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The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2)

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The "New York Times" bestselling author's second novel featuring LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is reissued for the first time in a decade. Harry investigates the case of a missing narcotics officer rumored to have been peddling a new drug called Black Ice. Martin's.
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Published January 1st 2002 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1993)
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Jonetta
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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...more
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
Brooke
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...more
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Book on CD read by Dick Hill

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
Harry
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...more
Eric
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
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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
Marleen
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...more
Emily
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...more
Tony
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...more
Richard
8/10

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
Carol
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...more
Simon
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
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...more
Dave
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
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
Terri
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?"
Josh
Bosch gets wind of a fellow officers alleged suicide and isn’t happy about being left out of the loop. On call on the night of the tragedy, his superiors bypass Bosch in favour of expediting the investigation. Naturally this doesn’t sit well with the lone wolf lawmen and he quickly embeds himself in the thick of it; showing up at the crime scene and assuming next of kin duties. Shortly he’s assigned a handful of murder cases to solve in order to boost Hollywood Division’s stats, little did he kn...more
Domino Finn
This is a great follow-up to The Black Echo. The case has a different feel and Bosch is back to his usual ways. The Black Ice had the potential to be a better book, I think, but it lost some of its steam about two-thirds in. It felt like Connelly wasn't sure how to end it. As seems common in the early Bosch books, things wrap up very quickly and easily. There is also a ridiculous scene with a bull that I won't get into. Lastly, some of Bosch's motivations seem to contradict his thoughts in the f...more
Vicki
Can't believe I haven't come across this series sooner. Connelly just might be the best crime fiction writer I've ever read. Despite that it is a slower, deliberate pace which I sometimes get impatient with, it is dense and requires careful attention to detail, and the pace creates a closer intimacy to the character, the unfolding is less removed than faster pacing can be. and the character is not a hero, he is a real person and very interesting to learn to know him as the cases unfold.

The writ...more
Dale
Not the best Bosch book, which means that it is merely very, very good and not excellent

Read by Dick Hill.
11 hours, 11 minutes.


Connelly's Heironymous (Harry) Bosch is named after a Renaissance painter who specialized in fanciful and gruesome visions of hell from high above and detailed looks at the tortures that it holds for its residents. Heironymous Bosch is designed to be our guide through the modern hell of Los Angeles - at least that's the way it seems to the Hollywood Homicide Division.

Fit...more
Manugw
HARRY BOSCH...ONE OF A KIND...MADE IT RIGHT

After reading the black echo, I found the black ice a more consistent story, far more interesting and credible. This time Harry is driven down to the US- Mexican border in his quest to solve a drug related crime of an anti-narcotics unit cop who apparently crossed to the bad side of the line. Harry, stubborn, bright and cunning makes his own decisions, shows a little quota of contempt and rebels himself against his bosses making him an example of self d...more
Gyula
I read Michael Connelly's latest books first, and liked his style immediately. So I decided to start to read his books from the beginning.

There is a visible difference between Connelly's earlier and latest books, which is understandable considering the path of an author who is more and more professional as he writes more and more books. The Black Ice has some roughness, and could be polished a little further, but it's not that distracting.

The Harry Bosch figure is quite original. He had sad chil...more
Scott Rhee
There are people in the world who stand outside the periphery of society. They may walk within society, but they are not a part of it. They are lonely, but they are not alone. They may be law-abiding and conform to the proper social mores, but they have very little patience for the law and politics. They have a sense of justice and morality all their own. Harry Bosch, the protagonist of Michael Connelly's long-running series, is one of these people. He is content with living a solitary life. His...more
Brenda
When the mutilated body of narcotics officer Cal Moore was found, it looked like suicide, there was even a note with his body, so the powers-that-be decided it was so, case closed. But LAPD detective Harry Bosch was suspicious. He was told to stay away from the case, it was open and shut, but that was like a red rag to a bull for Harry. As he worked two other cases, vicious murders, Christmas and New Year were imminent; his boss wanted more cases closed to make his numbers look good for city hal...more
Eileen Granfors
Michael Connolly's intrepid detective, Hieronymus Bosch, (Harry) seems on the brink of extinction from the LAPD in every volume. His feuds with the top brass are legendary. No matter if he's wounded or on desk duty or threatened, he cannot resist a case.

So it is with "Black Ice." Harry is handed a manila folder marked "Give to Harry Bosch." So somebody knows something. The problem is that somebody is either dead by suicide or one of the murder victims that has turned up near a local diner.

The pl...more
Guy
Als ik voor iedere smalende opmerking of elke wat subtielere, maar niet mis te verstane sneer die ik al naar m’n hoofd geslingerd kreeg omdat ik nu en dan misdaadliteratuur lees een vuistslag mocht uitdelen, dan lagen de in mist gehulde, schaduwrijke steegjes van het grimmige Geraardsbergen intussen bezaaid met dozijnen onherkenbaar verminkte lijken. Om maar te zeggen dat het nog steeds not done is om zoiets toe te geven. Ergens valt het wel te begrijpen natuurlijk. Er is amper een Vlaamse misda...more
Jamie
I was not disappointed in the second Bosch novel. In fact, it ensured that I will continue the series to immerse myself again in the lonely, though contentedly so, world of Harry Bosch as he consistently adheres to his own code of seeking truth, whether to his benefit or not. It is his determination that is underestimated at each turn and his greatest ally.

Connelly is quickly becoming one of my favorite detective novelists. I think because it is so easy to sink into Harry's world. He's an outcas...more
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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
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: The official report said suicide. But in a city where murder is sport, Bosch isn't ready to blame the victim.

Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

Years ago, Harry learned the first rule of the good cop: don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Now, Harry's making some very dangerous connections, start...more
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