Echo Park (Harry Bosch Series #12)

Echo Park (Harry Bosch Series #12)

by Michael Connelly

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ISBN-13: 9780759568785
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/09/2006
Series: Harry Bosch Series , #12
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,530
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and has won every major prize for crime fiction. He lives in Florida.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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Echo Park

By Michael Connelly


Copyright © 2006 Hieronymus, Inc.
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ISBN: 0-316-73495-0

Chapter One

THE CALL CAME IN while Harry Bosch and his partner, Kiz Rider, were sitting at their desks in the Open-Unsolved Unit, finishing the paperwork on the Matarese filing. The day before, they had spent six hours in a room with Victor Matarese discussing the 1996 murder of a prostitute named Charisse Witherspoon. DNA that had been extracted from semen found in the victim's throat and stored for ten years had been matched to Matarese. It was a cold hit. His DNA profile had been banked by the DOJ in 2002 after a forcible rape conviction. It had taken another four years before Bosch and Rider came along and reopened the Witherspoon case, pulled the DNA and sent it to the state lab on a blind run.

It was a case initially made in the lab. But because Charisse Witherspoon had been an active prostitute the DNA match was not an automatic slam dunk. The DNA could have come from someone who was with her before her killer turned up and hit her repeatedly on the head with a two-by-four.

So the case didn't come down to the science. It came down to the room and what they could get from Matarese. At 8 a.m. they woke him up at the halfway house where he had been placed upon his parole in the rape case and took him to Parker Center. The first five hours in the interview room were grueling. In the sixth hefinally broke and gave it all up, admitting to killing Witherspoon and throwing in three more, all prostitutes he had murdered in South Florida before coming to L.A.

When Bosch heard his name called out for line one, he thought it was going to be Miami calling him back. It wasn't.

"Bosch," he said after grabbing the phone.

"Freddy Olivas. Northeast Division Homicide. I'm over in Archives looking for a file and they say you've already got it signed out."

Bosch was silent a moment while his mind dropped out of the Matarese case. Bosch didn't know Olivas but the name sounded familiar. He just couldn't place it. As far as signed-out files went, it was his job to review old cases and look for ways to use forensic advances to solve them. At any given time he and Rider could have as many as twenty-five files from Archives.

"I've pulled a lot of files from Archives," Bosch said. "Which one are we talking about?"

"Gesto. Marie Gesto. It's a 'ninety-three case."

Bosch didn't respond right away. He felt his insides tighten. They always did when he thought about Gesto, even thirteen years later. In his mind, he always came up with the image of those clothes folded so neatly on the front seat of her car.

"Yeah, I've got the file. What's happening?"

He noticed Rider look up from her work as she registered the change in his voice. Their desks were in an alcove and pushed up against one another, so Bosch and Rider faced each other while they worked.

"It's kind of a delicate matter," Olivas said. "Eyes only. Relates to an ongoing case I've got and the prosecutor just wants to review the file. Could I hop on by there and grab it from you?"

"Do you have a suspect, Olivas?"

Olivas didn't answer at first and Bosch jumped in with another question.

"Who's the prosecutor?"

Again no answer. Bosch decided not to give in.

"Look, the case is active, Olivas. I'm working it and have a suspect. If you want to talk to me, then we'll talk. If you've got something working, then I am part of it. Otherwise, I'm busy and you can have a nice day. Okay?"

Bosch was about to hang up when Olivas finally spoke. The friendly tone was gone from his voice.

"Tell you what, let me make a phone call, Hotshot. I'll call you right back."

He hung up without a good-bye. Bosch looked at Rider.

"Marie Gesto," he said. "The DA wants the file."

"That's your own case. Who was calling?"

"A guy from Northeast. Freddy Olivas. Know him?"

Rider nodded.

"I don't know him but I've heard of him. He's lead on the Raynard Waits case. You know the one."

