Anyone care to hear a brief rhapsody on my growing appreciation for Michael Connelly? I read through the Lincoln Lawyer books a year or two ago, and really enjoyed them, plus a couple of stand-alones here and there. It wasn't clear how good he was then because I hadn't explored quite as many really bad books in the crime thriller genre. Finishing Black Echo today, I can see how easy Connelly makes it look, but in reality, there is a ton of sweat and skill at work. Certainly there are plot holes, but there are always plot holes in genre fiction. With Connely, you can be confident that the pacing and underlining description will be done well.