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Michael Connelly - Author

About the Author

Michael Connelly is a former police reporter for the LOS ANGELES TIMES and the international bestselling author of the Harry Bosch thriller series.  He is the author of several standalones, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, which was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. His novel Blood Work was adapted into a film in 2002 with a screenplay by Brian Helgeland and direction by Clint Eastwood, who also played the lead role. Connelly's novel The Lincoln Lawyer was made into a film in 2011, with Matthew McConaughey playing defense lawyer Michael "Mickey" Haller. He occasionally makes guest appearances as himself in the ABC comedy/drama TV series Castle.
 
His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the EDGAR and ANTHONY AWARDS.  Fifty-eight million copies of Connelly’s books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages.

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Featured books by Michael Connelly

The Late Show

The Late Show

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

Only Harry Bosch can uncover LA's darkest secrets in this new gripping thriller from global bestseller Michael Connelly. 'What do you want me to do?' Bosch asked again. 'I want you to find someone for me,' Vance said. 'Someone who might not have ever existed.' Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in the town of San Fernando outside of Los Angeles, when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance. When he was eighteen Vance had a relationship with a Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared. Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his vast fortune. And Bosch is the only person he trusts to undertake the assignment. Harry's aware that with such sums of money involved, this could be a dangerous undertaking - not just for himself, but for the person he's looking for - but as he begins to uncover Vibiana's tragic story, and finds uncanny links to his own past, he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

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The Burning Room

The Burning Room

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

In the LAPD's Open Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet ten years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually non-existent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

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The Burning Room

The Burning Room

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

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The Drop

The Drop

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

A message to our readers from Michael Connelly...     A cold case gets a DNA hit for a rape and murder which points the finger at a 29-year-old convicted rapist who was only eight at the time of the murder. Then a city councilman's son is found dead - fallen or pushed from a hotel window - and he insists on Bosch taking the case despite the two men's history of enmity. The cases are unrelated but they twist around each other like the double helix of a DNA strand. One leads to the discovery of a killer operating in the city for as many as three decades; the other to a deep political conspiracy that reached back into the dark history of the police department.

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Other books by Michael Connelly

Fair Warning

Fair Warning

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2020

*PRE-ORDER NOW*HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU? Jack McEvoy is a reporter with a track record in finding killers. But he's never been accused of being one himself. Jack went on one date with Tina Portrero. The next thing he knows, the police are at his house telling Jack he's a suspect in her murder. Maybe it's because he doesn't like being accused of a crime he didn't commit. Or maybe it's because the method of her murder is so chilling that he can't get it out of his head. But as he uses his journalistic skills to open doors closed to the police, Jack walks a thin line between suspect and detective - between investigation and obsession - on the trail of a killer who knows his victims better than they know themselves... * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the very best writers working today in any genre' Sunday Telegraph 'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'A master' Stephen King 'A genius' Independent on Sunday 'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

Fair Warning

Fair Warning

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2020

*PRE-ORDER NOW*HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU? Jack McEvoy is a reporter with a track record in finding killers. But he's never been accused of being one himself. Jack went on one date with Tina Portrero. The next thing he knows, the police are at his house telling Jack he's a suspect in her murder. Maybe it's because he doesn't like being accused of a crime he didn't commit. Or maybe it's because the method of her murder is so chilling that he can't get it out of his head. But as he uses his journalistic skills to open doors closed to the police, Jack walks a thin line between suspect and detective - between investigation and obsession - on the trail of a killer who knows his victims better than they know themselves... * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the very best writers working today in any genre' Sunday Telegraph 'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'A master' Stephen King 'A genius' Independent on Sunday 'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

