The Black Echo

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Michael Connelly
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Suspense, Police Stories
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: February 2015
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 14 hours
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An LAPD homicide detective must choose between justice and vengeance as he teams up with the FBI in the first novel of the 'thrilling' Harry Bosch series (New York Times Book Review).

For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal . . . because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam 'tunnel rat' who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

Reviews (27)

Written by Ferraris79 on September 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 1/5

So incredibly boring. I was very disappointed in both the story and the narrator.


Written by SteveMac58 on August 7th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another Bosch story that keeps the listener enthralled

Written by Hebe P. on September 13th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. I watched the TV series and have read over thirteen of the books as well. Solid fan. This book sets the foundation for so many of the things that follow. Wish I had read this book first. It gave me the answers that are only in this book. Loved it!


Written by Eric R. on March 31st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story and well read. Totally enjoyed this book

Written by R Phoenix on December 7th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love the Bosch series. The narrator really makes the books come alive with the different voices and he really acts out each character. I am making my way through the whole series now and I have been watching the tv series too.

Written by Deanna R on September 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book. Enjoyed the twist and turns. I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.

Written by James F on May 24th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

if you are a Harry Bosch fan you can't miss with, "Black Echo". Iv'e read them all more than once and this is a terrific investigation with a great cast for the Nam Vet who seems to be in way over his head. Yet Bosch pieces together this complicated yarn that keeps surprising and fascinates with each chapter. Enjoy, this is Bosch at his best. Jimy Jet

Written by Jose Guerra on June 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The best detective story I have heard. The twist at the end was of not a surprise after the way it was going. Matching all of the facts leading up to the conclusion is a masterful work. I really recommend it.

Written by julie roberson on October 25th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Worst Harry Bosch just wasn't that interesting. A total disappointment when compared to the other books by Michael Connely.

Written by Susan Steele on September 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Excellent book and narrator. We look forward to hearing additional books from this author.

Author Details

Author Details

Connelly, Michael

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.
After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.
After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996—a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book Of The Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person. To celebrate its release, Michael produced the limited edition jazz CD, Dark Sacred Night, The Music Of Harry Bosch. This CD is a compilation of the jazz music mentioned in the Bosch novels and was given away to his readers on Michael's 2003 book tour.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. To accompany this Harry Bosch novel, Little, Brown and Company Publishers released a limited edition DVD, Blue Neon Night, Michael Connelly's Los Angeles. In this film, Michael Connelly provides an insider's tour of the places that give his stories and characters their spark and texture.
His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in May 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in October 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney and half-brother of Harry Bosch.
Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park, released in October 2006.
The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in May 2007.
Michael's next novel, The Brass Verdict, will be released in October 2008, and will unite half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch for the first time ever.
Connelly's books have been translated in 35 languages and have won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), and Premio Bancarella Award (Italy).
Michael was the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his literary work, Michael was one of the creators, writers, and consulting producers of Level 9, a TV show about a task force fighting cyber crime, that ran on UPN in the Fall of 2000.
Michael lives with his family in Florida.