I began reading The Black Ice, Michael Connelly’s second of many Harry Bosch mystery novels, just days after news footage captured the devastating inferno that roared through California and reduced multimillion dollar homes to ashes. Written over a decade earlier, that is how The Black Ice begins.
Here, Detective Harry Bosch is still an emerging character, yet everything faithful Connelly fans have come to love and admire about him is already on target. A complex individual, Bosch is a lone wolf, a renegade. Driven by an insatiable need to uncover the truth, he has the courage to risk, to buck the system, and push the limits.
Bosch’s pit-bull tenacity and the knowledge deep in his guy that something is not right propels him through dangerous territory, working a case that the force would rather see evaporate and forgotten; one linked to multiple murders.
Rumored to be working on the other side of the fence, Calexico Moore, a missing narcotics officer is found in a dingy motel room dead of an apparent suicide. A puzzling note is found in his back pocket.
Bosch’s unauthorized investigation leads him across the border to Mexico, the source of black ice, a dirty drug cocktail being smuggled to the northern market. There, he uncovers Moore’s deepest secrets. International connections run tangled and deep and point to a wealthy and powerful mastermind.
With The Black Ice readers are immediately plunged into the excitement of the drug that is black ice. Here, Connelly displays his early skill with a tightly choreographed, intricate, and increasingly complex plot.
Connelly’s understanding of the human psyche is evident in the depth and intensity of Harry Bosch. Revealing glimpses into Bosch’s childhood pain and adult experiences provide us with insight into his layered and complex personality. The character is as real in this second mystery as he will be in later novels.
This second Harry Bosch mystery can be read independently from the series. It does provide information essential to the truth about the main character that lies dormant and does not resurface again until The Brass Verdict.
Other Michael Connelly Reviews
Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.
The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly
Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.
The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.
The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery
The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.
The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.
The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)
The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.
Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.
The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.
The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery
The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.
The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.
The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards
Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel
The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.
The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.
The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.
The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.
The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.
Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great