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The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  40,264 Ratings  ·  1,391 Reviews
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 a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Little, Brown and Company (first published June 1st 1993)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jun 22, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Feb 17, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Harry Bosch #2 - Second in series mystery read does not disappoint!!

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
Jul 04, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
LAPD south of the border action.

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
Story review
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
Dec 01, 2012 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jul 29, 2008 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, mystery
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
Oct 15, 2011 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2015 Mona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Mar 24, 2014 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, reread

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
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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
May 28, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jul 04, 2013 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michael-connelly
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
Mar 07, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Anne
May 26, 2016 Sarah Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. I didn't pay strict attention, which is how I missed the, uh, battle between the helicopter and bull (how?), but I still just relaxed into it and enjoyed it all along the way. Despite the length of this series, I could easily see tearing through it in a couple of months if I didn't have other obligations.

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
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
Mar 27, 2016 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4 Stars

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??
Cathy DuPont
Apr 15, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2015 Perri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the series, Harry Bosch is an interesting, complex character and the story has an unexpected twist. I often get tired of serial stories but this is one I plan to continue
Oct 16, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I've been watching and enjoying the show on Amazon but had never read any of the books. Tortured by personal problems, haunted by memories and regrets - Harry Bosch is the type of driven, ends-justify-the-means police detective I've come to expect in the genre. But Connelly does it well and I'm sure I'll be reading more in this series. 3.5 stars
Apr 04, 2015 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The Black Ice
4 Stars

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
Oct 25, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime

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
Jan 03, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2015
On Christmas day, Homicide Detective Harry Bosch learns of the apparent suicide of Narcotics officer Cal Moore. Headquarters want the investigation closed quickly and puts Harry on some other unsolved cases to keep him out of the way. But soon those cases are leading Harry to a string of murders, including an unidentified Hispanic male. As Harry tries to learn the identity of the victim, he finds ties to a synthetic drug called "Black Ice". This is the drug that Cal Moore was investigating at th ...more
Bhoomika Sharma
Feb 08, 2011 Bhoomika Sharma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2008 Terri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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?"
Jun 01, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Harry Bosch series continues to establish it as a fine example of detective fiction. It is smart, suspenseful, and Harry makes for a complex yet relatable protagonist. My only quibble with Harry hinges on his romantic decisions. In that arena I seriously question his judgment, lol.
Dec 23, 2015 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2015
The second Harry Bosch novel. I'm trying to read them in order, at least the early ones. Plot and storyline were pretty good. I thought the Calexico and Mexicali portion was pretty engaging. The only thing I really felt was a bit overreaching, was Harry's rebel attitude. Seemed pretty cliched.
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Other Books in the Series

Harry Bosch (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #1)
  • The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #3)
  • The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #4)
  • Trunk Music (Harry Bosch, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #6)
  • Angels Flight (Harry Bosch, #6; Harry Bosch Universe, #7)
  • A Darkness More Than Night (Harry Bosch, #7; Terry McCaleb, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #9)
  • City of Bones (Harry Bosch, #8; Harry Bosch Universe, #10)
  • Lost Light (Harry Bosch, #9; Harry Bosch Universe, #11)
  • The Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10; Harry Bosch Universe, #12)
  • The Closers (Harry Bosch, #11; Harry Bosch Universe, #13)

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