[books pdf] The Black IceAuthor Michael Connelly – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

It s Christmas night and L.A.P.D homicide detective Harry Bosch is eating his Christmas dinner alone at home, with only a jazz CD and the police scanner to keep him company He doesn t mind spending the holiday alone in fact, he prefers it Harry is a loner who identifies with a solitary coyote that hangs out near his house.Harry s evening is interrupted when he picks up chatter on the police scanner regarding a suspicious death in a down at the heels Hollywood motel It s clear from the scanne It s Christmas night and L.A.P.D homicide detective Harry Bosch is eating his Christmas dinner alone at home, with only a jazz CD and the police scanner to keep him company He doesn t mind spending the holiday alone in fact, he prefers it Harry is a loner who identifies with a solitary coyote that hangs out near his house.Harry s evening is interrupted when he picks up chatter on the police scanner regarding a suspicious death in a down at the heels Hollywood motel It s clear from the scanner that department brass are assembling at the scene and Harry can t help but wonder what in the hell is going on He s on call and should have been the first one notified of the death He calls in only to discover that the brass are taking control of the situation and that he is supposed to stay well away.Fat chance Harry goes to the scene and discovers that the body is that of a missing narcotics cop, Calexico Moore, who may have gone over to the dark side It appears that Moore has committed suicide in the bathroom of the seedy motel It s also clear that the brass want to close the case ASAP, sweep the bad news under the rug, and limit any damage to the department s reputation.Harry is specifically ordered to stay well away from the case, and shortly thereafter his boss assigns him a pile of homicide cases that belonged to a useless detective who has suddenly quit the department Harry s boss is anxious to see an improvement in the unit s clearance rate by the end of the year, which is only a week away He begs Harry to pick through the cases in an effort to solve the easiest one or two of them in time to sweeten up the stat sheet.Reluctantly, Harry begins digging into the cases only to find one homicide that crosses the trail of Calexico Moore, the dead narcotics detective Even though he s been instructed to stay clear of the Moore case, Harry begins digging into the ties that seem to link the two cases In the process, he will stumble into a web of intrigue and will also mightily antagonize his superiors But Harry Bosch serves justice first, and has absolutely no time or respect for a bunch of self serving bureaucrats Harry will follow the trail wherever it leads no matter the dangers to his career or to his personal safety It s a great ride with lots of surprising twists and turns, a novel that will appeal to a large number of crime fiction fans and that will also further establish the reputation of this series as the best police procedural series of the modern era I am so glad I went back to the beginning to read the Harry Bosch novels in order These early books are so good This one is second in the series and gives us a lot of information about Harry s boyhood and some of the experiences which shaped him into the person we now know It is a really easy book to read and one which is exceedingly difficult to put down The story is good, the characters intriguing and Harry s relationship issues are always interesting And in the way of any good series the I am so glad I went back to the beginning to read the Harry Bosch novels in order These early books are so good This one is second in the series and gives us a lot of information about Harry s boyhood and some of the experiences which shaped him into the person we now know It is a really easy book to read and one which is exceedingly difficult to put down The story is good, the characters intriguing and Harry s relationship issues are always interesting And in the way of any good series the ending is not a cliff hanger but a teaser which made this reader immediately put book number 3 on her to be read list Most forms of entertainment come with the expectation that the follow up to well received debut will invariably fail to reach the same level of quality Lack of time is almost always the reason Take television for example The first episode of a series is often the pilot when it gets picked up there is rush to get production up and running and traditionally it is the second episode that most displays the signs of just get it out With movies, an unexpected hit receives a release date for the Most forms of entertainment come with the expectation that the follow up to well received debut will invariably fail to reach the same level of quality Lack of time is almost always the reason Take television for example The first episode of a series is often the pilot when it gets picked up there is rush to get production up and running and traditionally it is the second episode that most displays the signs of just get it out With movies, an unexpected hit receives a release date for the sequel while the creators are just beginning to organize the logistics Musicians and comedians are not immune While honing their craft in the clubs, they develop a great reservoir of materiel to draw upon for their first CD or TV special Once it