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The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 15, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Connelly, a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times , transcends the standard L.A. police procedural with this original and eminently authentic first novel. Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch--former hero cop bumped from the L.A. homicide desk to the lowly Beverly Hills squad--gets the call on a drug death at Mulholland Dam. Harry recognizes the corpse as that of a fellow soldier in Vietnam; both were "tunnel rats" who searched for Viet Cong in the network of burrows beneath Vietnamese villages. Investigation connects his old pal to an unsolved bank job--the vault was tunneled into from the storm drains below--and Harry takes his information to the FBI. The Bureau alerts the LAPD, which reactivates internal affairs surveillance (the previous IAD episode is explained throughout the narrative), only to have the FBI backtrack and request Harry as liaison on the case. Paired with beautiful FBI agent Eleanor Wish, Harry makes sense of the Vietnam connection to the bank job--a discovery that puts them both in danger from deadly ex-Marines and a powerful insider from either the LAPD or the FBI itself. Police higher-ups are somewhat cliched, but Connelly avoids L.A. stereotypes and delivers this front-page story with military precision.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA-- Harry Bosch likes order, contends that there are no coincidences, and keeps meticulous records in his ``murder book.'' When the body of a former ``tunnel rat'' from Vietnam is found in a drainpipe, Harry is the detective on duty and is called to the scene. His identification of the body begins an investigation that leads to more murder, bank robbery, heroin, diamonds, and betrayal. Connelly's descriptions of autopsies, murder scenes, and police procedure are vivid and realistic. The use of acronyms and police jargon puts readers in the middle of the action. A real page turner with gutty realism and an unusual twist.
- Debbie Hyman, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't forget to check out the series on Prime. If that does not peak your interest in this author, just wait for more seasons. I know I am.
Nonetheless, this was a very serviceable and entertaining read. I like a good cop caper and a crime mystery to boot. This was good plane reading because it was somewhat mindless with the usual pleasing cop/crime cliches. It was funny in parts too. It was heavy on descriptions and the story was belabored in parts. C'mon Bosch let's go! It could have lost 150 pages at least and still been a great read. So, a little bloated, but fun.
It did compel us to watch the Amazon series Bosch and we are enjoying that immensely!
The plot is complicated one, with it's origins in Vietnam involving some corrupt Vietnamese officials and some ex-tunnel rats who know their secrets. After an ex comrade of Harry's is found dead, Harry believes he has been murdered and suspects a link to a previous bank unsolved robbery and he is paired up to work with an FBI agent, Eleanor Wish. There are many layers to the plot and Connelly handles them masterfully, keeping a good pace and unravelling the story piece by piece. Even then the final revelations were a surprise to me.
Police, Detective based books are not usually my favorite. I like this because of Detective Bosch's personality and background. I would highly recommend this book, I purchased the first 4.
Characters were developed as credible individuals. Detective Harry Bosch is a no-holds-barred iconoclast, not one of the team, by his own choices. But his fierce independence makes him a great detective, able to sniff and follow the most obscure leads.
This case starts with a dead junkie who happened to be in Bosch's unit in Viet Nam. But it soon becomes entangled with an elaborate bank robbery, unsolved to that time. Bosch worms his way into the FBI investigation of the robbery with a combination of promise and threat, and is paired with a tough, enigmatic (and, of course, beautiful) agent, Eleanor Wish. They make an odd (but convinving) couple, both on and off the job. Background characters are formed with unusually clear sketches.
The web of crimes they follow is tied together by strands first laid down in the last days of the Viet Nam War. The reader accompanies Bosh and Wish as they gradually expose the connections and eventually uncover the complete picture. Along the way, the reader is given fair treatment, and has a reasonable chance to solve (at least parts of) the interwoven crimes. Plot pacing was nearly ideal, with a combination of routine investigation, small clues, major revelations and dicey moments to keep the reader alert and entwined.
This is one of the best mysteries I've read in the past 2-3 years. I recommend it highly to fans of the genre.
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