I love Connelly's Bosch novels and normally, an author of gets better with age. Having said that, I wasn't expecting this first book in the Bosch ser..Show More »ies to be as good as the later novels in the series.
This book is probably one of my top 2 or 3 favorites!!
Connelly manages to weave together a very intriguing and complex story!!
I kept saying to myself, "This Story is going to have SOOOOOO many holes", but he masterfully ties up all the loose ends.
I've listened to several Michael Connelly audiobooks, and love the Harry Bosch series. I was excited to see several more recently become available on ..Show More »Audible.
The Concrete Blonde is my current favorite Bosch book, topping my previous favorite: Echo Park.
It's an outstanding mix of courtroom thriller and serial killer hunt/police procedural. It moves along quickly, even the courtroom scenes are fast paced.
Characters are very well developed, not just Bosch, but all the supporting characters, and I like the plot: Bosch is sued for unlawful killing of a serial killer suspect, while at the same time a copycat killer is out there and more bodies begin to show up.
Just when you think you have it all figured out, there will be a couple twists at the end to keep you guessing. An excellent whodunnit. I highly recommend this book, even if it is your first Harry Bosch mystery.
The Last Coyote fills in some of LA Detective Harry Bosch's history. Fans of Michael Connelly's relentless Detective know that he is the orphaned son..Show More » of a LA prostitute who was killed in the early 1960's and the crime was never cleared. In this book, Bosch finally decides that he cannot let the crime go unsolved and, he finds, unvestigated any longer and begins his own private investigation, an adventure that once again gets Harry Bosch crosswise with the LA Police Department. The book has all the plot twists and turns that readers expect from Connelly and keeps the readers interest until the final page. I have read 12 of the books in the Bosch series and have read them in a random order. Wherever you are in your travels through Bosch's life, this book will fit.
Trunk Music is one of the earlier Harry Bosch books. Harry once again runs afoul of the LAPD and the FBI and once again is investigated by the Intern..Show More »al Affairs Division of the department. The book is fast paced with lots of plot twists and turns, mobsters and cops gone bad. Bosch builds and strengthens his relationship with Jerry and Kiz, his two recurring partners, bonds with Grace Billet his supervisor, and gets married to his early flame Eleanor Wish. Along the way, Harry solves the crime and helps the FBI solve theirs. A great way to spend 13 hours.
For fans of Michael Connelly this book was a delight. Terry McCaleb back in a new book and the main suspect is Harry Bosch. Connelly did a masterful..Show More » job of combining his two stars into one novel. The story is well written and full of twists and suspence. Definitely a book that deserves to be called a page turner.
If you're looking to be entertained, or to pass the time in an enjoyable manner, try this book. It's not at the tip top of the line, but it holds its..Show More » own. The development of the main character was essential to the success of this story, and it is done well. He is charismatic and the reader learns a lot about him by the end of the book, coming to really like and respect him.
I read other reviews before buying this book and was looking out for the out-of-place relationship with the rookie cop that so many mentioned. I, however, found that relationship to be completely necessary to the story. It kept the narrative from constantly revolving around the murder, which would quickly have gotten dull. It added another dimension to the main character, taking away the tough cop facade and showing us the human beneath. I think it was these parts of the story that really caused me to like the guy.
Overall, I liked this book. It was not one that marked me; I probably won't remember it in 2 years. But it kept my mind happily occupied from the time I went in until the time I came out. That's what matters, and I recommend it to anybody who likes a good read.
I've read other Harry Bosch mysteries by Michael Connelly and always walked away with an unsatisfied feeling. This time he did it right! For those of ..Show More »you old enough to remember some of the detective novels of the fifties this one encompasses some of the best features of that genre. Don't get me wrong, the story is as up to date and timely as it gets. Al Qaeda operatives and 9/11 are never far from our minds. This novel however takes more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Bosch is a human being, capable of errors and hesitations, but always focused on his main objective, solving the murder. The plot keeps you in constant suspense, almost wanting to keep you glued to your listening device until the end. Len Cariou's reading is superb and compliments a fine mystery novel. I know that you'll like it.
What can I tell you? If you read the prior Harry Bosch novels you'll love it. If this is your first you'll be hooked. It's just great to be able to..Show More » listen the yarn unfold. Michael Connelley is a masterful story teller.
This listen was completely enjoyable. Narration by Len Cariou was perfect. This is my first Michael Connelly novel and consequently my first detective..Show More » Harry Bosch story. The writing is excellent - great plot, nice twists and turns, great characters. I thought I needed a lot more action (violence?) to hold my attention and maintain suspense. Connelly has proven that that is not necessary. Good suspense does not mandate a lot of shooting, car chases and staccato dialogue. Just good writing.
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 ..Show More »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.
If you're a Connelly fan, you won't be disappointed -- he brings Haller and Bosch together in a completely believable way. Seeing Bosch through Halle..Show More »r's eyes (which shows him to be deceptive and rude) is a treat, and reminds you that character is in the eye of the beholder.
However, for me Giles' narration was a bit of a disappointment. First, Adam Grupper did a great job with Haller in the Lincoln Lawyer, and should have been brought back. Second, after you've heard Len Cariou or Dick Hill do Bosch, it's a bit strange to hear Giles' thin take on the character. Same for Jack McEvoy, who plays a bit part: Giles makes him sound like some cub reporter for the Daily Planet.
