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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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.
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
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.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
After watching the "Bosch" series on Amazon Prime, my husband requested we listen to this first Bosch audio book during a recent road trip. Even though this is my 2nd time through the series, this story was as enjoyable as my first listen. This time around I got to spend some time appreciating the excellent writing style of Michael Connelly. This author is among my list of top tier suspense writers of all time. His method of character development is through more action and dialog than back-story. A page does not go by where Bosch's character isn't being fleshed out through the small details of life. Connelly proves that attention to detail matters when writing a great series. Listen to the story -- you will see what I mean.
In my mind, Dick Hill's voice is Bosch. I am enjoying these first books with his voice.
This book really captured my interest in the Bosch series. Connelly put the words "twists and turns" to good use in this one.
Enjoyed the entire book, no particular moment or scene.
I think that Dick Hill is the voice of Harry Bosch. I enjoy the energy that Hill puts into his performances, his various voices and the introduction of sounds to make the story more realistic to the listener.
Leave out all the gratuitous violence and soft porn.
Certainly from this series - I love a good mystery but this one was offensive.
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.
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.
"Very well written!"
Original, well developed and mastered with genius. Harry Bosch is simply, as the story says: "An outsider doing an insider's job." Enough said.
"My first encounter with Connelly"
Well worth 'reading'
When Bosch tied the two IA agents to a tree - very funny
Authentic accents bring the characters to life more so than attempting to read the accent.
I don't sit and listen, would have kept walking for miles had time permitted.
This was a book club selection, never would have chosen otherwise but really enjoyed it and will probably go for book two.
"Good start to a series"
Really enjoyed the first Harry Bosch book, and look forward to the next book
It has to be Harry Bosch, he is the kind of cop worth following in a story
This was my first book by Michael Connelly and I really enjoyed this introduction to Harry Bosch, the story had some nice twists and turns as it went along. I will definitely continue with the series.
I don't want to spoil it for new listeners but I enjoyed the way the case was pieced together.
Dick Hill brought the characters to life and read well.
I listened to this book while driving over a week or so, it was really enjoyable and I always put it on as soon as I started my journey.
"A cross between Rebus and Jack Reacher"
I enjoyed this book, having not listened to anything by Michael Connelly before I was pleasantly surprised. The story was complicated enough to keep me interested. The narration is good, I had listened to a couple of Jack Reacher books narrated by Dick Hill so knew what to expect. I'm off to listen to Black Ice now!
"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 !
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