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Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,237 Ratings  ·  1,233 Reviews
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
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Published October 9th 2006 by Little, Brown and Company
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Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Cathy DuPont
Jan 20, 2014 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
Jul 20, 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
Jun 28, 2012 jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
❆ 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.
Feb 08, 2014 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Derus
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
Apr 11, 2015 Dagny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 14, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
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
Oct 24, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 25, 2014 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Bosch fanatics

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
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
Apr 04, 2016 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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.

I find this average for this author, but a
Sep 22, 2015 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great return to form for Connelly and Bosch.

I enjoyed this book version of Echo Park, somewhat different from the parts combined with City of Bones to create the superb Amazon TV series, BOSCH: A wonderful mix, refreshing and extremely well produced and written show.

I also enjoyed Rachel Walling a lot more in Echo Park. She is far more real, and involved, more alive. She contributes to the plot and solution convincingly. She has her own views, often different from Bosch, but able to
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
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
Another solid entry in the Harry Bosch series. The author's writing is always so smooth and I love reading about Harry. This book did have the dreaded serial killer subplot but luckily it was not really the focus.
Feb 11, 2016 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm apparently going against a trend among others who read this episode of the Harry Bosch series when I say it was one of the best! I really enjoy most of these books, along with the Lincoln Lawyer series. Echo Park just kept my attention throughout. It had more twists than San Francisco's famous Lombard street. I felt that Connolly paced the story superbly and despite a few implausible scenes (FBI Agent & sometime girlfriend Rachel Walling acquiescing to Harry's insistence of going a ...more
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. ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, crime
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.
Sep 21, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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.
Mar 05, 2016 Trine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-swedish
Oct 19, 2015 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As expected from this author and from this series, this is another well constructed story, with a clever plot, with interesting characters and their dialogues, with a lot of ups and downs combined with twists and turns that will lead to surprising conclusions.

An entertaining motion picture type of book, that will keep you on the edge.

Not an extremely remarkable book, but as usual, our main homicide detective Bosch is chasing some old murder with an interesting story to be told.

Some higher powers
Mitch Duckworth
Oct 15, 2014 Mitch Duckworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Patrick
Sep 24, 2015 Mike Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a dozen Connelly books but found this one easy to follow the multitude of plot twists and turns. Just like an episode of "Law and Order", the beginning looks nothing like the ending. All I needed was the bad guy being caught and saying, "I would've gotten away with it if it wasn't for you snooping kids!"

Sorry for the Scooby-Doo blast, but reading this book reminded me of the classic recipe of a Scooby-Doo cartoon. The tender and seemingly innocent character to the sleuths is always th
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 22 books)
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  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
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