Michael Connelly kicks ass in Echo Park, the latest mystery novel starring Detective Harry Bosch. This is a tight, captivating, mystery whose pages almost turn automatically before your eyes. Echo Park finds Harry Bosch exorcising another old demon though this time the demon is himself and how he handled a murder case some thirteen years ago. While he tortures himself with the guilt of not having caught a killer who then killed at least nine other women Bosch still has to solve the original case and other similar ones.
It all begins when Reynard Waits is pulled over and found holding a bag with parts from two different corpses. Facing a lose-lose situation, Waits makes a deal with the D.A and confesses to the murders he committed, including that of Marie Gesto, a case Bosch could not solve thirteen years ago. Bosch does not believe Waits' claim, especially since he has always had another suspect in mind. When he discovers an entry in the Gesto murder book that shows Waits contacted him and former partner Jerry Edgar thirteen years ago, Bosch starts to question his abilities while trying not to drown in the wave of guilt that follows that discovery.
This is but one aspect of Echo Park, the latest mystery novel by Michael Connelly. There is also the usual game playing by Bosch's superiors at the LAPD, the reappearance of FBI agent and former flame Rachel Walling, and Bosch's usual tendency to be a lone wolf and a bit of a loose cannon. Add to this Connelly's usual tight and quick pacing and you've got yourself one hell of a detective novel.
Connelly is at the top of his game here. You sometimes have the distinct impression he is actually playing games with the amateur detective we all become when we read a mystery. He plants clues an intelligent reader will figure out and then has Bosch or another detective reveal their solution much too early on in the novel for said clues to be that meaningful. You know Connelly is messing with your expectations and all you can say is, "Please, Sir. Can I have some more?"
Echo Park is by far the best mystery I have read in a long, long time including past great efforts by Connelly.
Other Michael Connelly Reviews
Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.
The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly
The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.
The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery
The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.
The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.
The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)
The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.
The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.
Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.
The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.
The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery
The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.
The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.
The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards
Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel
The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.
The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.
The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.
The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.
The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.