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"There is no finer writer of crime fiction working than Connelly. The proof is in the pages — or, more precisely, how quickly they swim past. Echo Park is the sort of book you wait to read on a Friday, lest you wind up calling in sick to work to finish it." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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In 1993 Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the twenty-two-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the District Attorney.

A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto. Taking the confession of the man he has sought — and hated — for thirteen years is bad enough. Discovering that he missed a clue back in 1993 that could have stopped nine other murders may just be the straw that breaks Harry Bosch.

Michael Connelly's enthralling 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."

Review:

"Bestseller Connelly's compelling 12th Harry Bosch novel (after 2005's The Closers) offers some new wrinkles on a familiar theme — the aging detective haunted by the one who got away. In Bosch's case, the elusive quarry is the man who abducted a 22-year-old equestrian, Marie Gesto, in 1993. Having returned to active duty as a member of the LAPD Open-Unsolved Unit, Bosch repeatedly pulls the file to see if he can discover something new and give some small solace to the victim's parents. When a chance police stop of a suspicious vehicle nets serial killer Raynard Waits, who's carrying body parts in his van, Bosch assesses the murderer's claim that he was responsible for killing Gesto, too. The weary and cynical detective soon suspects that Waits is trying to barter information for a reduced sentence of life imprisonment. Political motivations connected with the upcoming DA election also cloud the investigation. Smooth prose and plausible characters — even the secondary figures — elevate this several notches above the standard cop vs. serial-killer thriller. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Bestseller Connelly's compelling 12th Harry Bosch novel (after 2005's The Closers) offers some new wrinkles on a familiar theme — the aging detective haunted by the one who got away. In Bosch's case, the elusive quarry is the man who abducted a 22-year-old equestrian, Marie Gesto, in 1993. Having returned to active duty as a member of the LAPD Open-Unsolved Unit, Bosch repeatedly pulls the file to see if he can discover something new and give some small solace to the victim's parents. When a chance police stop of a suspicious vehicle nets serial killer Raynard Waits, who's carrying body parts in his van, Bosch assesses the murderer's claim that he was responsible for killing Gesto, too. The weary and cynical detective soon suspects that Waits is trying to barter information for a reduced sentence of life imprisonment. Political motivations connected with the upcoming DA election also cloud the investigation. Smooth prose and plausible characters — even the secondary figures — elevate this several notches above the standard cop vs. serial-killer thriller. Author tour. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In his 11 Harry Bosch novels, Michael Connelly has bucked two pervasive trends in modern crime fiction. Too many writers have fallen into the trap of writing quirky detectives who detour into cutesy or hard-boiled stories that devolve into violent, ironic self-parody. But Detective Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department is serious and straightforward, and Connelly's latest,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Connelly offers a stellar demonstration of why, as Harry says, 'taking it straight to the heart is the way of the true detective,' whatever the costs to himself and others." Kirkus Reviews

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"Connelly forc[es] 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." Booklist

Review:

"Echo Park is another prime demonstration of Mr. Connelly's handiwork: he has woven entirely unsurprising elements into a surprisingly suspense-filled story. Just read his rivals in the crime genre to realize how difficult this is and how easy he makes it look." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Echo Park is Michael Connelly writing pretty much at the top of his craft, which is to say at the top of mystery writing today....[G]rabs the reader early on and doesn't let go..." San Jose Mercury News

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"[T]he plot is exquisitely drawn, a finely wrought and intricate story of detection and police procedure that is so good it would almost make you think that the author was right there in the car with the detectives." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"The language is spare and brutal. The story, simple and propulsive. The results, wildly entertaining and swiftly disposable. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"There are a number of elements that make these novels such a pleasure to read. Clean prose, a smart blend of character and story, clever twists, bright flashes of suspense and surprising extras..." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Echo Park is a richly imagined and finely crafted piece that grabs the reader on Page One and locks him but a half-step behind Bosch on every page that follows." Denver Post

Review:

"Connelly...layer[s] his fast-moving narrative with problem-solving details...and, all in all, deliver[s] terrific bang for the buck." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Detective Harry Bosch reopens one of his own unsolved cases and comes face to face with a psychotic killer he has been seeking for 11 years. When Bosch realizes he and his partner missed a clue that could have prevented nine additional murders, his whole being as a cop begins to crack.

About the Author

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and author of the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels and the bestselling novels Chasing the Dime, The Poet, Blood Work, and Void Moon. Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and novels, including an Edgar Award. He lives in Florida.

