The Black Ice
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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 Bosch 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, starting with one dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that winds from Hollywood Boulevard's drug bazaar to the dusty back alleys south of the border and into the center of a complex and lethal game -- one in which Harry is the next and likeliest victim.

Customer Reviews:

  • Not the best Bosch book, which means that it is merely very, very good and not excellent (a review of the audiobook)
    Connelly's Heironymous 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 Homocide Division.

    Fittingly, this book starts with Harry Bosch watching a wildfire burn part of the canyon below his home. His thoughts are interrupted with a radio call about a homocide and Bosch descends the mountain into the madness. A long, complicated case unrolls for Bosch and I will go no further so as to avoid spoilers.

    Dick Hill read this installation of the Bosch series with a great deal of skill. It was a joy to listen and was the best thing about my commute for more than a week.

    While not the best of the series that does not mean it is not an excellent book. I consider this to be one of the best series going right now and am happily working my way through them....more info
  • No Sleep Till Mexicali
    This is Michael Connelly's second book and - like his first - features Harry Bosch as its central character. Little has changed for Bosch in the eighteen months since the events of "The Black Echo". He's still a jazz-loving loner who's happy to bend the rules, while his taste for coffee, beer and cigarettes remains undiminished.

    As the book begins, it's Christmas Day and our hero is at home, alone and on call. Monitoring police / fire / ambulance radio messages on his scanner, he picks up a message regarding an apparent homicide within Hollywood boundaries that is being dealt with directly by RHD. Despite the fact that it's Christmas, Bosch isn't too happy that he wasn't notified first - as he should've been, according to protocol. Arriving uninvited at the scene of the crime, he tries to edge his way into things. At first glance, it's an apparent suicide involving Cal Moore, another cop working out of the Hollywood Division's narcotics unit. Although they worked in the same department, Bosch didn't know Moore that well. They'd only spoken properly once, about a stalled case Bosch was working : the murder of a drugs runner called Jimmy Kapps. Bosch was hoping Moore could give him a few leads - about the drug he was smuggling in from Hawaii, called Ice, and possible rival gangs who may have been responsible for his death. Bosch was aware, however, he'd had a few problems - including a possible showdown with IAD. Bosch's only involvement in the case, however, is informing Moore's widow.

    The following day, Bosch's boss - Harvey '98' Pounds - tells him to stop working the Kapps case and to keep away the Moore case. One of Bosch's fellow homicide detectives, Lou Porter, has decided to retire on stress related grounds - though it has been commonly known for some time that Porter had a drinking problem. Pounds has assigned Porter's cases to Bosch in the hope that Bosch will be able to clear at least one of them by New Year's Eve. Things soon become complicated though - Bosch's investigations constantly bring Cal Moore back into the equation. Of Porter's cases, he settles on the murder of an unidentified Mexican, whose corpse has been found dumped beside the kitchen door of a diner. Although it was Porter's case, Cal Moore had found the corpse. Not long afterwards, Bosch is contacted by Moore's former colleagues - Moore had left a file for Bosch's attention, with some information regarding the Kapps case. The information throws up some interesting coincidences - and Bosch doesn't believe in coincidences. Now believing that Moore case isn't a straightforward suicide, he believes that the cases are so tightly connected that in solving one he'll solve them all.

    Like Connolly's first book, I found this a very enjoyable story. Although this is the second book to feature Harry Bosch, it's not entirely necessary to have read the books in order. There's nothing in it that'll have any major impact on this story - but I would recommend reading "The Black Echo" first. It will clarify a couple of minor points and cover some parts of Harry's background....more info

  • extremely fast and perfect condition
    I received my order in 2 days and it was in perfect condition, even better than I expected. Thank you!...more info
  • Ghosts from the past
    It is Christmas, and Harry Bosch is on standby to take calls for any murders. He has the police scanner on, and hears a report of an incident within his jurisdiction. When he investigates, he becomes involved in a messy case involving a police officer. Things develop from there.

