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3.0 out of 5 stars This is the great Harry Bosch?, September 20, 2005
This review is from: The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel) (Mass Market Paperback)
I was extremely disappointed in this novel. I'm a big fan of the detective genre and I loved Chasing the Dime and Void Moon. I figured Connelly's signature protagonist would be a fascinating character but nothing could be further from the truth. Bosch comes across like a walking cliché. He's a burnt out cop. He smokes and drinks too much. He's haunted by memories of Vietnam. He's an honest cop in a corrupt department and the only way he can make headway is to call in favors. Of course, he's being unjustly harassed by those bastards in Internal Affairs. The only thing missing was the partner who is close to retirement.

To be fair, I love Connelly's plotting and his knowledge of the techniques and equipment needed to pull off a tunnel bank robbery is first rate. That's why I gave the book three stars. I was just surprised to find that not only didn't the major characters, Bosch, Wish, Pounds, etc, add to the story but in fact they detracted from it. They read like the cardboard cutouts you see on the bad television cop shows. From now on, I'm going to stick to Connelly's non-Bosch books. In my opinion, they are much better.
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