Years ago, Harry Bosch learned the first rule of the good cop: don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Now, Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with one dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that winds from Hollywood Boulevard's drug bazaar to the dusty back alleys south of the border and into the center of a complex and lethal game - one in which Harry is the next and likeliest victim.
Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.
©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
I'm a Michael Connelly fan so I couldn't wait to listen to these first Bosch novels recently added to the Audible Library.
The first book, The Black Echo, was TERIFFIC!
This one is good, but definitely not as good as the first.
Like the first novel, there were a lot of complexities in this story, and Connelly somehow managed to tie them up nicely.
But this story simply didn't grab me like the first book and other Bosch novels.
I would rank this one in the bottom half of Connelly novels I've listened to, but the below average Connelly novel is still above average compared to other offerings.
The story is still "can't put down" at times - and a recommended listen.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is book 2 in the series. I have read some of the later books and am now going back and reading the early books. This shows a typical Bosch unable to follow orders, he is told the case of the dead cop was not his but he investigates anyway. Was interesting the information of the Med-fly and the release of the sterile flies. Guess this was just after the straying. I lived thorough all this but had forgotten about it. Nice thing about books that include items and current events in the story writing, because eventually the story becomes a brief history lesson. This book also introduces Harry to his father. Dick Hill does a great job narrating the story.
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Yes, not the best Bosch, but still well worth the effort
Got a bit slow in places but once I got into it, I got the usual Bosch rush.
Dick Hill is Bosch, listened to others try but dick Hill just nails Harry, bet he even looks like him!
No, I needed a break here and there, didn't grip me like some of the other Bosch novels, still worth the listen..
Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Harry Bosch serie.
After introducing series on audible, I started to listen to it from the beginning. Although this book has all characteristics of the series (lonely wolf Harry, thrilling story, different environment), I found the plot where key part is internal politics less interesting.
Still worth to listen, narrator is excellent.
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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.
Two things need to come together to make a great audio book - A great story and a great narrator. I'd say this audiobook has it both.
The story here, though not perfect, is very entertaining and even teaches you a thing or two. Dick Hill is really great narrator and out of all the books I've heard to date he is my absolute favorite. In fact, I'm going to get some of his other books just to enjoy his performance.
In short, if you like detective stories, I highly recommend this one.
I enjoy winding down at bedtime with a M. Connelly listen... I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the others. The climax was a little too deus ex machina for my tastes. That said, I'm using my new credit on another Connelly, so I'm still a huge fan!
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
This is the third Bosch book that I've listened to and I still have two awaiting me in my library. This story played like a chess game with Bosch and the bad guy(s) anticipating how each would react to situations and then making decisions accordingly. It's difficult for me to precisely explain exactly what made this book very "underwhelming" for me. Perhaps it was the outrageous premises that were revealed as the story progressed. Harry's character is not very upbeat and when the story slows the tedium is aggravated. I'm a fan of this genre, so even three star books hold my interest. And having Dick Hill doing the narration certainly doesn't hurt.
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.
Yes, I thought the book started out a little slow, but then it really picked up. Once listening to the second part of the download I couldn't put it down. The author is really descriptive in the story telling, which is good, but it slows the listen down some.
I think it was a little too descriptive in some places. Also, the writer was in Harry's head a lot. Not that this was a bad thing, but sometimes I thought, - When is he finally going to get into Mexico, or - He still hasn't begun his conversation with so-and-so yet.
The Castle Scene.
I don't think it NEEDS a follow-up. The ends were well tied up in this story. However, it appears that there are several other Harry Bosche books, that I plan on getting to eventually. I'm curious about the realtionship between Bosche and Haller. Also, if Bosche will ever get the respect of his captains. Although... I guess he doesnt show much respect to them either.
"Another great book from Micheal Connolly"
This book, much like Black Echo, is extremely well written and the narration is top rate... I will definately be buying the rest of the books in this series.
"Black Ice - unseen brilliance"
Keen fan of Hammett and Chandler and I have read many Ian Rankins, but much preferred this.
Thought it was time to try another crime author and the Harry Bosch story did not disappoint. Well read firstly, good selection of "voices" which always helps. Plot was complicated and kept on moving at a pace. To me the characters were well thought out and LA had a modern but grimy feel as portrayed by Chandler and Philip Marlowe etc.
As soon as I have written this, I will download another Michael Connelly.
Had dipped in and out of the Bosch books but have started at the beginning and glad I did.
Treat yourself and listen
"Interesting!!! a good read....`"
It was a light fun book.
Got many giggles from some of the ridiculous situations... It's been a while since I enjoyed this much.
"A typically good Michael Connelly"
The problem is you get hooked on an author and just keep going back for more. It never ceases to amaze me that his plots aren't facsimiles of each other... they are all completely different. I am amazed he can remember which major character is which as he has a number of regular "heros", Michael Connelly as good as ever, thoroughly recommend this one.
Once again i enjoyed Harry Bosch. Well done Michael CONNELLY.
"Entertaining, compelling and well narrated"
Another in the Harry Bosch series with the usual successful formula of a maverick ex-Nam cop and the pathos of his personal life. It's not necessary to listen to them all in order, although it helps (Black Echo is the first). The LA setting is as compelling now as it was in Chandler's day and the plot has enough twists and turns to satisfy the cynical listener without too much suspension of disbelief. The narration was particular good on this recording. Enjoy them all!
"you like USA Detective stories, you'll like this"
USA Detective story, but is that three words?
This story starts slow and builds up to a grand finally, if you like Detective stories with a strong lead, ie the characters personality rather than how it is written, then you will probably enjoy this. Don't get me wrong the writing is good, but concentrates more on getting the story across and building up the pace than giving us a true insight into who Harry really is, in fact you get the impression he doesn't know himself. It is not mentally challenging but a good yarn.
The building of the story
You could hear the different people
Can't say I was moved.
Another great story. Bosch is one of the original detectives, of our time. Empathy, soul and a lot of no-nonsense action.
"Excellent plotting and performance."
The Bosch novels are intricately and intelligently plotted. The narrator is superb, developing the characterisation with aplomb. Highly recommended.
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