Now Bosch placed the name. The Waits case was high profile. Olivas probably viewed it as his ticket to the show. The LAPD was broken into nineteen geographic divisions, each with a police station and its own detective bureau. Divisional Homicide units worked the less complicated cases and the positions were viewed as stepping-stones to the elite Robbery-Homicide Division squads working out of the police headquarters at Parker Center. That was the show. And one of those squads was the Open-Unsolved Unit. Bosch knew that if Olivas's interest in the Gesto file was even remotely tied to the Waits case, then he would jealously guard his position from RHD encroachment.

"He didn't say what he has going?" Rider asked.

"Not yet. But it must be something. He wouldn't even tell me which prosecutor he's working with."



She said it slower.

"Rick O'Shea. He's on the Waits case. I doubt Olivas has anything else going. They just finished the prelim on that and are heading to trial."

Bosch didn't say anything as he considered the possibilities. Richard "Ricochet" O'Shea ran the Special Prosecutions Section of the DA's office. He was a hotshot and he was in the process of getting hotter. Following the announcement in the spring that the sitting district attorney had decided against seeking reelection, O'Shea was one of a handful of prosecutors and outside attorneys who filed as candidates for the job. He had come through the primary with the most votes but not quite a majority. The runoff was shaping up as a tighter race but O'Shea still held the inside track. He had the backing of the outgoing DA, knew the office inside and out, and had an enviable track record as a prosecutor who won big cases-a seemingly rare attribute in the DA's office in the last decade. His opponent was named Gabriel Williams. He was an outsider who had credentials as a former prosecutor but he had spent the last two decades in private practice, primarily focusing on civil rights cases. He was black, while O'Shea was white. He was running on the promise of watchdogging and reforming the county's law enforcement practices. While members of the O'Shea camp did their very best to ridicule Williams's platform and qualifications for the position of top prosecutor, it was clear that his outsider stance and platform of reform were taking hold in the polls. The gap was closing.

Bosch knew what was happening in the Williams-O'Shea campaigns because this year he had been following local elections with an interest he had never exhibited before. In a hotly contested race for a city council seat, he was backing a candidate named Martin Maizel. Maizel was a three-term incumbent who represented a west-side district far from where Bosch lived. He was generally viewed as a consummate politician who made backroom promises and was beholden to big-money interests to the detriment of his own district. Nevertheless, Bosch had contributed generously to his campaign and hoped to see his reelection. His opponent was a former deputy police chief named Irvin R. Irving, and Bosch would do whatever was within his power to see Irving defeated. Like Gabriel Williams, Irving was promising reform and the target of his campaign speeches was always the LAPD. Bosch had clashed numerous times with Irving while he served in the department. He didn't want to see the man sitting on the city council.

The election stories and wrap-ups that ran almost daily in the Times had kept Bosch up to date on other contests as well as the Maizel-Irving contest. He knew all about the fight O'Shea was involved in. The prosecutor was in the process of bolstering his candidacy with high-profile advertisements and prosecutions designed to show the value of his experience. A month earlier he had parlayed the preliminary hearing in the Raynard Waits case into daily headlines and top-of-the-broadcast reports. The accused double murderer had been pulled over in Echo Park on a late-night traffic stop. Officers spied trash bags on the floor of the man's van with blood leaking from them. A subsequent search found body parts from two women in the bags. If ever there was a safe, slam-bang case for a prosecutor-candidate to use to grab media attention, the Echo Park Bagman case appeared to be it.

The catch was that the headlines were now on hold. Waits was bound over for trial at the end of the preliminary hearing and, since it was a death penalty case, that trial and the attendant renewal of headlines were still months off and well after the election. O'Shea needed something new to grab headlines and keep momentum going. Now Bosch had to wonder what the candidate was up to with the Gesto case.

"Do you think Gesto could be related to Waits?" Rider asked.

"That name never came up in 'ninety-three," Bosch said. "Neither did Echo Park."

The phone rang and he quickly picked it up.

"Open-Unsolved. This is Detective Bosch. How can I help you?"

