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.
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.
I read the first 6 novels of this series back in the 90s. Why I stopped, don't know, but a recent reviewer I follow had a similar story and he started to reread the series and had nothing but the best to say about the author and the series. So as I looked back I could only remember the story line of "Black Echo" nothing else. I then started with the 2nd novel "Black Ice" and was blown away by the quality of this police procedural! The characters, the location, the mystery, all combine to create a story that never allowed me to lose interest. I could not wait to get back and read more. The personalities, the human frailty, characters that are real; no super human powers here... Dick hill is beyond excellent, he brings Harry Bosch alive! I have purchased the next novel in the series and can't wait to get started!
This continues the scenarios and characters set out in the first novel and does a good job of maintaining reader interest. A little bit dated, but well worth a read.
A gripping story.
"It felt like the detective bureau had become a fish bowl, and he was the only one in the water". I love Michael Connelly's descriptive writing, it brings the whole story to life.
Dick Hill has a wonderful gruff, detective type of voice and he makes Harry Bosch seem very real.
I really enjoy this series and would highly recommend it for people that enjoy listening to a story that they want to stay up late to finish.