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Great First Novel,
This review is from: The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)Michael Connelly's L.A.P.D. homicide cop Harry Bosch is on my top-ten list of favorite protagonists. Harry is intelligent and insightful. He is a loner, a nonconformist. He has a tender side, but can be ruthless. And he doesn't take any guff from anyone.
Bosch is called out on a case in which a body is found in a large drain pipe. It looks, at first, like a victim of a drug overdose, one of many such cases Harry encounters each year. But it becomes personal when Harry discovers the body is that of one Billy Meadows, with whom Bosch served in Vietnam. Within a few days, Bosch figures out that Meadows was murdered and may have been involved in a huge bank heist eight months earlier, a case on the FBI books. He checks in with the FBI to reveal what he has learned. Harry doesn't understand why the Feds seem to dismiss him and his evidence.
Soon he discovers that early in the bank case, he had been a suspect himself. When the FBI had honed in on Meadows, they investigated everyone he worked with in Vietnam. Although they still think Meadows was in on the heist, they haven't found enough evidence to positively link him with the robbery.
Meanwhile Bosch has managed to anger just about every superior in the department. He has the FBI on his tail. Two guys from internal affairs are following him. Harry manages to embarrass them, which makes them even more determined to bring him down.
Eventually, Bosch is assigned to work with Eleanor Wink, a seductive female FBI agent. But it seems that the suspects anticipate Bosch's every move. He believes one of his own department or an FBI agent is an informer. In the end, he needs to rely on tactics he learned in the tunnels beneath Vietnam.
A former police reporter for the LA Times, Michael Connelly has created a great protagonist. The plot is engrossing, full of blind allies and tension. I highly recommend it and look forward to many more of Michael Connelly's novels.