Echo Park – Michael Connelly

Ukechopark Michael Connelly is back with another Harry Bosch story in “Echo Park“.

In a nutshell: The disappearance of Marie Gesto in 1993 was a case Harry and his then partner, Edgar failed to crack.  It’s haunted Harry ever since.  When he retired from the LAPD he copied the file and took it with him.  When he returned to the LAPD he regularly took out the file for another review.  One day, as Harry and his current partner are clearing up another case, a call comes in.  To avoid the death penalty, the lawyer of one Raynard Waits has negotiated a deal: Waits will confess to all his crimes, but the details need to be checked to ensure the confessions are valid.  One of those crimes is the murder of Marie Gesto…

When Connelly took Bosch into retirement and then returned him to the LAPD to work on cold cases, he provided a gem of a situation.  Such cases do not carry the normal chronology of events, thus it is possible to write stories that can take the reader anywhere.  And this is the beauty of the page turning “Echo Park”.  The murderer is already in custody; he’s confessed to more crimes; he’s repulsive when interviewed and there are still some 300 or so pages to go…  So what on earth is going to happen next?

With more twists than you’d find in a waist length hair plait, this excellent novel will keep you guessing to its bitter end.

3 thoughts on “Echo Park – Michael Connelly

  1. rose by any other name

    Hmmm, only 238th in line at the library for this absolute MUST-read. Quick injection of ready cash needed here methinks – maybe clearance sale of other lesser priority first editions on Ebay?

  2. rose by any other name

    How right you were CFR – I loved this book. But once again
    – SPOILER ALERT HERE –
    it’s ended in much the same way re: Harry and Rachel as the last one did. So – what’s your take on it? Do you think they’ll linger on and make a go of it, or is it just company and comfort when Rachel is in town?
    And no contact between Harry and Maddie, only a mention of her. I will never forgive Eleanor for this transgression.
    Last but not least – I love those casually dropped names in Connelly’s work, and nice to see Sarah Weinman get a mention for posterity like this.

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