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The Black Echo [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Connelly
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Dec 1 2002 A Harry Bosch Novel
For maverick Lapd homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal...because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

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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 an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
How dark can you make a police procedural? Michael Connelly pushes the familiar noir envelope into new dimensions in this dark-as-night-at-the-bottom-of-the-sea story. I call it a triple noir mystery because detective Hieronymus (rhymes with anonymous) Bosch

1. comes from a horrible family background (his mother was a woman who rented by the hour and was murdered, leaving Harry to the foster care system),

2. lived a nightmare as a tunnel-rat fighter in the Vietnamese War, and

3. this investigation has enough darkness in it to put out a search light.

The book's title is a reference back to tunnel fighting.

Most new detective series begin with a character who is breaking in. During the subsequent books, the detective gradually develops skill and a career.

Connelly does something different: Bosch is a virtually burned-out case who lives only to bring down the bad guys (be they in LAPD or outside). He's beyond the classic rebel without a cause (James Dean would have been frightened of our Harry). This story picks up on Harry after he's well along on a slide in losing control over his anger.

It's the weekend and Harry's partner is out selling real estate. Harry covers what appears to be an OD by an addict until things don't add up. Pushing forward, Harry convinces himself it's a murder. No one is happy about it. But life is proceeding until Harry checks in with the FBI to find out about a bank robbery that seems connected. Harry feels like he's stepped into something he shouldn't, but the icy FBI agent, Eleanor Wish, attracts his interest anyway. Soon, the LAPD Internal Affairs team is after Harry. Can he brazen it out and keep his investigation?

This story has more surprises in it than you would expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Harry Bosch July 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An absolutely terrific first novel in the superb Hironymous Bosch series, introduces us to Michael Connelly's enigmatic and troubled LA detective. Harry Bosch lives for his job, and the cost to his personal life and relationships is troubling.
When we meet Harry, he has already been, in essence, demoted by being kicked off of the elite Robbery/Homicide squad and stuck in Homicide in the Hollywood division. But Harry is a pure detective, and will work every case with the same single-minded tenacity that gets results while alienating him from his fellows and irritating his bosses.
A throw-away death of a junkie found in a drainage pipe would have gone unnoticed if anyone but Harry Bosch had caught the call. But Bosch, while having a lousy personal life IS a superb detective, and he sees what many would miss. Not only that, but the victim is someone from Harry's past which further prompts him to look deeper. Harry's investigation causes him to cross paths with the FBI and his conflicts become even more personal when he becomes romantically involved with a female FBI agent.
The story unfolds with many surprises and the meticulous detail that we will come to expect from Connelly in the series. First rate all the way. A great beginning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Character, Very Addictive Jan. 2 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors and as an employee at a large bookstore chain I recommend him often. This is his first book featuring Harry Bosch, who is the main character in most of his books. I love this character and I love the way Connelly writes. Once you start reading his books I guarentee you won't want to stop... I know I haven't, I have read them all and look forward to the next Harry Bosch novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Detective Novel June 14 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Black Echo" is about L.A. detective Harry Bosch and F.B.I. agent Eleanor Wish, who, not so coincidentally, become involved in the death of a man Harry once knew in Vietnam. They set out to solve a death that appears to be a suicide overdose, but to Harry's perspicacious eyes have see too many in congruencies to be content with appearances.
The story is well-hewn, but not as taut, as some of the other Bosch novels. Parts VI, VII, and VIII (about 100-200 pages, depending on edition) especially could be radically reduced with a finer sheen. The story sort of drags to bring in some characters that have only incidental merit to the overall plot.
As a Californian, I knew many of the acronyms and numerical titles for PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), 405 (San Diego Freeway), 10 (Santa Monica Freeway), but Connelly uses these shorthand equivalents in a way that might make the distant reader feel confused. He's given to using these initials in the text (such as O.M. for Old Man), that's rather offputting.
Overall recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Hieronymous! (Rhymes with Anonymous) June 13 2003
By Kris
Format:Paperback
Yes...this book will definitely keep your interest, until the end...The only criticism is, can it possibly relate to real life? Well, it does to an extent, but the protagonist, Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch, is so extraordinarily focused, and so outstandingly righteous, that it's hard to believe he's real. Living in Los Angeles, this is a concern of mine, because Harry is with the LAPD. All the flack he puts up with, because he's a loner, it makes us citizens kind of feel a little uneasy: The LAPD is like a large and legitimate Mafia, the way they spy on each other...or, on the other hand, they don't take the job seriously, like Mr. Bosch does...they have "side jobs." Great! We have nothing to worry about! Cops like Harry are a fable and the cops who get fat and would rather be selling real estate are the reality!
Anyway, all that aside, there's an interesting quote, when Harry and his love interest, FBI agent Eleanor Wish, are conversing at one point. She asks Harry has he heard what J. Edgar Hoover said about justice. No, he says, but he probably said a lot. "He said justice is incidental to law and order."
Is that Platonic, or what? Nietzschean? Hitlerian? Well, anyway, it's cute. It simplifies everything for law enforcement people, don't you think?
Great book. That's why I'm not telling you what happens. Read it and find out! Diximus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Harry Bosch Novel
Can't wait to read the next Harry Bosch Novel!!!
Published 1 month ago by Jim Sutherland
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read!
This book had a lot of very good twits and turns. You could catch on to things, if reading carefully. Enjoyable!
Published 3 months ago by Shiela Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Michael Connelly is a great writer. He interests you in not only the storyline but the character himself. Great Book
Published 6 months ago by Joanne Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!!!
Well written; characters well developed and deep. Intriguing plot and great descriptions of procedure and geography. I would highly recommend. Read more
Published 14 months ago by glojo
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ
I started reading Harry Bosch novels well into the book series and decided that because I liked the character so much I would search out the first book and start from the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Grover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel!
This is the first Harry Bosch novel that I read and, I have to say, I am not disappointed. It is a really well written book that kept me glued to it, never wanting to let it down... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Afaendra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book In A Series
Most first books in a series have segments which are tedious while the author is trying to establish the character, then the plot. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by m-lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss something??
Why does everyone love this book? It's received such great reviews, I don't understand.
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Published on June 11 2004 by CRichards in NYC
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