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Bosch had talked with William Meadows about a year ago. He had told Bosch that he wanted to kick his heroin addiction. Meadows wanted to know if there were any good rehabilitation centers in California where he could go to get himself clean. Bosch gave him a few names and had not heard from Meadows since that time.
Bosch and Meadows had both been tunnel rats while in Vietnam together. Bosch felt fear and would be sweaty from head to toe when it was his turn to search a tunnel. However, Meadows thoroughly enjoyed going into the tunnels.
The police had received a 911 call, in the early morning hours, reporting a dead body in a pipe. The caller had been identified as being young. That fact helped Bosch to start his search. Directions were given by the caller and then he hung up. The call went out and Bosch went out to the crime scene.
The man had not been dead for long. The police also determined that the victim had been killed elsewhere. The body was pulled out of the tunnel and Bosch thought that his name was Meadows. He checked his body for a tattoo that Bosch could identify. Everything pointed to Michael Meadows but until the autopsy and finger prints were done there would be no positive identification.
What follows is an absolutely intriguing mystery. I enjoyed the first book, The Black Echo, by Michael Connelly. He definitely knows how to write an interesting mystery that wasn't easily figured out. There was a great plot and it did deal with a variety of character's. Dick Hill's narration was great. He used his magic to create definable character's and great emotional interpretations. The plot was well defined. I would suggest this book to anyone who enjoys listening to mysteries. There is action and suspense throughout the book. I hope to purchase the second in the series, Black Ice, soon. Enjoy.
“Never To Suffer Would Never To Have Been Blessed" - Edgar Allan Poe
Michael Connelly is a phenomenal writer with an innate attention to detail which is second to none.
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Harry's thoughts of Vietnam and how they played a part to the plot.
The author tied the story together quite well.
This book hooked me on Connelly and Harry Bosch...
Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and as usual his narration was brilliant. This was the first time I listened to a Harry Bosch series book and I loved it! It had the ambience of the old time detective stories. The history of tunnel rats was so interesting and I think anyone can understand how that must affect a man after the war is long over. Plenty of plot twists kept my interest. I had to immediately listen to the second book in the series.
Not sure how I missed these first books since I've read all others. This book sets the stage for Harry Bosch's personality and issues with management. Even though it is before cell phones it is superb. Dick Hill is ideal as Harry and the plot is as intriguing as later books. Harry Bosch is an irascible detective in the old school who gives no breaks to anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories where smarts wins over brawn.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
I started listening to this book three times before I continued and I am glad that I did. Initially, I bought the book since I enjoy the narrator and listened to him from various other books.
I picked up another Michael Connelly book (Blood work) and enjoyed it immensely. Therefore, I decided to try to get past the start of the book.
The story has some predictability but is very believable and has enough mystery and 'action' to keep the listener interested through to the end. There are many different surprises but the apparent research provides credibility and kept me thinking wanting to listen without stopping similar to the Blood Work.
Harry Bosch is portrayed in many different lights. Vet from the Vietnam era struggling with its impact to life combined with his intense desire to find the truth in the apparent murder of the person found in the pipe and the deep loneliness associated to his 'chosen' profession as a 'protector of the peace'.
If you enjoy a good cop mystery, then you will enjoy this book.
The Black Echo gets you engaged from the get go and the characters are formed reasonably quickly becoming more intricate as the story progresses. I find this allows you to become immersed in the story rather than rattling the brain on who's who.
Overall the plot was solid with interesting characters that keep you guessing and wanting for the next chapter. It's easy to become fond of Harry Bosch and the "romantic" interludes with his FBI partner are nicely woven in. Not so gushy as to take away from the drama, enough so you become emotionally attached to the individuals depicted; a nice balance!
Really well Narrated by Dick Hill with great contrast and believable accents with the setting and history of each character. The pace was perfect and rallied with the "mood" of the verse.
Keen to now follow Harry Bosch through at least the next few books of his life and see what mischief he can get up to and what murderous plot he can thwart.