is released, though, for the most part they have to create their sopho effort from scratch, often under the pressure of expectations and, of course, a deadline Although, honestly, I m not sure how the advent of YouTube has affected the dynamic regarding musicians With literature the disparity is not as great The second novel receives skills and attention that can only be acquired by completing that first manuscript, but this is often offset by a well thought out story and the fifteen thousand polishes the first effort is given And again time enters the picture Unless the writer is a celebrity, who presumably brings with him a built in following and since instant bestseller status is too rare to be counted on publishers want to build an author s audience with successive offerings That second book comes with a deadline Often it is the third book with the deadline experience now added to the writer s toolset that gives us an accurate reflection of who the author is to be With Black Ice, Michael Connelly s second outing, I got what I expected.When a week old suicide is discovered at a rundown cheap motel, an Assistant Chief of the LAPD takes over the case even before Harry Bosch, the detective on call, can be notified This immediately tells the entire precinct that the victim is Calexico Moore, a member of the division s undercover drug unit who had been missing for about the same amount of time Because Moore was suspected of being dirty, the higher ups are happy to call it suicide and close the books Harry is not as sure, but with little access to the case there is not a lot he can do Back to his assigned work, soon another case intersects with Moore s orbit And then a file back in 1993 this meant a folder containing actually papers is relayed to Bosch from the deceased, a man with whom Harry had only once before had an interaction of any substance Detectives do not believe in coincidence Neither do readers of detective novels Harry Bosch and Michael Connelly set about explaining them most during the natural course of the investigation, all by the conclusion.In his second outing Harry Bosch seems a little less rough around the edges He is no longer rude to people trying to help him He genuinely regrets lying to a man who enthusiastically assists him in his research And while Bosch will still take advantage of any relationship that will aid his cause, he also pays back that help when he gets the opportunity I attribute thisto the evolution of the author than that of the character Connelly has learned how to preserve Bosch s loner status without causing reader to wonder how this man could possibly have any real friends The Harry Bosch in this book would still never be the first invited to a party, absolutely true, but neither would people pretend every seat is taken to prevent him joining their table Black Ice is not a perfect novel After an intriguing start Connelly makes the ensuing complications too intricate and too compact in too short a period of time And the final confrontation does not play as smoothly as one would hope i.e too much explanation The rest is high quality, vintage Connelly That s correct, two novels in and there is a vintage Connelly I believe in the rule cited above if the first is great, the second will drop off and the third will steady up and begin trending toward the quality of the first and hopefully beyond I came to this book with great anticipation precisely because it was Connelly s second outing Now I m really looking forward to 3, The Concrete Blonde FAIR WARNING There are graphic descriptions of a bull fight that may prove disturbing to some Continuing on my quest for a new mystery series suitable for distraction, I hit up my librarian for the second book in Michael Connelly s famous series centering on Detective Hieronymus Bosch I ended up rather pleased with result, at least until the Mexican vacation While there are moments that feel somewhat formulaic, Connelly puts enough flavor into it that I enjoyed the result.Harry is spending Christmas alone and on call, peaceably listening to the scanner as he makes his dinner He hears Continuing on my quest for a new mystery series suitable for distraction, I hit up my librarian for the second book in Michael Connelly s famous series centering on Detective Hieronymus Bosch I ended up rather pleased with result, at least until the Mexican vacation While there are moments that feel somewhat formulaic, Connelly puts enough flavor into it that I enjoyed the result.Harry is spending Christmas alone and on call, peaceably listening to the scanner as he makes his dinner He hears a call go out for a homicide detective in his district and is surprised when his pager doesn t go off It turns out to be the body of a missing vice cop, Cal Moore Harry had recently met with Cal looking forinformation on a dead body carrying concealed bags of the newest street drug, Black Ice Cal mentioned something about an internal investigation launched against him, had recently separated from his wife and had been by all accounts, working on a serious case of liver cirrhosis Harry invites himself to the death scene, smooth talks his way in and promptly discovers enough to build suspicion that this is a murder, not a suicide In about two minutes, Harry is warned off the case by both Internal Affairs and his boss, so of course, he s evensuspicious To keep Harry busy, his boss hands him all the open