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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (20 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752865846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752865843
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons

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Connelly's plots are never straightforward, and he keeps us guessing until the exciting and bitter conclusion to this latest episode in a splendid series (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Connelly has produced another blindingly good plot which, mixed with spellbinding action, takes us deep into a corrupt world. Not for the first time do we discover that there is a very fine line indeed between criminals and the police. This is crime thriller writing of the highest order (GUARDIAN)

Admirers of Connelly's Bosch novels will know that his depiction of his dedicated hero always has the ring of authenticity. And, amid the excitements of his vertiginous plot, Connelly takes the time to consider whether Harry's determination to get his man is worth the sacrifices he makes (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

This is Connelly doing what he does best: delivering a beautifully structured, richly atmospheric crime novel (THE EXPRESS)

Connelly's plots are never straightforward, and he keeps us guessing until the exciting and bitter conclusion to this latest episode in a splendid series. (Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

...amid the excitements of his vertiginous plot, Connelly takes the time to consider whether Harry's determination to get his man is worth the sacrifices he makes. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

This is Connelly doing what he does best: delivering a beautifully structured, richly atmospheric crime novel. (Barry Forshaw EXPRESS)

This is a skilfully structured, richly atmospheric addition to the series. (Jessica Mann LITERARY REVIEW)

'This is LA Noir brought up to date. ... Connelly, the best in the hard-boiled business right now, sets the whole thing up slowly and magnificently until it explodes.' (Allan Laing THE HERALD)

Superb writing and story as usual from Connelly, who grows in strength with each new book. (Vincent Banville IRISH TIMES)

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A heart-stopping outing for the ever popular Detective Harry Bosch.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch has been 'back with a badge' and working alongside partner Kiz Rider for a year or two, but not in the elite Robbery Homicide team where he used to be before he retired. Now he's working in the Open-Unsolved unit, in other words the cold cases, and this story begins thirteen years earlier in 1993 with Bosch's original involvement as a Hollywood Homicide detective in the case of a young woman named Marie Gesto who had gone missing and was presumed dead. At the time, Bosch had a strong feeling for the probable killer but he couldn't nail it on him as there was no hard evidence.

Jump forward thirteen years to 2006 and the case of Marie Gesto is blown wide open - but not in the way Bosch expected. A man is in custody, arrested for being found with the dismembered body parts of two women in his van, and soon he confesses not only to these murders and a string of others, but also to the murder of Marie Gesto all those years ago. Not for the first time, Bosch gets this feeling that something isn't right, despite the confession and the fact that the culprit knows where Gesto's body is buried. Bosch can't really argue with the bald facts but still he feels uncomfortable with what's going on, and as has often happened before, he sets out on a one-man mission for justice while he is supposed to be on home leave. Soon, as a result of meticulous detective work, he finds himself getting closer to the truth and the signs of some serious corruption within the LAPD. He is aided by lover and FBI Agent Rachel Waller who we first came across in a non-Bosch novel THE POET and again in its sequel THE NARROWS, when Bosch was working independently as a private investigator.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By nickyb on 8 Jan 2007
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When it comes down to it Michael Connelly has not writen a bad Bosch book. In fact all of the Harry Bosch saga is little short of brillant. Connelly has managed to develop the detective into one of the great crime novel characters without making him cliched. He is totally believable - flawed, dedicated, lonely and intelligent. In this latest in the Bosch saga, Harry is faced with finally solving a thirteen year mystery but of course nothing is that simple in Bosch's world. he comes up against the politics of the LAPD, dirty lawyers and double dealing. Connelly keeps you guessing right up to the end. Oh do wehave to wait a year for the next gem from Mr Connelly?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By book-worm.biz on 23 Aug 2007
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Another great Harry Bosch story. Michael Connelly is such a superb storyteller that you can read it a as stand alone novel or enjoy it as the next in the series.

Bosch is now in the Open-Unsolved Unit where he still keeps the file on the Marie Gesto case on his desk 13 years after her murder. It was never solved and is the one case Harry wants to crack above all others. Out of the blue he gets a call from the DA; a suspect has agreed to plead to the killing to avoid the death penalty on the new murder charge he now faces.

As he works the case he starts to realise the he and his partner may well have missed vital evidence which would have lead them to the murderer at the time and that the new suspect may in fact be innocent of this crime but guilty of many more he has not admitted to. Bosch starts to doubt the motives of the DA who is running for office and when the suspect escapes leaving two dead cops he is forced to contact an FBI profiler from the FBI to track him down and get to the bottom of what is really going on.

This is superbly crafted thriller; Connelly has woven five different and intriguing strands into this story - old murder, current murder, a serial killer, a dodgy DA, old relationships, new friends and lots of twist and turns along the way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda Oskam on 5 Jun 2007
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Thirteen years after the disappearance of Marie Gesto the case is still haunting Harry Bosch. Then one day he gets a call that a serial killer known as The Bag Man wants to confess the murder of Marie. The murderer knows all the right details, can even lead them to the body, but Harry is still not convinced that Raynard Waits is the killer. The complicating factor is the assistant DA in charge: Rick O'Shea is running for DA and can certainly use a lot of positive media attention. Harry suspects that O'Shea has made a deal with Waits' attorney and the matter gets even more complicated when Waits escapes, leaving 2 officers dead and one wounded. Together with an old profiling friend from the FBI, Rachel Walling, Bosch tries to find the true identity of Waits and his whereabouts. Eventually he finds the guy in his foxhole, but the conspiracy is completely different from what Bosch originally envisaged.

A true page turner. I read the nearly 400 pages in less than 24 hours: before getting up, during my lunch break and any other moment I could find. However, the end of the book provides information on Harry Bosch which is not only unexpected but also not what you want to know about the (anti-)hero of the Bosch series. This left a bit of a bitter aftertaste.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 30 May 2007
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After a couple of merely good Bosch novels, Connolly returns to absolutely top form with Echo Park. Bosch has always been a satisfying blend of righteous intent, deep character flaws and a car crash personal life, but still you'll find some development.

The plot starts on familiar ground, (although new readers should ignore that comment as this can and does stand on its own as a novel) with a long ago unsolved case exercising Bosch and his partner Kiz Rider. Things soon escalate, as this case is part of a serial killer investigation, and before long Bosch is knee deep in political waters - never his favourite.

From there, the plot twists and turns, through 5 distinct parts of the story, but the odds are that you won't see them coming - Connolly really is the master of this genre. By the end little is as we first see it, and even Bosch hasn't emerged unscathed. As far as storyline goes this could just be the best of all the Bosch novels.

For new readers of Connolly - what are you waiting for, this is as good as Detective fiction gets - read any of his books and I defy you not to want to read them all. For established fans - you'll love it.
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