Echo Park – by Michael Connelly
Reviewed by Wayne E. Renn
Listening Time: 10.5 hours
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Plot: Detective Harry Bosch must clear a 13-year-old cold case he was originally assigned to and never solved. He is determined to solve the case this time, no matter who gets in his way. He also doesn’t mind stepping on the toes of important people – even supervisors.
What was your favorite moment? When Harry flashes back to Vietnam and his tunnel rat days and has to enter that world again.
Which character was your favorite? Harry Bosch, of course. He’s tough and a John Wayne type.
Does the book have a message or theme? Determination.
What did you like or dislike? It totally entertained me start to finish.
Would you recommend this book to friends? Yes, it’s a very good whodunit.
Narrator’s style: Len Cariou has the voice for the job. I liked him.
How would you grade the book? A n
The Spellman Files – Lisa Lutz
For 28-year-old Isabel Spellman, life consists of 24-hour surveillance, routine investigations into her acquaintances, and listening devices planted in her deadbolt-locked room. Having grown up in a family of private investigators, wiretapping and coercion are a regular part of the Spellman family dynamic.
When their parents hire 14-year-old sister Rae to follow Isabel in order to find out the identity of a suspected new boyfriend, Isabel is furious and quits the business. But her parents make her a deal: solve one last case – one that is decades old and with more twists than a pretzel – and her employment contract with Spellman, Inc. will be declared null and void. Isabel throws herself into what she thinks is the most crucial case of her life. But when her sister Rae disappears, “crucial” takes on a whole new meaning.
Abridged, 6 hours on 5 CDs
Simon & Schuster Audio
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