Echo Park (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly


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MC Echo Park

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If you haven’t seen Amazon’s original series Bosch, I highly recommend it. It is one of the few books to screen adaptions that remains true to the stories.

Season 1 is available on Amazon streaming now, and Season 2 is filming as of this writing. The ten episodes in Season 1 are based on three Bosch novels Echo Park, City of Bones, and The Concrete Blonde. Season 2 is based on Trunk Music, The Drop, and The Last Coyote. Personally, I intend to reread all six novels, as it’s been far too long since I lost myself in these stories.

Booklist Online Review

Harry Bosch is still on the job, working out of LAPD’s Open Unsolved Unit, and despite his best efforts at holding his antiestablishment impulses in check, he’s in trouble again. This time the problem is an unsolved case that has haunted Harry since 1993. Now it appears that the killer has been caught, apprehended by chance and connected to a string of nine additional murders. As cops and prosecutors debate a plea bargain—the killer will confess to the murders if he can avoid the death penalty—it is revealed that Harry and his partner may have missed a crucial clue back in 1993 that could have solved the case then and prevented the later murders. But something doesn’t feel right. As in The Closers (2005), Harry once again may be the victim of a politically inspired conspiracy, or “high jingo” in cop talk. Connelly remains a master at constructing plots that, like contrapuntal themes in music, echo one another. As we watch Harry confront the train wreck that could destroy his career, we also see him dealing with a potentially even more serious crisis being played out internally: Can he recover from the knowledge that his oversight may have resulted in nine murders? Is he a good cop with no tolerance for phonies, or is he, in fact, as his enemies have always argued, an uncontrollable rogue whose hubris costs lives? The answers to these questions are not as clear cut as one might assume, with Connelly forcing Harry’s many fans to accept the harsh truth that the genre’s most compelling hero may also be one of its most flawed. Superior crime fiction, as suspenseful as it is psychologically acute.

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Amazon Description

In 1995, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn’t crack it, and the 22-year-old woman never turned up, dead or alive. Now Bosch is in the Open-Unsolved Unit, where he still keeps the Gesto file on his desk, when he gets a call from the DA. A man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean about several other murders, including the killing of Marie Gesto. Bosch must now take Raynard Waits’s confession and get close to the man he has sought – and hated – for eleven years. But when Bosch learns that he and his partner missed a clue back in 1995 that could have led them to Gesto’s killer – and that would have stopped nine murders that followed – he begins to crack.
Michael Connelly’s suspenseful new novel pits the detective People magazine calls “one of the most complex crime fighters around” against one of the most sadistic killers he has ever confronted. It confirms that Michael Connelly “is the best writer of suspense fiction working today” (Richmond Times-Dispatch).

4.5 stars, 600+ reviews

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Michael Connelly’s Description

In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood. Fearing the worst, the case was elevated by LAPD commanders from the missing persons squad to the Homicide Division, where Harry Bosch was assigned the case. But the 22-year-old woman never turned up — dead or alive — and it was a case Bosch couldn’t crack.

Thirteen years later Bosch is in the Open-Unsolved Unit when he gets a call from the DA’s office. A man accused of two heinous killings is willing to come clean in regard to several other murders in a deal to avoid the death penalty. One of those murders, he says, is the killing of Marie Gesto. Bosch is now assigned to take Raynard Waits’ confession and to make sure the killer is not scamming authorities to avoid a date with death.

In confirming the confession Bosch must get close to the man he has sought for thirteen years. Bosch’s whole being as a cop begins to crack when he comes to realize that he and his partner missed a clue back in 1993 that could have led them to Waits and would have stopped the nine murders that followed the killing of Marie Gesto.