The Black Echo

The Black Echo

Book - 1992
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Called out on a routine drug overdose case, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch soon realises this was no accident. The victim was a fellow 'tunnel rat' in Vietnam, and Bosch intends to make sure his friend is avenged.
ISBN: 9781407207049
Characteristics: 375 pages ;,24 cm.


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Mar 05, 2019

I’ll admit I am not a great fan of the Bosch TV series but I’ve been struggling through some of Lee Childs “Jack Reacher” books having very much enjoyed the Motion Picture. The Reacher books however are badly written with ridiculous and poorly researched plots. Completely the reverse seems true of Michael Connelly’s first attempt with Harry Bosch which I thoroughly enjoyed. Having read some of the reviews here it seems his writing actually improves in subsequent books and I’m now hooked.

I know little about the LAPD and hopefully it’s not as bad as he makes it out to be (or was), however, his writing is very convincing and his plot construction and narrative is well paced and highly believable. I found this first book hard to put down and was unable to guess the outcome almost from page to page until the last few pages by which time the majority of the plot had played out and just the final twists were yet to be revealed. This combined a sense of suspense with the reward that at least I was able to work the last few bits out.

All in all a masterful work head and shoulders above the Jack Reacher books.

Oct 13, 2017

This is one of the better 'Bosch' novels. Fast paced with flashbacks to Vietnam that provided relevance to the current era of the crime (before mobile phones). Enjoyable read.

Sep 16, 2017

First in the series but way too much background/filler material which does distract from the story. Later stories in the Bosch series flow much better so I would guess a new editor was inserted to help a good writer hit his stride. The series is actually important because of the very checkered history of the LAPD. The author gives us a good look at an enforcement system teetering on the brink of anarchy-like the NYPD these are cops with a lot of issues and very suspect leadership and control.

Aug 27, 2017

Excellent debut

athompson10 Jul 08, 2017

Good debut of an interesting character. Plot is a little overdone but the idea of the crime is creative. Looking forward to working my way through other Harry Bosch novels.

Sep 06, 2016

Harry Bosch's origin story - - superlative writing style, all the right details to make for a fascinating, out-of-the ordinary cop mystery/action novel. Connelly's writing comes across as so very authentic, one cannot find a better word then // authentic \\!
The paranoid, mindless and lizard-like actions of a bureaucracy ring so very true.

Oct 23, 2014

Great story. If the rest of the detective Bosch stories are as good as this one, I have a lot of great reading ahead.

Nov 27, 2013

This was not my favorite Harry Bosch book. Connelly could have left out the exceedingly long description of going through the underground sewer lines of both LA and Vietnam. The plot was actually very thin and was held together by lots of unnecessary details. Usually I like Connelly's books but this was his first so he can be cut a little slack.

Jun 23, 2013

This author was recommended to me; specifically the Harry Bosch novels. Well, I enjoyed it well enough, however, I found there to be a lot of filler - sometimes pages and pages worth. I liked the book well enough to try the 2nd book in the series sometime in the near future. A very quick read.

May 12, 2012

I'm always excited to find a series I haven't yet read.
This is smart , well written and fast paced, just the way I like them.
Interesting and complex characters hold your interest . Great story line. Although this book is 20 years old, it stills feels relatively current even though no one uses cell phones and some of the other modern conveniences we now take for granted.
A great read!

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