    There is a lot about bureaucracy and bean counting in the police department. Increase the number of arrests and increase the percentage of solved cases to make the atatistics look good when the budget request goes in. There are continuing conflicts between Harry and his superiors, but there are some tradeoffs. Not everything is as it seems, but everyone seems to come away with something. Sometimes it's better not to look too close.

    Black ice, by the way, is a new form of narcotic - an emerging recreational drug showing up on the scene.

    The novel is also available as part of the omnibus collection, "The Harry Bosch Novels."...more info
  • Gritty
    Connelly packs enough gunfights, blood, deceptions, and wounded bodies and egos in this pressure-cooker of a novel to satiate the reader's appetite entirely. not as taut as it could have been, but entertaining nevertheless....more info
  • Harry is always Great
    Just love Harry Bosch. The stories are gritting, complex and well executed with believable characters. What else do you want!?...more info
  • Stereotypical Set-up, but with Excellent Results
    I've been looking for this novel, you see. It's about a well adjusted and highly effective police detective, on the fast track, who is loved by all the brass and has a nice family waiting at home for him every night. This detective is given a lot of support by the investigative apparatus and has developed a nice working relationship with the press. He works cases methodically and practically, never making himself the target of some psycho. Well, I haven't found it yet, but one thing I can tell you is Harry Bosch is not that detective and The Black Ice is definitely not that book. Michael Connelly has developed the stereotypical me against the world cop book that comes off as anything but stereotypical. In this latest police procedural, the procedure are all thrown out the window as Bosch tries to solve the murder of a fellow policeman that no one seems to want solved. Tied in with the death of narcotic's officer Cal Moore's demise, is a few drug related killers and the recent sudden retirement of a fellow homicide detective. Connelly spins a web of corruption and lost youth, symbolically weaving together the tough childhood's of the slain detective and Bosch and takes the tale south of LA, to twin Mexican Border Towns and a ring of smugglers transporting the latest hip drug, Black Ice.

    While this may not have been a great novel, Connelly does a great job with the subtle symbolism in this book. He doesn't need to hit you over the head with it and he gives the reader a lot of credit for intelligence. But then it all breaks down in the end after the obligatory action scenes, Bosch takes a turn as Hercule Poirot, and needs to explain everything down to the last detail to an ungrateful boss. For the most part this was a brisk paced and fun addition to the Harry Bosch series....more info
  • Good
    The Black Ice is Michael Connelly's second book in his series of Harry Bosch novels. What makes his books special is the combination of an interesting and complex main character with fascinating story lines that are complex enough to keep you on your toes, but also fun and engaging.

    In this installment, Bosch discovers that a suicide of a narcotics officer might actually be a homicide, and that the officer may have been playing both sides. The story bogs down a bit when Bosch travels to Mexico, and the story started to veer off into 3 star territory, but for me, the ending redeemed this book. ...more info
  • Harry Bosch investigates cop killers and Mexican drug cartel
    This second in the Harry Bosch police procedural series features Bosch at work in the Hollywood divison after having been reassigned from the prestigious LAPD robbery homocide division. On call over Christmas, he hears about a murder on the police scanner in his jurisdiction and wonders why he is not called. The call involves the apparent suicide of a cop on the narcotics squad. Bosch is suspicious that all is not what it seems and when a folder from the dead cop with a note to Harry turns up, Harry takes up the quest in earnest.

    We learn about black ice (cocaine, heroine and PCP) a designer drug originally from Hawaii but now made in Mexico and smuggled into the U.S. The intrigue involves rival drug smugglers, a mexican drug cartel made up of men who grew up in barrios (Mexican slums) and crooked cops in the U.S. and Mexico.

    The ending is a surprise but cleverly set up so you figure it out exactly when Harry does.

    The fans of Harry Bosch, the loner, anti-establishment cop will enjoy this episode as will those new to the Harry Bosch series....more info

  • Tight as you'd expect
    The first book in the series Black Echo was very good. Black Ice is great. Connelly captures the feeling of the city, the air, the tension, the danger, the possibility, and gives it his own literary twist.

    Harry Bosch is a detective's detective. He is the flawed protagonist that other writers wish they could create. The frailty of his existence keeps Bosch fresh.

