EppsNet Archive: Sherlock Holmes

EppsNet Book Reviews: The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

9 Mar 2013 /

“Did you ever hear what J. Edgar Hoover said about justice?” she asked.

“He probably said a lot, but I don’t recall any of it offhand.”

“He said that justice is incidental to law and order.”

— Michael Connelly, The Black Echo

I love detective fiction — especially L.A. detective fiction —┬ábut like every other kind of niche fiction, it’s almost all rubbish. The Black Echo is an exception to the rule.

I have just a couple of things to take exception to:

  1. Detectives should NEVER have a love interest. They should always be loners (cf. Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe).
  2. [SPOILER ALERT] It is absolutely impossible that Rourke wouldn’t know who Eleanor Wish is. He works for the FBI. The Federal Bureau of INVESTIGATION. He’s an INVESTIGATOR. And he knows nothing about this woman? Not even her maiden name?

P.S. Don’t tell me about Linda Loring in the last two Marlowe books. She was a terrible decision by Raymond Chandler but I blame the fact that he was cracking up at the time over the illness and death of his wife.


A Sherlock Holmes Christmas

24 Dec 2010 /
Sherlock Holmes (r) and Dr. John B. Watson.

My kid comes home and sees three newly wrapped Christmas presents . . .

“That’s a book,” he says, pointing at one of the presents. Then moving on to the other two: “I don’t know what that is, and I don’t know what that is. I’m on to you guys.”

“What are you on to?” I ask. “The fact that you don’t know what’s going on? You only got one thing out of three. Nice work, Sherlock Holmes.”

“The clues don’t always come all at once,” he says. “I’m a third of the way there.”