I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Just plain fun. Not a lot of substance, but very captivating and well-written.
I went right on to the next in the series, which is just as good. I'm also listening to the Lincoln Lawyer series which ties in later in the chronology of the Bosch universe. I'm very happy with Connelly's storytelling.
In the end I liked it. The story came around very nicely. But, I guess I'm not a Dick Hill fan. Sorry Dick. Your one of the greats, but there's something about the style that doesn't always work for me. Perhaps it's because he's done so many books, that his distinctive style blurs the characters for me. Not sure about that, but I'm sure I'll be listening to this duo again.
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.
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.
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.
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Prior to my last read, which just happened to be the first in the Michael Connelly Harry Bosch series I had not previously read a Bosch story. Now here we are at book 2, The Black Ice. I had seen a test pilot program on Amazon Instant Video proposing to serialize the Bosch genre and thought the man (Bosch) has some infirmities akin to my frailties. Could a mere detective series give me a platform of reading that would provide me with introspective? Connelly does not just write cliffhanger stories, but puts true human emotions to work in developing his plots and narratives. So yes, Bosch in The Black Ice provides more than just the simple pleasures of reading. It provides an opportunity for solipsism.
In the immediate story, The Black Ice, Connelly, takes Bosch into three or four different story plots all dovetailing throughout the novel; but keeps the reader on top of all the subplots and all in all makes for an acceptable story line. Of course, we still get the Bosch sexual escapades and an introduction into saxophone jazz. What more can one want from a pleasure listen?
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I had just started Harry Bosch 3, The Concrete Blonde, which I had been sitting on for quite a while, when Bosch 1 and 2 came up in Audible's recent 3-for-2 sale. What a fortuitous coincidence. Or was it? As Harry always says, there is no such thing as coincidence. So I bought them, plus a bonus audiobook, tore through both of them, and continued on with 3.
Trying to avoid spoilers, but the great thing about Connelly's plotting in many if not all of his books is that there is always more to the murder(s) than meets the eye, and more often than not that has to do with issues of family and friendship. In The Black Ice, a series of unrelated murders start to come together as part of a drug smuggling scheme, but then Connelly starts to bring these complex relationships into it, making things more interesting.
As with the first Bosch, the last two chapters are all talk, all explanation, even after Harry has already figured it all out. This is not as bad as The Black Echo -- this talking villain does not give Bosch time to save himself by talking instead of acting. But he does talk nevertheless. I hope Connelly's other common threads and themes continue into future entries in the series, but I hope his over-reliance on the talking villain disappears.