From the begining I was hooked with a smooth blend of curiosity, tension and character development. Although, I thought the narration was good, I would prefer a little more distinct characterization. However, the dramatic tension was sustained and developmental all the way through.I was guessing up to the last moment.
Michael Connelly writes with an authentic crime beat reporter's voice, because he was one. Perhaps better known for his Lincoln Lawyer series, I find the Harry Bosch series even more provocative. Connelly peels back the facades of the homicide detective, the LAPD and the seamy side of Hollywood with an anti-hero - Harry. This book's importance lies in the base it provides the reader for how Harry thinks about a crime and a tiny bit about how fearful he is about his own darker side. Not nearly as violently dark as James Lee Burke's protagonists - Dave Robechieux and Clete Purcell, but driven by the same hellish experiences in Vietnam. Connelly's plot will have you turning in circles to see which direction the investigation will take next. The tenderness of Harry's relationship has you hoping it won't all come to ruin - will it?
Dick Hill provides outstanding voice and character images with his usual aplomb.
Pick it up. Read it know. It will be a movie in the next couple of years. And enjoy!
This is the first audio book I've listened to. I have nothing to compare it to, so you may want to take this review with a grain of salt. The narrator was just OK. I don't know why, it just didn't seem to worik that well to use different voices for each character. It almost detracted from it. I will see how the next book goes.
I like all of Connelly's stories. Especially the Harry Bosch ones. I enjoy the details of all aspects of his investigative writing. I can picture it so clearly in my mind while I read.
I didn't think he needed the different voices for each character. I just wanted to story read.
I've enjoyed the Harry Bosch character in many of Connelly's books, but here it seemed as though he was trying to make the story longer rather than more interesting. Modern mystery authors tend to use the "something doesn't feel right about this case..." mantra to resolve the story instead of creating situations that force the reader (listener!) to work at solving the case.
I was curious about this series so I started with the first book and have been working my way through the series. I think Michael Connelly may be the best mystery writer I've ever come across, and he sets the standard starting with this book. I would highly recommend starting with this book as it lays down a LOT of Harry Bosch's backstory which is the foundation of the character's actions in the later novels. More importantly it establishes the basic formula for how these novels progress and resolve. In certain ways I associate his writing style to that of a greek tragedy in which you have multiple, seemingly unrelated threads heading off in different directions, but which all come back together and resolve in the end. I'm particularly fond of this style of storytelling, so this fits me perfectly. If you read this novel you will be ready for pretty much any of Michael Connelly's novels whether it be Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer), or Terry McCalleb (Bloodwork). Very enjoyable in my opinion and very hard to put down.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Connelly's Bosch is a great detective, human and a bit sad but determined. The narrator really preforms this book well. The author's storytelling is timeless because it's all about the characters and not about technology. Great stuff if you like crime fiction.
This is my 3rd book in this series that I have read. I enjoy the Harry Bosch stories but haven't been reading them in order. This was a great read with lots of typical twists and turns of Bosch books you are used too. I had read "Nine Dragons" before this book (#14 in the series I think) and in Black Echo I got find out the back story of Bosch and Elanor Wish and their daughter, who plays a big role in Nine Dragons. This book was exciting and fast paced, with a couple good laughs along the way and an ending that kept me guessing.
Just wants you listen to more Harry Bosch
Great example of genre
Well done with good voice recognition
Just a really good listen.
I enjoy the narrator as well as the story
Crusty ole Detective Harry Bosch opens up on his time in Nam. as a tunnel rat. And as usual Dick Hill gives another spectacular performance as a narrator.
The book was just OK to me. There were no surprises at all. Actually isn't there a similar movie plot where a bank robbery of several safe deposit boxes really covers up the theft of one particular box that conatisn damagign documents or something? I wouldn't necessarily tell anyone they just HAD to read this.