I would recommend any of the Harry Bosch series to my friends. Harry is not a likeable guy but you end up liking him.
I so wanted to know who was doing all the kills but I had a hunch. Of course, I was wrong.
I like him
Absolutely worth my time. I got to understand Harry better after knowing where he came from.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Well, I'm very glad I continued with this series. This book is much much better than the first one. There are no silly politics, and very little complaining about the past... Harry just does what he needs to do, even though it is clear he is carrying a lot of baggage around with him.
The characters' behaviors make sense. The plot makes sense. Harry makes sense. All in all a very satisfying police procedural (even though some of the procedures might be outside the lines). And I'm definitely on to the next in the series.
The narration is very good, and sounds just like what you'd expect Harry to sound like. The story has some references to events in the earlier book, but stands completely alone and is wrapped up nicely in the end so you're not left hanging.
I am a woman. Over the years I have come to realize that as a woman, my tastes in fiction *really are* different from men's. The male cliche I am complaining about in this case is the constant put-downs that are so prevalent in modern crime fiction. It is as if many male writers of crime fiction feel that they have to constantly put others down (presumably to prop themselves up).
I liked this book enough that I am downloading the next one at this very moment, but in both this book and the previous one in the series, there is not a single character--other than the protagonist--who is not either stupid or in some way less than admirable. He goes on and on about how stupidly Bosch's bosses on the force act. I kept wondering how so many stupid people could get promoted to such high positions. Don't they have to pass some kind of a test? But there are many other ways to crash and burn in this book: One cop is too pitiless. One likes to brag about how he got his scar. One is a coward and a drunk. Way too many people are willing to do the wrong thing if it will advance their careers. Bosch simply doesn't like others. There was actually one woman in this story that comes off more or less unsullied, but I could feel Connelly questing for a way to put her down. I have no doubt that if she is mentioned in any future book, she will be found to have some major flaw.
I'm not saying Connelly is a bad writer. In fact, although I've only read two of his books so far, I think he is probably a very good writer. But he seems (so far) to be a very *male* writer. So you women out there, if you prefer even your crime fiction to have people who are admirable try someone else. Try Laurie R. King, Dorothy Sayers, Mary Stewart, Ellis Peters.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I've read and/or listened to all of Connely's work. Until the recent influx of Northern European authors, he was easily my favorite novelist. It dawned on me that I could not remember all of the earlier Bosch novels so I picked up Black Ice through the Whisper Sync phenomenon that allows you to purchase the audible version so cheaply.
Black Ice is essential to the Bosch series because it is truly a great procedural on its on. In the first chapter Connelly introduces his hero as the hard nosed outsider on the detective squad who never lets politics or personal gain interfere with his work.
When the author came to Greensboro to promote The Overlook, (that mystery begins in Greensboro), he was asked about Harry's love for jazz. Connelly explained that when writing, jazz instrumentals are not the distraction that blues and rock, his first loves, are. In Black Ice we are introduced to Harry's love for the saxophone in particular. So I found the Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster channel on Pandora. It's been remarkable background music while listening and working!
Dick Hill is a huge improvement over Len Cariou, who is the narrator in some of the later books.
As for the story itself, it's a great mystery with a great twist I never saw coming.
There were parts of the book that were quite exciting. However, there was a lot of tedium to wade through, and too many stereotypical bad guys. I just could not finish it. I was a bit too bored.
This is a sit on the edge of the seat, turn up the volumn, and drive around the city one more time story. five stars is all that is allowed - but it is a six.
Harry Bosch is a memorable and likable character. Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating. I especially love the saxophone interludes and the special effects during phone calls. The story could have been a bit tighter, but it was still a satisfying read. I really enjoy the character Harry Bosch. He sort of grows on me. Ok, I am hooked now and will listen to the entire series.
Bosch is in rare form helping solve a particularly bad murder. He is now working out of Hollywood division having been punished for some unexplainable events from the first book. He shows up at the scene even though he's not supposed to be on this case. Suffice it to say that he not only solves the murder but he solves a very mixed up family situation of the killer. He also gets to know the widow and gets himself out of trouble with his bosses. It is a very well done mystery with the usual Bosch "take no prisoners" attitude. He has established his persona even tho,this is only the second book. Great narrator in Dick Hill.
Connelly and Bosch continue to be my drug of choice. Addictive reading/listening. The Police Department is made up of many brotherhoods each making their specialist area's (i.e drug squad, forensics) elitist. Black Ice isn't the first book to show how this attitude can affect the outcome of investigations, but does so in a manner that adds to the characterisation of the major players. The summary tells you the storyline so if you are feeling modicum of interest at that, let me assure you, that the presentation in words and reading makes the story far more compelling.
Great crime story telling, Bosch has street smarts, not a trigger finger, and you feel as if you are riding alongside Harry as he voices his thoughts and observations for consideration.
If you've never read a Harry Bosch novel, this is a great one to start your addiction with Harry.
Dick Hill's interpretation of the characters in "Black Ice" truly enriches the story. The story is quite good on it's own but the narration takes it to a much higher level. Also, the pacing is great. So, very, very good direction, too. I will definitely look for more audio books narrated by Mr. Hill.