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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellant debut of a fascinating character, 23 Dec 2002
This review is from: The Black Echo (Paperback)
I've been reading the later Harry Bosch novels, and just ran into this one. It probably would've been much better had it been the first Bosch novel I had read, but it's still darn good.
The plot elements have been used before, but they're given a fresh twist here. Harry in this book as in the later ones has three distinct challenges: The case itself, and this is one in which he's coincidentally deeply involved; the continual conflict with the political agendas of superiors which threatens his ability to properly investigate the case; and the dealing with his own deep feelings and realizations, including his awareness that his decisions affect lives of those not directly involved.
While some may find the beginning slow, I find Connelly highly skilled in bringing out important technical aspects of the investigation while interspersing scenes that involve more action.
If you haven't yet read Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch stories, this is the one to start with. And if you have, be sure not to miss this one.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2009 03:53:03 BDT
Harry Bosch is a detective all should meet. Reading the book,I found myself questioning myself and wondering what I would do in his position. I marvelled his handling of the constant ribbing from teammates and the attempts to stifle him from superiors and wondered if I could withstand such attitudes and still function propoerly. Connelly is a great writer; drawing the reader into the plot and then twisting things around when you least expect it. This was my second book by Connelly and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Apart from being entertaining, it leaves the reader being better informed about criminology and the workings of the police force. Truly a great read; I will be buying all of his books. Micheal Connelly is way up there with John Grisham for me.
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