The Black Ice (Harry Bosch Series #2)

The Black Ice (Harry Bosch Series #2)

by Michael Connelly
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McCarthy92 More than 1 year ago
This is the second novel I have read by Michael Connelly (I plan to read all of his works in order). I will not talk a lot about plot because I feel like excellent crime novels such as this one should not be spoiled. All I will say is this, Connelly has a great style, themes, plot, and his famous character, Harry Bosch, is one of the greatest detectives in literature. I read this novel while I was watching the second and third seasons of my favorite TV show, The Wire, and I actually saw a couple of similarities in the plot and I thought that it would have been nice to see Michael write for the Wire along with his peers George Pelecanos, Richard Price, and Dennis Lehane. Connelly and the three authors I have just named are, in my opinion, the finest crime writers today and of all time (you cannot forget James Ellroy, Dashiell Hammett, and Raymond Chandler).
Balina More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite books by Michael Connelly. It's hard to put down!
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
Just recently started reading Connelly and the Bosch series. The Black Echo seemed to start out slow for me and gradually became quite a thrill ride to the very end. The Black Ice, however, grabs you from the beginning and does not let go. There is rich character development, including Det Bosch and others in the LAPD, a solid if not spectacular plot and unexpected developments throughout. This is one of those books that defines "page turner," as you get hooked and stay hooked. Not too long ago I read a review that suggested The Black Ice was somewhat flat compared to books #1 (The Black Echo) and #3 (The Concrete Blonde) in the series. From my perspective, the ride started gradually out of the gate with The Black Echo and has steadily, and at times quickly, gathered a full head of steam. I'm jumping right into the Concrete Blonde because I can't wait to see where Connelly takes Bosch in the subsequent books.
banjoplatypus More than 1 year ago
This is the second Harry Bosch novel I've read, and I have to say I'm really starting to like this guy! I won't reveal any of the plot, but I will say that much of the action occurs in parts of the US and Mexico that I am completely unfamiliar with (I'm from Texas). As a result, I pulled up a map several times to trace Bosch's locations -- which turned out to be a little fun! I'm glad I started this series in the correct order, because Connelly does make references to events in The Black Echo. In short, this is a well-written, fast-moving story that is a fun read and a great second dive into the adventures of Harry Bosch. I can't wait for the Concrete Blonde!
dmow172005 More than 1 year ago
Great Read. Harry is a very interesting character. The book provides some understanding of police work, and a look at the problems that remained after the Viet Nam war.
Goonboy2 More than 1 year ago
A bad Michael Connelly novel is still a good book. Sandwiched between his first - THE BLACK ECHO and third - THE CONCRETE BLONDE, Connelly's second book is a bit of a let down. Bosch is a little more cantankerous, a little more rebellious, a little less loveable than in the rest of the series. While the story has some merit it wasn't the page-turner I have come to expect from Connelly. Characters were poorly developed and often did not interact in a pleasing way. For example, Harry's interaction with fellow law enforcement officers is often antagonistic for no good reason. And his relationship with women is less than noble. Those readers not already familiar with Harry may find him to be too caustic for their tastes. I did and I love Harry Bosch. Neophyte Harry Bosch aficionados should look elsewhere. Almost all of the others in the series are more entertaining. And if you like Harry, you will probably like Connelly's non-Bosch books as well, especially those featuring Rachel Walling or Jack McEvoy. After you have read the rest, come back to THE BLACK ICE.
EINY More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly continues the Harry Bosch series with this excellent story. A must read for detective fans. Harry is a brilliant detective with an uncanny ability to solve his cases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't get better then this. Excellent Series, right up there in with the old 87 th Precinct of so long ago. Just grittier. Makes me want to start over with the #1 and keep reading..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner for Miachael Connelly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm new to the Harry Bosch series, but it is fast becoming a favorite. If you like mystery and intrig you can't go wrong. I'm moving to #3 and can't wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My second book , and i truly liked it alot he is one of the best mystery around worth the money what a read make sure u have nothing important to do because u are going to be tied up readin
Anonymous 6 months ago
Very enjoyable read -- love the depth of the characters and the twistiness of the plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book just as I have all the others I have read. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Buying the next one in the series.
JimJF More than 1 year ago
Very informative regarding locale and a good amount of intrigue. Very well written
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
This is my second Harry Bosch novel read. I am not sure if they need to be done in order, but that is the way I am going about the series. The Black Ice involves the death of a narcotics police officer. At first ruled a suicide, but then changed up to homicide investigation. It is one that the top brass wanted swept under the rug and forgotten. Harry Bosch has a hard time keeping his nose out of the investigation, even when ordered off the case. As luck would have it, another case he is working happens to cross paths with the death of the officer. Now, this was a good book, not a great one, but a good one and one that will keep your attention. I did have some problems with it, but that is probably just me. Part of mt problem was Bosch’s interactions with other police officers. He was almost combative, even if it was verbally. His interaction with the women in his life was iffy at best. And for the love of God, I did not need to know every time this guy decided to get a smoke. That being said, the writing was sharp, almost reminiscent of a film noir style, but from the third person. Connelly gave me a sense of the grit and grime that lives and breathes in LA, and it was enough to keep me going despite my afore mentioned misgivings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing more to say, but enjoy!
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Designer Drugs and a Murdered Cop I really had intended to get back to the Harry Bosch books before now. But I slipped a different book into the Michael Connelly slot in my audio book rotation a few months back, so I’m just now getting to The Black Ice, the second book starring this popular detective. While I still think I prefer Mickey Haller better, I did enjoy this book. It’s Christmas night when the body of narcotics police officer Cal Moore is found in a hotel room. Cal had been missing for several days, and no one was honestly surprised when he turned up dead. It’s an obvious suicide, even detective Harry Bosch thinks so after his brief look at the crime scene before he is ushered out by top brass in the LAPD. The only thing that doesn’t really make sense is the note Cal left behind, “I found out who I was.” The next day, Bosch gets a new case that makes him question whether Moore really committed suicide or not, however. Then he learns that Moore was secretly working on a case Bosch had asked for his help on involving a designer drug called black ice. Suddenly, Bosch is beginning to wonder if Moore was really murdered. Can he overcome department politics to uncover the truth? The story started well, and we quickly began to see a wide web that tied multiple things together. How Bosch would prove it all was the real mystery of the book. I must admit I found that part a little long and drawn out at times, and a few of the twists seemed more like clichés, especially the police department politics. Granted, the clichés in the cozies I read don’t bother me. Go figure, right? Still, there were enough twists to hold my interest, and the climax was very satisfying. I do like Harry Bosch as a character. I wish he weren’t such a loner, but it does mean most of the characters we spend much time with are new to this book. They were all well developed as well, making it easy to care about the outcome of the story. Since this is a police procedural, the language and description of violence is significantly more I’m used to reading. I knew that going in, so this is worth noting only in passing. Since I’ve already listened to all the Mickey Haller books, I knew that that character and Harry Bosch were half-brothers. I thought that was something that Michael Connelly had come up with after he’d created the Mickey Haller character, but we actually get a scene in this book where Bosch is remembering meeting his father. Turns out, that this wasn’t something he came up with late in the process but had set up before he wrote the first book with Mickey Haller as the main character. The Black Ice is a good second novel. It’s certainly made me look forward to moving on with the Harry Bosch series.
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I loved the first book in this series, and loved the second one just as much. Cant wait to see what happens next!
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ShortyPW More than 1 year ago
I am totally hooked on the Harry Bosch series, it's one of a few mystery writers that makes you think you have it all figured out and then you find out how completely wrong you were.. Love it.
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