The Black Ice
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.
Harry's evening is interrupted when he picks up chatter on the police scanner regarding a suspicious death in a down-at-the-heels Hollywood motel. It's clear from the scanne ...more
Harry is spending Christmas alone and on-call, peaceably listening to the scanner as he makes his dinner. He hears ...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
After nearly dying in the last book, and taking a short fishing/recuperation trip, Harry is back and ready for duty, even though, again, nobody in the LAPD seems to be ready for Bosch to be ready for duty. At every turn, it seems like they are more concerned with appearances than truth, and while I can appreciate that public perception is a vital consideration for them, it just bothers me on a very deep level the lengths that they go to in order to BLOCK investigation. Sigh. ...more
Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E ...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
The Black Ice is another tightly plotted gem. It has a great story, introduces some great characters and it kept my attention from the very beginning. A body is found in a LA motel room, and it transpires it’s a missing LAPD Narcotics Detective. Rumour ...more
Harry Bosch (LAPD investigator) is assigned this “Major narcs” case, they know of the illegal past “Black Glass” narcotic from Hawaii. The death is from a new naracotic called “Black Ice” imported from Mexicans. Black Ice is easier to transport across the Mexico bourder, and harder to stop than Black Glass - when reading it was hard to believe people swallowing “balloons” ...more
This is the second book in the Harry Bosch series and the beginnings of one of the most wonderful police procedural series ever written IMHO. Michael Connelly is somewhere near the very top of the heap when it comes to writing the police procedural genre. And, the guy is no slouch, albeit he has only written something like +25 novels now. Oh well, maybe he will get serious and pick up the pace someday. Ha. Obviously, Connelly has found a fantastic ...more
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch strikes out on his own to investigate the apparent suicide of an narcotics officer in this twisted, gritty police procedural. His orders are to leave it alone, but Harry's gut is telling him something is wrong about the whole thing and well . . . we all know Harry doesn't play by the rules. Meantime, he's assigned another officer's cases and upon closer examination, he strongly suspects that the murder and suicide case ...more
The second is its reliance on an overly convoluted plot. This affected me in a couple of ways. I found it hard to get invested in the st ...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
In this book, we have Harry investigating the murder of an unidentified male who was found outside of a restaurant that is frequented by the detectives of the undercover drug unit. During the course of the investigation, Harry ...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
I felt like my sole purpose in reading it was just to get to the next one.
Harry’s lone wolf persona and dogged pursuit of the truth, usually ...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
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
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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