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The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel) (original 1992; udgave 2002)

af Michael Connelly (Forfatter)

Serier: Harry Bosch (1)

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Kriminalroman. Harry Bosch fra kriminalpolitiet i Los Angeles er ikke særligt vellidt blandt kollegerne og kommer i vanskeligheder, da han skal efterforske mordet på en af sine soldaterkammerater fra Vietnam, som var involveret i et stort bankkup.
Medlem:wbcthree
Titel:The Black Echo (A Harry Bosch Novel)
Forfattere:Michael Connelly (Forfatter)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2002), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Harry Bosch is a Noire-ish detective in the unlikely setting of Hollywood. He's a bit of the stereotypical hero policeman, a slightly loose cannon with less interest in making friends or following the rules than in uncovering the truth. This particular story hinges on his past as a Vietnam veteran, and includes a mildly silly romantic element, but the whole thing holds together pretty well. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I admit it: I’m a latecomer to this party. Michael Connelly is an enormously successful writer and his series about Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch is his best-known work. But it’s taken me nearly 30 years to read one — and now I’m hooked. Connelly writes in the best traditions of both the police procedural (Ed McBain) and the LA-based film noir (Raymond Chandler). This book focusses on “tunnel rats” — American soldiers who during the Vietnam war would go down into underground tunnels in pursuit of Viet Cong fighters. I had the privilege of interviewing an American veteran of the Vietnam war who did exactly that, and have never forgotten what he told me. Bosch also, apparently, does hypnosis (another subject that, for the moment, intrigues me) — although doesn’t get a chance to demonstrate that skill in this book. Connelly has apparently written 30 novels, so there go my weekends for the rest of this year. ( )
  ericlee | May 5, 2021 |
There is nowhere better for me to try to understand the mindset of Harry Bosch or indeed his creator Michael Connelly by starting again where it all began book one in the series.

Harry is best described as "a detective who would do the right thing no matter what the cost. A man with a sharp worn code of conduct. A classic outsider.".... In The Black Echo we learn about Harry's activities as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam war and how the horrors of this underground hell helped shape him as a detective with the will to survive and a loner's code of justice. When the body of a fellow "rat" Billy Meadows is discovered in a drain outlet, Harry is determined to find the perpetrator responsible and bring justice to his onetime comrade in arms. In this endeavour he is joined by FBI agent Eleanor Wish, a relationship develops that becomes personal and leaves Harry wondering if her intentions are honourable or does she harbor an underlying agenda.

The weakness of the story is the plot; dirty money profits from Saigon laundered as precious stones and kept secret in a bank vault in downtown LA. The only way to retrieve the hidden stash is to tunnel deep into the innards of the bank. In contrast the strength of the story is the superb charactization of the main players. Bosch, Eleanor Wish and Deputy Chief Irvin Irving who appears to be on a one man crusade against what he views as underhand tactics by a maverick lone detective.

As always Michael Connnelly is razor sharp in his acute observations of the human spirit....."Sunsets did that here. Made you forget it was the smog that made their colors so brilliant, and that behind every pretty picture there could be an ugly story."....."He was a worn-out old man whose eyes had quit caring about anything but the odds on three year olds"..."I believe that shit happens. I believe that the best you can do in this job is come out even".......

Having just reread The Black Echo I have actually awarded it an extra star! Whilst the plot becomes a little laborious there are nice incidental comments that can be made. There is a theme of tunnels running through the story, a young teenager found murdered in a drainage tunnel, bank robberies where the perpetrators ingeniously use tunnels as their mode of entry, and of course Harry Bosch was a tunnel rat in Vietnam and murder victim Meadows was a tunnel rat and friend. The characters of Lewis and Clarke are portrayed as 2 buffoons from Internal Affairs, who under the strict command of Irving have been asked to shadow Bosch and somehow find or witness the detective acting outside the law. There is a particularly funny scene where Harry confronts the 2 and handcuffs them around a tree.....again this sense of comedy does not sit well in the overall theme of The Black Echo....needless to say the conclusion of this affair is swift and bloody.
The Black Echo is an important read not only because it is the first book in a great series but it lays the groundwork for many great adventures to come and the cynicism of dedicated detective that can only increase.... ( )
  runner56 | Mar 13, 2021 |
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 |
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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.
tilføjet af Roycrofter | RedigerKirkus 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.
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Kriminalroman. Harry Bosch fra kriminalpolitiet i Los Angeles er ikke særligt vellidt blandt kollegerne og kommer i vanskeligheder, da han skal efterforske mordet på en af sine soldaterkammerater fra Vietnam, som var involveret i et stort bankkup.

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