2007: #28 – The Black Echo (Michael Connelly)

Book #28 was The Black Echo, the first book in Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. The back of the book reads:

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 torturous 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.

This is the second book I’ve read in this series, and I like it. It’s an interesting first book for me, because there’s a lot that’s already happened to Bosch before this book even begins. I also find that these books start off rather slow, but once they gain momentum they keep you reading.

The mystery in this is interesting, and is about more than just a murder. I expect the animosity between Bosch and his higher ups will continue further into the series, and it adds another interesting layer to everything.

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