The Black Echo: Harry Bosch #1 by Michael ConnellyDetective/Mystery
Harry is a vice cop called in on a murder --a dead body in a drain tunnel. He knows it won't be an ordinary case--because he knows who the victim is! The dead man is a blast from Bosch's Vietnam past, and not a happy one. Bosch and the victim were tunnel rats in 'Nam, bomb diffusers who crawled through the tunnels to find and destroy bombs before they exploded. Harry knows it can't be a coincidence he found the body, but what does it mean? How does it fit together? The incident brings back bad memories for Bosch.
I didn't love it, but I liked it enough to keep going. It felt very noir and dark to me, not usually the type of book that I like. It had a very 'Vietnam' feel to it, if that makes any sense. It was procedural and gritty and realistic. I felt like Bosch was an actual vice cop relating a case to me. The romance with a fellow worker eased the tension and bleakness of the book a little. It made Harry seem more like a normal person. It was extremely detailed and it kept my attention. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot. It's a book you can't second guess, like one of those roller coasters that twist and turn. I do like the character of Harry--he is a rebel and he thumbs his nose at the establishment, a man after my own heart.