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

by Michael Connelly, Michael Connelly

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Series: Harry Bosch (1)

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Really surprising end. Grest plot twister...not what I expected. ( )
  Zack_Anthony | Jan 26, 2016 |
I enjoyed this first Harry Bosch novel very much. It was a well-plotted story with lots of twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the end. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
The Black Echo is the first book in Connelly's popular series featuring Harry Bosch, a world-weary detective. Connelly introduces us to Bosch just after he has been transferred to the Hollywood Division, a division that no-one really wants to work in and for many is a career-ending division or the division to simply ride it out in until retirement. Bosch is one of those characters who wants to be a good cop but who sometimes slightly bends the rules or goes against the popular opinion of the "police family"; thus, he often draws more trouble to and for himself. (Bosch, in other words, is not "Dirty Harry-esque" but might remind readers of some of the detectives on the ever popular Law and Order series.) Harry is very much a loner both on the job and in his personal life.

The plot for this particular installment of the series follows Harry's investigation of the death of a Vietnam veteran. Harry happens to be on call when he gets called to the scene of a dead body, which most want to write off as simply another addict ODing, but not Harry. Harry, a Vietnam Veteran himself, thinks there is much more to the death because he recognized the victim, a fellow "tunnel rat".

Bosch begins to dig deeper and eventually becomes involved in an FBI investigation, which leads not only to a romantic entanglement for Harry with the Agent his is paired up with, Eleanor Wish, but the discovery of a complex crime that involves far more than murder.

I had read The Poet by Michael Connelly several years ago and loved the book. Several times friends have suggested that I pick up Connelly's Harry Bosch series books. So, I thought I would give the series a try. I was not disappointed with this first book in the series.

Connelly has a magnificent way of slowly unfolding layer upon layer of the investigation. It was fun to watch Harry not only go with his gut feeling but to methodically fit the pieces of the puzzle together. I think Connelly does a good job of character development within the novel, for the most part. Harry is the typical world-weary detective, but there are some wonderful little quirks to his personality and character that keep him from being too stereotypical. However, I felt like some of the characterizations, particularly of the Internal Affairs Officers, were just too cliched and a bit over the top.

While not altogether surprised at the inclusion of a romance angle (after all Harry is a lonely man as was Agent Wish), the whole romance never really seemed genuine and it seemed a bit forced.

Overall, this was a really good read, and I will be picking up the next installment of the series. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 17, 2016 |
The Black Echo is the first book in Connelly's popular series featuring Harry Bosch, a world-weary detective. Connelly introduces us to Bosch just after he has been transferred to the Hollywood Division, a division that no-one really wants to work in and for many is a career-ending division or the division to simply ride it out in until retirement. Bosch is one of those characters who wants to be a good cop but who sometimes slightly bends the rules or goes against the popular opinion of the "police family"; thus, he often draws more trouble to and for himself. (Bosch, in other words, is not "Dirty Harry-esque" but might remind readers of some of the detectives on the ever popular Law and Order series.) Harry is very much a loner both on the job and in his personal life.

The plot for this particular installment of the series follows Harry's investigation of the death of a Vietnam veteran. Harry happens to be on call when he gets called to the scene of a dead body, which most want to write off as simply another addict ODing, but not Harry. Harry, a Vietnam Veteran himself, thinks there is much more to the death because he recognized the victim, a fellow "tunnel rat".

Bosch begins to dig deeper and eventually becomes involved in an FBI investigation, which leads not only to a romantic entanglement for Harry with the Agent his is paired up with, Eleanor Wish, but the discovery of a complex crime that involves far more than murder.

I had read The Poet by Michael Connelly several years ago and loved the book. Several times friends have suggested that I pick up Connelly's Harry Bosch series books. So, I thought I would give the series a try. I was not disappointed with this first book in the series.

Connelly has a magnificent way of slowly unfolding layer upon layer of the investigation. It was fun to watch Harry not only go with his gut feeling but to methodically fit the pieces of the puzzle together. I think Connelly does a good job of character development within the novel, for the most part. Harry is the typical world-weary detective, but there are some wonderful little quirks to his personality and character that keep him from being too stereotypical. However, I felt like some of the characterizations, particularly of the Internal Affairs Officers, were just too cliched and a bit over the top.

While not altogether surprised at the inclusion of a romance angle (after all Harry is a lonely man as was Agent Wish), the whole romance never really seemed genuine and it seemed a bit forced.

Overall, this was a really good read, and I will be picking up the next installment of the series. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 16, 2016 |
4 stars. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more in the series. Definitely some twist and turns I never saw coming. Awesome!
Side-note: It's so interesting reading about police officers before cell phones... In a world of pagers, fax machines, tape recorders, and phone booths. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 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.
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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.

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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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