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
I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.
This book is one of the biggest reasons I am listening to the series. It is such a good book that I tell everyone to read it and then decide if they want to go on with the series or not, and I feel confident in thinking that once you have listened to this one you will continue with this series.
There's really not much to say about this book. It's a well written murder mystery, featuring all the usual suspects in the genre: play-by-his-own-rules detective, shady acquaintances, reluctant informants, bank robbers, vengeful internal affairs guys, an attractive agent, an inside man. Pretty much everything you expect to happen (from the relationship between Harry and Elinor to the confrontation scene in the tunnels) happens. That's not necessarily a critique. It's very well written. I liked the hero, he was interesting enough, believably flawed but determined. The mystery played out in interesting ways. I probably would have given this book five stars, but the very end kind of let me down. I don't think I'll be spoiling anything when I say that there are lots of mystery writers out there who seem to feel this compulsive need to keep throwing twists into their plots. This one had one too many. Really, the last twist wasn't necessary, the book was great without it. In fact, by the time you see it coming, you kind of groan and already know how it's all going to go. It's like all the good plot twists have become so overused that they aren't really twists anymore, just more plot. This happens in this book. But I wouldn't not recommend it because of that.
I liked the suspense in the book, I would recommend it. And I would listen to it again..
Yes and I have. I just loved it, full of excitement. A great read if you like detective stories.
Yes, I could not predict what was going to happen next. That is a great sign of a good book.
Billy Meadow's funeral. Especially after you find out who Billy really was, (his past)
Top 3. I love Michael Connelly's writing. The first one I read was the Lincoln Lawyer and I am hooked on the mysteries and the brashness mixed with lite humor, makes for enjoyable reading.
Harry and Eleanor
I thought Dick Hill did a great job with the narration and not having all the voices sound the same. That's a turn-off for me.
No extreme, was somewhat surprised at the end, but as the book got closer, I realized that Eleanor might be the partner.
Once again, I really enjoyed the Connelly books and will continue to read them. I was really rooting for lasting romance with Harry and Eleanor but she was lost retribution for her brother. Great work Connelly and Hill.
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Book 1 of the Harry Bosch series grabbed me from the beginning. Harry Bosch was a tunnel rat in Vietnam and now finds the body of a fellow tunnel rat in a drainpipe. Everyone else believes this to be an overdose, but Harry doesn't feel right about what he finds and treats it as a potential murder. He is soon proven to be right and the investigation gets underway. Not well liked by the other cops and not fully trusted, he gets teamed with a female FBI agent. Twists and turns through the investigation lead to a very interesting and entertaining conclusion. Good 80's style cop story!
Dick Hill as narrator was an excellent choice. Great job as usual.
Currently training for a marathon and trying listening to books instead of music. Takes mind of the long runs!
The voice is a bit annoying at times and he's not great at the female voice. The book is set before mobile phones and internet and sometimes this makes it sound very dated. However the story is alright if not a little predictable at times. But it was not time wasted overall I did enjoy it and would read one more in the series to give it another chance as it had potential to be even better.
Modernise it a little with mobiles and ditch the pagers!
Voices not great
Bosch played by Chris Noth
Think when I bought this it was a daily deal for around $4.95 which was very good value for this book
Listen and learn. Life is an adventure. Have fun, laugh, and love thy neighbor. Life is too short not to have a good time. Bye
Exciting to listen to. Enjoyed every moment. However, I could never do this type of work. Geez. Narrator was enjoyable.
I like messing about in boats.
I'm not sure who could enjoy this poorly written, predictable, join the dots novel. It's full of banal dialogue, stock characters and predictable situations. I, for one, couldn't bear to waste any more hours of my life by finishing it. However, I know that the Bosch series is a popular one for Michael Connelly. I just can't understand how!
The characterisations which seem to have been lifted from a 1940's c-grade tv show and much of the ridiculous dialogue were very disappointing.
Although the narrator did an admirable job with an awful script, many of his voice characterizations were jarring, particularly those of the young homeless, who all sounded like they were sub-moronic and had the misfortune to have to talk through a broken nose and a cleft palate. He also tended to place emphasis on odd words from time to time - but given what he had to narrate I can't blame him for losing concentration.
I would not have published this book.
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