In this book we get a deeper look into Harry Bosch's past and we learn just how deeply his time as a 'tunnel rat' in Vietnam helped to mold his character. This tale of murder and mayhem built around a bank heist (or two?) by tunnelers has the usual number of 'gotchas' as Connelly's characters reveal who they are and are not. Darn good read.
Connelly is one of the finest authors working in the mystery/thriller genre. The Harry Bosch series is outstanding and should not be missed by anyone who enjoys mysteries or police procedurals. This is the first in the Harry Bosch series. Highly recommended!
I wanted to try an author I haven't read before and saw Michael Connelly on The Craig Ferguson Show. He was very humorous and the conversation was easy so I hoped that his writing style would be the same. I was not disappointed with this story. I felt that it developed well and I was satisfied at the end, although I had a suspicision of who the real culprit was from about the middle of the book. The main character of Harry Boush is a likeable one and I can't wait to keep reading this series. I would recommend anyone who likes mysteries and/or cop dramas to give Michael Connelly a try.
While not the first book by this author I've read, this was the first Harry Bosch novel and I couldn't be more thankful for it. It was a delightful read clear through and reminded me of the detective novels of old. A great read for anyone who enjoys the genre!
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I have become a huge fan of Michael Connelly's writing, and this is the first Harry Bosch novel, which I cannot get at my local library.
For fans of thrillers, Michael Connelly is your man. He is a gifted storyteller, and this book introduces his "main" character, Harry Bosch. Harry is a complex man who can be your worst enemy or your best friend. He is the type of detective you would want investigating a loved one's murder; he is intuitive and insightful and will not be dissuaded if he is convinced something just doesn't feel right. As a fan of great writing and one who loves the thrill ride with all of its twists and turns, I highly recommend Michael Connelly.
Harry Bosch is one of my favorite detectives. This book has all the excitement and roller coaster feel of his best work. The atmosphere at the stakeouts are amazing and his thought processes is solving the case are just plain fun.
My first Harry Bosch novel. Good detective story that starts small and slowly builds into a complex caper. I liked the book, but Harry hasn't won me over yet. I'll suspend judgment until I read Black Ice.
This is a really good detective story. I don't know why, but I pictured the main character, Harry Bosch, as a pudgy, overweight, "Columbo" type of guy. But he's described as a wiry, nice looking, sharp detective. Oh well, that's my imagination, and has nothing to do with the story.
This story will keep you on your toes wondering just who is behind everything!
A good, quick read & highly recommended!
Connelly is a master mystery writer. As a former police reporter myself, I can appreciate his love/hate representation for "the job" through his protaginist Harry Bosch. Black Echo kept me hanging and thinking till the end.
A body in a drainpipe leads Harry Bosch into a case that becomes personal.He finds that the murdered man was a fellow "Tunnel Rat" Vietnam vet.Harry had fought side by side with this guy and has flashbacks of the hideous parts of the war. He fights his way through blind alleys that lead to a daring heist and other complications you need to read to believe.
One of Connelly's best, with echoes of the Vietnam War and a haunting narrative. Very memorable. Highly recommended.
Connelly is one of the best mystery writers around today. Articulate, literate, creative, he is for me one of those who are currently holding the gold standard. He can sometimes seem unrelentingly dark, but he's never boring, and never ever stupid.
I enjoyed this one, the first in the Harry Bosch series. Connelly has a solid prose style that can be terse and tough or nicely eloquent by turns. His characters (many of whom have great names) tend to be mostly throwaways, it seems, except for the series lead. Bosch is a complicated guy, a dedicated cop who's difficult to figure out and who keeps a reader interested. The plot was complex and mostly believable, although excessive narrative and explanation sometimes slowed the pace to a crawl.
I probably won't read the series straight through, but Connelly has a secure place on on my list of authors who provide thoughtful and well-written police dramas.
I enjoyed the book very much. Lots of twists and turns and just when I thought I knew it all, boom, another surprise came up. I did feel there was lots of repetition and found that kind of boring but all in all I enjoyed the book. I have always liked Michael Connellys books.
Great thriller! Michael Connelly is a master story teller with great attention to detail. This is the second in the Harry Bosch series. He is a meverick LAPD homicide detective who gets assigned to a murder that becomes personal going all the way back to his Viet Nam days. A fascinating thriller and you'll be surprised who the final traitor turns out to be. Don't miss this one.
This is one of those books that I had a very hard time getting into but I am the kind of person that must finish a book once I have started it. Boy am I glad I hung in there. The story became very entertaing and the polt was well written. This is one of those that I ended up not being able to put down for the last 100 pages.
For my money this is a rather mundane mystery. I had never known of this author and was disappointed in this book as I had expected more from him. I have read one more of his novels and don't intend to read any more.
Another wonderful Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch book.
