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The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  32,242 ratings  ·  1,078 reviews
When a body is found in a hotel room, the press soon pick up on the case: it appears to be a missing LAPD narcotics officer, apparently gone to the bad. The rumours were that he had been selling a new drug called Black Ice that had been infiltrating LA from Mexico. The LAPD are quick to declare the death as a suicide, but Harry Bosch is not so sure. There are odd, unexplai ...more
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Published (first published June 1st 1993)
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I am so glad I went back to the beginning to read the Harry Bosch novels in order. These early books are so good. This one is second in the series and gives us a lot of information about Harry's boyhood and some of the experiences which shaped him into the person we now know. It is a really easy book to read and one which is exceedingly difficult to put down. The story is good, the characters intriguing and Harry's relationship issues are always interesting. And in the way of any good series the ...more
Bill  Kerwin

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.
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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
Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.

Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E
Joyce Lagow
Harry Bosch returns in the second in the series.[return][return]On Christmas Day, Bosch, who is on call, notices on the police scanner that a call about a dead body has been routed to Central detective dvision. Given that the body was found in a motel in the Hollywood district, Bosch can not understand why he did not receve the call. He decides to visit the scene; the body turns out to be that of a Narcotics officer, Cal Moore, with whom Bosch had been working on the death of one of his informan ...more
I Liked the First Book Better

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)
All my concerns about the unnatural dialogue in Michael Connelly's first Harry Bosch novel, The Black Echo, are completely cleared up for his second outing. Bosch's supervisor, Pounds, has some sentences that could use some contractions to make them more natural, but he doesn't spend enough time talking for it to matter.

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
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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

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
After being blown away with the introduction of cop detective Harry Bosch in The Black Echo, I just can't help but feel that the author is experiencing the "sophomore slump". The story in The Black Ice screams mediocre and it does the reader no good when the author writes at such a snail pace. There is literally nothing going action wise even when you're 3/4 into the book. The end does get a bit intense but by that time, you're probably too exhausted to care anymore about what happens and just w ...more
May 28, 2012 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Michael Connelly/Harry Bosch
I've read most of the later Harry Bosch books -- The Narrows through The Drop -- and while they are still entertaining and worth reading, they are just not as good as the books at the beginning of the series. Maybe detective anti-heroes are better when they aren't burdened with too much history or family, or maybe Michael Connelly just used up his most brilliant stories early on. Either way, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Concrete Blonde, and seeing how far the ...more
There’s something sad and lonely about Harry Bosch, and for some reason that appeals to me in a major way. Mostly because this sadness doesn’t dictate his MO in life. What you get is a determined and smart cop, with great instincts. Harry’s an individualist, and I can relate to that.
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
In Connelly’s second novel to feature demoted detective Heironymous “Harry” Bosch, Harry investigates the death of a fellow cop, as well as two other murders that seem strangely connected to the import of a new drug, Black Ice. From L.A. to the Mexican border, Harry follows the clues and uncovers a set of relationships that strangely parallel his own experience. Also, he gets more play than most other middle-aged cops I’ve known.

Harry’s lone wolf persona and dogged pursuit of the truth, usually
Another very good mystery. I'd like them better if Harry wasn't such a morbid person. He has his reasons, but he's just a little too down & serious for me. He never seems to smile.

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
Harry Bosch is hunting down the clues on a case that wasn’t his, but somehow is connected to his own cases. So far he has one dead cop and dangerous drug ties which lead to more deaths and the life of Bosch could be shortened greatly. Can Bosch stop the killer before the killer stops him?

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
THE BLACK ICE by Michael Connelly was a GREAT book. I loved every minute of this one. Harry is not your normal police detective, or at least for me he isn't. He normally works by himself and really seems to like that. He does like women and they do seem to like him, but I feel sad at times because he appears to be such a loner but still needs that closeness too.

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

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
Cathy DuPont
Another winner, in my book, in the Harry Bosch series. Number two and learned more about Harry background.