Still a very credit-worthy book, though, with a great payoff at the end.
I am a Michael Connelly fan but this book did not cut it for me. The unbelievability factor is just too high in both dialog and storyline. Maybe the..Show More » Len Cariou narration contributed to this problem as the father daughter conversations did not ring true. I prefer Connelly read by Dick Hill or Adam Grupper. I did, however, enjoy the Hong Kong scenes as I've been there a few times and could visualize the settings. I got through it pretty easily and enjoyed some moments but Connelly has written many better books.
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly is his twentieth book and I have read them all. This book brings together Connelly's two famous characters: Dete..Show More »ctive Harry Bosch and attorney Mickey Haller. Haller returns to the courtroom after a long absence to take on the case of a Hollywood mogul accused of murder. The mogul's first attorney turns up dead, and Haller is assigned to the case. But it gets a bit sticky when it looks like the killer is now after Haller, and Det. Bosch shows up to "protect" Haller, even if it means botching up his case. I've never read any of Connelly's books before, and I'm not normally a fan of this type of fiction, but Connelly sucked me in from the first page with his masterful dialogue and action scenes. Haller is a compelling character full of hard-won wisdom and surrounded by intriguing characters. Bosch is a bit of a jerk, to say the least, but I couldn't help liking him as well. Connelly creates terrific scenes with tightly plotted suspense.
Connelley's newest brings his two most well known characters together in a masterfully crafted story of legal gamesmanship and investigatory prowess v..Show More »ery much in the style of Law and Order that is more heavily written as a Mickey Haller courtroom procedural than a police thriller. Harry Bosch plays a significant role, maybe as much as 40% of the story --and provides much of the action in the book, but it is the interaction of the two that adds some real personal interest. The half brothers are getting to know each other a little as are their daughters and these relationships promise avenues for some terrific storytelling in the future.
I think what impressed me the most about how Connelly executed this work was what he didn't do. There were at least half a dozen times in the book where he'd left the opportunity open for fairly obvious plot devices that authors over use to manipulate the reader or force a dramatic turn of events. Connelly's skill is in understanding that jaded readers expect these things and cynically predict them as we're reading. Just as we get to the point where we expect to turn the page to find the predictable forced plot twist, the story resolves in beautiful simplicity that feels far more real than any contrived t.v. show style drama. Bravo to Connelly for resisting the obvious. That said, there were some missed opportunities here that I think hint at future stories. For example, I look forward to some adventures that feature the newly acquainted cousins. I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good story and well executed, but may have left a little too much of the sub plot on the editing room floor.
Connelly you can't go wrong! I find myself pulling over to the side of the road just to hear a bit more. The mix of Police proceedure, Bosch's..Show More » personal life wrapped up in a mystery thriller is all you could want.
Im not sure about how I feel about these short stories and I really dont understand why popular authors are made to write them. They always kind of h..Show More »ave an "Im not really into this but I have to do it" kind of feel. The stories werent bad but its hard for me to really get locked into a short story like I do regular novels. As far as the performance goes...I like Len Cariou in all of the other MC books, he is usually spot on and as good as the previous reader of Harry Bosch, Dick Hill. However, for some reason he sounds weird in "Suicide Run", almost like he didnt have the art of narrating down pat yet. Had I listened to "Suicide Run" first I would have never gone onto other Harry Bosch books because of how weird Cariou sounded. Overall not bad, for 3.99 its good entertainment....exhausting a whole credit on the other hand for this is not worth it. You pay 14.99 for a gold membership so why would anyone give up a whole credit for a book that costs 3.99??
Not happy with the first story “Christmas Even.” It was unfinished. Harry knows who did it and how, b..Show More »ut he hasn’t proved it.
“Fathers Day” was complete. Harry investigates and interrogates in a smart way. It was good. “Angle of Investigation” was also good.
In general I don’t like short stories. These are a way to pass the time, but not enough time to get into them. I would not recommend this unless you’ve already read all of the full length Harry Bosch novels and want more of him.
NARRATOR: Sadly I have problems with the narrator. I used to love him, but he has changed. He has trouble pronouncing certain sounds like K and S. It’s stressful to hear him talk. I wonder if he has ill-fitting false teeth. Other than that he is good with acting and tone of voice.
nice collection -- one missing in the order though
this is great to get 3 Harry Bosch books in one. I'm totally hooked on the characters. I am a big fan of crime dramas and I just love Michael Connel..Show More »ly's style and tales. Len Cariou is also my favorite narrator for these series, too. the other narrators are all good, but Len is my fav. :) You really can listen to one book and not have to go with the series as Connelly gives you the insights from previous stories if you missed them and need them for background with the current story. personally, I like going in order. I found the series when I first listened to one of the newest stories, Nine Dragons, and then went back and found the whole series and started from the beginning.
If you're listening to Harry Bosch series in order, there's actually one that comes after the Narrows and before Echo Park called The Closers. If you want to listen in order, then you'll need to get that one and listen to it after the first book in this set.
I really like the set, though. It's economical and great for someone like me who is relatively new the Harry Bosch series and now hooked.