- Series: A Harry Bosch Novel (Book 12)
- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780446616461
- ISBN-13: 978-0446616461
- ASIN: 044661646X
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 888 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Echo Park (A Harry Bosch Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Connelly's compelling 12th Harry Bosch novel (after 2005's The Closers) offers some new wrinkles on a familiar theme—the aging detective haunted by the one who got away. In Bosch's case, the elusive quarry is the man who abducted a 22-year-old equestrian, Marie Gesto, in 1993. Having returned to active duty as a member of the LAPD Open-Unsolved Unit, Bosch repeatedly pulls the file to see if he can discover something new and give some small solace to the victim's parents. When a chance police stop of a suspicious vehicle nets serial killer Raynard Waits, who's carrying body parts in his van, Bosch assesses the murderer's claim that he was responsible for killing Gesto, too. The weary and cynical detective soon suspects that Waits is trying to barter information for a reduced sentence of life imprisonment. Political motivations connected with the upcoming DA election also cloud the investigation. Smooth prose and plausible characters—even the secondary figures—elevate this several notches above the standard cop vs. serial-killer thriller. Author tour. (Oct.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Harry Bosch has been around since the Edgar Award?winning The Black Echo (1992), and critics agree that neither he nor the police-procedural series has lost of any of their original luster. Instead, they're both getting better with age. As in previous installments, both character and plot drive Echo Park: Harry's passion for the case and his guilt at having not found the killer before more murders occurred create a flawed, convincing hero. Michael Connelly's sharp eye for Los Angeles, from Sunset Boulevard to Beachwood Canyon and Echo Park, also kept critics turning the pages. Overall, Echo Park "is a richly imagined and finely crafted piece that grabs the reader on Page One and locks him but a half-step behind Bosch on every page that follows" (Denver Post).
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Waits agrees to lead a group of police officers and forensic experts to Marie’s burial site in a high wooded area on the outskirts of Los Angeles. There is a long and tense scene at the center of the book that involves this expedition and how various things go wrong in the process.
There are two women in Bosch’s life, three if you count his daughter Maddie who is currently living in Hong Kong. Bosch’s partner is a black woman detective named Kiz Rider. She and Bosch have a strong suspicion that Waits is not really Marie Gesto’s killer but they have no other likely candidates at the moment. Bosch is also carrying on a romantic relationship with FBI agent Rachel Walling who works out of the Los Angeles office. Walling is an expert profiler and Bosch takes advantage of her talents to help solve the case. I thought it was interesting that Walling could take up so much of her professional FBI time to help Harry with a local police case.
After Marie’s body is found the case becomes much more complicated. Without giving away the plot, Connelly takes the reader through an exciting but twisted story that involves corruption in the LAPD, the District Attorney’s office, and the undue influence of wealthy businessmen who have “skin in the game.”
Onto the book itself ...
Michael Connelly does not just write mysteries. He creates complex tomes of compelling narrative, mixed in with several missing persons. He creates killers so evil and offensive the reader can smell them a mile off. And of course the good guys are so human (with the associated flaws and weaknesses) that you can't help but like them and relate. And then there's Harry himself. The epitome of official detective-dom, as i said before he would rather die than let some killer go free. Humour does not play much of a role in any 'Michael Connelly book. It does not belong there. It is not appropriate. Opening a Harry Bosch novel is like stepping into a closed case from any English-speaking police force on the planet and following the procedure from start to finish.
ECHO PARK is brilliant. It wraps threads from cases long buried in the past into the present day and links them all magnificently. Rest assured you will be blown away by the plot as you progress through the book and be stunned and yet completely satisfied by the solution of yet another fantastic Harry Bosch novel. A world class story from one of the world's elite.
Can you love and not be a psychopath? Life, in fact, is a jigsaw puzzle, and there is no rest until all the pieces are in place. Why weren't the pieces in place the first time around? Or the second? Or the third? Because sometimes it's all just too incredible, we can't accept it, and sometimes we feel so involved we need to weasle out, cover our tracks, blame the other. So you have guilt and you have vindictiveness. The blame game is a kind of puzzle, with human emotions as the pieces, and the picture never completely falls into place.
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Rachel pegged him for sure however still love the character who you learn more about with every book. Looking forward to reading the next one