Book Review : The Black Echo By Michael Connelly

The Black Echo is the first in Michael Connelly's Harry bosch series. Its also the second one I've read after the mild disappointment that was The Burning Room. But as I said when I reviewed that book , one disappointment is not enough to put me off an author or a series altogether. So i bought a few more Bosch novels and picked The Black Echo out of the pile at random.

PLOT (  Copied and pasted form Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49343.The_Black_Echo

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.
 


Now I'm going to be honest here. I enjoyed the black echo very much , more so than the burning room . It's an enjoyable police procedural with plenty of tension and a great twist . You can think of Bosch as an American equivalent of Peter Robinson's DCI Alan Banks (crossover anyone?)

The Good bits: 
1: Harry Bosch 
2.Detailed and knowledgeable descriptions of the Vietnam war and the "Tunnel Rats" , neither of which i knew much about.
3. A  complicated if slighlty unbelievable crime 
4. Getting to read about technology that would now be considered hilariously outdated
5.The scene where Bosch handcuffs two fellow cops to a tree
6. Bosch knew the Murder victim Billy Meadows and immediatley felt a sense of duty to find his killer (or killers)
The not so good bits :
1. The book seemed about 50 pages longer than it needed to be
2. some bits seem a bit oudated , mind you i guess that's part of reading old books 

Verdict : 
I enjoyed the Black Echo Very much and would definatley recommend it .



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