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Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12)

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When he receives word that somebody has confessed to the 1995 homicide of Marie Gesto, Detective Harry Bosch is surprised and relieved. For more than a decade, details of this savage murder had eaten away at the sensitive investigator. His emotions heighten, though, when he hears the murderer speak and learns that police missed a clue that could have led them to Gesto's ki ...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 9th 2006 by Little, Brown & Company
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Harry
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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jo
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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Cathy DuPont
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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Maddy
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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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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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Anna
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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Will
Nov 25, 2014 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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Ginny Pennekamp
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
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
Mike
Echo Park gets 3 Stars, Harry Bosch still keeps the tense atmosphere going while there is a little action at the end. His pal from the FBI, Rachel Walling, shows up again. Harry is hoping to resolve one of his cold case files when a serial killer claims to have killed a girl...Harry tried to solve the crime 15 years earlier but couldn't. Many twists and turns to finally close the case.
David
"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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Nike Chillemi
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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Cindy Barnett
Well plotted, nice character development per author's usual.Well read, as usual, by Lew Cariou but recorded too low to hear comfortably without extra speakers. ©2006 Recommended.
Donna
I have enjoyed most of the books in Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. This one had me glued to it from the beginning. I think what I like most is that I never know where he is going next. He zings around and keeps it interesting and connected. The story line was also great and easy to follow, even though it seemed to race along at a fair clip.
Mitch Duckworth
Read a Michael Connelly novel, probably any Michael Connelly novel. Close it. Set it aside. Read maybe another 100 novels and a thousand short stories before you pick up another Connelly novel. Read it. Close it. Set it aside. Search your shelves for a forgotten volume secured for just such a rare moment as this, when you're uncertain about what to read next; when you've dropped the ball somehow and neglected to align the next volume in your queue. The only thing you know is that you want your n ...more
Beth (Ducky)
Originally on my book blog

Book:Echo Park< | Author: Michael Connelly | Started: 3/12/14 | Finished: 3/18/14 | Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: In 1993 Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn’t crack it, and the twenty-two-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the District Attorney.A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others,
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Marleen
Working in the Open – Unsolved cases of the prestigious Robbery-Homicide division of the LAPD, Harry is once again confronted with one of his own old open murder cases, and it won’t let him rest. Thirteen years earlier, Harry and his partner Jerry Edgar (then in Hollywood homicide) were never able to find the killer of Marie Gesto, a 22-year old woman who got snatched coming out of a supermarket. Harry’s kept touch with her parents, appraising them of his investigations over the years. Now, the ...more
Matt
What if you could solve a case that has been on your 'unsolved' list for over thirteen-plus years? Would you jump to solve it? What if the key to solving it, to putting it away, lay in accepting the confession of a serial killer to that and ten other murders? Oh, but there's a hitch. No death penalty permitted for any of the 11 homicides. Still want to take it? This is the issue that faces Bosch in ECHO PARK, as LA gears up for election season and everyone is out stumping.

Bosch hears the confess
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Larry Bassett
If I lived around LA for a few years, I might have been reading Michael Connelly instead of George Pelecanos. I started reading Pelecanos because I lived for some time in Silver Spring, Maryland, a part of metro DC. Connelly evidently haunts the streets of Los Angeles and its surroundings in the Harry Bosch series. Never lived in LA and Echo Park is my first Connelly novel. I know I will be reading more. I found this book exciting and entertaining. It gets an easy four stars from me.

First, let m
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Jane Stewart
3 ½ 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
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Bill Garrison
With ECHO PARK, I've finally read every Michael Connelly book there is, including all novels featuring Harry Bosch. Knowing how Bosch is after this novel, I always assumed the events would be a little more dramatic. As it is, Echo Park has its interesting moments, but still features Bosch solving old cases, which is inherently less dramatic than solving current ones.

Serial killer Raynard Waits was caught with the dead bodies of two women in his van, so it’s hard to deny he's guilty. However, Bos
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Marian Willeke
Although it's the 12th book of Connelly's Bosch series, I jumped right into it as my first book (unabridged) to accompany my trip from Denver to Indianapolis last week. I enjoy a good mystery, and as a Scarpetta fan, I recognise that protagonist series like this has it's up and down books. Without a comparison to other Bosch books, I would guess that this is a good one, but assuming there are better in the series since this one is not especially riveting.

The plot does send your emotions back an
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Nancy (Hrdcovers)
REPERCUSSION IN ECHO PARK

In my quest to get all caught up with the Harry Bosch series, I just finished book #12, Echo Park. I'm trying to get caught up so I can read the latest, Nine Dragons, which just came out this month. There's only one book standing between me and the dragons and that's The Overlook, which I hope to read shortly. With Echo Park now under my belt, this puts the grand total of Michael Connelly books read by me at 18. This means that I've read more books by this author than an
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Debora
Come sempre MCoonnelly è una maetro degli intrighi. Non posso farci nulla, ho tutti suoi libri ed ogni volta che ne vedo uno nuovo lo acquisto e... non si può rimanere affascinata di questo nuovo capitolo della saga poliziesca-thriller di Harry Bosch. Come sempre il nostro poliziotto solitario (outsider) è alle prese con un fantasma del suo passato. La piccola Marie Gesto, caso che era rimasto irrisolto dal lontanno 1993 continua ad ossessionarlo, il fascilo passa periodicamente nelle sue mani n ...more
Noah V W
Jan 18, 2013 Noah V W is currently reading it
I am currently reading Echo Park by Michael Connelly. This book starts building the action right away. You learn about the murder pretty much in the first two chapters. I think that the author does a great job giving this story detail. Your never left wondering what is going on. You know exactly whats going on without any confusion.
It's also very clear that everything has to be a certain way. The main character feels very strongly about not letting the killer get a plea deal. He will get a shor
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Peter
This is the second book by Michael Connelly that I have read, having read 'The Black Echo' a couple of years ago. This may have some bearing on this review.

The basic plot is that Harry Bosch is haunted by the disappearance of a young woman 13 years before when there is an unexpected development in the case. When things go wrong there are suspicions of political mascinations in the case.

The general plot outline is intriguing, the book is well writen and the storyline always kept me interested but
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William Thomas
Police procedurals aren't crime novels. They're lists. Lists of things cops do. A very general list of things killers do. And then they end.

I guess I wouldn't have had such a problem with this book if it weren't so flat. Like drinking from a 2-liter that's been sitting out all night because you forgot to cap it but you're really thirsty and you just drink it anyway. It lacked strong characterization, and even if your character is going to be archetypal, he still needs to stand out. Put this guy
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Angelo Marcos
I've probably said this about a hundred times on this website, but I think Michael Connelly is excellent, and love the Harry Bosch books.

So I guess it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it.

I don't want to spoil any twists, but there is one part especially where the character Harry Bosch is led to believe something by another character, and as a reader I genuinely felt the gravity of it and the pain felt by Harry Bosch at this realisation. (I hope that'
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Dlora
I was expecting this book to be more like his other book The Poet, which seemed more intense. Echo Park was more a hard-boiled detective type novel. In fact, the main character, Harry Bosch, kept talking about what it meant to be a "true detective" free of politics and bribery and personal concerns. It appears the Harry Bosch books are a series and I started in the middle. I missed a lot of character connections and relationship developments but the story still hangs together well. Harry is work ...more
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