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
Bhoomika Sharma
I didn't really like this book :\ At first, while choosing it the book seemed very interesting because it was about a murder and detectives. So I thought that I'd like it a lot (since I really like reading horror/suspense/mystery books) but I didn't. There were parts that caught my attention and I felt like reading more but then it dragged on and there was so much description for one small thing. Even though I left the book half way through I feel like I should have completed it because maybe th ...more
I gave up on this book halfway through. Why is it that some mystery writers think the protagonist (male or female) has to be depressed, have a bad outlook on life or their job, and not have a successful relationship with someone of their own sex? I first read the most recent Harry Bosch mystery and it seemed good, so I decided to start reading at the beginning of the series. I made it through Book 1, but got half way through book 2 and thought, "Who cares?"
I enjoyed this second in the Harry Bosch series, of which there are now 19 published, #20 expected this year. This book involved drugs (of the title), corruption, episodes on both sides of the Mexico/Califonia border, time spent in seedy bars, lots of action/mayhem and a glimpse into the past and present of one Harry Bosch. Harry continues to be fueled by pay phones, beer and more prominent in this book, attraction to women who are involved in the case. I didn't guess what was happening, but whe ...more
Happy to report I enjoyed my second outing with Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch as much as my first.
I'm starting to draw my picture of the man but still have a long way to go. To me he seems lonely. After all begins as Harry spends Christmas alone. There's no hesitation when a body calls him out from his Xmas dinner. Also, he is eager to make connection with the women he meets, two in this novel. Oh, Harry!

Once again I liked how Connelly describes Los Angeles vividly, making the streets come ali
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I decided a while ago that I wanted to tackle the Harry Bosch series of books by Michael Connelly in order. I read his first novel a long time ago but it had been so long that I figured I should just start again at book 2 and try to read one every few weeks. Michael Connelly is a very successful author like many other crime greats such as Peter James, James Patterson and Lee Child but his writing style is not necessarily the same. Yes there are parallels in the majority of the crime genre books ...more
The Black Ice by Michael Connelly is the second book in the Harry Bosch series. A narcotics policeman is found with his head blown off and Harry finds that the death is tied to several others related to the trafficking of a drug called black ice. This book has plenty of action and lots of twists and turns, typical of a Harry Bosch book where nothing is simple. Highly recommended entertainment. This book even has Harry facing off with a fighting bull in Mexico.
Jan C
Cop commits suicide on Christmas ... or does he?

Harry Bosch doesn't believe it was suicide. Of course the bosses don't want him anywhere near the case. Then there is this other cop who has climbed into the bottle and Harry's boss wants him to clear up a case of his. The case crosses back to the dead cop. Even though the bosses don't want him near it.

Great ending. Connelly never disappoints on the endings.

I had certain misgivings about this book - black ice cna be a couple of things. Those of us
Michael Connelly consistently delivers exciting hard-boiled police procedural with Harry Bosch in control. In Black Ice Bosch is cut out of an investigation of an apparent suicide of narcotics officer Calexico Moore by the bigwigs of the department. At the same time Bosch's supervisor Pound feels compelled to increase the percentages of his homicides solved so Bosch is elected to solve some cases of an out on stress leave detective, Porter. Harry realizes that Porter's case, his own and Moore's ...more
Deeply engaging tragic mystery. I've found every book in Connelly's Bosch series satisfying, The Black Ice was no exception. Connelly has constructed an ethical, though difficult, and plausible protagonist in a realistic complex world. Plot and characters seem sufficiently plausible and engaging. Bosch is a contemporary paladin police detective, haunted by his past, indifferent to regulations and driven by his mission to solve murders, to serve justice. Multiple subplots intertwine with classic ...more
(Kelly)~Got Fiction?~ Oakes
Whenever I decide to stray from Paranormal Romance, I like my Cop stories. A little James Patterson or Michael Connelly.
I've found it's best to NOT do P/N/R in Audio Book form while driving...
So the detective/crime novels are my "cup a joe" each day on the way to work.

I really enjoyed this novel. It has one of my favorite characters, Harry Bosch, detective on the case. The one has many twists and turns... and for once, I couldn't guess the ending.
It has suspense, action, culture and good old fas
❆ Crystal ❆
A great second book in the series. I love that he just wants the truth and doesn't play all the political games. He's a good cop and I enjoyed all the twists and turns. Looking forward to more!
Ms. Nikki
I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. The narrator did a great job and I would buy the next one also.

I like Harry, but this story seemed to be missing the whole mystery/thriller flair. It was more like playing connect the dots which isn't hard to do if you just follow one to the other.

I needed a little more plot and a lot more substance.
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Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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