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BOOK REVIEW: ECHO PARK
BY MICHAEL CONNELLY

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Every detective has one or two cold cases that stay with him or her forever. It was no different for Harry Bosch. He now works for the Open-Unsolved Unit. The one case that continues to haunt him is Marie Gesto who disappeared after walking out of a supermarket in Hollywood.

Marie was never found - dead or alive! Shortly after her disappearance her car was found in an apartment garage. The thing that seemed really strange is that there was clean clothing neatly folded inside the car. Harry has his own idea as to who killed Marie Gesto; however, he could not prove it.

Harry received a call from the D.A. They had a man who has admitted to several murders. He was also willing to come clean on a few others including the murder of Marie Gesto. They explained to Harry that the police grew suspicious when they saw a van marked "Clear View Residential Glass Cleaners" out and about at 2:00 A.M. The cops ran a license check and found that the plates were registered to a Ford Mustang. This gave the cops probable cause to stop the van. After the van was stopped they noticed several black plastic bags on the floorboard in front of the passenger seat. A substance appearing to be blood could be seen leaking from one of the bags. When the police asked the driver if it was blood he responded by saying he cut himself earlier in the day. When they asked the man to show where he was cut, he tried to restart the engine. One of the officers restrained him. After the police checked the first bag they discovered body parts.

What Harry has to find out now is did this man really murder Marie Gesto or is he just admitting to the crime in order to make a deal and avoid the death penalty.

One of the things that Harry discovers is that he and his partner missed a clue back in 1993 that could have led them to Gesto's killer and that would have prevented all the murders that followed. This really takes a toll on Harry.

Is Harry Bosch successful at finding out the truth?

Michael Connelly is at it again! He hooks the reader from the very first page. If you are a fan of Harry Bosch, you must read this one - it has to be one of Michael Connelly's best books yet. I know I keep saying that - I don't think they can get much better - then comes another one that is better than the last! Mr. Connelly is an unbelievable writer when you think of how he can take any story and turn it into a thriller time and time again. Be sure to add this one to your reading list.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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