    I know that sometimes the convenience of clues and sleuthing gets to some readers (I have a friend that does not like the series AT ALL because of it), but it doesn't bother me all that much. I just look at it as "tv police work" and that's ok as long as it is done well, and doesn't look like just a rip off of a television show.

    I recommend all of the books in this series, but maybe Black Ice the most.

    Ted...more info
  • Fast paced, character driven thriller!
    I've started reading the Harry Bosch novels in order (I'm funning that way). This of course is the second in the series. The characters were fresh and real. The mystery in the plot was there, however when all was revealed you could go, "ah ha". Hope you enjoy....more info
  • Better Than The First
    I really enjoyed the first in the series, The Black Echo; but this one is even better. The main character, Harry Bosch, is developing nicely. The mystery was intriguing. The only predictable thing is Harry seems to become attracted to all the women. Not very discriminating, but that might be a typical male trait. Overall, an excellent read!...more info
  • Great read
    Michael Connelly is one of the best mistery writer and this was one of his better efforts....more info
  • Well-Written Teaser
    "Black Ice" begins with the discovery of a dead cop in a motel room that appears to be suicide, and ends with a revelation (uncovered by Harry Bosch) that the cop's death was murder. However, Harry is the only one to believe in the cop's murder until events unfold to prove him correct, and the suspects are hard to come by.

    This is typically well-written, fully-developed, and articulate Harry Bosch, only William Connelly's second novel (after "The Black Echo"). The plot is very well constructed, with revelations evenly paced throughout. The characters are more than placecards to hold their positions for the novel to unfold. Bosch proves himself the rebel of custom and protocol as he ventures through several states and countries.

    Readers familiar with the Bosch cycle of novels will not want to miss this one. Readers new to Bosch are advised to read "The Black Ice" first....more info

  • Another Enjoyable Bosch Book
    I read this for summer holiday reading, having devoured The Black Echo a year or so ago. I found The Black Ice to be slightly more predictable than Black Echo, but nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I am not a huge fan of crime fiction, but I do love the Bosch novels. There is just something about the hard-bitten maverick cop scenario that appeals to me, as does the seedy portrayal of modern Los Angeles.

    While not a classic, this is a great crime thriller that satisfies....more info

  • A Satisfactory Harry Bosch Novel
    Although The Black Ice is more than entertaining, it is not the most thrilling Connelly novel I have read. I have been reading the Harry Bosch novels in no particular order and have enjoyed each one. The Black Ice has more lulls in the action than most of the other ones I've read. It is well written and we learn more of Harry Bosch in this novel. He travels to Mexico in pursuit of a killer and the answers to mysteries involving several murders. The travel and the transition to a foreign place requires more writing of the scenery and background than Connelly usually includes, so this creates the lull in action. The mystery is a good one and Connelly provides an excellent twist in the conclusion.
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    The second harry Bosch novel, THE BLACK ICE, disappoints. Primarily because the character of Harry Bosch steps into the background. By that I mean the reader learns little new about loner, rebel cop Harry Bosch. That plus there is little action or conflict and thus little narrative tension. And the setting for the novel which is mainly in border Mexico is painted dull and drab and gray. Yawn. And I am a Harry Bosch fan. I plan on continuing in the Bosch series because I like the character and have hopes the author will do better. THE BLACK ICE does have a good bull fight scene and the mystery was logically, plausibly plotted. And one still gets the feeling we have a real working cop here in Harry Bosch. Not some fake fictional cop but the real thing. It is definitely noir but dull. Do better Connelly....more info
  • Warning on Audiobook edition
    This is a good book, but for those of you who will be listening to the Audiobook edition, beware. The reading is recorded using the left track and right track independently. You will need to set the balance control first to full left then full right. In some cars this becomes very hard to hear since it is using half the normal amount of amplification. This saves money for the publisher, but is not the most pleasant to use....more info
  • Started well enough
    This book started with a great premise: a cop's murder is made up to look like a suicide. It slows down to a snooze inducing drag by 2/3, and the big DEA showdown in Mexico becomes so stupid that it's hard not to toss the book across the room. It's only when the real ending, from the meeting at the castled to the end, starts up, that the book picks up it's lost momentum and comes to an interesting and satisfying close....more info
  • A page turner featuring the great detective Harry Bosch
    In Black Ice, the second novel featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch, Michael Connelly has developed Bosch's personality to a point where his cynical, darkly comic character quirks made me laugh out loud. In this book, Bosch is trying to track down the reasons behind a fellow cop's apparent suicide. In doing so, he uncovers the cop's links to a Mexican drug ring that sells the "black ice" of the title -- a potent combination of cocaine, heroin and PCP.

