The Echo (novel)

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The Echo
The Echo (Minette Walters novel - cover art).jpg
Author Minette Walters
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Crime / Mystery novel
Publisher Pan Books
Publication date
21 February 1997
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback) & Audio CD
Pages 343 pp (hardback)
ISBN 0-333-65932-5
OCLC 36631472
Preceded by The Dark Room
Followed by The Breaker

The Echo (1997) is the fifth crime novel written by award-winning British crime fiction author Minette Walters. Like all of her books, The Echo is a stand alone (non-series) novel whose characters do not appear in any of her other books.[1] Originally published in English, The Echo has been translated into nine other languages in print and recorded as an ebook in both English and German.[2]


When a homeless man going by the name Billy Blake starves himself to death in the garage of socialite Amanda Powell, journalist Michael Deacon is sent to get the story. Questions abound about Deacon digs into the pasts of both Billy Blake and Amanda Powell: who is Billy Blake? could he be Amanda's previously vanished husband? Why did he choose to starve himself in her garage and in full view of a freezer full of food? Why is Amanda so interested in Billy Blake and why does she pay for his funeral? Along the investigative path, Deacon encounters an unusual cast of characters from Billy's past as well as his own.[1][3][4][5]

Main characters[edit]

  • Amanda Powell
  • Michael Deacon
  • Billy Blake

Television adaptation[edit]

In 1998 this story was adapted for television by the BBC. The cast featured Clive Owen as Michael Deacon and Joely Richardson as Amanda. The show ran for one season.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Echo". Minette Walters. 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Echo (Book, 1997)". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Echo by Minette Walters". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus. January 15, 1997. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Echo by Minette Walters". FictionDB. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Echo". Publisher's Weekly. March 3, 1997. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Echo (TV Series 1998)". Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Retrieved December 6, 2015.