cases for a co worker who s decided to go off on disability due to booze Instead of distracting him, they seem to lead him back to Cal.Alright, so that s enough of a summary to help me remember which one it is, because with a current twenty one books in the Bosch series, it s going to be easy for both me and Connelly to get them a little confused Despite a number of standard noir elements see Kemper s hilarious review for The Black Echo , it felt engaging Until the case leads Harry down to the border now that I think about it, it must be pre wall , when Connelly tries to pad his story with red herrings and conspiracies Writing has definitely improved, but Connelly keeps Harry flat enough that the reader can t tell exactly what he is thinking Is Harry suspicious of that official Why does he seemingly trust that one, or is he keeping him close as a potential suspect It means the mystery isn t allowed to grow naturally instead, it s like being in the fog and having it suddenly lift It s the difference between a dim room and sleight of hand.But the good news is that I feel quite mentally stocked up on police detective type mysteries except that most entertaining Peter Grant I ll make space for him any day Time to make room for some non fiction and sci fi fantasy I really like Harry For some reason I care about what happens to him, like he is a friend I know I do understand it s fiction, but on some level it s real to me He may be my new book boyfriend LAPD south of the border action.It s hard not to like Harry Bosch as a crime fiction hero Michael Connelly s recurring tough guy, Vietnam veteran Los Angeles police detective is the kind of murder mystery protagonist a seasoned reader of the genre can get behind Surly and reclusive, a lonerthan a team player, Bosch provides a modern variation of the noir crime fiction sleuth.Connelly s 1993 thriller takes Bosch to the Mexican border towns of Calexico and Mexicali to investigate what begi LAPD south of the border action.It s hard not to like Harry Bosch as a crime fiction hero Michael Connelly s recurring tough guy, Vietnam veteran Los Angeles police detective is the kind of murder mystery protagonist a seasoned reader of the genre can get behind Surly and reclusive, a lonerthan a team player, Bosch provides a modern variation of the noir crime fiction sleuth.Connelly s 1993 thriller takes Bosch to the Mexican border towns of Calexico and Mexicali to investigate what begins as a suspicious cop s suicide that develops into much, muchBosch finds himself embroiled in a drug smuggling operation with significant references to Central American gang and drug cartel stories I was reminded of Oscar Marinez 2016 non fiction novel A History of Violence Living and Dying in Central America.Connelly s prose is tight and the dialogue and characterization is first rate There are moments of rare observant clarity that marks some of Connelly s best writing A little longer than necessary, Connelly may have gone over board with an ambitious project and thrown too much in, some editing would have improved the finished product, but overall this is first rate.For aficionados of the genre, and a must read for Connelly Bosch fans After being blown away with the introduction of cop detective Harry Bosch in The Black Echo, I just can t help but feel that the author is experiencing the sopho slump The story in The Black Ice screams mediocre and it does the reader no good when the author writes at such a snail pace There is literally nothing going action wise even when you re 3 4 into the book The end does get a bit intense but by that time, you re probably too exhausted to care any about what happens and just w After being blown away with the introduction of cop detective Harry Bosch in The Black Echo, I just can t help but feel that the author is experiencing the sopho slump The story in The Black Ice screams mediocre and it does the reader no good when the author writes at such a snail pace There is literally nothing going action wise even when you re 3 4 into the book The end does get a bit intense but by that time, you re probably too exhausted to care any about what happens and just wish the story would end That is never good for any book when you just want it to end so bad At the core, The Black Ice is another classic whodunnit mystery but something just felt missing here It seems as if you don t care for the characters at all and that even at times apply to our main detective, Harry Bosch.I really wanted to like this book but I m not going to lie to myself Although I don t hate it particularly, this book makes me not want to continue reading another Harry Bosch novel for a long time While the story itself is pretty easy to follow, it just feels stagnant and again, I blame this toward the slow pace of the book As for the characters, there s not much to go on here If you ve been introduced to Harry Bosch already, then you ll be glad to know that he sor less the same person and that s a good thing However, I would really hate it if the author continues to pit him together romantically with a new female character in every book The author spends time reminding us of how meek and lonely his life is but with him getting to bed 2 3 women every book, I somehow don t believe that picture any Obviously I want him to be happy but it s going to get pretty irritating if he s going to be one of those dude who can t help but be