The Black Echo

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The Black Echo
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First edition cover
Author Michael Connelly
Country United States
Language English language
Series Harry Bosch
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication date
January 21, 1992
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
ISBN 0-316-15361-3
Followed by The Black Ice

The Black Echo is the 1992 début novel by American crime author Michael Connelly. This is the first of Connelly's Bosch series. The book won the Mystery Writer's of America Edgar Award in 1992.[1]

Plot[edit]

The novel centres round Harry Bosch, a Vietnam veteran who served as a "tunnel rat" during the war, became an L. A. police detective advancing to the Robbery-Homicide Division. However, after killing the main suspect in the "Dollmaker" serial killings, Bosch is demoted to "Hollywood Division" homicide, where he partners with Jerry Edgar. The death of Billy Meadows, a friend and fellow "tunnel rat" from the war, attracts Bosch's interest, especially when he determines that it may have been connected to a spectacular bank robbery using subterranean tunnels. Bosch suspects that the robbers were after more than money and he then partners with the FBI, in particular agent Eleanor Wish, in an attempt to foil their next attack.

Bosch and Wish end up connecting the robberies to a group of Vietnamese living in Orange County, as well as some Americans that may have been involved with them.

Awards[edit]

The Black Echo won the 1993 Edgar Award for "Best First Novel" and was also nominated for the Anthony Award in the same category and the Dilys Award for "Best Novel".[2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Questions For... Michael Connelly". The New York Times. October 3, 2006. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Bouchercon.info. 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  4. ^ "The Dilys Award - (Imba)". Mysterybooksellers.com. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-04-30.