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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...more
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Published December 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1992)
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Kemper
I’ve designed a gadget that will notify me when I run across clichés in crime thrillers with a *BEEP*. Let’s give it a test run on this Michael Connelly novel, shall we?

So this is the first book in the series featuring a LAPD detective named Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch *BEEP*. .. Shit, why is it going off already? Oh, right. Quirky name for a main character. It seems to be calibrated correctly. Let’s proceed.

In this novel published in 1992, Harry is a Vietnam veteran *BEEP* traumatized by his war e...more
Eric
Sep 02, 2011 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Crime/police/detective/mystery fiction fans
Recommended to Eric by: 99c download on Amazon.com
I came at Michael Connelly backwards, reading the entire Mickey Haller series before any of his Harry Bosch books. And after encountering Bosch in The Reversal, I wasn't that compelled to read more about him. But then I found the Kindle version of this on sale for 99c, so I couldn't really say no at that point.

I was not disappointed, but blown away instead. This is a perfect detective mystery tale. Connelly's storytelling gifts are many and varied. He is a master of pacing, has a knack for creat...more
Alexa Apallas
I read an article in the L.A. Times about Michael Connelly, and his background as a crime reporter intrigued me, so I decided to read his books. I started with The Black Echo, the first book in the Hieronymous Bosch series, and I am very glad that I read these books in order. Connelly is a masterful writer in that he is constantly referencing past cases and old details in his Bosch series. Some of the characters from his other novels also tend to make guest appearances.

This book sucked me in to...more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
One mystery I was unable to solve...exactly why is The Black Echo so darn popular?!?

The Vietnam War never really ended, not for Harry Bosch. A former "tunnel rat" who fought most of the war underground, Harry now finds himself unable to sleep and unable to go into underground areas without suffering panic attacks. But now that he's a detective for the Los Angeles Police Department, Harry's about to learn that sometimes what's on the surface is even dirtier than what's underground. When a former...more
Scott Rhee
There are certain genre writers who, within their given genres, transcend, through phenomenal writing and a deep understanding of the human condition, the formulaic structures and cliches of the run-of-the-mill horror story, science fiction epic, or murder mystery. Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Dan Simmons are examples in the horror genre. Ursula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, and Neal Stephenson are examples in the sci-fi set. James Lee Burke, Elizabeth George, and Michael Connelly exemplify the...more
LJ
First Sentence: The boy couldn’t see in the dark, but he didn’t need to.

LAPD detective Hieronymous (aka Harry) Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. Called out on a routine drug overdose case, Bosch soon realizes that the victim found lying in the Mullholland Dam drainpipe is no accident case. Billy Meadows was a fellow 'tunnel rat' in Vietnam and Harry swears to bring the killer to justice.

Written and set in 1992, it is interesting to see how times have changed in these 18 years. There were no cell...more
Mark Chisnell
I picked this one up because it was a group read on Goodreads, and I’m very glad I did. The Harry Bosch books have been a huge hit and it’s easy to see why from this opening tale - Connelly nails his central character from the very beginning.

Harry Bosch is a Vietnam vet, a tunnel fighter, one of the handful of Americans that struggled to battle the North Vietnamese in the dimension that they totally dominated – underground. Harry’s also a nascent media star for breaking a couple of big cases an...more
Chad Sayban
LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is on the outs with the department thanks to his maverick style. When Harry is sent to investigate a dead body and finds a former Vietnam tunnel rat he knew, the investigation suddenly becomes personal. But pursuing the case will unleash enemies in his own department as well as a criminal conspiracy that doesn’t want the truth uncovered. It is going to take all of Harry’s instincts to survive.