    Bosch's efforts to unravel the story behind his friend's death lead him to a Mexican border town, where readers get a look at the conditions that drive some Mexicans to risk their lives and their freedom to cross illegally into the US.

    This is the novel in which Bosch meets Sylvia, the dead cop's widow and the woman with whom he will fall in love by the time of his next case, detailed in The Concrete Blonde.
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  • My favorite Connelly so far.
    This is the third Connelly that I have read, and the first featuring Harry Bosch. I was really impressed, and this makes me want to pick up all the Bosch novels. It is moody and dark, with and well-drawn and well-developed characters. While Connelly's non-Bosch works were quite good, this genuinely approaches great.

    The story features drugs and corruption between Mexico and the LAPD. Bosch is a character who is a tough maverick in a believable kind of way. He is hard-boiled but still has some soft points-- standard requirements for the classic noir detective. The way that he makes the character interact with the plot is less standard. Too often, writers who are working in the noir side of the genre create nothing but faithful imitations of Chandler or Hammett. Connelly is brave enough to update the form, and it succeeds fantastically.

    If the rest of the Bosch books are as good as this one, then I do not think it will take me very long to work my way through the collection. Recommended....more info
  • Gotta Love Harry
    Gotta love that Harry, this is an older book that I somehow missed and the really freaky thing about it was the day it was delivered was the day I got out of the hospital after flipping my truck on BLACK ICE. This was a really good book it had me right to the end , a couple of times I thought I had the answers but then it twisted and turned and I was wrong, so even though I knew some of the players ahead of time it was a good read....more info
    The Black Ice is book number two in the series of books by Michael Connelly that star detective Hieronymous Bosch. It is in ways more symbolic and experimental than both its predecessor and all of its successors. While this is interesting, and not entirely without merit, it all adds up to a sum that is less than its parts.

    This is the weakest of the Bosch novels so far.

    There is an overwrought, yet uncompleted feel to The Black Ice. Its conclusion in particular is more than a little far-fetched and all too convenient.

    With that said, here is why The Black Ice is worth reading:

    1. Michael Connelly is one of the most interesting and talented writers out there. The combination of his journalistic training and his ability to paint cinematic word pictures that still work as lengthy pieces of fiction is unmatched by other genre writers.

    He links all of his books together in interesting ways. Once you step into his world, you begin to get inklings of just how vast it is. This is something rare in genre fiction--at least it is very rarely done this well.

    2. Harry Bosch is one hell of a character. Rather than being the one-sided archetype so often found in genre fiction, Bosch is fully human. He is exceptional in that though he is quite humanized, he is completely dedicated to his "mission" as a detective--most ably summed up by Bosch himself:

    "Everybody counts, or no one counts."

    (An aside: I was recently discussing with my wife who her favorite character in Stephen King's Dark Tower Series is. We have read the books together. She went the emotional route and chose Oy--a sentimental, furry little creature.

    When asked who mine is (outside of Cuthbert, who is a bit player in books 1 & 4) I answered Roland.

    My wife does not like Roland. He is too mission-driven for her taste. I find, that like Bosch, Roland is more human for having to labor under the weight of a mission (I also feel that Oy gives his all for the mission as well, that he is not all cutesy and cuddly, but that is neither here nor there). The point being, that Bosch and Roland are two of the most fully fleshed out characters that I have come across in some time.