Fenway 1946 Red Sox, Peace, and a Year of Hope

Fenway 1946 Red Sox, Peace, and a Year of Hope

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Boston writer Michael Connolly captures the magic of American's return to normalcy after World War II in this intimate portrait of a city and the baseball team it loves. Fenway 1946 celebrates the city and the team and the spirit of that wonderful 1946 season in Boston-a season, as usual the broke fans' hearts-as America returned to return to peacetime pastimes. And none was more American than baseball. Along the way he brings out the stories and personalities that made that year so special in the Hub. From returning veterans like Ted Williams and young Congressman John F. Kennedy and thousands of others and their families who worried while they were in Europe or the Pacific, the 1946 Red Sox season was a celebration. It was catharsis. It was what made American great. Husbands and sons were coming home to the open arms of a grateful nation. This included five hundred major leaguers who fought in World War II. The homecoming of America's best sparked a spirit of collective pride from coast to coast-and New England was not exempt. For the previous five years, America sat around its radio listening to war reports. Now they would gather in the parlors to enjoy baseball once again. Baseball had always been a thread that connected the country--a sport that linked generations. Opening Day 1946 was a tangible reminder that the country was at peace - back to the way things were. Nowhere was this more relevant than in Boston. From Scollay Square to South Boston to the North End, veterans in their uniforms, kids with bats over their shoulder and housewives were talking about the return of Ted Williams and a roster that was considered the best in the league. Expectations were high - as always, at Fenway Park. Fans somehow knew this would be their year. The 1946 Boston Red Sox finished first in the American League with a record of 104 wins and 50 losses. And they wouldn't disappoint (until October). ***** * In January of 1946, Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, John Pesky and Bobby Doerr are released from the military and vow to come back as good as ever. * American and especially Boston are desperate for real baseball. In 1945, the Red Sox averaged only 7,814 fans a game at Fenway. In 1946, with Williams and the team back home, they played in front of over 33,000 in their last scrimmage game at Fenway Park before the season started. * Opening Day for the league was in Washington D.C. between the Senators and the Red Sox. President Harry Truman threw out the first pitch. Ted Williams went 6-12 in the series and was mobbed by Senator fans who rip his shirt off while he leaves the field. As he approached the dugout, Williams tossed his hat to a GI sitting in the lower box * The home Opening Day for the Red Sox at Fenway Park was an event for the ages. Before the game Marines re-enacted the flag-raising at Iowa Jima in center field. The first pitch was thrown out by Governor Tobin. Standing by his side was a local war hero, John Murdoch, who got a bigger ovation than Ted Williams. Murdoch was part of the team that saved boxing world champion Barney Ross, whose bravery at Guadalcanal was unparalleled. * Red Sox won an amazing 41 of their first 50 games. Ted Williams hits eleven home runs in just June. A spirit of euphoria overtakes Boston as the always hopeful fans pray for the Red Sox to break their 28-year curse. * All Star game is played at Fenway where Ted Williams and voted MVP after going 4 for 4 with 2 home runs including a grand slam. * In September, the Red Sox win a matinee game 1-0 in Cleveland on a Ted Williams inside the park home run. Later that day the Tigers lose giving Boston the pennant. Red Sox owner, Tom Yawkey throws a party in his hotel room. No one can find Ted Williams. Not telling anyone, Williams went to the local veterans' hospital in Cleveland and spent the night with a dying veteran. * Red Sox clinch the pennant. In one year their win total improved by 33 games (71-83 in 1945 to 104-50 in 1946). America is returning to the ballpark. At Fenway alone attendance went from 603,794 in 1945 to 1,416,944 in 1946. * In the National League, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals tie for the pennant. While Boston awaits the National League playoff to conclude, Tom Yawkey invites American League All Stars to come to Fenway Park and scrimmage his Red Sox to keep them sharp. Hall of Famers, DiMaggio, Greenberg and Appling all sacrifice the first week of their offseason in loyalty to the American League. DiMaggio forgets his uniform and has to wear a Red Sox uniform for the game. A game in which Williams is hit on the elbow with a pitch and never fully recovers in the World Series. * In anticipation of Game Seven of the World Series in St. Louis, newspapers across the country split the front page with previews of the big game and the expected execution that day of Herman Goering (he would avoid that by killing himself) and ten other high-ranking Nazi's in Nuremberg, providing Americans further validation that the war was behind them. * President Harry Truman's team beats the Red Sox in the penultimate game when Johnny Pesky holds the relay throw from the outfield allowing Enos Slaughter to score from first on a single.

The Night Fire The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

The Night Fire The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

SOME CRIMES LIGHT A FIRE THAT NEVER GOES OUT...'Connelly is at the top of his game - a humdinger of a thriller' Evening Standard, Books of the Year 'Masterfully structured, hugely entertaining and satisfying' Daily Express 'A superb story that never once draws breath' Daily Mail * * * * * A JUDGE MURDERED IN A CITY PARK Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, defends the man accused. A HOMELESS PERSON BURNED ALIVE Detective Renee Ballard catches the case on the LAPD's notorious graveyard shift. AN UNSOLVED HOMICIDE FROM A LIFETIME AGO Harry Bosch is left a missing case file by his mentor who passed away. He was the man who taught Bosch that everybody counts, or nobody counts. Why did he keep the case all these years? To find the truth - or bury it? IN L.A. CRIME NEVER SLEEPS But in Ballard, Bosch and Haller: the fire always burns. Will it light the way - or leave their lives in ashes? * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail 'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'A master' Stephen King 'A genius' Independent on Sunday 'A terrific writer with pace, style and humanity to spare' The Times 'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express 'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph 'Justly regarded as one of the world's finest crime writers' Mail On Sunday 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

26 Miles to Boston A Guide to the World's Most Famous Marathon

26 Miles to Boston A Guide to the World's Most Famous Marathon

Author: Michael Connelly, Bill Rodgers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2020

26 MILES TO BOSTON slips squarely into the running shoes and minds of the athletes as they traverse the 26-mile, 385-yard course of America's most venerated long-distance race. From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the center of metropolitan Boston, here are the mile-by-mile sights and sounds experienced by the runners. Interwoven throughout is the colorful history of the men and women of manifold skills who have competed in this preeminent event over the span of more than a century. Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps, 26 MILES TO BOSTON is a book for anyone who's ever wondered what it might be like to run the Boston Marathon.

