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.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and as it played out, I listened to it with more interest. There were chapters where I became 'bored' with the story but as it progressed and the story unfolded, I understood why each character was introduced. There were many characters in the story which played a significant roll causing the story to bounce around like a ping pong match. Unfortunately, about 80% of the way into the book, the plot unraveled fast and the book ended as I figured.
Bureaucracy and politics were painted as villains (as most perceive them) and Bosch's character builds showing some 'honor' when he attempts to make a situation better (I won't do a spoiler) by paying for a room or when he feels bad for lying to honest characters in the book.
Bosch must be a serious ladies man as he continues his Casanova style with some of the most unlikely women.
Will I listen to another Bosch - yes, but not immediately.
Michael Connelly has an interesting way in painting characters and the story.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Harry Bosch works in the Hollywood Division of Homicide. He has solved more homicides than any of the other detectives in the unit in the past year. Harry had been out of work for three months of that year, recuperating from being shot in the shoulder, received from the previous murder that he had solved.
One of the homicide detectives, Porter, has given notice that he'll be retiring for health reasons. Bosch's boss, Pounds, calls him into the office and informs Harry that in order to solve at least 50% of the past year's murders, they only require one more case solved. Porter drops eight unsolved murder books at Harry's feet. Harry looks down and wants to know what all of this is about? He is informed that these are the unsolved cases of Porter and they are now Harry's cases.
Bosch returns to his desk overwhelmed. The other men in the room look at Bosch but do not offer him any help. Bosch takes the murder books and retreats to a quiet place with no people or noise to bother him. He needs to review the murder books in order to decide which would be the best one to start an investigation, hoping to solve the murder before the end of the year.
Bosch chooses to begin with the murder of Juan Doe # 67. He was found dead outside of a diner by the trash bins. No one in the diner, workers or diners, have any information to help Harry start the investigation.
Bosch calls Lou Porter wanting information about any of his unsolved murders. Lou is known to be an alcoholic. He is already drunk when Harry calls and is unable to garner any useful information from Porter.
However, Bosch tries to tie any of the jumbled information given to him by Porter and comes up with the name, Cal Moore, the head of the narcotics division. He meets with Moore and learns about the new drug on the streets, Black Ice.
Black Ice was being made in Hawaii and transported to other places. Hawaii had problems with distribution because of the strict rules that had to be followed in the US. Therefore, when Black Ice started be made in Mexico, where getting across the border into the US was very easy, all that was needed was a front to transport the drug into the US. The front was the transport of sterilized fruit flies into California. Fruit flies were too plentiful in California and were destroying the fruit. Therefore, the discovery of how to sterilize the fruit flies, being made in Mexico, they had to be transported from Mexico to the US and the drug, Black Ice, began its transport to the US along with the enclosed crates of fruit flies.
Black Ice contained three drugs, heroin, cocaine and a small amount of pcp to enhance the high. Hawaii charged higher prices due to the difficulty of transporting the drug. Mexico was able to transport Black Ice easily, therefore distribution was not a problem and the drug cost to its buyers was much cheaper.
Harry Bosch has found one murder to solve that just might contain a few more murders and if so, the 50% would increase. Pounds would be dancing in the halls and Harry hoped that he would be left alone for awhile.
The book was very interesting and ingenious. There was action and suspense throughout the book. The conclusion is a good one. I have discovered another series that I like enough that I'll be purchasing, The Concrete Blond, next.
The narrator, Dick Hill, did a great job. The differentiation of voices and emotions were done very well. The characters were well developed. Black Ice was an enjoyable listen. I would think that other listener's would enjoy the book. Purchase the book and enjoy.
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.