There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This was a really good crime/mystery book! I finally found a mystery author I would really like to read again (other than Tana French!) Yes, maybe it is fairly formulaic, but it's a well-done MYSTERY book, after all, not the great American novel. Michael Connelly's writing is straight forward and to the point - not embellished with fancy metaphors that don't work. The plot is exciting and compelling. I had to stay up late to finish it, and that's what I love in a book. I will say that the very ending of this one is a little over the top. The final twist of the "who done it" is a little unbelievable, but really it doesn't spoil it at all, IMHO. The setting (Los Angeles) was interesting to me, too, since I've visited there several times and I could really relate to his descriptions of the various areas. I'll definitely put the next Harry Bosch book on my "to read" list!
For a devoted murder mystery fan I have been reading/listening to the Harry Bosch Series in no particular order. They are entertaining no matter what order you read them in.
Linda Williams Standridge
not high because this is usually not my genre, but I do prefer Linda Fairstein thrillers-more my style.
I read it because I had really loved The Lincoln Lawyer.
I'll give everything a try
Dick Hill does a great job in the performance as usual. The emotions of the characters really does ring true.
The story line is complex but not so that it takes away from the story. The story starts of slow but soon picks up and you couldn't help but to read on and wonder what would happen next. However in the middle, it slowed again before picking back up again in the last quarter of the story.
The only thing I I wasn't so happy about was the slowing down in the middle. Other from that, the book was a good read. I think I would go ahead to read the rest of the story.
I'd recommend it,. If you ever read Lee Child and Harlen Coben and love their books as I do, you would enjoy this I think. Expect something in between Coben and Child's books.
A spell binding tale that is a little dated. If you can overlook the fact that this story pre-dates cell phones and the cops seem to always be looking for a pay phone, then the story moves along pretty well. I learned a thing or two about a soldier's terrifying duties in Vietnam. The narrator was great for a police drama but weak on the main female character's voice. If I listen to another book in the series, I plan to select one that is more recent.
I have a friend who has read every Harry Bosch ever written, but I had never tried one. Then I joined Audible last year and bought The Black Echo on sale and for some reason never listened to it.
Well, I was going over the books that I purchased long ago and decided to listen to this one. I am so glad I finally did! Dick Hill (who is so good reading Lee Childs' Jack Reacher series) was terrific, the story was full of twists and turns, and the characters very well drawn.
I must say that I figured out the last twist before Harry did, but I think I was supposed to. And that doesn't bother me, anyway. I am perfectly okay if I discover the answer before the end -- it usually allows me to be more observant for the rest of the story.
It's amazing how much technology has changed the way people carry on their everyday lives in only 20 years (The Black Echo was released in 1992), not to mention its impact on police work. But the human side of things I believe remains constant, and Harry is a good guy.
Now to go on to the rest of the series!
it's up there with the best. i am hooked on Michael Connelly's Bosch series.
I compare much of Connelly's Bosch series of books to Lee Child's Jack Reacher books. Great characters and the books are to the point, fast paced gripping with great twists.
Yes i have, he is a great narrator. amazing at acting out different voices and emotions of the scenes.
No, i am not reading that type of book. this isn't exactly mills and boon.
Can't get enough of the Bosch series. i am so worried as am coming to the end of getting through them all. What next, i like Lee Child's books and Michael Connelly's books. need to find something similar.
This is definitely a police procedural, with lots of those kinds of details. It seemed very well researched (not that I'd know). The protagonist, Harry Bosch (and the fantastic narrator, Dick Hill), really made the book for me. The mystery was pretty good. I liked the backstory of the Vietnam War.