i highly recommend the first two books in this series. i will probably buy the next one too.
Harry is still working Hollywood Division in this installment when a murder happens. This one takes Harry south of the border to figure out what happened while fighting the department along the way. Good story and a twist you won't see coming. Well done. Narration is typical Dick Hill..which means excellent character depiction. I enjoyed it.
Dick Hill narration
Detective Aguilla, like Harry, not afraid to walk on "thin ice"
The conversation between Harry and Sylvia, after the funeral. Many things said that were not spoken
Loved it! Lots of unforseen twists and turns. I recommend this series. I also liked Dick Hill the narrator. He keeps the story moving along.
The character Harry Bosch has become one of my favorites. The story line takes many twists and keeps one guessing right to the end. The plot of the story leverages modern criminal drug trade with the politics of law enforcement and a detective that does the right thing even when its against the rules.
I like the character Harry Bosch, irreverent and unafraid; he get it done.
Wonderful transitions between characters. Dick brings each character to life by giving them their own personalities.
I just enjoy a good mystery
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.
The book was slow and I could not maintain focus. I didn't feel the author drew me into the story.