- Series: A Harry Bosch Novel
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Abridged edition (October 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600245250
- ISBN-13: 978-1600245251
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 875 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Echo Park (A Harry Bosch Novel) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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From Publishers Weekly
No matter how much critics and readers love him, Connelly's Harry Bosch is definitely a downer. To catch the spirit of the popular series without sending listeners leaping out of their windows requires an unusually talented reader, who can take the tiny shreds of light the author sprinkles very sparingly through his dark and bloody outings and turn them into veritable bonfires. Fortunately, Cariou is a veteran of four previous Bosch audios who knows his man down to his obsessive socks. Cariou can also do Connelly's normal, only semidepressed supporting characters with grace and depth: Harry's female partner, other cops with mixed motives, crooked lawyers, on-the-make politicians, even a convicted serial killer trying to escape the death penalty by reopening one of Bosch's old wounds. Cariou, of course, can't remove Harry's guilt or ease his obsessions: he's an actor, not a therapist. But his talent adds a Prozac-like sense of ease not to be taken lightly.
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
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.