Bosch discovers a dead body found in a drainage pipe (which turns out to be his comrade from Vietnam) Nothing is what it appears to be and Bosch suspects foul play. There are numerous twists and turns. I have read these "Harry" Bosch books over and over. I never get tired of them.
Set in L.A. in the early 1990's - Detective Harry Bosch draws the short straw and is called out to what looks like just another junky's death. Things get personal real quick, as Harry is the one who IDs the body - a fellow 'tunnel rat' from Viet Nam. Author Michael Connelly does his usual round-abouts, casting doubt and suspicion on everyone within a stone's throw of Harry. We get a pretty good glimpse into Harry's background through flashbacks. Overall this was a good story - not TOO many twists and turns as some of Connelly's other books. Added bonus was listing to Dick Hill narrate.
I'll say one thing about the few books by Michael Connelly I've read--they do have a whole lot of things going on between the beginning and the end.
I started reading with this book as it is the first in the Harry Bosch series, which eventually merges with another series of which LINCOLN LAWYER is a part. I read in other reviews that having the Bosch background as Connelly cuts his teeth on the genre is a good start for both series.
Pretty darned good--a bit TOO many plot twists for my liking, but then, when sewer and drainage pipes are a central presence, you have to work down to them. Looking forward to continued Connelly books.
This is the first book of the Harry Bosch series. I had already read two from the series and they were so good, wanted to start at the beginning. This was excellent - very exciting with lots of twists, turns and action!
The dead man in the pipe was Billy Meadows. He wasn't a junkie who overdosed as everyone was supposed to believe. He was a former Vietnam vet who had been murdered. LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch recognized him and vowed to track down his killer. Joining with FBI Agent Eleanor Wise, Harry uncovers information about a bank robbery, drugs and murder. Now if he can keep Internal Affairs off his back, he just might be able to find Billy's killer.
This is the first book in the Harry Bosch series and I found it to be a very good mystery with lots of twists. We learn about Harry's past in Vietnam and why he is driven to find Billy's killer. My rating: 4 Stars.
This is the first entry in the Harry Bosch series by Connelly. I read a couple of Connelly's other books a few years ago but this is the first Bosch novel that I have read. I decided to try these after seeing the first season of Bosch on Amazon Prime which I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed the other Connelly books that I have read, especially The Poet, so am glad that I finally got back to him. I really enjoyed The Black Echo and the Bosch character who is a maverick police detective working out of the Hollywood division in California. In this one, we learn about Bosch's background in Vietnam where he was a tunnel rat, who was sent into the myriad tunnels in Vietnam looking for VC. When a body is discovered in a tunnel above Mulholland Reservoir, Bosch is sent to investigate and finds out the body was one of his fellow tunnel rats, named Meadows, who he knew in Nam. Bosch is then able to tie Meadows and his murder to an unsolved bank heist where the robbers had tunneled into a bank vault and absconded with the contents of hundreds of safety deposit boxes. But were the robbers really after the contents of the boxes or was there a specific target? Along the way, Bosch teams up with a female FBI agent, Eleanor Wish, who he also has an affair with. He is also hounded by internal affairs who thought he may be involved with the bank heist. A very good entry in this series with a twist at the end that I was not expecting. I will be reading more in this series!
The first Harry Bosch novel, winner of The Edgar Award for best first novel.
This book has it all suspense, chilling, fear, survival.
From book back: ...for maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe...is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal...because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam 'tunnel rat' who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam...
I love Harry Bosch novels!
From Publishers Weekly
Connelly transcends the standard L.A. police procedural with this original and eminently authentic first novel, featuring Hieronymus (aka Harry) Bosch, a former hero cop exiled to the small-time Beverly Hills force. In July, Little, Brown will publish a sequel, Black Ice .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc
From Publishers Weekly: "Connelly transcends the standard L.A. police procedural with this original and eminently authentic first novel, featuring Hieronymus (aka Harry) Bosch, a former hero cop exiled to the small-time Beverly Hills force." Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal: "Harry Bosch likes order, contends that there are no coincidences, and keeps meticulous records in his ``murder book.'' When the body of a former ``tunnel rat'' from Vietnam is found in a drainpipe, Harry is the detective on duty and is called to the scene. His identification of the body begins an investigation that leads to more murder, bank robbery, heroin, diamonds, and betrayal. Connelly's descriptions of autopsies, murder scenes, and police procedure are vivid and realistic. The use of acronyms and police jargon puts readers in the middle of the action. A real page turner with gutty realism and an unusual twist." Debbie Hyman, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch hero, maverick, nighthawk the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.
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 horrors of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city to the tortuous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.
Joining with an enigmatic female FBI agent, pitted against enemies within 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.
The Black Echo won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.
Michael Connelly's first book featuring Harry Bosch.
For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch -- hero, maverick, nighthawk -- the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.
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 tortuous 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.