    I feel that this is because, conciously or not, we all live by a "mission" of sorts; be they for ill or good.

    an aside within an aside: my wife likes Bosch.)

    3. The Black Ice is the gateway to the rest of the Bosch books. The books take a huge leap in quality from book three on. Its well worth paying the price of admission: reading the first two books.

    I recommend the Bosch series of books very highly.

    As part of that recommendation, I suggest you grin and bear The Black Ice.

    Who knows, maybe you will find more here than I did....more info
  • The series is keeping me reading...
    I've only read the first two books in this series, and obviously the author was still finding his way a little as he was writing these first few books...but they were still great. I am very excited about the rest of the series. They seem to just get better, so far anyway. Harry Bosch is a dynamic character. And I enjoy anything with suspense, and a homocide cop's life is certainly on the edge! If you like James Patterson, Michael Connelly is surely great competition!...more info
  • Great police thriller!
    It is my first book of Harry Bosh' series (but I've read other books by Michael Conelly that I liked) and I was impressed. There are many novels with the motif of 'lone wolf' but it is difficult to make the reader really like the main hero. This book is the one. The plot seems totally logical and realistic, and at the ame time intriguing until the end. Mexican background, including Harry' adventures there, seems real and interesting. The police work in LA is described with such details that you definetely get the atmosphere the writer tried to convey. Definitely recommended to all fans of mistery novels and police thrillers....more info
  • Good writing.
    This is my third Connelly book. I really like the way he writes and the story moves along quickly. But I have two complaints.

    First, he doesn't seem to use contractions. "I am going.." "I will do that..."
    I didn't notice it at first but now I can't not notice it. Using "I'm" and "I'll" is not jargon. It's standard English. People in a hurry don't say "I am leaving this place."

    Second, almost every male character (particularly in authority) is treated with active contempt by Bosch. I realize he's an outsider but, c'mon. He can't be openly hostile to every person he meets.
    I understand willing suspension of disbelief, but that concept shouldn't be very much evident in police procedurals that rely heavily on realism.

    Other than those two things, the books are great. ...more info
  • Another superior noir by connelly...
    This book was even tighter in it's execution than Black Echo. Bosch figures out a series of drug related murders and the puzzle fits nicely. Connelly jumps expertly from the FBI/Break in caper of the first novel to the DEA/drug murders of the second. Is Black Ice real? It certainly seemed to be. Bosch also continues to grow as character--as do Irving and others. A superior mystery....more info
    Just a warning to all the audiobook listeners out there. The unabridged cassette tapes are multi-track stereo meaning that the cheap publisher uses the left and right channels to record separate chapters. So unless you have a headphone splitter the tape will not work correctly. I fail to understand why in this day and age, the publishers can't spend a few more pennies and put the 4 additional tapes in the box. If AOL can send out about a bizillion CD's a year for free, why can't this publibsher spring for some old fashon cassettes!

    I listened to about 5 minutes of it and couldn't stand it any longer. I would have returned it had it not been past the 30 days for Amazon's return policy....more info

  • Bosch Returns
    Michael Connelly is the hands-down leader in mysteries. This book has everything you expect: believable characters, plot twists and detailed settings. Not quite as good as his later work (City of Bones or Lost Light) but a great read nonetheless. Highly recommended....more info
  • Back in Black

    If you need a book that will get you interested in reading again, then this is it. Harry Bosch is back and couldn't be more of a badass in this notorious, stay up until 4 AM, can't stop, won't stop thriller that will make you wish that this novel was a movie. With Harry Bosch's relentless attitude, it's a mystery book to end all mystery books, that makes Law and Order look like Connely's slightly retarted cousin. Harry Bosch has balls the size of grapefruits and an even larger brain with twists and turns so confusing that it makes you glad that Bosch is on your side. Do not pass this up for some scooby doo novel, and if you do I will personally come to a book store near you and kick your ass. You miss it, you diss it. Holla Back.

    -Keith Bartley
    Don't Blink

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  • A Weaker Sequel to The Black Echo
    Be sure you read The Black Echo before this book. The back story and characterizations rely a lot on these books being read in the order they were written.

