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Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12 | [Michael Connelly]

Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto. Taking the confession of the man he has sought and hated for 13 years is bad enough. Discovering that he missed a clue back in 1993 that could have stopped nine other murders may just be the straw that breaks Harry Bosch.

Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.

©2006 Hieronymus, Inc. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Mystery

"Superior crime fiction, as suspenseful as it is psychologically acute." (Booklist)
"Smooth prose and plausible characters, even the secondary figures, elevate this several notches above the standard cop vs. serial-killer thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-11-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-11-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Great Whodunit!!"

    Connelly is an excellent writer... This story held my interest all the way through. It has enough twists and turns that gives the novel complexity. This was a "page turner" for me! It may be my favorite of all the Bosch novels. If you like detective novels with a little of everything from corrupt politicians, corrupt policemen and serial murderers on the loose and then you sprinkle all that with a little romance and add the well developed season of Bosch's keen detective sense... you've got a great whodunit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 06-13-13
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 06-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great plot but Bosch is old hat"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would ask Connelly to think about his writing style. It's always objective, realistic, full of detail, which is absolutely adequate for a detective story, especially for Bosch who thrives on that odd detail nobody else noticed but which turns out to be decisive for solving a case. So far, so good. However, Connelly also describes his characters' emotions and develops dialogue in the same style: objective, realistic. Is this how real humans think and talk? It's not convincing, but more important, it's not engaging. As a fan of Ellmore Leonard (outstanding dialogue), Bo Nesbo (reflective but always complex character development), and younger writers like Lou Manfredo (Rizzo's War) and Lou Berney (Gutshot Straight), am I asking too much of a highly respected novelist like Connelly?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    I've read most of Connelly's books and I enjoy his post-Bosch novels more: the Lincoln Lawyer, the Brass Verdict.


    What three words best describe Len Cariou’s voice?

    Clear, didactic, tiresome.


    Did Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12 inspire you to do anything?

    To quit reading Bosch


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 08-23-09
    Rose 08-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I have become a Cop groupie....."

    I have read almost all of the Harry Bosch series and am truly enjoying this character! My mother was a police officer, as are a few of my close friends and Connelly nails the PD lifestyle and work environment. The Harry Bosch character was written with so much depth, one forgets he's a fictional character! I recommend all in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Falling Waters, WV, USA 10-03-07
    Nancy Falling Waters, WV, USA 10-03-07
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    "Very Good"

    I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and turns and not a predictable ending.

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    Klaus HilleroedDenmark 09-08-07
    Klaus HilleroedDenmark 09-08-07
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    "SUPER Bosch novel"

    Again Connelly has written super book about Harry Bosch, I beleive it is on of the best Bosch novel I have heard and I have heard most of Connellys books. I much exchitement and suspence, with a lot of twist and turns, everything you hear(read) is important later in teh book - HEAR IT !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Clinton, NY, USA 06-24-07
    Amy Clinton, NY, USA 06-24-07
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    "Alright"

    This is my first experience with the author so I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't disappointed. I did look forward to getting in the car and listening to it because there was a pretty good amount of suspense involved. But, I found it a little predictable and thought the ending was a little flat.

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    Ardith Dupont , WA, USA 03-01-07
    Ardith Dupont , WA, USA 03-01-07
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    "Interesting characters"

    It was a fun book to listen to. Being a retired female police officer/detective in my state's most violent city, I was pleased that Bosch was not portrayed as perfect, and that his impulsiveness is more real than an "always by the book" cop. The FBI agent was as stiff and rigid as I remember them being. That "always right" attitude was accurate. Although very bright, they never seemed to be able to think for themselves, doing only what they were told to do brought back good memories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William New York, NY, United States 01-24-07
    William New York, NY, United States 01-24-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Well..."

    Good Bosch, but not his best. Bogs down in part, but still worth a listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Austin San Francisco, CA, USA 12-08-06
    Austin San Francisco, CA, USA 12-08-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Just as good as all the others"

    This is Michael Connley's newest book. I've listened to them all and enjoy the Harry Bosh character more than just about any other character I can think of. The story is compelling and has many twists and turns. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 12-06-06
    Suze Jackson, NJ, United States 12-06-06 Member Since 2012
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    "Positively Terrific !"

    Brilliant story. So well written and so suspenseful. The best in the Harry Bosch series so far!
    The characters simply come alive in this novel and the reader does an excellant job of bringing that out. I actually never wanted it to end!

    More Mr.Connelly...we want more ! Can't wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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