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Tunnelrat by Michael Connelly
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Tunnelrat (original 1992; edition 1999)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Tunnelrat
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Amsterdam De Boekerij 1999
Collections:Your library, Literatuur, Thriller
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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (1992)

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I'm looking all over for a new (to me) police procedural. I'm trying this, I'm really trying. Note to self: you will never be a Harry Bosch fan. Sorry. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
My read of The Black Echo was a bus man’s holiday: the writer in me is always curious to see how a successful series starts out. Michael Connelly gives a master class in police procedurals, filled with gritty details that ratchet up the reality feel. A fan of the TV series as well, there were no significant character clashes between the page and the flat screen for me—not to mention the plus of a whole lot of backstory on Bosch’s tunnel rat days in Vietnam. Will definitely continue with Professor Connelly’s seminars. ( )
  mtbass | Nov 23, 2018 |
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. ( )
  jepeters333 | Oct 21, 2018 |
I couldn't get much of a fix on the character of Harry Bosch in this book, though I was pleased not to be offered yet another snarking detective who can't help but offend every one he encounters. The pacing and plot are somewhat jerky, but I appreciated that when Harry is questioning something that he has observed it is always important to the solution of the mystery. Some of the characters are interesting, some seem dashed off. The strangeness of having the city I've lived in for 50 years both correctly and incorrectly described interfered a bit with my absorption in the book - I've lived in Hollywood, Mid-town, Santa Monica and worked in the valley, downtown and Westwood, and only the scenes up by the reservoir were in unfamiliar territory. ( )
  quondame | Aug 8, 2018 |
There is nowhere better for me to try to understand the mindset of Harry Bosch or indeed his creator Michael Connelly by starting again where it all began book one in the series.

Harry is best described as "a detective who would do the right thing no matter what the cost. A man with a sharp worn code of conduct. A classic outsider.".... In The Black Echo we learn about Harry's activities as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam war and how the horrors of this underground hell helped shape him as a detective with the will to survive and a loner's code of justice. When the body of a fellow "rat" Billy Meadows is discovered in a drain outlet, Harry is determined to find the perpetrator responsible and bring justice to his onetime comrade in arms. In this endeavour he is joined by FBI agent Eleanor Wish, a relationship develops that becomes personal and leaves Harry wondering if her intentions are honourable or does she harbor an underlying agenda.

The weakness of the story is the plot; dirty money profits from Saigon laundered as diamonds/precious stones and kept secret in a bank vault in downtown LA. The only way to retrieve the hidden stash is to tunnel deep into the innards of the bank. In contrast the strength of the story is the superb charactization of the main players. Bosch, Eleanor Wish and Deputy Chief Irvin Irving who appears to be on a one man crusade against what he views as underhand tactics by a maverick lone detective.

As always Michael Connnelly is razor sharp in his acute observations of the human spirit....."Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, and that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story."....."He was a worn-out old man whose eyes had quit caring about anything but the odds on three year olds"..."I believe that shit happens. I believe that the best you can do in this job is come out even"....... ( )
  runner56 | Jun 25, 2018 |
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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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Connelly, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowden, Renéesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Esch, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Milanes, Helena MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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