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The Black Echo

Författare: Michael Connelly
Genre: Crime Fiction... Noir
ISBN: 0446612731

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The first ever Harry Bosch novel - the start of bestselling Michael Connelly's career.
LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he gets a call out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood.
At first sight, it looks like a routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amidst the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced. To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow 'tunnel rat' in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo.
Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.

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Bok recensioner av The Black Echo :
2008-07-26 10:06

Checking at a poll on Crime Fiction Dossier a couple of moths ago, this book, “The Black Echo”, was mentioned as one of the best ten PI/Detective novels ever written.

I think this is a good book though very meticulous in a bad way. But it’s Michael Connelly’s debut effort so that makes this a bit hard to judge. But being honest I think both author and book are overrated.
Perhaps “The Black Echo” didn’t work for me because the focus of attention is Vietnam. It doesn’t identify me. I’ve no relatives that went there so for me it wasn’t a unique experience reading this book.
But leaving Vietnam aside I found the pace of the book slow and the mystery weak. Michael Connelly describes too many unimportant things taking away the suspense. At times I felt I was getting nowhere. I even predicted some of the plot, which I think is not my virtue but the author’s failure.

So, does “The Black Echo” rank amongst my favourite PI/Detective novels?

In no particular order:

Mystic River, Darkness, Take My Hand, Gone Baby Gone, The Killing Kind, The Unquiet, Gorky Park, Red Square, A Simple Act of Violence, A Quiet Belief in Angels, Already Dead, No Dominion, Silence of the Grave, A Welcome Grave, The Neon Rain, A Small death in Lisbon.

Answer: NO!

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