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