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Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12)

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In 1995, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old woman never turned up, dead or alive. Now Bosch is in the Open-Unsolved Unit, where he still keeps the Gesto file on his desk, when he gets a call from the DA. A man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean ...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 9th 2006 by Little, Brown & Company
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Jonetta
Harry Bosch is now one year into his return to the LAPD out of retirement. He and Kiz Rider are partnered in the Open-Unsolved Unit, working cold cases. One of the them, the 13-year old missing persons case of Marie Gesto, has plagued Harry since he was originally assigned to the investigation. It's now red hot after a serial killer confesses to her abduction as part of an agreement to avoid the death penalty. Now he and Kiz have to determine if he's telling the truth.

Wow. Just wow. This story
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Phrynne
Feb 05, 2017 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
Harry's at his best again, getting into all kinds of trouble, running headlong into danger, never thinking about other people until after the event. I love reading about him but I get why all the women in his life leave him too!
This is the second book I have read this week where we are positively falling over all the dead bodies. However this does make for exciting reading. I think Harry only kills one of them himself but he certainly causes several more. There's lots of interesting police work
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Harry
Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it really liked it
Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.

Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E
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Carol
May 18, 2016 Carol added it
Shelves: fiction, series
The Hook - “I’m working my way through you Bosch.”

The Line - ”“It was the little questions that always bothered him, filled the hollow inside with dread.”

The Sinker - Echo Park was truly my favorite of Harry Bosch Series
thus far. Its excellent plotting, cracker-jack writing, the attention to details, all made this just what you’d expect in a crime novel.

Bosch is working a 1993 cold case, the disappearance of twenty-two year old Marie Gesto. The case is over ten years old but it’s one of those
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Richard
Jan 16, 2017 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
8/10

"When you've read a bad book and you need a pickmeup, who ya gonna call? Harry Bosch!"

Not quite as lyrically poetic as the fine Ray Parker Jr, but you get the picture. I know I'm going to get a good read when I pick up this series. Bosch is well rounded by this stage, book 12 in the series, and you know his character and determination will see him through but Michael Connelly still throws in a number of surprises and intriguing plot points to make this anything but a paint by numbers crime n
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Obsidian
Feb 13, 2017 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tbr-2017
What can I say about Bosch at this point? This book gives you a great mystery, politics, and finally someone just calling out Harry for the crap he keeps pulling when it comes to always doing things his way and his whole damn the consequences thing.

"Echo Park" is the 12th book in the Harry Bosch universe. With Harry now back working Open/Unsolved cases with his partner Kiz, he feels better than he has in a while. However, one of Harry's past cases which has haunted him is coming back in a big wa
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Robin
Feb 25, 2017 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017
Working in the Open-Unsolved Unit gives Detective Harry Bosch a chance to look into an unsolved case where he was the lead investigator. Thirteen years ago, 22-year-old Marie Gest walked out of a grocery store and was never seen again. Her car was found in the garage of an apartment available for rent. The District Attorney has now contacted Harry about the case against Raynard Waits. Waits was found driving around Echo Park with two bodies in the back of his van. In hopes of not getting the dea ...more
Cathy DuPont
Sep 25, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harry, Harry, Harry. Will you you never learn to stay out of trouble? Oh...I get it. If you did I wouldn't have much to read about.

Hard to believe that I was thinking that book number one was the only one of the series I would read because I didn't particularly like Harry. But my buddy Harry R. (whose review you would want to read) encouraged me to read another, so I did. The end of the story? I got snagged, hook, line and sinker by Harry Bosch.

While I like to read a series beginning at the be
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Jim
Jul 16, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another typical HB novel which means plenty of twists, Harry in the trick bag, & someone finally getting nailed. The repetition of the procedural style can get a little grating at times & some of the twists weren't quite as surprising. Normally, I'd mark down for that, but this is the 16th book in the HB Universe & the story still managed to surprise me a couple of times even with Connelly's masterful foreshadowing.

The characters were well done again. A recurring one made an interest
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jo
Jul 22, 2009 jo rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
i want to say this book is okay, just okay -- good-ish story, good-ish characters, good-ish plot turns, good pace. bosch is a nice protagonist because he's haunted by demons and it's nice when your detectives are haunted by demons. it makes them look like the criminals they are pursuing, which is after all the whole premise of the genre.

