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The Black Ice

(Harry Bosch #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  53,077 ratings  ·  1,939 reviews
Narcotics office 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.


Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Vision (first published 1993)
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Gail Roberts Definitely. But the first was great, so read it eventually :-)

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Bill  Kerwin
Jun 16, 2007 rated it really liked it

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.
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's Christmas night and L.A.P.D homicide detective Harry Bosch is eating his Christmas dinner alone at home, with only a jazz CD and the police scanner to keep him company. He doesn't mind spending the holiday alone; in fact, he prefers it. Harry is a loner who identifies with a solitary coyote that hangs out near his house.

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
John Culuris
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most forms of entertainment come with the expectation that the follow-up to well-received debut will invariably fail to reach the same level of quality. Lack of time is almost always the reason. Take television for example. The first episode of a series is often the pilot; when it gets picked up there is rush to get production up and running and traditionally it is the second episode that most displays the signs of “just get it out.” With movies, an unexpected hit receives a release date for the ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Connelly fans
Continuing on my quest for a new mystery series suitable for distraction, I hit up my librarian for the second book in Michael Connelly's famous series centering on Detective Hieronymus Bosch. I ended up rather pleased with result, at least until the Mexican vacation. While there are moments that feel somewhat formulaic, Connelly puts enough flavor into it that I enjoyed the result.

Harry is spending Christmas alone and on-call, peaceably listening to the scanner as he makes his dinner. He hears
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Maria Clara
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado! Realmente Connelly sabe cómo mantener en vilo al lector, y Bosch es un personaje único; de esos que se te meten en la piel. Sin pensarlo, a por el tercer libro!!!
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, thriller
I really like Harry. For some reason I care about what happens to him, like he is a friend I know. I do understand it’s fiction, but on some level it’s real to me! He may be my new book boyfriend!
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harry Bosch, Redux.

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.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Last year I decided I was going to re-read the Harry Bosch series in order (at my own pace), and The Black Ice is the second one from my list. I haven’t read them all, but any I had read I thoroughly enjoyed so figured why not go back to the start!

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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, html-img
On Christmas, Calexico Moore (LAPD’s narcotics) found dead in a hotel & they need to review if it was murder or suicide.

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”
Cameron Wiggins
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2) - Michael Connelly
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
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
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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
kartik narayanan
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I found The Black Ice to be a a bit disappointing. I think it is due to two reasons. The first is its similarity to an Alistair MacLean novel rather than sticking to the usual noir tone of the Bosch universe. Caravan to Vaccares comes to mind. As does as the movie Sicario. In any case, Bosch is less a detective and more of a one man demolition army in this book.

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
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Moonlight Reader
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Connelly's second outing for LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch, opening shortly after he returns to work, having recovered from being shot in The Black Echo. Lewis and Clark, the IA detectives who wanted nothing more than to drum Bosch out of the LAPD are both dead.

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
Feb 05, 2015 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)
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 10, 2016 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.
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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
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
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fairly depressing, but alright if it's your cup of tea. Not for me 4 of 10 stars
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
Jun 23, 2013 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
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“Trust no one. You may be working with the last honest cop in Mexicali, but why bet your life on it?” 3 likes
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