The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell. Now, Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city to the torturous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.
Joining with an enigmatic and seductive female FBI agent, pitted against enemies inside his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock him.
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©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
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I have heard other books from this author including The Lincoln Lawyer. I have randomly listened to a few of the Harry Bosch books in the past. I have enjoyed them so much I decided to start back at the beginning of the series! This is another excellant series from Michael Connelly. I enjoy listening to Dick Hill narrate. I hope he narrates all this series; he is a very talented voice actor. I realized a few days ago that I can't remember the last time I watched TV other than to check the weather or news! Audiobooks are definitely a cure for couch potatoes!
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
For its first 12 hours, Harry Bosch's debut outing weaves a good police procedural with nicely developed characters and an interesting Vietnam War back story. What more can you ask for in a modern murder thriller?
Just one thing: a better ending than a talking villain (or two) explaining everything while wasting just enough time for our hero to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. The last 90 minutes is all that, and that cost Connelly a star in what was going to be a 5-star rating (let's call it a 4 1/2 rounded down to a 4).
I had a moment of hope when I saw there were still two hours left after the talking villain was done, expecting another twist in the tale, as I had previously experienced with Connelly's Poet. But that time was spent on another talker explaining away the remaining plot points.
But don't let this single criticism dissuade you. Otherwise, and until then, this is a Class A listen, and maybe you're not as sensitive as I am to this overworked device.
I picked this up in a sale, so my expectations were low. Detective stories aren't my forte, but I like to mix things up occasionally. In this case, I was pleasantly surprised.
Some of the technological changes since this book was written (cell phones, modern computers, etc.) are glaring, but the overall story is compelling enough. The characters are solid and the narration matched very well. Of course, there is some formula writing here (why must the hero always sleep with the attractive co-worker?), but the story is good enough that it overcomes the predictability.
So, give this book a try. You find that you've discovered a new series worth following.
I don't remember when I was introduced to Harry Bosch but after reading scattered books I decided to start afresh at the beginning. If you are looking to start a new series, look no further.
Terrific book. Enough said.
Better than the movie plot twist great job. The movie should have been more faithful to the book. I hate screen writers they take a story and try to make it better they lost out. Iluvporthos at gmail.
Well-written, fast paced, and interesting. Dick Hill and Connelly make a great team as Hill does a marvelous job bringing the book to life. He's one of the best narrators I've heard, and I listen to a least 5 books a month. He IS Bosch. I've been a Connelly fan for a while; now I must have all the Hill narrated books for my collection! Yes, this book was written 20+ years ago and the tech reflects that but Bosch is easily translated to modern times (see Amazon Prime for the show). It's a little predictable; still worth the read!
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