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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
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Mar 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

The range of characters in this intriguing story include corrupt Vietnamese police officials, former tunnel rats and MPs, agents of the FBI, newspaper reporters, a trio of teenage hustlers, a mother who does phone sex, Department of Youth Services, and the bureaucratic hierarchy of the LAPD. All the foregoing are connected via a complex and engrossing story which takes place in pre-cellphone Los Angeles and where all the threads logically connect in the end. The story starts with LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch refusing to accept that a body found in a culvert is "death by drug overdose". The victim is a former tunnel rat who served with Harry during the Vietnam War. Shots are fired, and characters die while in the line of fire, against a backdrop of shared or common experiences from the war. In retrospect, I suspect the story might lose something for those readers not familiar with the home front during the Vietnam War. Having grown up 6 miles from Los Angeles City Hall, I found the Los Angeles of the story to ring true. Great story.
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