This book recounts how powerful the Right was in 1960 (and it still is, of course) in America. The story of the the making of Spartacus is very interesting. And the story of Spartacus itself is especially relevant today. And the book is well read by Michael Douglas.
What struck me most about THE BLACK ECHO's audio version was the narration. Nobody, NOBODY, in 1990's Los Angeles talks in the way the characters in the story talk. The young perps are all Leo Gorcey "Bowery Boys," the protagonist is "Sam Spade," and the rest are all exaggerated 1930's or 1940's movie characters.
The book itself tends in the same direction. Passages about anchovies on pizza. Give me a break. It's tired cliche after tired cliche after tired cliche.
The author knows his 1990's streets and geography of Los Angeles but he (narrator, too) DOESN'T know the people of 1990's Los Angeles at all.
But, it's "listenable" and, like an episode of Mannix, it easily holds your attention to the end.
I only listened to this book to hear a good read by Mr. Jason, but the music kept intruding itself on the story and at times the music was over the narration itself.
Excellent Hardy novel.
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