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El eco negro av Michael Connelly
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El eco negro (urspr publ 1992; utgåvan 2010)

av Michael Connelly (Författare)

Serier: Harry Bosch (1)

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An LAPD homicide detective must choose between justice and vengeance as he teams up with the FBI in the first novel of the "thrilling" Harry Bosch series (New York Times Book Review). For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal . . . because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. 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, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.… (mer)
Medlem:Pakoniet
Titel:El eco negro
Författare:Michael Connelly (Författare)
Info:Roca (2010), Edición: Tra, 496 páginas
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Novela Negra, Harry Bosch, Norteamérica

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In Michael Connelly's The Black Echo we meet for the first, but far from the last, time, Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch, forty-years old, single, emotionally wounded veteran of Vietnam War, wiry, mustachioed, handsome, irascible, chain smoking, falsely discredited, former highly admired detective of prestigious LAPD Robbery/Homicide Division, who has been transferred to the Hollywood Division regarded as the sewer.
Connelly is adept at leading us question by question into the substance of an investigation and into the development of character. When Bosch is assigned to investigate a corpse found in a pipe at the Mulholland Dam he wonders why were there no drag marks from the corpse; then, when he recognizes the corpse as being that of Billy Meadows, a companion during his stint as a "tunnel rat" during the war he wonders why he was assigned the case.
The novel centers on the fear that comes when moving into tunnels to face unknown dangers. "We called it the black echo. It was like going to hell. You're down there and you could smell your own fear." Much of the action and drama of the novel happens in tunnels or tunnel-like tubes.
Interpersonal communication is not one of Harry's many skills, especially that with authority figures. He struggles in his relationships: with his partner, Jerry Edgar; his lover, FBI agent Elenore Wish; his immediate supervisor, Lieutenant Harvey (ninety-eight) Pounds; and especially with Internal Affairs Division and its head, Deputy Chief Irvin Irving. Busch, though, is deeply sensitive to those he feels responsible for like Billy Meadows, and witness, Sharkie.
We know much about Harry Bosch after reading this first of a long series: in addition to all that above, we learn he was suspended from duty related to the notorious "Dollmaker Case" when he shot and killed the unarmed prime (and doubtlessly guilty) suspect; we know he is hounded by IAD and especially by Irving; we know he is remarkedly good at solving difficult cases and is resented by many in the LAPD for that, and for the attention he has received from media for advising a smash hit TV crime series; we know that he is not above using news outlets to further his efforts to find truth; we know that he is regarded by most of his fellow officers and superiors as an outsider -- not a member of the "police family." All of which, is why we readers love him and will happily continue following Connelly's series.
  RonWelton | Feb 21, 2021 |
I didn’t plan it this way, but I do find it rather appropriate that my first book review of the new year is of the book that introduced one of the most popular fictional detectives in recent memory to the world. The Black Echo, published in 1992, was the first of Michael Connelly’s “Bosch novels.” Now, depending on how you count them - and it does get a little bit tricky - there are at least 26 novels featuring Harry Bosch. Most recently, Bosch has been teamed up with a new, younger partner called Renée Ballard, but beginning in 2008, Bosch has also been paired with his famous half-brother in four of the “Lincoln Lawyer” novels. In fact, just this morning I stopped by a Target store to purchase a copy of last November’s The Law of Innocence, the latest Lincoln Lawyer novel in which the brothers join forces.

Interestingly, Hieronymous Bosch is already forty years old when readers first meet him. Harry even lives alone in the same stilted-house in Los Angeles that readers have come to know so well over the last almost-thirty years. But most tellingly, he is already in trouble with his police superiors, a state of being that will become the norm for Harry in many, if not most, of the next two-dozen books. Too, many of the characters that will become mainstays in later books are first introduced - although not always in a positive way - in The Black Echo.

It is in this first book that readers learn enough of his backstory to understand why Harry is so ready to fight the system and why he is such a loner and a rebel. The experiences that Bosch had as a tunnel rat during the war in Vietnam play a crucial role in The Black Echo, but readers also learn enough here about the detective’s mother and his boyhood to understand why he still carries such deep emotional scars.

The Black Echo begins when Bosch gets called to work a possible crime scene at Lake Hollywood where a dead body has been discovered inside a large drainage pipe. It is likely that the dead body belongs to an addict who has suffered an overdose, but cause of death will need to be determined before that can be confirmed. After Bosch has had time to study the scene and the body for a few minutes, he realizes two things: the death is probably not accidental and he knows the victim, a fellow Vietnam War tunnel rat - someone Harry helped into rehab a couple of years earlier but had not spoken with since.

