The Black Ice by Michael Connelly | Review

Posted March 10, 2018 by Asheley in review / 0 Comments

The Black Ice by Michael Connelly | ReviewThe Black Ice by Michael Connelly
Series: Harry Bosch #2, Harry Bosch Universe #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 15, 2013
Pages: 464
Source: Library, Audible
Narrator: Dick Hill
Length: 11 hours, 38 minutes
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Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. Working the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago: Don't look for the facts, but the glue that holds them together. Soon Harry's making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border. Now this battle-scarred veteran will find himself in the center of a complex and deadly game-one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim.


One of the things that I love most about Harry Bosch is that he won’t stop on a case until he finds the answers. He has to be satisfied that he has found justice, even if he is in danger, even if he ends up breaking the rules to do so. That’s exactly what happens in The Black Ice by Michael Connelly, but if you know Harry, this isn’t surprising. The Black Ice is danger mixed with several criminal cases and in the middle of all of is Harry not stopping for anything, even when his uppers call him back.

The Black Ice by Michael Connelly

In The Black Ice, Harry investigates the death of one of LAPD’s Narcotics Officers. What first appears be a suicide starts looking more like murder to Harry. When Harry doesn’t really agree with the ruling given to the murder by the investigators at the crime scene and the case begins to tie in with other ongoing investigations, Harry refuses to stop hunting answers.

It’s fantastic. But I liked this story a little bit less than The Black Echo. I think that’s just because I’m a little bit less interested in drug cartels and the politics of international business, and this story goes a little deep into that for my taste. But the writing is top-notch and the way Michael Connelly weaves together the details in the story is just perfection. He is so great at laying down twists throughout, and the bigger twist at the end is one that I didn’t see coming but I loved it.

Harry is an intriguing character-my current favorite in fiction. I was glad to get to the end of this story, but only so I could move onto the next installment in this series.

Audiobook Notes:

The narration by Dick Hill is so great. Just like with the previous book, the thing that I love most about Hill’s narration in this series is the way that he makes Harry’s phonecalls sound like actual phonecalls-like they are being spoken through a receiver. Little details like this can make great audiobooks even better.

I bought the third Harry Bosch audiobook right away. I’m going to continue to listen while I follow along with paperback copies because that is 100% working for me right now.

Title: The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
Series: Harry Bosch #2
Narrated by: Dick Hill
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 11 hours, 38 minutes, Unabridged

About Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly Author Photo

Michael Connelly was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 21, 1956. He moved to Florida with his family when he was 12 years old. Michael decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat.  In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

Michael is the bestselling author of thirty-one novels and one work of non-fiction. With over sixty million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include Two Kinds Of TruthThe Late Show, The Wrong Side Of GoodbyeThe CrossingThe Burning RoomThe Gods of Guilt, and The Black Box.

Michael is the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Bosch streams on Amazon Prime Video. He is also the executive producer of the documentary film, Sound Of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. He spends his time in California and Florida.


About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

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