“The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright h...more
Emily
Harry Bosch is a law enforcement officer who is "not part of the family," which means he likes to do things his own way, isn't overly concerned about protecting the department from scandal, is more likely to investigate something that others would slag off, and absolutely gets results. This is a bad thing for the criminals and slag-offs he seems to be surrounded by. Harry's first case begins with the murder of a person Harry served in Vietnam with. It looks like a routine heroin overdose, but Ha...more
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...more
Kelly
This is my 3rd book in this series that I have read. I enjoy the Harry Bosch stories but haven't been reading them in order. This was a great read with lots of typical twists and turns of Bosch books you are used too. I had read "Nine Dragons" before this book (#14 in the series I think) and in Black Echo I got find out the back story of Bosch and Elanor Wish and their daughter, who plays a big role in Nine Dragons. This book was exciting and fast paced, with a couple good laughs along the way a...more
Scott Brook
This was my first excursion into the writing of Michael Connelly. I wanted to start out with the beginning of the Bosch series because of some recommendations for his later entries into the series. After starting out a little slow (to flush out some of the Harry Bosch backstory), this novel picked up nicely and finished very strong. I'm glad I started with this entry. It has wet my appetite for some of his other Bosch entries and his other series. Look forward to more great writing from Mr. Conn...more
Jane Stewart
Barely ok. It kept my interest but I wasn’t emotionally engaged. Too many unpleasant people.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I enjoyed other Connelly books so I thought I’d try the Harry Bosch series. This is the first one in that series. It was not nearly as good. My problems follow.

1. This read too much like a police procedural. One guy raising questions, investigating, and uncovering clues and leads.

2. Too many unpleasant and unlikeable characters: Harry’s bosses, other cops, internal affairs, FBI guys, th...more
Katy
Oct 27, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of noir, thriller, police procedurals
Please note: This review written 4/23/2008, so please don't judge based upon my current style and format.

My general synopsis: The Black Echo is a debut in two ways - it is, apparently, Micheal Connelly's first novel, and it is also our introduction to Harry Bosch, a homicide detective in the Hollywood beat (after being busted down from Robbery-Homicide for killing a suspect). A loner and a maverick, Bosch is not popular with his bosses, nor with many of his co-workers, but he gets the job done....more
Dianna
Harry Bosch is a saltier version of the mystery novels I normally read. I read this as a foray into the world of "guy lit". I just asked a guy friend what I should read, and he said "Bosch". Bosch is a bit of a loner who's on the verge of deciding whether or not he's lonely. It seems like he really only struggles with that question when he's got a pretty girl in his arms (like, "hmmm, this is nice... maybe I am lonely").

There are a lot of similarities between his character and the female myster...more
Chazzbot
I picked up a copy of this book years ago at a used bookshop, now long since out of business, and let it sit for quite a while on a shelf. Finally, I read an article on Connelly in which he revealed that James Ellroy (one of my favorite authors) was the model for this book's detective hero, Hieronymous ("rhymes with anonymous") Bosch, and I found myself digging through my collection of paperbacks, freshly inspired to read it. And now I realize how much of a fracking idiot I was for not reading i...more
Jeff
I have failed. I have read the Harry Bosch novels out of sequence. I blame myself. That disclaimer aside I was lucky enough to happen upon the first novel in the series the other day, and read it with great plum and vigor (ok now I'm just teasing). Such an awesome story, and in my subconsiously guilty way I think knowing the characters after this novel helped me appreciate them as they first started. A true endorsement of Connelly's writing style, as he has committed to these characters and thei...more
Suzy
Really enjoyed this first in the Harry Bosch series. Felt very old school in a good way. Echoes of the Vietnam war played throughout the book which took place 20 years after it ended. Bosch is propelled by coffee, cigarettes, beer, pay phones and his code of ethics developed as a "tunnel rat" in Vietnam. His outsider status in the LAPD homicide division creates layers of drama and interest. I will definitely move on in this series!

