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The Black Echo

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by Michael Connelly

Synopsis

Go back to where it all began for LAPD detective Harry Bosch, star of Amazon Prime’s Bosch, in his first case The Black Echo – a gripping, action-packed thriller.

LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he gets a call-out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. At first sight, it looks like a routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amid the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced.

To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow ‘tunnel rat’ in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo. Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.

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570 Pages
12 - 13 Hours to read
155k Total words

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Synopsis

Go back to where it all began for LAPD detective Harry Bosch, star of Amazon Prime’s Bosch, in his first case The Black Echo – a gripping, action-packed thriller.

LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he gets a call-out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. At first sight, it looks like a routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amid the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced.

To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow ‘tunnel rat’ in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo. Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.

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  1. Patto

    Every now and then I want a break from my favorite reading — the Golden Age of mystery writing — and get a craving for a popular down and dirty thriller. This book by Michel Connelly satisfied the craving.I liked everything about Black Echo. Harry Bosch is a cop I can enjoy. He’s not an alcoholic, which I appreciate, even if he does smoke too much. He’s got a caustic sense of humor, which he uses to deflate authority figures. That’s fun. He’s a loner, not a team player, yet he’s extremely thoughtful of and loyal to his black partner Jerry Edgar. When Harry is in trouble, he makes sure not to get Edgar mixed up in the trouble.I liked learning things I didn’t know about Vietnam — specifically the deeply dangerous job of the “tunnel rats” whose job was to blow up the tunnels running under villages where the Vietcong hung out. The sewage tunnels under LA become the new focus of the tunnel rats in this story.The characters are all memorable. The police work is absorbing. The action is gripping, but not overdone. The romantic entanglement is nice and complicated. I will definitely try more books in this series.

  2. John Morgan

    I read this book from the perspective of having seen the Amazon Series, but never having read a Connelly Book. I really enjoy the TV show and looking forward to Season Five. The whole thing is a rarity. Good books are rarely turned into good television. Hollywood always seems to screw it up. But not this time.Cop shows are usually full of the usual cliches- good looking cops driving fancy cars for example. And it’s often easy to predict the ending. But that’s not the case in the Bosch novels/TV show. Here we have a realistic, flawed main character. And the cases he works on are not solved in an hour.The Black Echo Novel takes the same meticulous approach the tv show does. Connelly puts you on the gritty streets of Los Angeles. You go along with Detective Bosch in his quest to solve a mystery. It starts with a dead body in a drainage pipe and ends with bank robberies and FBI intrigue. And you’re along for the ride.These stories are not for the impatient. Like real life, it takes a lot of work to solve a murder, particularly when it’s committed by smart people. And we get all the details. There’s Bosch tailing a suspect, getting coffee, and in his spare time having a fling with an FBI Agent. And we get the dirty politics of Los Angeles too. You have ambitious internal affairs officers following Bosch and trying to catch him doing something dirty. Just think of them as ‘The Rat Squad.’In Summary, I think the show and books are a great template that more people should follow. The creator/author of a great series of books was given creative freedom by Amazon to produce a series that is very faithful to the books. Think of it as the opposite of Dune. That was a great epic book which was turned into a horrible movie.

  3. JacqueB63

    No matter what book you read, you’re in for many UP ALL NIGHT BINGES!!! I’ve yet to put Michael Connelly’s books down once I start reading one!! So start early, shut the cell phone off, TV off, get your munchies & lots of caffeine ready and HANG ON FOR ONE HELLUVA READ!! Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters ever!! And Amazon has the best drama series ever…YUPPERS!!! Harry Bosch has finally become a TV star!!! I knew from the day I bought his first book that Michael Connelly would rise to be an author in his own right!! Original plots, incredible characters that are complex and leave you guessing right up to the very last page!! Michael Connelly’s character Harry Bosch is one of the most intense, riveting, mysterious, and very sexy without acting like it, detective that I’ve had a crush on since the first book. I NEVER write long reviews, but Michael Connelly deserves it and the 5 stars. He’s a perfect 10 in my book. Gritty, down right KICK ASS writing!!! And that’s my review!! GO GET THE FIRST BOOK AND ENJOY!!!

  4. Pilotcop

    This is a good read. Lots of twists.Me having been a police officer with 26 years on the job can relate to a lot of what goes on in the book.Police work is not black and white. There is a lot of gray area, giving the officers digression. As in real life, the book shows police work is hours of boredom with moments of sheer terror.Detective Bosch is a good detective with great instinct. He teams with a FBI agent. Both are law enforcement and make a good team. FBI agents are typically not good street cops because they are not usually in the trenches day in and day out learning the day to day street intel. They have great resources and are more into investigating above street level. Police detectives tend to develop more street intel from their informants balanced with thousands of computer intel reports from field interview reporting by officers on the beat. Bosch and his FBI partner make a good pairing. All is good when it all works the way it is supposed to. But you know what hits the Westinghouse, when Bosch realizes there is a huge issue he has to deal with that comes out of nowhere. He gets up the well know tributary without any visible means of propulsion.