The Night Fire The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

The Night Fire The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2019

SOME CRIMES LIGHT A FIRE THAT NEVER GOES OUT... 'One of the most eagerly awaited books of the year.' The i newspaper, Best Crime Books for 2019 'There's something for everyone in this jam-packed plot' New York Times * * * * * A JUDGE MURDERED IN A CITY PARK Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, defends the man accused. A HOMELESS PERSON BURNED ALIVE Detective Renee Ballard catches the case on the LAPD's notorious graveyard shift. AN UNSOLVED HOMICIDE FROM A LIFETIME AGO Harry Bosch is left a missing case file by his mentor who passed away. He was the man who taught Bosch that everybody counts, or nobody counts. Why did he keep the case all these years? To find the truth - or bury it? IN L.A. CRIME NEVER SLEEPS But in Ballard, Bosch and Haller: the fire always burns. Will it light the way - or leave their lives in ashes? * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail 'The pre-eminent detective novelist of his generation' Ian Rankin 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'A master' Stephen King 'A genius' Independent on Sunday 'A terrific writer with pace, style and humanity to spare' The Times 'America's greatest living crime writer' Daily Express 'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph 'Justly regarded as one of the world's finest crime writers' Mail On Sunday 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

The Night Fire The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

The Night Fire The Brand New Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2019

A judge murdered in a city park. Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, defends the man accused. A homeless person burned alive. Detective Renee Ballard catches the case on the LAPD's notorious graveyard shift. An unsolved homicide from a lifetime ago. Harry Bosch is left a missing case file by his mentor who passed away. He was the man who taught Bosch that everybody counts, or nobody counts. Why did he keep the case all these years? To find the truth - or bury it? In LA, crime never sleeps. But in Ballard, Bosch and Haller: the fire always burns. Will it light the way - or leave their lives in ashes?

Dark Sacred Night A Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Dark Sacred Night A Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

Hollywood vs. The Author

Hollywood vs. The Author

Author: Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, Lawrence Block Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

It's no secret that authors have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood. The oft-repeated cliche that the book was better than the movie holds true for more reasons than the average reader will ever know. When asked about selling their book rights to Hollywood authors like to joke that they drive their manuscripts to the border of Arizona and California and toss them over the fence, driving back the way they came at breakneck speed. This is probably because Hollywood just doesn't get it. Its vision for the film or TV series rarely seems to match the vision of the author. And for those rare individuals who've had the fortune of sitting across the desk from one of the myriad, interchangeable development execs praising the brilliance of their work while ticking off a never-ending list of notes for the rewrite, the pros of pitching their work to Hollywood rarely outweigh the cons. Stephen Jay Schwartz has sat on both sides of that desk-first as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen, then as a screenwriter and author pitching his work to the film and television industry. He's seen all sides of what is known in this small community as Development Hell. The process is both amusing and heartbreaking. Most authors whose work contains a modicum of commercial potential eventually find themselves in the room taking a shot at seeing their creations re-visualized by agents, producers or development executives. What they often discover is that their audience is younger and less worldly as themselves. What passes for story notes is often a mishmash of vaguely connected ideas intended to put the producer's personal stamp on the project. Hollywood Versus The Author is a collection of non-fiction anecdotes by authors who've had the pleasure of experiencing the development room firsthand-some who have successfully managed to straddle the two worlds, seeing their works morph into the kinds of feature films and TV shows that make them proud, and others who stepped blindsided into that room after selling their first or second novels. All the stories in this collection illustrate the great divide between the world of literature and the big or small screen. They underscore the insanity of every crazy thing you've ever heard about Hollywood. For insiders and outsiders alike, Hollywood Versus The Author delivers the goods. With contributions by Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Alan Jacobson, Andrew Kaplan, Tess Gerritsen, James Brown, Peter James, Rob Roberge, Lee Goldberg, Naomi Hirahara, T. Jefferson Parker, Diana Gould, Joshua Corin, and Alexandra Sokoloff

Dark Sacred Night A Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Dark Sacred Night A Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

