It’s hard for me to get excited about a new author, to many books that I have read lately have ended up letting me down. They either fail to start of with enough Hmmmph, or they fail at other places as the story develops. Or worst yet, they fail to deliver when it’s time to wrap-up all the loose ends of the story or not ending everything in grand fashion.

However, even before I started reading The Black Echo by Michael Connelly I had a feeling that things were going to be different. The guy has several books in his repertoire, with more coming out every year and all of them say New York Times Bestseller. And in the Murder/Mystery world, if you aren’t any good, you aren’t going to be around for long.

Needless to say, I was expecting great things, and to make a long story short, I wasn’t let down.

The story centers around a black sheep detective Harry Bosch who has recently been re-assigned to the Hollywood Detective squid from L.A. Homicide. The opening scene is Harry investigating a body found in a pipe by a reservoir. At first it looks like nothing more than a funky who crawled into the pipe to keep warm and then O.D. on black tar heroin. Because of this, most detectives would let this stand as an open-and-shut case and call it a day, but not Harry Bosch. His interest is even more peaked when he discovers that he actually knew the victim, from Vietnam. He was a mole rat, like Bosch, rooting out the Vietcong from their tunnels and subterranean villages.

From there Harry visits the run-down house of the victim to determine if his death was a simple OD, as it would appear, or was there something else going on. Upon entering his residents, Harry begins to suspect that there is something else happening in this case. The place is trashed, but upon looking around Harry discovers a receipt for a pawn shop.

The plot thickens when Harry finds the pawn shop broken into with the very item he is looking for among the pieces that were stolen. When he digs further he finds that the piece that was stolen was in fact a piece of jewelry from a bank safety deposit box that was hit when the perpetrators tunneled in from the sewer system into the bank vault and made away with the goods, and nobody being none-the-wiser.

However, the action doesn’t stop there as the story continues with Harry hot on the trail of not only the bank robbers but their masterminds, and nobody is whom they seem.

Realistically, there is nothing bad I can say about this book. The action was non-stop from beginning to end, the plot points where believable and  imaginative as were the characters, and the writing was clear, clean and easy to follow. What more could you ask for?

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