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.
How the story went forwad in small steps.
It was my second time with him and he did it well, very well indeed.
Conelly is a master of unexpected endings. This one might be too unexpected in several ways.
I have read so many excellent books this is not easy to determine. However, I'd say in the top one third.
The ending as usual
Harry of course
don't want to spoil it for another reader
I would reccomend it to anyone who enjoys Mitch Rapp
Hey all, I'm a 33 year old white dude from Las Vegas. I typically listen to thrillers, fantasy, and Sci-fi.
Dick Hill is a wonderful Voice actor. His depth and breadth of characters is wide ranging and he is as engaging as he is entertaining.
This particular novel borrows heavily from Dashiell Hammett's work. So, I saw some of the plot twists coming in advance, but the story is paced well and Bosh is a very engaging character. So, even though the foreshadowing is a bit transparent, the conclusion is still satisfying.
As I said, Hill is a really great actor. I also enjoyed the production. Segments of phone conversation for instance sound much different than one on one dialogue. I appreciate the effort to build the scenes and the characters. Hill's natural delivery is spot on, with enough gravel and grit to embody the surly detective, while also being able to produce multiple, believable characters of varying backgrounds and genders.
No. Certainly you will want to keep pushing, but with a long run time, I wanted to spread my listening sessions out.
I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.
This is on of my favorite series and I hope my words do not stop you from picking this book because this is not my intention. This book was good but felt like the story was pushed by the writer at some points. Although at some points in the story it feels drawn out it is worth waiting this out and hearing what is going on. This book is key to understanding some of what Harry is going through and reasons why he reacts in certain ways throughout the series. This book also gives you some info on other characters that plays key roles in the other books.
Not sure if this Harry Bosch novel is worse than others in the series or maybe I skim over a lot of the blood, gore and cursing when I read them in print. I just couldn't get through this one in audio. As far as I could tell, the performance and story were good, but I didn't listen all the way through. Couldn't get past the "yuck" factor.