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The Black Ice (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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. Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border. Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game—one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.
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- ASIN : B001GUXJQA
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (January 1, 2002)
- Publication date : January 1, 2002
- Language : English
- File size : 2655 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,756 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Black Ice" is a particularly seductive and dangerous concoction of coke, heroin and PCP manufactured in Mexico and shipped through our very porous southern border. Harry Bosch gets pulled into the drug underworld while investigating the death of a dealer. He gets some information from LAPD drug enforcement officer Calexico Moore. Before we know it, Moore has gone AWOL and then is discovered in a motel room with his head blown off in an apparent suicide.
Or is it murder? And is the LAPD going to cover it up in order to save face? And how is Bosch going to solve at least one murder at the request of Lt. "Ninety-eight" Pounds in order to get the solve statistic above 50%?
And what about Calexico's sultry wife; is Bosch going to do anything with his weirdly unrequited fascination for her?
And what about Teresa Corazon, who is knocking boots with Bosch and is trying to get a promotion to permanent Medical Examiner? Will Bosch make it out of this book with an intact relationship?
And how do the deaths of a dealer, Moore and another LAPD homicide officer all tie together with "Black Ice"?
This is the second Bosch book. Connelly keeps us watching all the balls as they fly through the air. Bosch comes across as the iconoic tough loner with a heart of gold, committed to seeing justice done and truth uncovered, even, though, he doesn't necessarily want the law to interfere with his investigation or truth to be revealed if it means that a widow may lose her pension.
The story was entertaining and kept me turning the pages.
Lucky for Bosch he has a contact in the coroner’s office, one Teresa Corazon. She an attractive woman, available, and soon they are sharing some pillow talk at Harry’s cottage. Wonder if she’s whispering sweet details of the autopsies? Even worse, did Bosch fantasize about Moore’s wife during all this?
Bosch’s cases involve the drug traffic and require him to make a trip to Mexico where one of the most powerful drugs is something called black ice. It’s being made down there somewhere and somehow gets across the border in large quantities. Once he is south of the border, Bosch gets involved in various activities with Mexican police authorities, even taking time to see a bull fight. This kind of plot movement is a bit unusual for author Michael Connelly and seems to dilute the momentum of the story.
The most redeeming feature of this book is the surprise ending. I was tempted to give up the book earlier but I’m glad I persevered.
I was also glad that reading the books wasn't a retread of the show. I definitely feel like I can enjoy the books, and enjoy the show as well.
Okay so maybe you'll be a step or two ahead of Bosch from time to time. Maybe you'll ask yourself more than once why Bosch insists on making bad choices when it comes to women, or why he does stuff to deliberately self-destruct his career, and why he smokes like a fiend, but that's just Harry Bosch, old-school detective who won't go along to get along and is probably a giant PITA to everyone around him.
Yet, even with all of Bosch,'s quirks and foibles, you will definitely find yourself rooting for him to solve the case because you know he's the underdog, the old guy (40) who no one takes seriously anymore, and the brass wishes would just retire so they can be rid of him.
This book provides another great plausible storyline that will keep you engaged and staying up to read late at night.
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The story hooks you virtually from the start and is a real 'page-turner', in part due to the crisp, taut writing which makes it very easy to read. There are lots of twists and turns as the story unfolds and the ending caught me totally by surprise.
These early Harry Bosch novels are a real delight to re-visit. If you haven't read any yet, I would recommend you read them in order starting with The Black Echo, as then you will see how well Michael Connelly develops the character of Harry Bosch in this gripping second novel, The Black Ice.
The story is quite well written, though an understanding of the geography of the Pacific coast of America down into Mexico would be useful and a familiarity with American police terminology and slang would also be helpful.
I would not condemn this novel or its companions in the series, but I personally am not inclined to read any more of its titles.
The space of the tale keeps it moving along and it is an easy read. So easy, that I will have forgotten it in 2 weeks.
Painless, smart plot, well written but too formulaic for me to read more of the Bosch chronicles.
For me I find it sad that his use of the English Language is Americanised but I guess many of his readers are American. One of the worst for me is the word 'Gotten', there is of course no such word in correct English. The storyline more than makes up for this. I recommend reading the books in the correct order, although they are predominately stand alone books, there is a degree of follow on.