'The Black Echo'
By: Michael Connelly
(Paperback / 482 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446612731 / $7.99)
Description: Harry Bosch, LAPD homicide detective, finds the body of a Vietnam War buddy. Investigating his drug overdose leads Harry to an unsolved bank theft. This Edgar Award-winning novel is well-read by Lloyd Battista, whose gravelly voice is perfect for Bosch.
Verdict: This was my first Michael Connelly book, and after breezing through this I know it won't be my last. The action gets started right away and never lets up. Det. Harry Bosch is a former Vietnam War vet, a tunnel rat who saw plenty of action during his tour there. It turns out the case he's called in to work on involves the body of an old war buddy named Bill Meadows. Harry has to find out who killed him and why. His maverick ways of doing his job have gotten him in trouble in the past, transferring him to Hollywood Homicide where he is under surveillance by 2 IAD detectives named(I kid you not), Lewis & Clarke! I won't divulge any further info but must tell you if you like great mysteries with likeable detectives then get started with this book and look for further books with Harry Bosch as the main character. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by Robert Kluxon