(i hope i fed the right dog.)

it is not a book that deserves four stars because it's too improbable. that's a flaw in a mystery and it bothers me. so many myster
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❆ Crystal ❆
Another 5 star book from Michael Connelly. Another Harry Bosch installment that kept me on my toes the whole way through. Of course I got it wrong... no matter how hard I try, I can never pin the bad guy. Harry Bosch is awesome as always, but I wonder if Rachel was right at the end. What choices will Harry make next in his life? WOW is all I can say.
David
Aug 14, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
"Echo Park" is a true return to form for Michael Connelly, after a couple of good, but not great books. I tore through this book in about a day and a morning -- it was that hard to put down. If you decide to read it, make sure you have some time off!

There are three threads to this book that Connelly weaves together masterfully, always playing fair with the reader. There is an unsolved murder from 1993 that has haunted Harry Bosch since then, with a possible suspect still roaming free. Bosch beli
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Richard Derus
Jan 16, 2012 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5* of five

This is #12 in the Harry Bosch series of mystery/thrillers, and it's the last one I will be reading. I just got worn down by the sameness of it all. It's what makes series books appealing, on the one hand, that comfortable familiarity; but too much of it loosens my grip on the give-a-damn lever.

Now that Harry's in the unsolved crimes unit, he runs across a 13-year-old case of his that's bugged him and worried him because he feels sure there's something he and/or his partner m
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Dagny
Jul 07, 2012 Dagny rated it it was amazing
The Open-Unsolved Unit is a perfect fit for Harry Bosch, the quintessential dog-with-a-bone detective. In Echo Park, Harry is finally able to work full-time on a case which has haunted him for over a decade and which he had revisited many times over the years.
Maddy
Feb 08, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
PROTAGONIST: Harry Bosch, homicide detective
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: #12 of 18
RATING: 3.75
WHY: Now working in Open/Unsolved (cold case), Harry Bosch has periodically reviewed the files on a woman named Marie Gesto who disappeared 13 years earlier. Now there's a perp, Raynard Waits, who is confessing to her murder, as well as to the murder of several others, most likely to make a deal with the authorities. Waits is in the process of taking them to Marie's body when he manages to escape, killin
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Moonlight Reader
Oct 25, 2016 Moonlight Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: w-o-b-b-l-e
One of the stronger installments in the series, IMO.
Freda Malone
Aug 30, 2016 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
These novels just keep getting better and better. Bosch is back and working cold cases with Kiz Rider, an old team mate from years ago. Marie Gesto is another cold case (over ten years)that will stick to your ribs. A clue pops up in the murder book that wasn't there before has Harry scrambling to find out if it was his mistake or something that just got missed. Bosch is forced into a political triangle between the prosecutor (O'Shea), the top cop (Olivas) who is initially in charge of the case, ...more
Ginny Pennekamp
Sep 08, 2011 Ginny Pennekamp rated it it was ok
I'd never read a Michael Connelly before, so I picked this up to find out what he's all about. And although I liked his day-to-day LAPD detective vibe, I'm not a fan. A few things Michael Connelly phones in:

1) Names. Seriously, he is the WORST namer of all time ever. There's an Irving J. Irving. A Rick O'Shea (get it? Ha ha), and most egregiously, a CHAReese Witherspoon. This book is like way down the Harry Bosch line, and yet Michael is still really, really proud he's named his main guy Hierony
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Lori
Oct 24, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
I could not stop reading this book. It is a shorter book so it is a pretty fast read. I have never read a book in this series before and had no idea it was a series. Connelly did a great job of writing the book since I felt I understood the character Harry Bosch pretty well and this was apparently book #12. He didn't keep repeating anything in order to try to make sure the reader understood in case they have not read the whole series like me. He writes in a way that the character shows who he is ...more
Anna
Nov 09, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2011
I should quit reading Harry Bosch books out of order. Such as first reading The Overlook, then this one... when in The Overlook there were a number of times references what happened in the end of this one.
A solid Harry Bosch story, and it lacks the annoyance elements of the Overlook.
But slightly too predictable in some ways (after reading all but one or two books in Bosch series). Slightly too bizarre.
But I craved for a Harry Bosch as a break from Jo Nesbø, and I got what I wanted.

A hint for th
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Sheila Beaumont
I've been reading the Harry Bosch novels in series order, and this series seems to get better and better with each book. Echo Park is my favorite so far. One thing that I think added to my enjoyment of this one is that it was dramatized (combined with a couple of other Bosch tales) in the first season of Amazon's Bosch TV series. Spoilers didn't bother me, as there's much more to enjoy in these books than just the outcome, and there was no way the TV show, which changed quite a lot of the story ...more
Ms.pegasus
Feb 01, 2017 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Michael Connelly
Shelves: fiction, thriller
LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch's strengths and flaws are writ large in this procedural thriller. Bosch's strengths are tenacity and sound gut instincts. The problem with instincts is that they can be swayed by emotions, and Bosch is a man with strong emotions.

