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4.00004489097905 out of 54.00004489097905 out of 54.00004489097905 out of 54.00004489097905 out of 54.00004489097905 out of 5 4.00 (37,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Harry Bosch Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543612806
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For maverick homicide cop Harry Bosch, the victim found in the Mulholland Dam drainpipe is not just another anonymous statistic in the L.A. crime scene. This one, Billy Meadows, was a Vietnam vet, a fellow tunnel rat with Bosch. They fought arm in arm in the underground war that felt like a living hell.

The horror of those days in Nam are about to be relived. Bosch must enter a series of interwoven alleys to find the mastermind criminal behind this atrocious crime. As his instincts are put the test, he is joined by the enigmatic FBI agent who may just be an ally against enemies in the LAPD. Now Bosch must choose between vengeance and justice as he hunts the killer whose true identity may shock him.

Michael Connelly, who has been awarded every possible award for mystery writers, is author of multiple works of crime fiction and detective novels. He is also the author of The Lincoln Lawyers, which was adapted into a film starring Matthew McConaughey. All of his novels appear in the same fictional universe and there are multiple character crossovers among the novels. It was his obsession with Raymond Chandler's detective stories that inspired him to write, and he would later rent for several years Chandler's former apartment. His early writing career was spent as a journalist, one story for which he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Covering the crime beat in Florida and L.A., he kept his job as a journalist until his fourth novel was published, after which he quit to write full time.

BOOK 1 OF THE NATIONALLY BESTSELLING HARRY BOSCH SERIES, NOW A HIT TV SHOW!

"Michael Connelly is the master of the universe in which he lives, and that is the sphere of crime thrillers." - Huffington Post

For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal...because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Robertson | 4/21/2017

    " Loved the book, I listened to the series out of order but it did not bother me So far I like Harry!!! Looking forward to number 2 this time if I can find it!!! "

  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Chap | 2/10/2017

    " Michael Connelly has written different books that are based on Harry Bosch (a detective) and Mickey Haller (a lawyer). They may or may not appear in each other's novels but I was introduced to Harry Bosch through one of Mickey Haller's stories. (Lincoln Lawyer was adapted to a movie and starred Matthew McConnahan). This is the first Harry Bosch novel and it was a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/17/2014

    " First of a long long series, this is pretty straightforward detective fiction, with Harry Bosch in LA investigating a couple of murders. It will be interesting to see how it evolves. I predict a reading binge after this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon Lynch | 2/10/2014

    " Bosch is a thinking detective who tells you how it is.This was 1992 without the glitz of fancy communication.The Viet veteran found dead in the pipe is an intruiging development.Overall a good story that shows the brutality of crime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bambola | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting to go back to the start of the Harry Bosch series, after "meeting" him in the Mickey Haller books. I found it a bit hard to get my head around his personality at first, but it was a clever story line. I picked one of the inside crooks but not the other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Hopkins | 1/30/2014

    " Clever plot twists and usual less than flattering look of the LAPD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cario Lam | 1/13/2014

    " Michael Connelly skillfully constructs a first class mystery novel with just the right number of words that keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. He cannot be accused of padding. In addition it would be no surprise if this work especially appeals to the over fifty male crowd. The principle character is over 50, spends his money on jazz and booze and gets the girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gdupe1 | 1/11/2014

    " It is very odd that I liked the book, but do not like the main character. It was enjoyable, but I ma not sure if I am going to continue on the series. Maybe one more to see if Harry grows on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/11/2014

    " Loved this book! Connelly's characters are believable, his descriptions are impeccable and I am now officially hooked on Harry! Ready to read The Poet, which I heard is exceptional! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lis | 1/10/2014

    " Great summer read for a couple of days at the beach. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/8/2014

    " I found it very hard to like any of the characters or care what happens to them. The writing style is pretty dry as well. As this is the first in a series, I may come back and give it another shot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 1/3/2014

    " It is the first novel featuring Harry Bosch. Harry is a hard smoking beer drinking detectitive who lives in the dark side of life. This is, in my opinion, Connelly's best book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Darby | 1/3/2014

    " I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I found Michael Connelly to have such a comfortable voice I'm planning on reading another of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/26/2013

    " This was the first in the Harry Bosch series, and I enjoyed it as much as all the other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 12/21/2013

    " Good detective procecdural that gives you clues, but doesn't give the end away to easily. Will look for more Bosch novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 12/3/2013

    " "I believe this may be first in a series, certainly my first featuring Harry Bosch, LAPD detective, a bit of a black sheep, and a former Viet Nam "tunnel rat. Compelling." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bubba61909 | 11/25/2013

    " This book was amazing, if this is his first book then it shows that he is a good author. I recommend this book for anyone who likes the modern detective novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smalljr | 8/15/2013

    " I enjoyed the book.....predictable ending though....I saw the ending early in the book....which is unusual for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Snyder | 4/30/2013

    " The first book in the Harry Bosch collection. Not bad for a first effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crista | 3/28/2013

    " It started out a bit slow, but was a very enjoyable read. I will be reading more of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy Trevino | 1/16/2013

    " I love this character,first in the Harry Bosch books,well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/10/2013

    " First in Harry Bosch series. This involved Harry trying to find out why an old tunnel rat from Viet Nam was murdered and what he had to do with a bank robbery. It also involved a couple of FBI agents that were leading the bank robbery investigation that were dirty. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Holiday | 9/25/2012

    " Good, didn't suspect the twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 7/31/2012

    " Very good job of plotting in a suspenseful detective novel. The hard-boiled detective character in most police procedurals can become very tiring - a cardboard cutout figure whose only standout feature is his misogyny - but Connelly does a pretty good job with Harry Bosch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannette Lemieux | 5/13/2012

    " I loved this book and Harry Bosch's character - I am quickly working my way through all of the Harry Bosch books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Meyer | 5/8/2012

    " a great introduction to the makeup and style of Harry Bosch...he is indeed the solitary nighthawk !!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie M | 8/13/2011

    " A page turner and a great "who done it". I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 5/12/2011

    " It's hard not to like Harry Bosch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 5/5/2011

    " An entertaining mystery with some good twists. I am sure I'll continue the Bosch series. Amused by how dated a book from the early 90s is already. Pay phones? What are those? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lou | 5/2/2011

    " Another good detective drama. This is a series I will enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 4/13/2011

    " This is a very good read. Great plot line. I wish there were .5 rating cause this deserves a 4.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 4/11/2011

    " Quite good for an early Connelly novel. His later books get even better. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.