Series: Harry Bosch #2, Harry Bosch Universe #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 15, 2013
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.
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.
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