"Olivas. Bring the file over to the sixteenth floor at eleven o'clock. You'll meet with Richard O'Shea. You're in, Hotshot."

"We'll be there."

"Wait a minute. What's this we shit? I said you, you be there with the file."

"I have a partner, Olivas. I'll be with her."

Bosch hung up without a good-bye. He looked across at Rider.

"We're in at eleven."

"What about Matarese?"

"We'll figure it out."

He thought about things for a few moments, then got up and went to the locked filing cabinet behind his desk. He pulled the Gesto file and brought it back to his spot. Since returning to the job from retirement the year before, he had checked the file out of Archives three different times. Each time, he read through it, made some calls and visits and talked to a few of the individuals who had come up in the investigation thirteen years before. Rider knew about the case and what it meant to him. She gave him the space to work it when they had nothing else pressing.

But nothing came of the effort. There was no DNA, no fingerprints, no lead on Gesto's whereabouts-though to him there still was no doubt that she was dead-and no solid lead to her abductor. Bosch had leaned repeatedly on the one man who came closest to being a suspect and got nowhere. He was able to trace Marie Gesto from her apartment to the supermarket but no further. He had her car in the garage at the High Tower Apartments but he couldn't get to the person who had parked it there.

Bosch had plenty of unsolved cases in his history. You can't clear them all and any Homicide man would admit it. But the Gesto case was one that stuck with him. Each time he would work the case for a week or so, hit the wall and then return the file to Archives, thinking he had done all that could be done. But the absolution only lasted a few months and then there he was at the counter filling out the file request form again. He would not give up.

"Bosch," one of the other detectives called out. "Miami on two."

Bosch hadn't even heard the phone ring in the squad room.

"I'll take it," Rider said. "Your head's somewhere else."

She picked up the phone and once more Bosch opened the Gesto file.


