Audiobook Review: The Black Ice by Michael Connelly

Posted October 11, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Audiobook Review: The Black Ice by Michael ConnellyThe Black Ice by Michael Connelly
Series: Harry Bosch #2
Narrator: Dick Hill
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 17, 2008
Genres: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours 38 minutes
Source: Library
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four-stars

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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Story review
Harry is still very much an island within his own department, which, given the players, is a very good thing. Ethical lines keep moving in the wrong direction and he’s not in that club. Despite obstacles presented by his own department, Harry pursues this case involving a murdered cop when others were ready to classify it as a suicide. He’s got great instincts and needed all of them with this one as the bad guys weren’t always outside of law enforcement.

We also learn a lot about Harry’s background, providing some key insights about this enigmatic detective. I’ve got to admit I’m starting to fall for him and I don’t see that changing. He’s smart, principled and oh so flawed with just a touch of tortured hero.

 

Audio review
Dick Hill’s interpretation of Harry is dead on. You can hear the smirk in his voice, his cadence and timing utterly perfect. Even if I read any of the other books in the series (I don’t plan to), I’d still hear his voice as Harry.

 

The bottom line
Harry Bosch is a NY style detective toughing it out in the Hollywood precinct of the LAPD because he won’t play politics. The series is edgy, unpredictable and interesting. This one topped it off with a real surprising twist, too. I wasn’t expecting a halo of romance with these stories but I’m getting it from this man. I’ll be listening to the series until Connelly stops writing the books. If you’re a fan of detective stories without the gloss, then you’ll like Harry, too.

 

 

About Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly 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.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed that up with 26 more novels.

Michael was the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his literary work, Michael is one of the producers and writers of the TV show, “Bosch,” which is streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video. Watch in the USA: http://amzn.to/192NqZE. Watch in the UK: http://amzn.to/1BAHm3Z. Watch in Germany: http://amzn.to/1zQ8T1X. He was also one of the creators, writers, and consulting producers of Level 9, a TV show about a task force fighting cyber crime, that ran on UPN in the Fall of 2000. And he can sometimes be seen on the hit TV show Castle playing poker!

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