The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2)
When a body is found in a hotel room, reporters are soon all over the case: it appears to be a missing LAPD narcotics detective, apparently gone to the bad. The rumours were that he had been selling a new drug called Black Ice that had been infiltrating Los Angeles from the Mexican cartel.
The LAPD are quick to declare the death a suicide, but Harry Bosch is not so sure. T...more
A first class thriller, combining the best of both the police procedural and the hard-boiled detective tradition. Plus--Harry Bosch is a character who grows. Nobody does this stuff better than Connelly.
The Black Ice is an enjoyable police procedural with loads of tension and a great twist at the end!
What is Black Ice?
"Basically, somebody took coke, heroin and PCP and rocked 'em all up together. A powerful little rock. It's supposed to do everything. It's got a crack high but the heroin also gives it legs. I'm talking about hours, not minutes."
I don't want to summarize the plot here as so many have already done that better ...more
It’s hard not to like Harry Bosch as a crime fiction hero. Michael Connelly’s recurring tough guy, Vietnam veteran Los Angeles police detective is the kind of murder mystery protagonist a seasoned reader of the genre can get behind. Surly and reclusive, a loner more than a team player, Bosch provides a modern variation of the noir crime fiction sleuth.
Connelly’s 1993 thriller takes Bosch to the Mexican border towns of Calexico and Mexicali to investigate what begi ...more
Harry is still very much an island within his own department, which, given the players, is a very good thing. Ethical lines keep moving in the wrong direction and he's not in that club. Despite obstacles presented by his own department, Harry pursues this case involving a murdered cop when others were ready to classify it as a suicide. He's got great instincts and needed all of them with this one as the bad guys weren't always outside of law enforcement.
We also learn a lot about Har ...more
Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E ...more
Again, Connelly provides a twist in the end that I did not see coming, and the whole mystery was very well done. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series more now than I w ...more
This was a solid crime novel, book two in the Detective Harry Bosch series.
But I liked the first book in the series, "The Black Echo" better.
This one felt a little formulaic. Somehow, the first book in the series had more heart.
A series of dead cops is showing up in LA.
First, Calexico ("Cal") Moore shows up dead in a seedy motel room.
It looks like a suicide. (view spoiler)[ But the autopsy raises doubts about whether the death was self-inflicted or a murder. (hide sp ...more
A few years ago, I went through a phase in my reading habit when the only fiction I read was mystery. It was during this time that Michael Connelly introduced me to Harry Bosch. I've been a fan every since. I'm enjoying doing a re read of the series through the audio books.
It's easy to look overlook the faults in a series that is one's favorite and I freely acknowledge this tendency. However I think I get Harry Bosch. He is a driven individual. He is basically alone in the world (some exception ...more
The second novel in the Harry Bosch series begins with Harry on call on Christmas day. As he’s opening some cards he hears something on the police scanner that piques his interest. A homicide detective is needed … but they haven’t called Harry, who is the one on call? When he arrives at the scene and realizes the corpse is a missing narcotics officer he begins to understand. Rumor had it that Cal Moore had crossed over, fronting a new drug from Mexico called “black ic ...more
This read is my third Harry Bosch book and the character is definitely growing on me. I can’t imagine Harry doing anything else than being a police detective. This man has, at the heart, the integrity required, that ...more
Harry’s lone wolf persona and dogged pursuit of the truth, usually ...more
A lot of the strength of this series is in the character himself. Bosch is not just a loner, he's very isolated, and has been his whole life. We get very little of what is go ...more
He doesn't have a lot to smile about in this one. He's a driven, haunted man who thinks that the ends justify the means & I don't always agree with him. In fact, I disagreed with a couple of his decisions in this story. That made it both a better & worse reading experience. I really wish he'd come up with a ...more
As frustrating as Bosch can be, this was still a good read. Nice twist towards the end, very nice.
Do not let the title fool you. This is not really about the drug game, or what the drug is doing to people on the streets. It is about the characters in play. About the real boogeyman, and the lengths they go to stay unidentified and free.
Once a cop crosses; can he cross back over??
Loved the mystery and it didn't wind up until the end and it was a surprise to me. Unfortunately, I'm not real good at finding solution to the mystery until the end, usually when I read it. But in this one I was totally clueless and surprised until the very end.
Harry's based in L.A. but here he makes a side trip to Mexico which was a fun ride. Connelly describes places in such a way as to m ...more
In this book we learn more about his father and his mother and how he came up through the foster care system. In the first book I don't ...more
When the apparent suicide of narcotics officer, Cal Moore, is linked to two of his unsolved homicide cases, Detective Harry Bosch’s investigation leads him on a dark and twisted path that places him, not only in the middle of a complex web of lies and deceit, but within the crosshairs of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpins. With numerous players intent on hindering his progress, Harry’s stalwart determination might get him through or it might get him killed.
Drug deal ...more
Once again Connelly has done a great job. I enjoyed this mystery as Bosch was taken across borders for The Black Ice, which meant that I got to see a little bit of Mexico. Connelly has a way of creating a very i ...more
I found this more entertaining than the first entry in the series with the plot being tighter and more interesting overall. I liked that we got to see Bosch fighting not only the people in authority in USA but also into Mexico. The man does not like to be told what to do!
The plot was intriguing without ever hitting the realms of unputdownable but you can see that the series overall will be strong based on the first two books. Bosch is a good lead who will keep you interested and move the sto ...more
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache ...more