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SuspenseJunky More than 1 year ago
I recommend any book by Michael Connolly. I've read them all and very few authors keep me on the edge of my seat like he does. I have yet to read one of his books that I wished I hadn't. I buy each as soon as it comes out. You won't regret reading anything by this author.
BoatingBug More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed in the last few Bosch novels but after reading "Echo Park" Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch are back with this excellent and well told tale. Harry Bosch has returned from retirement and is now working in the Open Unsolved Unit. The book opens with Harry working on a case that involves the murder of a young beautiful girl. Harry still remains a believable character. He has his flaws but overall he is a pretty decent fellow. In other words he's the same old Harry that I have always enjoyed reading about. Echo Park continues Harry's journey into the dark side of men and once again he gets knocked around, but his persistence keeps him faithfully at doing his job. In summary, I give Echo Park a enthusiastic endorsement.
Rasmtaz More than 1 year ago
It was very suspensfully and excellent ending. I will get another vehicle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yep. I thought I had it solved too. But didn't. My first Connelly book. Dialog was real. Harry was real. Couldn't put it down. More Connelly in my future.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Lucky Listeners! Whether your preference is for an Abridged editon or the Unabridged version of Michael Connelly's latest electric thriller, both are read by estimable stage, film and television actor Len Cariou. A Tony Award sits on his mantel for his incomparable performance in Sweeney Todd, and his film credits include such hits as About Schmidt, Shall We Dance, and Secret Window. His television perforamces are both acclaimed and numerous - The West Wing, The Practice, Law and Order, and more. It has been said that in suspense author Connelly has no superiors - Len Cariou has none in the dramatic arts. With 'Echo Park' Detective Harry Bosch is back, much to the joy of fans. It's his 12th thriller and neither time nor familiarity has dulled his appeal. One more tribute to Connelly's talents! It's a cold case, the murder of Marie Gesto, one that Bosch hasn't been able to forget. Now, it's obvious that another detective has an interest in the Gesto case. In addition, a man is willing to plead guilty to her death and a number of others in order to avoid the death penalty. Case closed? With Connelly and his pen at the ready - no way. It's a circuitous, fascinating trip to the finish - don't miss it. - Gail Cooke
Pam1948 More than 1 year ago
I am fairly new to Michael Connelly's books, maybe 18 months or so. However, the Harry Bosch series are my favorite. Although I didn't start them in order, it doesn't seem to matter. I am loving every one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Echo Park. It's one of those books that you don't want to put down. The plot had a unique twist to it and there was a nice balance of drama and comedy. The characters were believable and the reading was easy. I'd never read anything by Michael Connelly before, but I really like his style.
lbunbry87 More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with the Harry Bosch series. This is one of the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very compelling story and characters. Would read more from this author along these lines. I like the strong detective with a measure of angst on the side. Sort of the misfit, but the hero that still has a sensitive, romantic side. I like the author's complex development of characters that really adds depth to the stories he tells.
jaime More than 1 year ago
This my 4th Michael Connelly novel and I enjoyed it very much. The thing I like most is that the plotting is so meticulous; there is no pat ending just because he reached the requisite number of pages. It is plausible and realistic. As you read, you can easily see how Harry and you the reader are thrown by the very cleverly crafted red herrings. The dialog is delighful; these are characters you care about. Read this book. You won't be disappointed.
If you like books that are well written, edgy and a little out of the main stream, try 18 seconds and samaritan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read several books by Connelly, I bought this one expecting something a cut above the usual crime thriller genre. Although the plot is somewhat interesting, the characterizations are weak and there is just too much tough cop talk and unbelievable heroics. The narration is not very good, and the personification of the girlfried FBI agent is absolutely grating. The love story is trite and contrived. I did finish it, but it was a chore to get through. Definitely not recommended.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Harry Boesch is now part of the cold case division working a case of a missing woman that he investigated 13 years earlier. Harry fixes on a psycho as the killer while dealing with corruption in the ranks. He enlists the help of a female friend in the FBI but acts recklessly and is put on home suspension. I didn't enjoy this book as well as the others in the series that I've read.
PIER50 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A good Harry Bosch story. Connelly manages to maintain the high standards of this series of cop thrillers
richardderus on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is #12 in the Harry Bosch series of mystery/thrillers, and it's the last one I will be reading. I just got worn down by the sameness of it all. It's what makes series books appealing, on the one hand, that comfortable familiarity; but too much of it loosens my grip on the give-a-damn lever.Now that Harry's in the unsolved crimes unit, he runs across a 13-year-old case of his that's bugged him and worried him because he feels sure there's something he and/or his partner missed. Enter a convicted killer facing death, willing to cop to the crime. Trouble is, Harry's not at all sure he did it.So there you have it. You know the whole story. Don't flag me for spoilering, either, because all that's in the flap copy. Now you see why I am done with the series: The basics are good, but the *oomph* that could sustain me over the long haul is gone.
edwardsgt on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Another terrific outing for Harry Bosch in the Open Unsolved Unit, showing his usual pig-headed approach to solving crime by the book! A welcome reappearance of FBI Agent Rachel Walling too as well as other old friends like partner Kiz Rider and former partner Jerry Edgar.
