The Black Echo by Michael Connelly | Review

Posted February 17, 2018 by Asheley in review / 0 Comments

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly | ReviewThe Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Series: Harry Bosch #1, Harry Bosch Universe #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 28, 2012
Pages: 496
Source: Library, Audible
Narrator: Dick Hill
Length: 13 hours, 49 minutes
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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.


Starting a huge series like this one can be such an intimidating thing – the Harry Bosch Universe is so long! That’s both a great thing and an overwhelming thing because there are tons of books to catch up on, and I want to read them in order. So I read The Black Echo by Michael Connelly and fell hard for Harry Bosch in terms of his detective work and his character. I enjoyed every word, every scene. (It’s scary to rate a first-in-a-series book a full 5-star rating when the series is this long – but I loved reading this book so much, and I’ve not been able to stop thinking about this story and the character since I stopped it, which is a huge indicator to me in terms of rating.)

I love Harry Bosch so much. He’s exactly the type of detective that I want to read: he has baggage and issues that carry over into his job, which create these perfect blurry areas, which create tension in both his work and private life. Basically, his job affects his life and his life affects his job. Sometimes Harry makes decisions that aren’t always right in terms of the rules, but Harry always does what he thinks is the right thing.

So in The Black Echo, which is the the first Bosch book, Harry is called to investigate the case of a man found murdered in a tunnel in a sketchy part of L.A. Tunnels aren’t Harry’s favorite thing (this goes back to the demons he carries from his time spent in Vietnam). When he gets to the crime scene, Harry realizes that he recognizes the victim. Harry is able to connect this case to another one or two current cases that appear to be smaller. As Harry works to prove the connections, all hell breaks loose and things get very tense and dangerous for everyone involved, including the officers that are investigating the case.

It’s a bit of a long book and there were times when I wondered how on earth everything would come together, but things certainly did by the end. In a big way. I’m glad I was patient.

Some background on Harry: His dad wasn’t around when he was a kid. His mother was murdered (another bit of baggage he carries around) and she was a prostitute. He was a product of “the system” as he was in and out of foster homes until he enlisted in the army. He went to Vietnam. Now, he works with the LAPD and is well-known within the force for his methods and his success in solving cases. Also, he isn’t liked by everyone at work, which causes him problems.

One of the best things about Harry is that he has a bit of a bleeding heart for the victims (and sometimes even the criminals) that can’t really speak for themselves.

I devoured The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. Toward the end, there some huge twists in the story where I literally had to put my book down, get up, and just walk off the shock. I was totally caught off guard and I FELT THINGS. Clearly I’m already emotionally attached to some of these characters after only one book, which makes me excited to dig into this series.

Audiobook Notes:

I wasn’t very far into the book when I realized that I would have to put the book down to do life things, like drive and cook and be an adult. I couldn’t stop with this story, I COULD NOT STOP. So I bought the audiobook from Audible and it has been one of my favorite purchases to date. Dick Hill narrates this story so perfectly that I thought my heart would literally stop beating in certain parts of the book, like when it became particularly exciting or when there were scenes of action, or when Harry had flashbacks to when he was in the tunnels in Vietnam, or when those huge twists were revealed (Lord help me), or basically the entire ending.

I bought the audiobook for Harry Bosch #2 (The Black Ice) right away. I’m totally planning on listening and reading this entire series, as long as the narration stays on point.

Title: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Series: Harry Bosch #1
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 13 hours, 49 minutes, Unabridged

About Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly Author Photo

Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat.  In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

Michael is the bestselling author of thirty-one novels and one work of non-fiction. With over sixty million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include Two Kinds Of TruthThe Late Show, The Wrong Side Of GoodbyeThe CrossingThe Burning RoomThe Gods of Guilt, and The Black Box.

Michael is the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Bosch streams on Amazon Prime Video. He is also the executive producer of the documentary film, Sound Of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. He spends his time in California and Florida.


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

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