Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.
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"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)
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
For an audio book to be enjoyable and worth the read there must be two components. First the story must be well written and the plot engaging. Second it must be well read. In Echo Park both components are excellent. Both the dialog and the characterization of Bosch are well maintained throughout the book. It is as good as any of his other books, which I have either read or listened to all of his books.
This book was well worth the wait, it has all of the best of Harry Bosch. This had twists and turns that were completely unexpected and kept you on the edge until the last minute. I love all of Michael Connelly's books and this was just as close to perfect as they come. Harry is a great, flawed character that is so real you believe everything that happens to him and end up wishing for more.
There is nobody, and I mean nobody who writes this genre better than Connelly. He doesn't muck up Bosch's life with unrealistic actions or relationships. I thought he was coming too close to it with Walling, but thankfully he let Bosch be who he really is...a flawed man, an honorable yet somewhat unhonorable cop, and a great detective. I was glad it was nearly pure storyline, without the ex-wife and daughter present as well. I don't want to see Connelly take Bosch down the Lucas Davenport route.
The story is one that at the beginning just eats at a mother (me) - a child killed and the killer never found. One could absorb the frustration Bosch had felt throughout the long years of the investigation. The emotional tragedy he felt. It was compelling.
Connelly is the best of anyone at capturing the essence of personalities of the different policemen who deal with Harry. Nakamura was a photograph to me by the time Connelly gets through with him. All the characters are sparingly, yet very effectively drawn. I love that about Connelly.
This is a really, really, really good book. I would have given it 4-1/2 stars because I found the lead-up to the end just a tad overdone and a bit unbelievable maybe (the restroom scene), but I was fascinated with this book the entire time I was listening.
I can't wait to meet Bosch again.
From first page to last, a highly gripping mystery of the highest order. Well written, well read, just a total pleasure.
I loved reading for years, but now I've become so attached to Audible I'm finding reading tedious. Is that a bad thing?....
You will never regret listening to one of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels. The story is great, Bosch is one of the great modern detective characters I've ever encountered.
If it had not been for the over-ennunciating narrator, I would have given this book a 5-Star Rating. Having read Michael Connelly's so-so "Lincoln Lawyer", I was very pleasantly surprisedby the seat-of-your pants storyline of "Echo Park." If you are looking for a mystery-thriller that it diffiult to put down, try this book...despite the annoying narrator.
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!
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 !
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