JustAGirl on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Brilliant. I was so wrapped up in the end I forgot to pay the bill at a restaurant! Luckily I was called back before I left the building. A continuing return to form for one of the best crime writers around.
rwt42 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The first book read from this aurthor. Very good. Makes me wonder why I'm reading the Scandinavian crime writers. The comparison to them is interesting. They can't maintain interest with the dull, plodding, unfocused style they seem to all prefer. Definitely will red more of Connelly.
debavp on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Moving right along at a really fast pace Connelly yet again misses the opportunity to fine tune, or at least devote a paragraph towards Bosch's relationship with his ex wife and daughter. Another thing that is irksome is this continuing saga of bad cops. Of course the LAPD has it's share of corruption, but surely it would be realistic to have them go annoy another Detective or two for a while. Even so, this was one of the better ones. It moves great, has some interesting twists, and you're as stunned as Harry when the betrayer is revealed.
sallyawolf on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book is about Detective Harry Baush of the open unsolved unit finds himself in a bigger case then the one that has haunted him for thirteen years. I think that the characters were believable and the plot flowed well and keep you guessing till the end.This audio book was bought from Great Escape
reneemrobbins on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I love Harry Bosch books and this one was great as well! The book was suspensful and interesting from start to finish.
ConnieJackson on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Michael Connelly created another super Mystery. After I finished reading Echo Park I thought "what a great story" and I really enjoyed it. The plot was super and the author kept the action moving while keeping me wondering what was going to happen next. Overall, I though Echo Park was thrilling mystery and Michael Connelly as always never disappointed me in this story.If you are a mystery fan then don't miss this one. It's a fast pace of a read that will keep you turning page after page.
Nancy.Mosholder on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Murder mystery, not very engrossing.
ethel55 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Detective Harry Bosch, who has recently returned to the force after a try-out at retirement, is still haunted by some of his open cold cases, particularly the death of Marie Gesto, over a decade ago. He checks the case file out periodically and while he has it out this time, the Echo Park bagman (named because he was caught with garbage bags of body parts)is caught and eventually brokers a deal naming the Gesto murder as his. They call on Bosch to help verify the details of Raynard Waits confession, which includes a field trip to the grave site of Gesto. Somewhat predicatably, things go south and Bosch is caught in the middle of quite the mystery. A solid police procedural novel.
dazzyj on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Another briskly entertaining crime novel from Connelly.
SamSattler on LibraryThing 11 months ago
That "Echo Park" is my first experience with a Michael Connelly novel is a little hard for me to believe since it is at least the seventh or eighth Harry Bosch novel that I've purchased over the years. I've been aware of Connelly's success for a very long time, and even ran into him at a Houston bookstore when he was signing one of his first Harry Bosch books. But, read him, I had not done until now, so it was probably not a great idea for me to start with the twelfth book in the series - too much water under the bridge for Harry, his co-workers, his lovers (past and present), his friends and his enemies.That is not to say that "Echo Park" does not work well as a standalone novel, because it does stand just fine on its own. It is more the feeling I got that so much had already happened between some of the book's main characters that Connelly did not feel it necessary to fully develop them again in "Echo Park." But I'm not discouraged - I now plan to read the rest of the series in the order in which the books were written.Harry Bosch, now almost 60 years old, has returned to the LAPD where he works cold cases, some of which he has been working off and on for years, a few even from home before he rejoined the department. Harry was never able to forget the Marie Gesto case involving a young woman, assumed murdered, whose body was never found. All Gesto left behind was an empty apartment and the neatly folded set of clothing found on the seat of her car.Harry has a favorite suspect for the crime and periodically pushes on the man until a lawyer forces him to stay away from the suspect. When Harry is notified that someone else is willing to confess to the Gesto murder as part of a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty, he is slow to give up on his favorite suspect. It is only when serial killer Reynard Waits leads the police to where Gesto's body was hidden more than a decade before that Harry begins to believe that the real killer has been found.His instincts have served Harry well through the years, however, and his sense of unease about what he is told about Gesto's murder keeps him poking around the edges of the case until he becomes certain that there is much more to the plea bargain than he has been told.The Harry Bosch of "Echo Park" is a borderline rogue cop, a guy determined to see justice done, department rules, be damned. He is willing to risk not only his own life, but the life of his FBI lover, Rachel Walling, if it means that he gets his man. Echo Park is a textbook police procedural, even if Bosch does not always follow accepted police procedure, but it is also quite a thriller, encompassing an exciting manhunt and showdown that bring out both the best, and the worst, in Harry Bosch.Bosch seems to be a good cop trying to get by because it is all he knows how to do. It will be interesting to see how Harry ages as the series continues to move along, but first I am going to visit the much younger Harry Bosch from 1992's "The Black Echo" to see how different he was as a cop close to 20 years younger than the one in "Echo Park." It should be an interesting trip.Rated at: 3.5