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Michael Connelly , Dick Hill
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Dec 1 1998 Harry Bosch Series (Book 2)
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 his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket. 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.

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From Publishers Weekly

In this surehanded sequel to The Black Echo , LAPD detective Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch stalks drug traffickers in L.A. and Mexico.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Second tense, tightly wound tangle of a case for Hieronymous Bosch (The Black Echo, 1991). This time out, the LAPD homicide cop, who's been exiled to Hollywood Division for his bumptious behavior, sniffs out the bloody trail of the designer drug ``black ice.'' Connelly (who covers crime for the Los Angeles Times) again flexes his knowledge of cop ways--and of cop-novel clich‚s. Cast from the hoary mold of the maverick cop, Bosch pushes his way onto the story's core case--the apparent suicide of a narc--despite warnings by top brass to lay off. Meanwhile, Bosch's boss, a prototypical pencil-pushing bureaucrat hoping to close out a majority of Hollywood's murder cases by New Year's Day, a week hence, assigns the detective a pile of open cases belonging to a useless drunk, Lou Porter. One of the cases, the slaying of an unidentified Hispanic, seems to tie in to the death of the narc, which Bosch begins to read as murder stemming from the narc's dirty involvement in black ice. When Porter is murdered shortly after Bosch speaks to him, and then the detective's love affair with an ambitious pathologist crashes, Bosch decides to head for Mexico, where clues to all three murders point. There, the well-oiled, ten- gear narrative really picks up speed as Bosch duels with corrupt cops; attends the bullfights; breaks into a fly-breeding lab that's the distribution center for Mexico's black-ice kingpin; and takes part in a raid on the kingpin's ranch that concludes with Bosch waving his jacket like a matador's cape at a killer bull on the rampage. But the kingpin escapes, leading to a not wholly unexpected twist--and to a touching assignation with the dead narc's widow. Expertly told, and involving enough--but lacking the sheer artistry and heart-clutching thrills of, say, David Lindsay's comparable Stuart Haydon series (Body of Evidence, etc.). -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written Teaser July 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Black Ice" begins with the discovery of a dead cop in a motel room that appears to be suicide, and ends with a revelation (uncovered by Harry Bosch) that the cop's death was murder. However, Harry is the only one to believe in the cop's murder until events unfold to prove him correct, and the suspects are hard to come by.
This is typically well-written, fully-developed, and articulate Harry Bosch, only William Connelly's second novel (after "The Black Echo"). The plot is very well constructed, with revelations evenly paced throughout. The characters are more than placecards to hold their positions for the novel to unfold. Bosch proves himself the rebel of custom and protocol as he ventures through several states and countries.
Readers familiar with the Bosch cycle of novels will not want to miss this one. Readers new to Bosch are advised to read "The Black Ice" first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Michael Connelly's novel The Black Ice features veteran LAPD detective Harry Bosch. This time Harry is investigating the death of 'one of their own'.

Cal Moore, a narcotic's officer that Harry knew vaguely, is found in a motel bathroom with his head practically blown off by a shotgun and a suicide note in his pocket that read 'I found out who I was'. When Harry is given the duty of notifying next of kin, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Moore's wife, Sylvia, and the attraction builds slowly, albeit perhaps a bit too predictably.

As Harry investigates an unidentified 'Juan Doe' who seems to have a connection to Moore, one of Moore's partners gives him a file that Moore had been working on. It was a case involving 'black ice', a deadly rock narcotic that had hit the streets.

A series of murders in Hollywood and Mexico lead Harry to a Mexican drug lord Zorrillo, known to his compatriots as El Papa--the pope. Zorrillo is a man shrouded in mystery and death.

From beginning to end, The Black Ice is full of action and suspense. The only thing lacking is perhaps a bit more warmth and emotion from Harry, who has lived the single life far too long. I'd like to see him have a real and deep relationship, instead of always the carefree bachelor kind.

Regardless, it's still a great book by a great author. Fast-paced, technical in crime scene investigation and believable. This book kept me reading and wanting more.

But it is the final three chapters that give you an unexpected twist and a final, explosive confrontation leads to death. The plot weaves through intricate subplots, with the familiar touch of a protagonist that is multi-dimensional in character. Harry Bosch has grown immensely in Connelly's last few novels. Looking forward to his next case.

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif, [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it May 23 2014
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I really liked the book and the author. I would like to read the rest of the books in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding April 18 2014
By Morris
Format:Kindle Edition
Like all Bosch stories, you don't want to put it down. Excellent plot twists that keep you guessing. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Brilliant Feb. 6 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book with an intriguing title and cover is brilliantly executed and shows the depth of the author's resourceful mind. Michael Connelly's imaginative and knowledge are weaved together to create this fascinating plot, brilliant narrative and fast-paced mystery that takes us into the world of police than we have ever known; ie simple folks like us.

This mystery novel with its enlightening story, easy-to-relate-to characters and breath-taking pace rekindles my once waning interest in mystery/thriller books. It reminds me of Triple Agent Double Cross, which holds the breath of the reader until the very end. Connelly is the type of writer to go for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story June 5 2013
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this is as usual well written with a little different locale. the descriptive abilities enlivens Connelly's stories. most people should enjoy it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Weaker Sequel to The Black Echo Aug. 20 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Be sure you read The Black Echo before this book. The back story and characterizations rely a lot on these books being read in the order they were written.

The Black Ice has many things to recommend it. Harry Bosch is a modern "noir" detective working in LA's underbelly, the sleazy streets of Hollywood, who sees himself as an avenging angel with no room for anything else in his life. That characterization is tested in The Black Ice when Harry is affected to his toes by meeting the widow of a murder victim.

The descriptions of drug manufacture, distribution, and dealing are powerful and memorable. The book has lots of exciting action.

You'll also feel like you've been taken on a well-run tour of Hollywood and Mexicali . . . to see the tawdriest locales.

But the book does go wrong, tarnishing lots of good writing. Michael Connelly inexplicably and unnecessarily uses one of the oldest and least satisfying plot devices in the mystery author's filing cabinet. I won't say more, but you'll know what I mean when the book is over.

The effect of hitting that plot device is like going from a smooth ride in a jet to a kid's soap box derby crate rolling over potholes. The ride just isn't the same. Up until the plot device is triggered, the book is clearly a five-star effort.

But you have better things ahead. The Concrete Blonde, the third Harry Bosch mystery, is a much better and more rewarding book to read.
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