The Black Echo
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
When we first meet Harry, he's already forty-two years old and has been the product of one institution after another for virtually his entire life. His father left the family when Harry was very young and Harry never really knew him. Harry's mother tu ...more
Still on the search for a new mystery series, and Michael Connelly's name keeps coming up, mainly because I always misspell John Connolly. John's writing is frequently lyrical and equally brutal, so there's only so much I can take. Perhaps the American Michael will be less demanding? Why, yes, he is. How much less demanding? Well, take this little sample from early on in ...more
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
“There is no such thing as a coincidence.”
So states Hieronymus Bosch, named from the fifteenth century Dutch painter of fantastic themes. Bosch was a “tunnel rat” in Vietnam – a soldier whose job it was to enter the warrens created and maintained by the enemy and figh ...more
Reading a new detective series right from where it all began is always exciting & the Harry Bosch series seems to be the perfect series for it. The Black Echo is the debut novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, published back in 1992. This is the first of Connelly's Bosch series (with 20 books published & 21st to be published s...more
The series, as I've been able to put it together, is not just one, but is intertwined with Connelly's other series. I've put the books & stories in order by combing ...more
“One cop's word against another's was something they wouldn't touch in this department. Deep down, they knew a cop's word by itself was worthless. That was why Internal Affairs cops always worked in pairs.”
This is my first crack at the extremely popular Bosch series, and it’s no surprise that I liked it. We’re introduced to a middle-aged cop who may have ‘executed’ – rather than, as he claimed, ‘defended himself against’ – a particularly evil villain. As a consequence, he’s been moved on and ...more
The novel opens with a normal run of the mill murder investigaton as a body is discovered off Mulholland Drive, once Bouch realises that he knows the victim as Billy Meadows from their time together during the Vietnam War the plot really kicks into gear.
It's such a smart way to learn of Harry's past as he recounts the experiences of being ...more
This book sucked me in to ...more
Harry Bosch is a detective in the LAPD homicide division in Hollywood. While investigating a body found in an old tunnel, he recognises it as a fellow ex marine Meadows who served with him in the Vietnamese war. They were both “tunnel rats” who fought below Vietnam in the extensive tunnels. After recognising him, and realising it was ...more
In summation: I swear I'm not being lazy here. Kemper simply nailed everything I wanted to say.
Final Judgment: Nothing new, but I still enjoyed it.
As another reviewer, Suzy, says, this novel is very "old school". https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
A lot of it may resonate more with those of us old enough to remember pay phones, Alice's Restaurant, and the Viet Nam War and its aftermath.
Still, except for the ending, which I found somehow unsatisfying, this is well written enough to carry any reader, whether or not they remember its era.
This is my first Michael Con ...more
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
In this first case Bosch is confronted with a one-pipe-problem: After an anonymous wit call, a DB is discovered, stuck in a drain pipe up at Lake Hollywood. It turns out Bosch knew the victim (who was stiff as a wedding night prick, according to some other cop) twenty years before from the time when they both served as so called tunnel rats during the Vietnam war, chasing & smoking out the VC from their chthonic hideouts. During the course of his investigati ...more
I was 50 pages in before I realised, "Hey. There's no sci-fi here...", but too late... I was hooked!
What a great accident. I then inhaled 16 of the Bosch books within 3 months , and now have to wait like the rest of you for a year for each new story.
This is the first-ever published book by Michael Connelly, and it's a cracker! The pace picks up, the murder becomes two, and more complex, more ...more
Detective Harry Bosch is a lone wolf who likes to bend the rules, but it’s always for the sake of catching the criminal. He has many enemies in the department, people who are always trying to ruin him and his career, because some think he’s a suspect in different crimes, ...more
The Black Echo did not disappoint me in any way. I found it to be similar in tone, character and storyline with the video series. It is very noirish, hardboiled and has very convincing detective work.
Now, I am no expert on crime but the way the detectives ...more
We learn a great deal about Bosch, as he is placed in the all too familiar lone detective who is fighting against a troubled past. Bosch comes upon a case that ends up having personal ties and fights to get justice for a former friend and Vietnam vet. ...more
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache ...more