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In a nutshell: The disappearance of Marie Gesto in 1993 was a case Harry and his then partner, Edgar failed to crack. It’s haunted Harry ever since. When he retired from the LAPD he copied the file and took it with him. When he returned to the LAPD he regularly took out the file for another review. One day, as Harry and his current partner are clearing up another case, a call comes in. To avoid the death penalty, the lawyer of one Raynard Waits has negotiated a deal: Waits will confess to all his crimes, but the details need to be checked to ensure the confessions are valid. One of those crimes is the murder of Marie Gesto…
When Connelly took Bosch into retirement and then returned him to the LAPD to work on cold cases, he provided a gem of a situation. Such cases do not carry the normal chronology of events, thus it is possible to write stories that can take the reader anywhere. And this is the beauty of the page turning "Echo Park". The murderer is already in custody; he’s confessed to more crimes; he’s repulsive when interviewed and there are still some 300 or so pages to go… So what on earth is going to happen next?
With more twists than you’d find in a waist length hair plait, this excellent novel will keep you guessing to its bitter end.