romantically involved with her. But as they get closer to the head of the criminal gang they are tracking, their lives are under threat.

There is something rather pulpy about this detective story. Clichés are rampant, the lead character of a talented yet outsider cop is terribly familiar, other characters are formulaic, and the plot is very guessable.

And yet, if you turn off your critical faculties, the novel is also a very enjoyable, gripping read. It is well paced, Connelly handles the task of the breadcrumbs of clues, some accurate, others misleading, extremely ably, and I can easily see how this became a very successful crime novel series. ( )
  RachDan | Feb 16, 2015 |
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Big, brooding debut police thriller by Los Angeles Times crime-reporter Connelly, whose labyrinthine tale of a cop tracking vicious bank-robbers sparks and smolders but never quite catches fire. Swift and sure, with sharp characterizations, but at heart really a tightly wrapped package of cop-thriller cliches, from the hero's Dirty Harry persona to the venal brass, the mad-dog IAD cops, and the not-so-surprising villains. Still, Connelly knows his turf and perhaps he'll map it more freshly next time out.
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The boy couldn't see in the dark, but he didn't need to.
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LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he gets a call out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. At first sight, it looks like a routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amidst the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced. To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow 'tunnel rat' in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo. Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446612731, Mass Market Paperback)

For maverick Lapd homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal...because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:41:10 -0400)

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The very first Harry Bosch novel, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, is available once more. A body discovered in a drainpipe on Mulholland Drive turns out to be a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought by the side of the maverick LAPD homicide detective. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of 'Nam while on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.… (more)

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