One of the unsolved cases in his career was the disappearance of a young woman named Marie Gesto in 1993. Her car was left in a vacated garage space but the body was never found. For 13 years Bosch had thought intermittently about the
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Will
Nov 25, 2014 Will rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Bosch fanatics
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW FOLLOWS:

I think I've grown too accustomed to Michael Connelly's style now; wade in, bear up under the load, be mildly amused at some sexual link and then get pulled up to the four stars by the ending. Maybe it's just too many Cold Cases that Harry Bosch works now in the Open-Unsolved Case Unit. It's a little like searching for DNA in hieroglyphs. The occasional cold case story is okay, but a steady diet is a bit much. Having said that, Connelly is a gifted writer, so the
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Dorothy
Jun 07, 2016 Dorothy rated it really liked it
Time for another Bosch fix for my reading habit.

Echo Park is number 12 in the Michael Connelly's popular series, and it is up to his usual standards.

We are in 2006 and, as we learned in the last book, Bosch has given up on retirement and returned to LAPD to work cold cases in the Open/Unsolved Unit. He's once again teamed with one of his former partners, Kiz Rider.

The truth is Bosch never stopped working cold cases, even during his brief retirement. There are certain cases from his past that he
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Jane Stewart
Sep 24, 2011 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
3 stars. Not as good as other books in the series, but I enjoyed it all the way.

STORY BRIEF:
Marie Gesto was killed thirteen years ago. Bosch suspected someone but could never prove it. Now a serial killer named Waits has been arrested. He says that he murdered Marie in addition to others. Waits is willing to take authorities to Marie’s body, in return for a deal. Stuff happens. Things get complicated. Rachel Walling (FBI) helps Bosch.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I find this average for this author, but a
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Lauren
Feb 17, 2017 Lauren rated it really liked it
Echo Park
4 Stars

When a suspected serial killer confesses to a cold case that has plagued detective Harry Bosch for 13 years, he gets drawn into the political machinations of the police and the DA's office. What starts out as a routine interrogation turns into a complex conspiracy that may have devastating consequences for Harry and his partner.

As with many of the Bosch books, the 2nd half is better than the 1st. The initial setup and progression is rather predictable as the killer is introduced
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Anastasia
Jan 04, 2017 Anastasia rated it it was amazing
Echo Park by Michael Connelly is book 12 in the Harry Bosch mystery series. Harry is working in the open-unsolved unit and an old case of his, the disappearance of Marie Gesto 13 years prior, has haunted him. He receives the news that a recently caught serial killer is willing to confess and reveal the body in exchange for leniency. Another amazing book in the series. Just when you think you have it solved it takes you in another direction. Fast paced and highly recommended.
Nike Chillemi
Mar 20, 2010 Nike Chillemi rated it it was amazing
Echo Park is the first Harry Bosch novel I read and author Michael Connolley did not disappoint me. Detective Bosh (of Open Cold Cases) is a complex hero, mostly good, but also able to twist the rules if he thinks the system is favoring the bad guy. When a delightful young woman, Marie Gesto, disappeared in 1993 Bosh, then a Homicide decective, caught the case, as everyone knew she was dead even though they could not find her body or her killer. For thirteen years he could not get this case out ...more
LJ
ECHO PARK (Police Procedural-Los Angeles-Cont) – G+
Connolly, Michael – 17th book
Little Brown, 2006- Hardcover
***Back from retirement, Detective Harry Bosch is still haunted by the kidnap and disappearance of Marie Gesto from 1993. Now serial killer Raynard Waits is willing to lead police to Marie’s grave as part of a plea bargain ensuring he will not receive the death penalty. When Waits escapes during the outing and the tape filming the event is obviously doctored, Harry suspects politics and c
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Bonnie
Jan 08, 2016 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
There is no better author nor main character than Michael Connolly and Harry Bosch. It is 1993 and Marie Gesto has disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. LAPD detective Harry Bosch investigates the case, but the young woman never turns up, dead or alive. Bosch can't stop worrying about the cold case. Now, h e works in the Open-Unsolved Case Unit and he still keeps the file on his desk when he gets a call from the DA. A man accused of two murders is willing to confess to the ...more
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