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.
Great story, I drive A LOT. It made me want to drive more.
This was the first Dick Hill story I have listened to. He's great!
I am on book five now from Audible. Book 6 is not available in the unabridged form. I am annoyed.
My first Harry Bosch book was actually Echo Park, which I thought was great. However, I decided to start the series from book 1 - The Black Echo. To be the first in a series the character is really well developed. Mike Connelly does an amazing job not only with Bosch, but all ther other characters in the book. His descriptions are great. He provides just enough background color, detail, and complexity to take the reader along with the story without getting bogged down in too much minutia. I especially like the way he carries certain detail elements through the book which really gives it a cohesiveness and holds the plot and character development together.
This is also a great story that; very original.
Dick Hill performs very well, albeit it seems his talents are challenged by female characters. Other than that, I think he is very effective at capturing the right moods and intonations. Overall, he is enjoyable to listen to.
If you like this genre, I highly recommend this audiobook.
What I found with The Black Echo is a fairly standard detective novel. I was surprised that this wasn't more unique, given the popularity of the series, but it was a good mystery that kept me engaged in the story. I must say, the author doesn't seem to write women realistically, and given how flushed out the character portrait of Bosch was in this first book, I wonder if the author improves in his development of women as the series unfolds. I don't know why detective novel authors insist that their hero find someone to sleep with in every case, it's trite. If that was the most disappointing and least realistic aspect of this book though, the best aspect was the morgue and autopsy descriptions, which were sound and well done. I will continue the series and see how I feel about Bosch going forward.