That’s when things start to get complicated and Harry begins to realize that there is more to this case than some very powerful people want to see exposed. Harry Bosch, though, is not a man who can easily be stopped from carrying an investigation through, no matter where that investigation may lead him or who tries to shut him up. He continues working the case, picking and choosing what information he will share with others involved in the investigation, despite the two Internal Affairs cops who trail him all the while in hopes that they can finally claim his badge as a trophy. Harry is just not a real popular guy with the LAPD or the FBI.

Bottom Line: The Black Echo is an excellent introduction to Harry Bosch and the Los Angeles police department environment he must survive if he wants to do his job. I can tell you from experience that you do not necessarily have to read this first book in the series before jumping into the series at some later point, but it will certainly help you understand the character if you do. This is particularly true for the Vietnam-based portion of Bosch’s backstory. The Black Echo is an impressive debut novel. Even more impressive is the way that Michael Connelly has lived up to all the promise shown in the novel. ( )
  SamSattler | Jan 2, 2021 |
*** : Connelly un des maitres du polard noir. Tous les classiques du genre sont réunis : le flic sombre, ombrageux en guerre contre sa hiérarchie, la femme fatale ..
  Eliseur | Jan 2, 2021 |
I do love me some hard-boiled detective fiction. :) I think it all started when I plied the big bookshelves at my grandparents' house beginning in my early teen years. Those bookshelves were a trove of everything from astronomy to animal husbandry to romance, historical, classic, mystery, SF--it seemed to have everything. So I got my first taste of the likes of Mickey Spillane, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett, which turned into a lifelong affinity for the genre.

The Black Echo speaks to me on that level, although it has a contemporary setting and echoes of the Vietnam War. The main character is the loner who might still find love, who does the right thing as he sees it, who wants justice. The plot is nicely complex and the supporting characters intriguing, and of course there's that interesting twist at the end. Really enjoyed this read--it was engaging and fast-paced. I've read Michael Connelly before and find him a very reliable storyteller. ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
Review of Black Echo, Black Ice, Concrete Blond, Harry Bosch series #1 #2 #3 by Michael Connelly

This review covers the first three books in the Harry Bosch series.

Set in those pre-mobile phone days in and around Hollywood the main character is introduced with a back story that forms a major part of the plot of the first novel and is also apparent in the following two but to a lesser degree. Harry Bosch is built up pretty fast which is not surprising as detective novels are usually pretty tight.

He is pretty much the stereotype but there is no shame on that, it means that we can just get on with the story and not have lots of sidetracks to fill in the plot. I liked him in that 2 dimensional way, even though he is quite solidly built.

The plots are like all good detective plots, merely a frame on which to hang the detective's skills and issues, yes, he has a few issues, and so he should to be convincing.

The stories themselves are coherent and engaging and well thought out, there's no second guessing here you have to read it all out to get to the end.

After reading three I could have happily read more but my backlog needs reducing.

You will not be disappointed here, top quality craftsmanship as you'd expect from Michael Connelly. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
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Big, brooding debut police thriller by Los Angeles Times crime-reporter Connelly, whose labyrinthine tale of a cop tracking vicious bank-robbers sparks and smolders but never quite catches fire. Swift and sure, with sharp characterizations, but at heart really a tightly wrapped package of cop-thriller cliches, from the hero's Dirty Harry persona to the venal brass, the mad-dog IAD cops, and the not-so-surprising villains. Still, Connelly knows his turf and perhaps he'll map it more freshly next time out.
tillagd av Roycrofter | ändraKirkus Reviews (Nov 1, 1991)
 
Harry Bosch, detective de la policía de Los Ángeles quedó marcado por la dura experiencia de Vietnam. Ahora, un caso le devuelve su pasado. La víctima, Billy Meadows, había servido en su misma unidad. Ambos eran ratas de túnel que combatían en la red de pasajes subterráneos del Viet Cong; ambos experimentaron el terror del eco negro: la reverberación en las tinieblas de su propio pánico. Ahora Meadows está muerto. Pero su rastro parece apuntar a un gran atraco bancario perpetrado a través de túneles de alcantarillado.
tillagd av Pakoniet | ändraLecturalia
 

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An LAPD homicide detective must choose between justice and vengeance as he teams up with the FBI in the first novel of the "thrilling" Harry Bosch series (New York Times Book Review). For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal . . . because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. 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, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

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