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Black Ice, The (4 Cass.) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars No Sleep Till Mexicali May 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Michael Connelly's second book and - like his first - features Harry Bosch as its central character. Little has changed for Bosch in the eighteen months since the events of "The Black Echo". He's still a jazz-loving loner who's happy to bend the rules, while his taste for coffee, beer and cigarettes remains undiminished.
As the book begins, it's Christmas Day and our hero is at home, alone and on call. Monitoring police / fire / ambulance radio messages on his scanner, he picks up a message regarding an apparent homicide within Hollywood boundaries that is being dealt with directly by RHD. Despite the fact that it's Christmas, Bosch isn't too happy that he wasn't notified first - as he should've been, according to protocol. Arriving uninvited at the scene of the crime, he tries to edge his way into things. At first glance, it's an apparent suicide involving Cal Moore, another cop working out of the Hollywood Division's narcotics unit. Although they worked in the same department, Bosch didn't know Moore that well. They'd only spoken properly once, about a stalled case Bosch was working : the murder of a drugs runner called Jimmy Kapps. Bosch was hoping Moore could give him a few leads - about the drug he was smuggling in from Hawaii, called Ice, and possible rival gangs who may have been responsible for his death. Bosch was aware, however, he'd had a few problems - including a possible showdown with IAD. Bosch's only involvement in the case, however, is informing Moore's widow.
The following day, Bosch's boss - Harvey '98' Pounds - tells him to stop working the Kapps case and to keep away the Moore case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stereotypical Set-up, but with Excellent Results April 3 2004
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I've been looking for this novel, you see. It's about a well adjusted and highly effective police detective, on the fast track, who is loved by all the brass and has a nice family waiting at home for him every night. This detective is given a lot of support by the investigative apparatus and has developed a nice working relationship with the press. He works cases methodically and practically, never making himself the target of some psycho. Well, I haven't found it yet, but one thing I can tell you is Harry Bosch is not that detective and The Black Ice is definitely not that book. Michael Connelly has developed the stereotypical me against the world cop book that comes off as anything but stereotypical. In this latest police procedural, the procedure are all thrown out the window as Bosch tries to solve the murder of a fellow policeman that no one seems to want solved. Tied in with the death of narcotic's officer Cal Moore's demise, is a few drug related killers and the recent sudden retirement of a fellow homicide detective. Connelly spins a web of corruption and lost youth, symbolically weaving together the tough childhood's of the slain detective and Bosch and takes the tale south of LA, to twin Mexican Border Towns and a ring of smugglers transporting the latest hip drug, Black Ice.

While this may not have been a great novel, Connelly does a great job with the subtle symbolism in this book. He doesn't need to hit you over the head with it and he gives the reader a lot of credit for intelligence. But then it all breaks down in the end after the obligatory action scenes, Bosch takes a turn as Hercule Poirot, and needs to explain everything down to the last detail to an ungrateful boss. For the most part this was a brisk paced and fun addition to the Harry Bosch series.
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This second in the Harry Bosch police procedural series features Bosch at work in the Hollywood divison after having been reassigned from the prestigious LAPD robbery homocide division. On call over Christmas, he hears about a murder on the police scanner in his jurisdiction and wonders why he is not called. The call involves the apparent suicide of a cop on the narcotics squad. Bosch is suspicious that all is not what it seems and when a folder from the dead cop with a note to Harry turns up, Harry takes up the quest in earnest.
We learn about black ice (cocaine, heroine and PCP) a designer drug originally from Hawaii but now made in Mexico and smuggled into the U.S. The intrigue involves rival drug smugglers, a mexican drug cartel made up of men who grew up in barrios (Mexican slums) and crooked cops in the U.S. and Mexico.
The ending is a surprise but cleverly set up so you figure it out exactly when Harry does.
The fans of Harry Bosch, the loner, anti-establishment cop will enjoy this episode as will those new to the Harry Bosch series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it
Great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 16 days ago by joeyrou
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I really liked the book and the author. I would like to read the rest of the books in the series
Published 4 months ago by Joanne Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Like all Bosch stories, you don't want to put it down. Excellent plot twists that keep you guessing. A must read.
Published 5 months ago by Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Brilliant
This book with an intriguing title and cover is brilliantly executed and shows the depth of the author's resourceful mind. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Susie Njiks
5.0 out of 5 stars an interesting story
this is as usual well written with a little different locale. the descriptive abilities enlivens Connelly's stories. most people should enjoy it
Published 15 months ago by jeanne harcourt
4.0 out of 5 stars A Weaker Sequel to The Black Echo
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2008 by Donald Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing, Complex Plot with an Unexpected Twist!
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'. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2006 by Cheryl Tardif
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The First
I really enjoyed the first in the series, The Black Echo; but this one is even better. The main character, Harry Bosch, is developing nicely. The mystery was intriguing. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by m-lee
3.0 out of 5 stars NOIR AND DULL
The second harry Bosch novel, THE BLACK ICE, disappoints. Primarily because the character of Harry Bosch steps into the background. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Michael W. Kennedy
Just a warning to all the audiobook listeners out there. The unabridged cassette tapes are multi-track stereo meaning that the cheap publisher uses the left and right channels to... Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by J.S.
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