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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'm not really sure if I really liked this book. The plot was good, but the mood was unrelentingly dark. I'll read the next one and see if Harry Bosch grows on me. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 9, 2014 |
Very good thriller, marred by Doctor Evil syndrome, i.e. the villain, rather than killing the hero when he has the chance, spends 5 minutes explaining all the loose ends of the novel, just in time for the hero's ally to shoot the bad guy. ( )
  HenryKrinkle | Jul 23, 2014 |
Way above the usual police procedural: a combination of rich character and intricate - yet plausible - plotting. It's the details that lifts Connelly's writing and burns tropes and scenery into the narrative. Highly crafted entertainment. ( )
  Parthurbook | Jul 20, 2014 |
My first Harry Bosch novel after reading the Lincoln Lawyer series. I really like how Connelly started the series mid career and then used this case as a vehicle to tell his story. It was also an interesting introduction to LAPD as a whole and provided some back story that would have been useful when reading Lincoln Lawyer.
Connelly develops characters well and made me want to know more about Bosch. A quick and engaging read. ( )
  skinglist | Jul 8, 2014 |
First-rate detective story. A body turns up that was intended to look like a heroin OD, but it doesn’t look that way to Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective. He pursues small clues which connect the murder with an unsolved bank heist as well as a related heist still in the offing. Bosch is a maverick who must deal with bureaucratic administrators, goons from internal affairs, lazy or incompetent fellow officers, and vengeful FBI agents. The Black Echo is a good, melancholy mystery/suspense novel. ( )
  bibliostuff | Mar 20, 2014 |
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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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