THE BLACK ECHO is a police procedural that encompasses a bank robbery, police corruption, and a murder investigation which conjures violent imagery of the horrific tunnels of close quarter claustrophobic Vietnam combat, set amidst a seedy backdrop of the underbelly of Hollywood. It’s a great start to the Bosch series, introducing a deep and insightful character with flaws and a lone wolf persona who doesn’t care if the truth harms his fellow lawmen.
“There was no name for it, so we made up a name. It was the darkness, the damp emptiness you’d feel when you were down there alone in those tunnels. It was like you were in a place where you felt dead and buried in the dark. But you were alive. And you were scared. Your own breath kind of echoed in the darkness, loud enough to give you away. Or so you thought...It’s hard to explain. Just ... the black echo.”
Re-reading THE BLACK ECHO was just as enjoyable as the first time ‘round many years ago. Connolly adds depth the core plot by virtue of a deep backstory and a solid grounding to Bosch and his previous cases (of which I’m sure if further elaborated in subsequent instalments). The action isn’t over the top and the natural progression of the plot comes full circle as a greater mystery unravels.
Formulaic in a sense but interesting enough to entice more re-reads of Bosch and his exploits.