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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (12 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185797171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857971712
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,496,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons
The Reversal
The Drop
The Black Box
The Burning Room

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The second Harry Bosch novel from the award-winning No. 1 bestselling author. Harry Bosch investigates the drug-trafficking underworlds of inner city Los Angeles and the wastelands of Mexico.

About the Author

A former police reporter for the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Michael Connelly is the author of the Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the EDGAR and ANTHONY AWARDS. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @Connellybooks.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE on 7 May 2004
Format: 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thorsten Mühl on 1 Aug. 2002
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The Black Ice has been the fifth book of M.Connelly that I have read. So far, it is his best! The story is gripping, exciting, elaborate, suspensful, and absolutely well thought out.
The tensness is increasing permanently till the end with a finish that is quite surprising. In particular, I liked the way Connelly describes the character of Harry Bosch. You really 'learn' something about him and get some insights into his complex and 'different' personality.
If you like crime novels/police stories than this is for you! Although Connelly's way of writing is different from J.Ellroy or R.Chandler, his novels are absolutely comparable.
My recommendation is, buy the book 'The Harry Bosch Mysteries' where you've got the first three H.Bosch novels in a chronological order (The Black Echo, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde). Although it is not essential it is better to start at the beginning due to the fact that some 'small stories' are much easier to understand.
I will continue to read the other books of M.Connelly because he is a great author in a time where you find loads of rubbish in the book shelves. Furthermore, if you are sick of reading the usual 'whodunnit' stuff and prefer stories with twists and tenseness, than BUY IT AND YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2010
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~Story~

Cal Moore is a Narcotics officer looking at a recent drug killing. However he himself turns into a victim as he is found in a motel room in what looks like a suicide. Rumours start circulating about how Moore had crossed over to the criminal side by selling the latest drug of choice Black Ice.

Harry Bosch doesn't understand it. It may look like a suicide but his instincts are telling him otherwise. His superiors tell him in no uncertain terms to stay away from the case but Harry soon starts his own investigation and is determined to find out the truth. The truth can only be found by Harry visiting Mexico but with it comes the danger of corruption and his own life being on the line.

~Opinion~

I decided a while ago that I wanted to tackle the Harry Bosch series of books by Michael Connelly in order. I read his first novel a long time ago but it had been so long that I figured I should just start again at book 2 and try to read one every few weeks. Michael Connelly is a very successful author like many other crime greats such as Peter James, James Patterson and Lee Child but his writing style is not necessarily the same. Yes there are parallels in the majority of the crime genre books but that is to be expected. The one thing that is instantly noticeable for me is his attention to detail. This may not be favourable for some people but for me it makes a refreshing change. The other advantage to the detail is the advantage of getting to know why characters make the decision they do, especially when you know that this is an ongoing series.

The main character is Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch who is an ex-Vietnam soldier who is now on the force. Harry is a great character who is your typical cop who is strong willed and does things his way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2011
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The body of a colleague is found in an apparent suicide case - the book wouldn't take long to read if that was all there was to it, so obviously all is not as it might first appear.

This is the second in the Harry Bosch series (the first being a good place to get acquainted - The Black Echo). It's got quite a pace to it, even though it feels quite cerebral; the eye is definitely on the detail here - we follow Harry as he goes through all the stages of the case (a lesser writer would be incapable of making the inevitable post-mortem scenes sound original, but one of Connelly's main strangths is his ability to frame a character and build on him or her very quickly and convincingly), all the way through to what would be a fairly large-budget film if it was ever shot.

Another of Connelly's strengths is his depth of knowledge - he spent many years as a court reporter and his experience of the processes of law and detection are evident in every page. The pleasure is partly in watching the story unfold; this tale is far less predictable than the first one, though.

The tale is narrated in the third person, which gives the author more room to describe Bosch's thoughts and to provide a good overview, but this does mean that he loses the immediacy of the first person narrative (a form that Dennis Lehane does masterfully) - the book has many pages, and is a veritable feast for a reader who will occasionally need patience, and always concentration - clues are everywhere.
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