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Black Echo by Michael Connelly

book 157:  The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

This is the first book in the Harry Bosch mystery series.  Bosch is an LA homicide detective with a Vietnam tunnel rat background and a police performance record of doing his own thing and not playing well with others.  Black Echo won Connelly an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and I agree with the judgment.  I only had two complaints...nobody's going to leave the hospital within a day with an injury like that!  and a criminal would have to be a complete moron to talk to the intended victim that long with other law enforcement personnel in the area!  Besides those two speed bumps, I found the story very engaging and gritty.  Bosch is tough but well rounded and reasoned.  The things he does make sense and feel like they could happen.  The story also balances police procedural and suspenseful intensity well.  I look forward to reading the next one, Black Ice, if I can find a copy.
Tags: award winner, crime fiction, gritty, murder mystery

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