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Michael Connelly , Dick Hill , Inc. Brilliance Audio
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Aug. 28 2012 Harry Bosch Series (Book 1)
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch -- hero, maverick, nighthawk -- the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell. 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 to the torturous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Joining with an enigmatic and seductive female FBI agent, pitted against enemies inside his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock him.

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!!! Aug. 28 2013
By glojo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Well written; characters well developed and deep. Intriguing plot and great descriptions of procedure and geography. I would highly recommend. Bosch not quite as fascinating and troubled as Rebus, but very consuming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ June 20 2013
By Grover
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 beginning. I was glad I did. It was a very well written novel and followed a precise story line. Now I have a better insight on how the character evolved and can't wait to read the next book in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel! Jan. 2 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 for more than a few minutes. If you like mystery/detective novels, I highly recommend the work of Michael Connelly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Book May 14 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great read, amazing detail, good plot ~ keeps the pages turing, won't be dissapointed
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good first book, BUT... April 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Connelly's prose is excellent, and I enjoyed reading a story set in the Los Angeles of my youth, but this story failed to engage me otherwise. The tone of the story is very grim, and I found myself constantly putting this book down and hoping it would end.
Despite Harry Bosch's intriguing name, at his core he seems to be a cookie-cutter hard-boiled detective. From the other reviews I have read, it is possible that he becomes more interesting in later novels, but I probably will not continue to read this series. Most of the characters in this novel were flat and uninteresting, with the exception of Sharkey, who was still a fairly unsympathetic character.
Although the mystery plot was intriguing, some of the sub-plots were not. These elements play out more as cliches than real sub-plots. Harry's bosses, and the Internal Affairs people seem to be unnecessarily antagonistic towards him and Harry develops an improbable romance with an FBI agent. These are merely cliches, and seem inexplicable within the novel's context.
While the investigation seems to make sense as you're reading, the denouement strains credibility when the author tries to tie up all of the loose ends with a contrived twist.
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Detective Novel
"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. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by D. S. Heersink
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.
I read "The Poet" and found it to be quite enjoyable and engaging. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by CRichards in NYC
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this one down
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For the first book by Connelly, this was exceptional. Harry Bosche is a great character who loves what he does. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Kel
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to meet you, Mr. Bosch
I had previously read Connelly's "Blood work", and I was impressed by the author's simple yet thrilling plot and storyline, the complexity of the characters' lives, the seemingly... Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by J R Zullo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut for a Great Character
Michael Connelly won the "Edgar Award" for Best First Novel with "The Black Echo", which introduces us to LAPD Detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by Craobh Rua
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