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 am an avid eclectic reader.
I got this book on an Audible sale and it was well worth it. I have read some of the newer Harry Bosch series and had not realized this was the first book of the series. This tell how Eleanor and Harry met. Dick Hill always does an excellent job. I will make a point now of going back and reading the other books in the series.
Another good Harry Bosh novel. It is well written and flows. If you are a Harry Bosh fan, you will like this one.
Leave out all the gratuitous violence and soft porn.
Certainly from this series - I love a good mystery but this one was offensive.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
There is litte if anything to critique negatively in this book -- the story is tight and well-paced; the narration superb. The surprises near the end are somewhat predictable, though plausible as the story concludes. Harry Bosch survives and returns to the homicide beat. . the place he most loves to apply his detective skills. I would rate this as a good, solid read for anyone who enjoys contemporary detective stories.
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There was something about this story. It felt dated but something about it was really enjoyable. The strong American voice, the policeman that was thwarted at every turn by people who were supposed to be on his side, all made me wonder why I was enjoying the story so much. It must have been because the story was well told and I listened to it every opportunity I could till I knew the ending. It was a page turner.
I would say among the top 20% rank. I liked it so much I bought five more Harry Bosch books after listening to this one.
It kept me guessing all through the book and when I finished I was quite surprised.
I was particularly moved when Eleanor was discussing her relationship with her brother and how she found out the truth of his death.
Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!
Too much profanity. Truly, Audio should rate books by the same method as movies as R=sex & profanity. This book is creative and holds your attention until a blast of disgusting language drives you to hit pause to get some fresh air.
Can you imagine how fast my review would disappear if I used as much foul language as the book I am reviewing?
I love books!
This was my second Michael Connelly and it was enjoyable. It was entertaining which is what you want out of a book. Harry Bosch is fun and Connelly does a good job of keeping the story moving, throwing in some romance, a snappy LA style, and good insight into human nature. I know I'm a bit late discovering this author but 'll methodically work through his stores.
Good classic detective story, that follows the classic "rough around the edges, good hearted, not well liked detective" format. Though its is somewhat cookie cutter I still enjoyed the book and the narration is solid. I will listen to more in the Harry Bosch series
"Disappointingly slow classic detective story"
It was very slow paced and I almost gave up half way through. I think it could easily have been edited without losing any of the story.
Harry is a detective in Hollywood, out of favour with his colleagues, which usually sets the scene for the character going off and taking the investigation into his own hands. This is what happens, but Harry is being followed by internal affairs and forced to work with the FBI (female officer aka love interest). The actual crime seems to take a back seat to Harry's personal life and I didn't feel it was fully explored. A body is found and it turns out Harry knew the guy whilst serving in Vietnam. This leads him to a witness, which in turn leads to uncovering the reason behind the murder. Unfortunately the novel is really slow, and, without a focus on the crime, I didn't really care what happened or whether Harry ever solved it.
I think part of the issue was that the book isn't great on audio. There are only 9 chapters with some almost 2 hours in length. This meant I ended up having to pause in random places and it made it difficult to pick the story back up. Yes, there were a few breaks in the narrative but as I didn't know when these were coming up, it was tricky to plan my listening.
"Fast paced and a good story line"
I love a good detective story but it can take me a while to develop a rapport with the characters. Harry Bosch was likeable from the outset and the more difficulties he encountered the more I was onside.
A believable storyline though maybe a little predictable at times.
Thoroughly enjoyable non the less and I have just downloaded the next book in the series.
"enjoyable easy listen"
Solid story but followed a predictable route.
Tied up nicely.
I am highly likely to return to this series.
"the black echo"
very good story line with twists & turns and easy and enjoyable to follow. excellent
"Great read !"
Great read, similar tone & pace to Jack Reacher, can't wait to get through the series !
"Not bad - easy listen"
Not really it was an easy listen , nice narration
It as enjoyable but nothing exceptional
None nice narration
"And the echo will go on and on..."
Everything. Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly's fully three dimensional main character, is engaging but flawed with a fascinating past into which we are given glimpses as the story evolves. The plot is satisfyingly complex without pushing credulity too far. Dialogue is natural and Dick Hill flawlessly gives the characters voice as well as reading the narrative clearly and with expression. Wonderful.
Dick Hill's excellent interpretation of the verbal conversations between characters helps to give even more depth and reality to each one. I had already read the book some years ago so had a mental picture of them all and, far from contradicting my impressions from that time, Hill's readings enhanced my feelings of getting to know the main protagonists as the story progressed
I felt fully engaged with Bosch's emotions: from the bleakness of his past experiences in Vietnam to his present stirrings of being unexpectedly drawn from his self imposed isolation into closeness with another
Michael Connelly's books are always exceptional. This audio book does full justice to his writing.
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