The Black Echo

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The Black Echo
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 Writers of America Edgar Award for "Best First Novel" in 1992.[1]


The novel centers on Harry Bosch, a Vietnam veteran who served as a "tunnel rat" (nicknamed Hari Kari Bosch), with the 1st Infantry Division — a specialized soldier whose job it was to go into the maze of tunnels used as barracks, hospitals, and on some occasions, morgues, by the Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army.[2] After the war Bosch 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. In the end, he discovers that a coworker from the FBI is the killer and Eleanor Wish knew all about it the whole time.

In the Amazon series Bosch (season 3), after Harry captures a suspect, Detective Bosch tells him "I will make sure you spend the rest of your life in the black echo."


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".[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Questions For... Michael Connelly". The New York Times. October 3, 2006. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Michael Connelly, The Black Echo, Little, Brown and Company, 1992, page 88.
  3. ^ "Best First Mystery Novel by an American Author Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  5. ^ "The Dilys Award - (Imba)". 2012-03-31. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-30.