  5. John Stackhouse

    This is Connelly’s first novel – and I had never heard of it until he came to Sydney for the writers’ festival and was interviewed on detective fiction on Radio National. While the interview was running, I fired up my Kindle and snared it while the guests were still talking. I am a big Connelly fan and how I missed this, I’ll never know. Connelly is a great writer and story teller but this is the best of the many I’ve read. It has a freshness and care with the plotting which not only reflects on him but also on his editors, who were dealing with an inexperienced newbie butg already a veteran writer. It’s a quality missing in so many books nowadays. We call crime reporting “police rounds” nowadays and every cadet spends his (her) time on the desk. It calls for rapid writing against a tight deadline which has to be accurate and at the same time gripping, at least on big stories. As a reporter too, condemned to “ringing the rounds” two or three times a night (I can still remember many numbers of suburban cop shops) I revelled in Connelly’s personalities and continuities and reporting the social problems of the post-Vietnam era. Connelly’s writing is still great but the freshness isn’t the same. Oh! Lost youth, when walking the streets with a cadet photographer and his Speed Graphic drew awed glances! I’ve read about a dozen of his books and enjoyed them all. But this has the freshness of youth.

  6. K. Davis

    Very complex story you want to stay with to the end. But it’s outrageously long with too much repetition. Considering how highly I admire the more current novels of Michael Connelly, my praise for this one is mediocre. I liked the ending although I thought it was rough hewn and deserved to be a bit smoothed out. All in all, if you settle in for a good story and don’t care how long it is, you’ll find the mystery fun to solve.

  7. C. Roeder

    Watched the Bosch Amazon Prime Original and cannot wait for the second. After power watching the season, I looked up the author. Since this was the first in the series, I figured that this was the best place to start. The story was fantastic and the character is great as well. I read most of the book on flight from PA to TX with some layovers. Finished and bought up the second. I have not cracked it yet as studying and work is taking up a lot of my time at the present but cannot wait to get into it. If you are a person that likes the genre crime/drama and action, this is a book for you. Loved each page and the characters.Don’t forget to check out the series on Prime. If that does not peak your interest in this author, just wait for more seasons. I know I am.

  8. Rich Patterson

    Below are a few of my favorite quotes or scenes from The Black Echo, then my thoughts at the end.BOSCH is a methodical, traditional, superstitious and intriguing detective!! As one of Bosch’s bosses was talking to him, Harry stopped listening to what he was saying and all that Bosch could think about was this guy’s eyebrows. . . “Bosch decided that watching his eyebrows was like watching two caterpillars charging each other.” THEN later. . . “The caterpillars seemed to quiver with fear. ” LOVE IT! !When he teamed up with J. Edgar for the first time .  .  .  Hieronymus Bosch . . . Jesus, that’s your first name?” Edgar said. “Harry for short. How’d your momma come up with that one?” “She had a thing about fifteenth-century painters. It goes with the last name. Go check on the file, then call me back. I’ll wait here.” “I can’t even pronounce it, man.” “Rhymes with ‘anonymous.’” “Okay, I’ll try that. “Hieronymus Bosch.… The only thing your mother gave you was the name of a painter dead five hundred years. “Harry, be careful with that stuff about an inside man. If you go trying to sell that and it’s not true, you could give your enemies all they need to bury you.” Enemies, Bosch thought. Who are my enemies this time?” Bosch had taken a shower, but his clothes were as fresh as the ashtray in a used car.” I really liked HARRY BOSCH – THE BLACK ECHO !!! And I have really enjoyed all of the Seasons of BOSCH on Amazon Prime! Great show! I am looking forward to the next book BLACK ICE and to the next season! Thanks Michael Connelly , I AM NOW A ADDICT OF HARRY BOSCH! Rp

  9. Mal Warwick

    Of the thirty-one novels Michael Connelly has written to date since 1992, twenty feature LAPD detective Harry Bosch. If you’ve only read one or more of the most recent entries in the series, you may be interested to know that from his first appearance in fiction, Bosch’s character, the rudiments of the formula Connelly employs throughout, and some of the characters who follow him throughout the series all are on display.In The Black Echo, Harry is a twenty-year veteran of the force, “the famous Harry Bosch, detective superstar, a couple books written about his cases. TV movie. A spinoff series.” He is “an outsider in an insider’s job.” Harry has bought a house in the hills with money he received for the film made about his work, and he has already alienated most of the cops who work with him, especially the brass in LAPD headquarters at Parker Center. He is under investigation by Internal Affairs, not for the first time and certainly not for the last.The Black Echo, the first Harry Bosch novel, tells the tale of a protracted and difficult investigation into a daring year-old bank heist. As the investigation unfolds, complications steadily arise. Harry is doggedly pursued by two thuggish detectives from Internal Affairs. Key characters are murdered. Harry becomes close to Eleanor Wish, the FBI special agent with whom he is paired in the investigation. (In later novels, she will become his wife and mother of his daughter.) And the case takes on implications that go far beyond Los Angeles. It’s an engrossing and suspenseful story.More importantly, however, The Black Echo serves to provide the backstory about Harry’s combat experience in Vietnam early in the 1970s. The “black echo” of the title crops up again and again, reflecting Harry’s deployment as a “tunnel rat” pursuing Vietcong soldiers through the network of tunnels they have dug throughout much of the country. “Out of the blue and into the black is what they called going into a tunnel,” Connelly writes. “Each one was a black echo. Nothing but death in there. But, still, they went.”Harry explains further in a conversation with Eleanor: “It was the darkness, the damp emptiness you’d feel when you were down there alone in those tunnels. It was like you were in a place where you felt dead and buried in the dark. But you were alive. And you were scared. Your own breath kind of echoed in the darkness, loud enough to give you away. Or so you thought. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. Just . . . the black echo.”

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