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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 66.
- Review Date: 2007-01-29
- Reviewer: Staff
No matter how much critics and readers love him, Connelly's Harry Bosch is definitely a downer. To catch the spirit of the popular series without sending listeners leaping out of their windows requires an unusually talented reader, who can take the tiny shreds of light the author sprinkles very sparingly through his dark and bloody outings and turn them into veritable bonfires. Fortunately, Cariou is a veteran of four previous Bosch audios who knows his man down to his obsessive socks. Cariou can also do Connelly's normal, only semidepressed supporting characters with grace and depth: Harry's female partner, other cops with mixed motives, crooked lawyers, on-the-make politicians, even a convicted serial killer trying to escape the death penalty by reopening one of Bosch's old wounds. Cariou, of course, can't remove Harry's guilt or ease his obsessions: he's an actor, not a therapist. But his talent adds a Prozac-like sense of ease not to be taken lightly. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 4). (Nov.)
Harry Bosch cares more about the victim, murdered and voiceless, than any other crime fiction cop I can think of and that's just for starters. Harry may joke about the "way of the true detective," but he does his damnedest to follow it. In Michael Connelly's 11th Bosch-based, polished procedural, Echo Park, Harry, working in the Open Unsolved Unit, is still haunted by the 1993 murder of Marie Gesto. Suddenly, he's told that a man picked up with a bag of bloody human remains has confessed to the Gesto murder, among others. Joining the interview team, Bosch begins a roller-coaster ride through a maze of police department intrigue, big-time city politics, dirty cops and lying lawyers. On this wild ride, it takes all of Harry's rebel instincts, strong detective skills and terrier tenacity to get at the truth. Connelly is at his best, keeping the pace fast and the tension high, and narrator Len Cariou is his perfect performing partner.