The audiobook was narrated by Dick Hill. He also narrates the Jac...more
Bhuvanesh
It's hard to believe that The Black Echo is Connelly's debut work. Richly characterized, flawless narration and most convincing plot I've ever read.
Once you start you can't stop until you finish it. Everything is perfect right from the start and climax is as good as the book.
Recommended for those who needs a good thriller novel.
Sidna
WOW! I love this author and this character! This book was written in 1992 and introduced Connelly's character, Police Detective Harry Bosch. As the book opens we are dropped into the middle of Harry's life. The series does not begin with Harry's first day on the job as a detective. He has had an interesting police career before we meet him. We learn details about his past as the story progresses, without all the annoying foreshadowing that is so overused today. It is like meeting a new friend an...more
Dlora
This is the first in the Harry Bosch detective stories. I have read some others and liked them, so I decided I should start with number one and read in order so that I could get the character development. Oddly enough, this novel didn't read like a first. There were references to things in Bosch's past that seemed like they had been fleshed out in an earlier novel. It was an interesting exercise to compare Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher, both smart tough homicide detectives and both loners but whe...more
Joyce Lagow
First in the Harry Bosch series.[return][return]On call on a Sunday morning, Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective, catches the call for a dead body in a pipe on Mulholland Drive. He recognizes the corpse as Meadows, a Vietnam vet with whom he served as a "tunnel rat"--those trained to go into the labyrinthine underground tunnels constructed by the Viet Cong to flush out the enemy. It looks as if Meadows has ODed on heroin, not surprising given his record as a drug user. But there are details tha...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, it's happened again. I read a couple of books by a writer and liked them so I picked up a book (an earlier book) about a different character and it just didn't draw me in.

Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch is a detective. He's smart, good at his job and in the past been a media darling with a TV movie having been made about a big case. Not so much now...he's fallen on "hard times" having been suspended and not being real popular with IAD.

I know this is an early book and it was probably newer when t...more
Richard
7/10

A good read but not altogether great. It was a little slow, a little formulaic at times and also a little clichéd. We have Harry Bosch, the loner cop who bends the rules to meet his needs, people in authority are trying to stop him from doing his job properly, and there is a woman who he wants to get to know a little better. It’s been done before and it will be done again, endlessly. I guess that is because it works. I’m currently watching Stringer Bell/Idris Elba in “Luther”, who fits this...more
Nikki
Who am I?
Where am I?
In darkness' depth.
Who am I?
Where am I?
Alone. All by myself.
Who am I?
Where am I?
I cannot see.
Who am I?
Where am I?
Can no one hear me?
Who am I?
Where am I?
I'm starting to hear things.
Who am I?
Where am I?
I can barely breathe.
Who am I?
Where am I?
We shall see.
Who am I?
Where am I?
When I take my leave.

by Nikki



4 1/2 Stars

It took me a minute to get the hang of this author's voice and also the voice of Harry Bosch. He's a very stiff man who was in the war in the underground tunnels in...more
Aiesha
This was my first Bosch book, as well as my first Connelly book. This book had a whole lot going on! There was so much background that went into what ended up happening and why it happened. There were also a lot of characters to keep up with, although, it wasn't too bad because the characters were mentioned regularly. The one thing that stood out to me was that there were several twists to the story all throughout the book. So it's not like other books where you had to wait until the very end fo...more
Tim Niland
Somehow in all of my mystery and crime fiction reading, I had never read anything by Michael Connelly. His books had always been on my reading list, but for some reason or another he was always bumped in favor for something else. Since it looks like Ian Rankin's great detective John Rebus might well have retired, it seemed like a good time to make the acquaintance of his American counterpart, Harry Bosch. Starting at the beginning of the series, we find detective Bosch assigned to the Hollowood,...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 14, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Police Procedurals
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I liked this one. It flowed well, sucking me in from the beginning and never letting me go, and I got more intrigued--and interested in the protagonist detective, Harry Bosch, more and more as we went along. This is a first novel, but it lays enough backstory that it feels like there were prior books. Bosch had a case in the past so famous he got paid to be a consultant and have his name used in a television series, and he owns a home overlooking Los Angeles as a result. And another case got him...more
Merilee
A friend gave me this. I haven't read any of Connelly, but I hear he's good in the detective/thriller genre.

Excellent writing in the detective genre! This one is about former 'tunnel rats' who worked in the tunnels of Vietnam (U.S. soldiers) and come home and plan bank heists in the tunnels of L.A.

This is the first in a multi-book series featuring detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch.
Lynn
Bosch is a great character and Michael Connelly's writing really impressed me. The nice pacing and the level of detail and setting make this both fast-paced and engaging. The central mystery itself is exceptionally well done and has so many layers that you are never able to really trust what you think you know. I'm looking forward to more of this series.
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“The setting sun burned the sky pink and orange in the same bright hues as surfers' bathing suits. It was beautiful deception, Bosch thought, as he drove north on the Hollywood Freeway to home. Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story.” 15 likes
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