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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

The Black Echo (1992)

by Michael Connelly

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Series: Harry Bosch (1)

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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 |
I enjoyed this crime fiction, and forgave the clichés mostly because it was written in the early 1990s before the clichés and really become clichés. Unusually for an LA detective drama, I found the characters both likeable and believable, and after a relatively slow start the plot progressed fairly nicely. That said, there was nothing exceptional either in the writing or in the plot to lift it above equally good crime fiction. ( )
  markbarnes | Feb 6, 2015 |
Truly a breathtaking ride! I read another Bosch book before going back and reading this one, and this fills in a few blanks about his background and character. The story draws you in and the characters are so alive you feel like you could meet them at the local diner. Compelling, sad and gripping. ( )
  sharoncville3579 | Jan 24, 2015 |
Until about fifteen years ago I used to devour American crime novels, rushing through one after another with a fairly voracious appetite. But then something happened. I don't know what - I wish I did - but suddenly I found it very difficult ever to complete one.

I was, then, pleasantly surprised by 'The Black Echo', the first novel to feature Harry 'Hieronymous' Bosch, jaded homicide detective and Vietnam War veteran. Called to the site of a mysterious death, Bosch recognises the corpse as someone with whom he served in Vietnam, some twenty years previously. The body had been found in a reservoir overflow pipe near the Mulholland Dam, and the initial diagnosis suggests that this is merely another instance of a dysfunctional Vietnam veteran meeting their death through drug addiction.

Bosch could so easily have been a disastrously clichéd character himself. Having been discharged form the army he had entered LAPD and gradually risen to the Homicide Team. As the novel opens, though, we start to learn that his career has had as many downs as ups. He had been instrumental in capturing a serial killer, which had led to a local TV station paying him a fee to use his name for a sensationalist series, but his fatal shooting of a criminal in another incident had led to him being investigated at length by Internal Affairs. All this sounds rather familiar - just another disgruntled, unorthodox detective. Connelly does, however, succeed in retaining Bosch's credibility.

This novel also strays across different genres - while Bosch's unconventional thought processes drives the investigation forward, the book also falls soundly into police procedural territory. Yet Connelly also offers a frightening insight into the work of many of the American troops in Vietnam who literally fought underground. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army used hundreds of miles of tunnels through the combat zones, and teams of American troops would be sent down to try to destroy them, often finding themselves in horrific combat beneath the ground. Connelly marshalls all of this with great dexterity, all the more remarkable as this was his first novel.

I shall definitely be looking forward to reading more about Hieronymous Bosch. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jan 19, 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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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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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.

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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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