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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 transcends the standard L.A. police procedural with this original and eminently authentic first novel, featuring Hieronymus (aka Harry) Bosch, a former hero cop exiled to the small-time Beverly Hills force. In July, Little, Brown will publish a sequel, Black Ice .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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 the Paperback edition.
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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.
BOSCH is a methodical, traditional, superstitious and intriguing detective!!
As one of Bosch's bosses was talking to him, Harry stopped listening to what he was saying and all that Bosch could think about was this guy's eyebrows. . . "Bosch decided that watching his eyebrows was like watching two caterpillars charging each other." THEN later. . . "The caterpillars seemed to quiver with fear. " LOVE IT! !
When he teamed up with J. Edgar for the first time . . .
Hieronymus Bosch . . . Jesus, that’s your first name?” Edgar said. “Harry for short. How’d your momma come up with that one?” “She had a thing about fifteenth-century painters. It goes with the last name. Go check on the file, then call me back. I’ll wait here.” “I can’t even pronounce it, man.” “Rhymes with ‘anonymous.’” “Okay, I’ll try that.
“Hieronymus Bosch.… The only thing your mother gave you was the name of a painter dead five hundred years.
“Harry, be careful with that stuff about an inside man. If you go trying to sell that and it’s not true, you could give your enemies all they need to bury you.” Enemies, Bosch thought. Who are my enemies this time?
" Bosch had taken a shower, but his clothes were as fresh as the ashtray in a used car."
I really liked HARRY BOSCH - THE BLACK ECHO !!! And I have really enjoyed all of the Seasons of BOSCH on Amazon Prime! Great show! I am looking forward to the next book BLACK ICE and to the next season! Thanks Michael Connelly , I AM NOW A ADDICT OF HARRY BOSCH!
Harry's non-conventional character is developed well in this first installment of the Bosch series. In addition, the author leaves Harry's character room to grow in the future, as well.
Harry winds up with a love interest in FBI agent Eleanor Wish. Many authors provide the almost required girlfriend, but here we wonder if she's as straight an arrow as projected. The story, as it unfolds, is very detailed and full of twists; its sure to hold the readers' interest. Mr. Connelly ends with an epilogue which wraps the novel up very well.
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.