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The Black Echo  (Harry Bosch, Bk 1)
The Black Echo - Harry Bosch, Bk 1
Author: Michael Connelly
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 ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312950484
ISBN-10: 0312950489
Publication Date: 7/15/1993
Pages: 418
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 176 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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MyLikeIt avatar reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 450 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
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!
ProfDon avatar reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 38 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
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.
ceylang avatar reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 112 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Just read this first installment of the Harry Bosch series and thought it was great! Great page turner, surprised me at the end.
reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
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.
reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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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reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 40 more book reviews
Wow this book keeps you guessing till the end. Justt when you think you have figured it out, nope ... not it.

Connelly is such an intelligent writer, you are right there in the midst of the action as you are drawn into each and every page and every character.
reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 83 more book reviews
Exciting mystery full of twists and turns. Good, rich character development. Interesting (and abrupt) changes in direction. I look forward to more of Harry!
robinmy avatar reviewed The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, Bk 1) on + 1747 more book reviews
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.

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