There were parts of the book that were quite exciting. However, there was a lot of tedium to wade through, and too many stereotypical bad guys. I just could not finish it. I was a bit too bored.
I am a woman. Over the years I have come to realize that as a woman, my tastes in fiction *really are* different from men's. The male cliche I am complaining about in this case is the constant put-downs that are so prevalent in modern crime fiction. It is as if many male writers of crime fiction feel that they have to constantly put others down (presumably to prop themselves up).
I liked this book enough that I am downloading the next one at this very moment, but in both this book and the previous one in the series, there is not a single character--other than the protagonist--who is not either stupid or in some way less than admirable. He goes on and on about how stupidly Bosch's bosses on the force act. I kept wondering how so many stupid people could get promoted to such high positions. Don't they have to pass some kind of a test? But there are many other ways to crash and burn in this book: One cop is too pitiless. One likes to brag about how he got his scar. One is a coward and a drunk. Way too many people are willing to do the wrong thing if it will advance their careers. Bosch simply doesn't like others. There was actually one woman in this story that comes off more or less unsullied, but I could feel Connelly questing for a way to put her down. I have no doubt that if she is mentioned in any future book, she will be found to have some major flaw.
I'm not saying Connelly is a bad writer. In fact, although I've only read two of his books so far, I think he is probably a very good writer. But he seems (so far) to be a very *male* writer. So you women out there, if you prefer even your crime fiction to have people who are admirable try someone else. Try Laurie R. King, Dorothy Sayers, Mary Stewart, Ellis Peters.
This is a sit on the edge of the seat, turn up the volumn, and drive around the city one more time story. five stars is all that is allowed - but it is a six.
I read the first 6 novels of this series back in the 90s. Why I stopped, don't know, but a recent reviewer I follow had a similar story and he started to reread the series and had nothing but the best to say about the author and the series. So as I looked back I could only remember the story line of "Black Echo" nothing else. I then started with the 2nd novel "Black Ice" and was blown away by the quality of this police procedural! The characters, the location, the mystery, all combine to create a story that never allowed me to lose interest. I could not wait to get back and read more. The personalities, the human frailty, characters that are real; no super human powers here... Dick hill is beyond excellent, he brings Harry Bosch alive! I have purchased the next novel in the series and can't wait to get started!
This continues the scenarios and characters set out in the first novel and does a good job of maintaining reader interest. A little bit dated, but well worth a read.
A gripping story.
"It felt like the detective bureau had become a fish bowl, and he was the only one in the water". I love Michael Connelly's descriptive writing, it brings the whole story to life.
Dick Hill has a wonderful gruff, detective type of voice and he makes Harry Bosch seem very real.
I really enjoy this series and would highly recommend it for people that enjoy listening to a story that they want to stay up late to finish.
How the story went forwad in small steps.
It was my second time with him and he did it well, very well indeed.
Conelly is a master of unexpected endings. This one might be too unexpected in several ways.
I like to listen to books :)
In the end I liked it. The story came around very nicely. But, I guess I'm not a Dick Hill fan. Sorry Dick. Your one of the greats, but there's something about the style that doesn't always work for me. Perhaps it's because he's done so many books, that his distinctive style blurs the characters for me. Not sure about that, but I'm sure I'll be listening to this duo again.
I have read so many excellent books this is not easy to determine. However, I'd say in the top one third.
The ending as usual
Harry of course
don't want to spoil it for another reader
I would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys Mitch Rapp
Hey all, I'm a 33 year old white dude from Las Vegas. I typically listen to thrillers, fantasy, and Sci-fi.
Dick Hill is a wonderful Voice actor. His depth and breadth of characters is wide ranging and he is as engaging as he is entertaining.
This particular novel borrows heavily from Dashiell Hammett's work. So, I saw some of the plot twists coming in advance, but the story is paced well and Bosh is a very engaging character. So, even though the foreshadowing is a bit transparent, the conclusion is still satisfying.
As I said, Hill is a really great actor. I also enjoyed the production. Segments of phone conversation for instance sound much different than one on one dialogue. I appreciate the effort to build the scenes and the characters. Hill's natural delivery is spot on, with enough gravel and grit to embody the surly detective, while also being able to produce multiple, believable characters of varying backgrounds and genders.
No. Certainly you will want to keep pushing, but with a long run time, I wanted to spread my listening sessions out.