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Beverly Szaton, December 28, 2006 (view all comments by Beverly Szaton)
Having begun to despair of Mr Connelly's future I was delighted to find he seemed to have made a swooping improvement with Echo Park. Harry Bosch is his usual glum self but not quite as depressing as the previous title. The plot and subplots and sub-subplots were suitably twisted and, actually, as I got into the book, a teensy bit predictable. Hmmmmm.... then I got to the end: not with a bang but a whimper. What has happened to Mr. Connelly's ability to end a story with a good loud bang?
Well, it's still a better read than most. And the action scenes are very skillfully done. Can't quite give it 5 stars, but it's close.
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Bookwomyn, November 14, 2006 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
I love Connelly and his character, Harry Bosch. This book will not disappoint fans. Poor Harry just can't let this one case go - he's determined to solve it and that speaks well of our guy. Connelly is one of the better mystery writers - one who can actually write! I'm never bored by his books, always finish them, never get annoyed by poor writing, run-on sentences, etc. He's a good, solid writer and produces enjoyable fiction for those of us who like a good mystery. Yay!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316734950
Author:
Connelly, Michael
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Author:
Cariou, Len
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Unsolved murders; Unsolved crimes; Abduction; Serial killers; Conspiracies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
A Harry Bosch Novel
Publication Date:
October 9, 2006
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.25 x 1 in 0.48 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Connelly's compelling 12th Harry Bosch novel (after 2005's The Closers) offers some new wrinkles on a familiar theme — the aging detective haunted by the one who got away. In Bosch's case, the elusive quarry is the man who abducted a 22-year-old equestrian, Marie Gesto, in 1993. Having returned to active duty as a member of the LAPD Open-Unsolved Unit, Bosch repeatedly pulls the file to see if he can discover something new and give some small solace to the victim's parents. When a chance police stop of a suspicious vehicle nets serial killer Raynard Waits, who's carrying body parts in his van, Bosch assesses the murderer's claim that he was responsible for killing Gesto, too. The weary and cynical detective soon suspects that Waits is trying to barter information for a reduced sentence of life imprisonment. Political motivations connected with the upcoming DA election also cloud the investigation. Smooth prose and plausible characters — even the secondary figures — elevate this several notches above the standard cop vs. serial-killer thriller. Author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Connelly's compelling 12th Harry Bosch novel (after 2005's The Closers) offers some new wrinkles on a familiar theme — the aging detective haunted by the one who got away. In Bosch's case, the elusive quarry is the man who abducted a 22-year-old equestrian, Marie Gesto, in 1993. Having returned to active duty as a member of the LAPD Open-Unsolved Unit, Bosch repeatedly pulls the file to see if he can discover something new and give some small solace to the victim's parents. When a chance police stop of a suspicious vehicle nets serial killer Raynard Waits, who's carrying body parts in his van, Bosch assesses the murderer's claim that he was responsible for killing Gesto, too. The weary and cynical detective soon suspects that Waits is trying to barter information for a reduced sentence of life imprisonment. Political motivations connected with the upcoming DA election also cloud the investigation. Smooth prose and plausible characters — even the secondary figures — elevate this several notches above the standard cop vs. serial-killer thriller. Author tour. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "There is no finer writer of crime fiction working than Connelly. The proof is in the pages — or, more precisely, how quickly they swim past. Echo Park is the sort of book you wait to read on a Friday, lest you wind up calling in sick to work to finish it." Chris Bolton (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Connelly offers a stellar demonstration of why, as Harry says, 'taking it straight to the heart is the way of the true detective,' whatever the costs to himself and others."
"Review" by , "Connelly forc[es] 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."
"Review" by , "Echo Park is another prime demonstration of Mr. Connelly's handiwork: he has woven entirely unsurprising elements into a surprisingly suspense-filled story. Just read his rivals in the crime genre to realize how difficult this is and how easy he makes it look."
"Review" by , "Echo Park is Michael Connelly writing pretty much at the top of his craft, which is to say at the top of mystery writing today....[G]rabs the reader early on and doesn't let go..."
"Review" by , "[T]he plot is exquisitely drawn, a finely wrought and intricate story of detection and police procedure that is so good it would almost make you think that the author was right there in the car with the detectives."
"Review" by , "The language is spare and brutal. The story, simple and propulsive. The results, wildly entertaining and swiftly disposable. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "There are a number of elements that make these novels such a pleasure to read. Clean prose, a smart blend of character and story, clever twists, bright flashes of suspense and surprising extras..."
"Review" by , "Echo Park is a richly imagined and finely crafted piece that grabs the reader on Page One and locks him but a half-step behind Bosch on every page that follows."
"Review" by , "Connelly...layer[s] his fast-moving narrative with problem-solving details...and, all in all, deliver[s] terrific bang for the buck."
"Synopsis" by , Detective Harry Bosch reopens one of his own unsolved cases and comes face to face with a psychotic killer he has been seeking for 11 years. When Bosch realizes he and his partner missed a clue that could have prevented nine additional murders, his whole being as a cop begins to crack.
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