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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

The Black Echo (1992)

by Michael Connelly, Michael Connelly

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Series: Harry Bosch (1)

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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.
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  Eyejaybee | Sep 24, 2015 |
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 |
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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.
added by Roycrofter | editKirkus Reviews (Nov 1, 1991)
Harry Bosch, detective de la policía de Los Ángeles quedó marcado por la dura experiencia de Vietnam. Ahora, un caso le devuelve su pasado. La víctima, Billy Meadows, había servido en su misma unidad. Ambos eran ratas de túnel que combatían en la red de pasajes subterráneos del Viet Cong; ambos experimentaron el terror del eco negro: la reverberación en las tinieblas de su propio pánico. Ahora Meadows está muerto. Pero su rastro parece apuntar a un gran atraco bancario perpetrado a través de túneles de alcantarillado.
added by Pakoniet | editLecturalia

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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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