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The Black Echo: 20th Anniversary edition (Harry Bosch Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Michael Connelly is justly regarded as one of the world's finest crime writers ― DAILY MAIL
The Bosch series has made Connelly one of the genre's most consistently enjoyable writers ― SUNDAY TELEGRAPH --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B008N4HXI2
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 July 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 1095 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 424 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,747 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I will now investigate and read Michael,s other books for example The Lincoln Lawyer.
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Harry is best described as "a detective who would do the right thing no matter what the cost. A man with a sharp worn code of conduct. A classic outsider.".... In The Black Echo we learn about Harry's activities as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam war and how the horrors of this underground hell helped shape him as a detective with the will to survive and a loner's code of justice. When the body of a fellow "rat" Billy Meadows is discovered in a drain outlet, Harry is determined to find the perpetrator responsible and bring justice to his onetime comrade in arms. In this endeavour he is joined by FBI agent Eleanor Wish, a relationship develops that becomes personal and leaves Harry wondering if her intentions are honourable or does she harbor an underlying agenda.
The weakness of the story is the plot; dirty money profits from Saigon laundered as diamonds/precious stones and kept secret in a bank vault in downtown LA. The only way to retrieve the hidden stash is to tunnel deep into the innards of the bank. In contrast the strength of the story is the superb charactization of the main players. Bosch, Eleanor Wish and Deputy Chief Irvin Irving who appears to be on a one man crusade against what he views as underhand tactics by a maverick lone detective.
As always Michael Connnelly is razor sharp in his acute observations of the human spirit....."Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, and that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story."....."He was a worn-out old man whose eyes had quit caring about anything but the odds on three year olds"..."I believe that shit happens. I believe that the best you can do in this job is come out even".......
The book itself follows the well used loner cop with a few personal problems, but the characters are well drawn and interesting. The story itself is well crafted and interesting, and the city is really nicely described. Given the book is now 25 years old, there are some bits of the that make you smile given todays connected world. Of course any Vietnam vets are now far older than Bosch's character, but that did not bother me in the least, and I am happy to have a new series of books to read.
What starts out as a mundane 'tick the boxes' trip for a suspected OD unfolds into an absorbing, helter-skelter investigation for Harry Bosch.
As each layer of the plot is pared back before us we begin to wonder if, as in real life, nothing is ever as it first appears.
We're on a train journey where we pull slowly out of the station and as the chapters tick by we pick up speed; the final scenes whistle past but you cannot take in the view, you are glued to the page. Those nagging doubts about certain snippets of information you've been fed finally resolve themselves into an answer you were hoping not to be told. A superbly crafted story.
Short version: I totally recommend this - it's utterly riveting. Get it!
Longer version: Not really a TV person but bc of Prime, occasionally watch pilot episodes of anything that looks interesting. With Bosch, I'm now in the middle of season 5. It's a bit grim but also utterly compelling. So figured I'd check out the first book (written in '92, so no cell phones: Maybe fellow Generation Xers who remember life before the cell phone/tech explosion will appreciate this more than millennials?) and even though things are slightly different (he's never married and Maddie doesn't exist yet) and events that happen in season 3 were sourced from this book, it's still so good!
I won't go into details, but the author's skill is phenomenal. I'm so glad to own this and look forward to working my way through the series and maybe even branching out to the author's other characters.
If you bear in mind this novel series was begun shortly after the 80s ended and don't expect things to be just like in the show, you'll probably get along fine with it.