*THE FIRST EVER BOSCH & BALLARD THRILLER: THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER* At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. * * * * * Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard shift and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old files.The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hunting for leads in an unsolved case that has got under his skin. Ballard escorts him out but - curious to know what he was searching for - soon becomes obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton. Was she the first victim of a serial killer who still stalks the streets? For Bosch, the case is more than personal: it may be all he has left. But in a city where crime never sleeps, even detectives have a dark side... * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail 'A master of the genre' Stephen King 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'Novels of exceptional quality' The Times 'Genuine modern classics' Independent on Sunday 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph 'America's greatest living crime writer' Express 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

Dark Sacred Night A Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Dark Sacred Night A Ballard and Bosch Thriller

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2018

*THE FIRST EVER BOSCH & BALLARD THRILLER: THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER* At the end of a long, dark night Detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch cross paths for the very first time. * * * * * Detective Renee Ballard works the graveyard shift and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find a stranger rifling through old files.The intruder is none other than legendary LAPD detective Harry Bosch, hunting for leads in an unsolved case that has got under his skin. Ballard escorts him out but - curious to know what he was searching for - soon becomes obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton. Was she the first victim of a serial killer who still stalks the streets? For Bosch, the case is more than personal: it may be all he has left. But in a city where crime never sleeps, even detectives have a dark side... * * * * * CRIME DOESN'T COME BETTER THAN CONNELLY. 'One of the world's greatest crime writers' Daily Mail 'A master of the genre' Stephen King 'A superb natural storyteller' Lee Child 'Novels of exceptional quality' The Times 'Genuine modern classics' Independent on Sunday 'Crime thriller writing of the highest order' Guardian 'One of the great storytellers of crime fiction' Sunday Telegraph 'America's greatest living crime writer' Express 'No one writes a better modern thriller than Connelly' Evening Standard

Die Verlorene

Die Verlorene

Author: Michael Connelly Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2018

Don't mess with Harry - Ermittlerlegende Harry Boschs 21 Fall: eine millionenschwere ErbschaftHarry Bosch, mittlerweile als Privatermittler ttig, soll den Erben des Milliardrs Whitney Vance finden: Der alte Mann hatte als Student ein Verhltnis mit einer Mexikanerin, die er auf Druck seines Vaters verlie als die junge Frau schwanger wurde. Ein Leben lang hat Vance sich dafr geschmt, nun will er Wiedergutmachung leisten. Es versteht sich, dass kaum einer in seinem Umfeld von dieser Entwicklung begeistert ist. Bosch ist klar, dass er mit uerster Vorsicht vorgehen muss. Doch kaum hat er erste Erfolge erzielt, erfhrt er vom pltzlichen Tod seines Auftraggebers. Fr Harry Bosch bedeutet das nur eines: Jetzt erst recht!"e;Bosch at his best."e; New York Times

Ehrensache

Ehrensache

Author: Michael Connelly Format: eBook Release Date: 03/01/2018

Eine Ikone der modernen Kriminalliteratur: Der 20. Fall fur Detective Harry Bosch - von Amerikas Top-Thriller-Autor Michael ConnellyDetective Harry Bosch ist in Rente gegangen und nicht mehr beim Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), aber sein Halbbruder, der Anwalt Mickey Haller, braucht die Hilfe des erfahrenen Ermittlers. Eine Frau ist im Schlafzimmer ihres Hauses brutal ermordet worden, und alle Indizien deuten auf einen von Hallers Klienten, einen frheren Gangster, mittlerweile brgerlicher Familienvater. Obwohl die Mordanklage wasserdicht scheint, hlt Mickey sie fr vorgeschoben. Offenbar soll seinem unschuldigen Klienten etwas angehngt werden. Zuerst will Bosch damit nichts zu tun haben, aber dann nimmt er sich der Sache an und betreibt mit der ihm eigenen Hartnckigkeit Nachforschungen, um den Fall aufzuklren. Doch je nher er der Wahrheit kommt, umso mehr gert er in das Visier des Tters Der amtierende Herrscher des Polizei-Thrillers."e; Kirkus Reviews ber Michael Connelly

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/11/2017

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Filbert Nutberry's Grand Christmas Adventure

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2017

The Black Echo

The Black Echo

Author: Michael Connelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Go back to where it all began for LAPD detective Harry Bosch, star of Amazon Prime's Bosch, in his first case The Black Echo - a gripping, action-packed thriller. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is a loner and a nighthawk. One Sunday he gets a call-out on his pager. A body has been found in a drainage tunnel off Mulholland Drive, Hollywood. At first sight, it looks like a routine drugs overdose case, but the one new puncture wound amid the scars of old tracks leaves Bosch unconvinced. To make matters worse, Harry Bosch recognises the victim. Billy Meadows was a fellow 'tunnel rat' in Vietnam, running against the VC and the fear they all used to call the Black Echo. Bosch believes he let down Billy Meadows once before, so now he is determined to bring the killer to justice.