    The Black Ice has many things to recommend it. Harry Bosch is a modern "noir" detective working in LA's underbelly, the sleazy streets of Hollywood, who sees himself as an avenging angel with no room for anything else in his life. That characterization is tested in The Black Ice when Harry is affected to his toes by meeting the widow of a murder victim.

    The descriptions of drug manufacture, distribution, and dealing are powerful and memorable. The book has lots of exciting action.

    You'll also feel like you've been taken on a well-run tour of Hollywood and Mexicali . . . to see the tawdriest locales.

    But the book does go wrong, tarnishing lots of good writing. Michael Connelly inexplicably and unnecessarily uses one of the oldest and least satisfying plot devices in the mystery author's filing cabinet. I won't say more, but you'll know what I mean when the book is over.

    The effect of hitting that plot device is like going from a smooth ride in a jet to a kid's soap box derby crate rolling over potholes. The ride just isn't the same. Up until the plot device is triggered, the book is clearly a five-star effort.

    But you have better things ahead. The Concrete Blonde, the third Harry Bosch mystery, is a much better and more rewarding book to read....more info
  • The Black Ice
    One of his best - don't miss it. If you like Michael Connelly, you will like this one....more info
  • Not as good as the first, but still fine
    "The black ice" is the second book in the Harry Bosch series, following "The black echo". Harry Bosch is still the same, lonely, bitter, determined and not giving a damn about what his superiors think. The plot of the book, however, is not as strong as in "The black echo". Connelly continues to develop his main character, and that's good, because Bosch can be read like a real person, full of flaws and weaknesses, but also with an incredible sense of duty.

    This time, the apparent suicide of a fellow policeman triggers an investigation that leads to a powerful new drug, secrets from the past, and an investigation that will take Bosch to the mexican border, amid sterile insects and bullfights. Yes, it seems strange, but the book is solid... until a certain point. Similar to what happened in "The poet", the final "explanation" of the whole case is not very believable, and depends on too many assumptions to work. Anyway, I see "The black ice" as a good oportunity to know how Bosch live and work a little further.

    I begun reading "The concrete blonde" as soon as I finished "The black ice" and, already halfway thorugh it, I can see it's more interesting then the second one. Like other reviewers stated, "The black ice" may be seen as a bridge between the first and the third book in the series.

    Grade 7.2/10
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  • Don't Avoid the Black Ice
    The Black Ice, Michael Connelly's second crime novel in the Harry Bosch series is great. Engrossing and well-plotted, the novel concerns the apparent suicide of one of Bosch's fellow LA police officers. Bosch is drawn into the tangled web of the officer's life which brings him to Mexico and deep into the heart of black ice--a potent drug invading LA's streets. The conclusion is surprising, yet still believable. This is an excellent crime novel, very enjoyable....more info
  • Black Ice can send you skidding right off the road ...
    Having grown up in the upper Midwest (eastern Montana), I know all about black ice. It is deceptive - the road looks perfectly fine, but if you aren't very careful, and if you hit a patch just right (or wrong, I suppose, would be more correct), it can send you careening off in an unexpected direction. This idea is used to good effect in this very excellent novel by Michael Connelly.

    Harry Bosch only knew about the killing because one of the transmissions happened to go out on the regular frequency. He was angry, because he was supposed to be on call that night for any murders, so he decided to go and crash the party, so to speak. When he arrived, it was to discover that one of the vice cops - Calexio Moore - had apparently taken a shotgun, propped himself against the bathtub, held it to his face and pulled both the triggers with his toe. There wasn't much left of his face. When the body is finally moved and searched, a note is found in his back pocket which reads "I found out who I was."

    Harry is told in no uncertain terms that his help is not wanted on this case but because Harry is completely incapable of letting things go, he begins to investigate the matter anyway. What he discovers eventually leads him to the barrio Cal grew up in, in Calexico - right across the border from Mexicali. From bull fights to a castle on a hill, Harry's time spent in this area is vivid and beautifully described.

    This is an amazing book. Fans of noir, thrillers, good mysteries and/or this series will love this Bosch story!...more info