The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
A friend of mine pointed out the other day that running in San Francisco is like running in your own movie. It’s a perfect description for a sunrise run down the Embarcadero. I ran with this novel in San Francisco and as the noir detective Harry Bosch unfolded the case, the city became a supporting cast. Even though the story takes place in Los Angeles, the hustle and bustle of Market Street and Columbus Avenue in San Fran, have such texture and vitality that I put the story in “my world” and it really added to the novel. For the opening of this series (14 total) Connelly does a great job of setting up the character. He’s a brooding Vietnam Vet with his own brand of justice. Not Dirty Harry but a man with a 6th sense about suspects and the evidence that surrounds a case. He takes his lumps but never gives up.
I started the series out of order. Trunk Music is actually the 5th novel in the series. I’m going to take a break from the noir for my next read but will be back for more. Again, if you like a good detective series, try this one!
This is the back jacket description for this novel.
LAPD detective Hieronymous (aka Harry) Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. Called out on a routine drug overdose case, Bosch soon realises that the victim found lying in the Mullholland Dam drainpipe is no accident case. Billy Meadows was a fellow ‘tunnel rat’ in Vietnam and Harry swears to bring the killer to justice.