attracted to every victim s wife or girlfriend.With the book moving at such a slow pace, many a times I wondered if it would have been better if the author wrote in another characters point of view rather than just focusing on Bosch the entire book I mean let s face it Bosch is definitely a likable character but he s hardly the most exciting to read about Reading The Black Ice felt just like Bosch getting hints and clues throughout the most part of the boook and then BAM The author finally throws in the action sequences and the book ends It also doesn t help the book that it has the typical cliche ending.All in all, I felt disappointed with reading The Black Ice After coming off with such a great introductory book, this sopho effort just fell short It s not memorable in any way, had characters you didn t care about, sparse action sequences and a ending that was not worth all the reading you ve done to get to that point I definitely don t feel like this book was a page turner and can t really imagine how anyone could say that of this book I m sorry but unless you have a syndrome like me who have the need to read every book in a series chronologically, I definitely would advise you to skip this one and move on to the next I doubt you ll be missing much Narcotics office Cal Moore s orders were to look into the city s latest drug killing Instead, he ends up in a motel room with a fatal bullet wound to the head and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocketWorking the case, LAPD detective Harry Bosch is reminded of the primal police rule he learned long ago don t look for the facts, but the glue that holds them togetherSoon Harry s making some very dangerous connections, starting with a dead cop and leading to a bloody string of murders that wind from Hollywood Boulevard to the back alleys south of the border Now this battle scarred veteran will find himself in the centre of a complex and deadly game one in which he may be the next and likeliest victim Harry Bosch, Redux After nearly dying in the last book, and taking a short fishing recuperation trip, Harry is back and ready for duty, even though, again, nobody in the LAPD seems to be ready for Bosch to be ready for duty At every turn, it seems like they areconcerned with appearances than truth, and while I can appreciate that public perception is a vital consideration for them, it just bothers me on a very deep level the lengths that they go to in order to BLOCK investigation Sigh Harry Bosch, Redux After nearly dying in the last book, and taking a short fishing recuperation trip, Harry is back and ready for duty, even though, again, nobody in the LAPD seems to be ready for Bosch to be ready for duty At every turn, it seems like they areconcerned with appearances than truth, and while I can appreciate that public perception is a vital consideration for them, it just bothers me on a very deep level the lengths that they go to in order to BLOCK investigation Sigh Reality sucks sometimes, says the idealist in me I liked this story better than the first for a couple reasons The victim and Harry s lives kind of have a paralleling arc, though their decisions definitely diverge in key ways It made it easy for me to care about the victim and want to know what happened to him Also, a story about Mexican drug lords murdering people is justinteresting to me than a robbery situation I also thought that the writing was a bit smoother and felt a bitnatural, so I think my theory about FirstBookitis with The Black Echo was somewhere close to the mark We shall see if they continue to get better in that regard I was pleasantly surprised to see Bosch eat food in this book REAL food Not just coffee And he ate food MULTIPLE times Must have been a Christmas miracle I also really liked the character of Aguila, and even though his jurisdiction is in Mexico, I hope to seeof him Though I missed Jerry Edgar in this book I like Bosch s partners a lot, and I think that they offer a somewhat tempering force on him Not really any true influence, but I think that when he knows that he s about to go off the beaten path, he takesprecaution with them around, and generally tries to cover their asses before his own Also, I liked that we got a bit of Harry s background Not as much on his mother, just a general sense of her losing custody of him and not having much luck getting him back, but finding out who his father was came as a bit of a shock I did not see that coming, and it makes me evencurious now I do have some criticisms though, which generally seem to be about Harry and women It seems that if there s a woman over 20 and under 70 in his vicinity, he is either sleeping with her, or wants to What is up with that Does he have to be infatuated with EVERY female character I really hope that this is not continued through the series I have no problem with romantic interests, but I kinda DO have a problem with some things like view spoiler having sex with a brand new widow on the dead husband s bed, less than 3 days after his death, when he s supposed to be there investigating his murder hide spoiler SERIOUSLY, Bosch Fucking tacky, and gross I also don t know about some of his decisions in the book, namely the one at the very end, which, I will warn you now, is a massive spoiler for the entire plot of the book, so read at your own risk view spoiler So, after a massive raid of the drug lord s compound, where they think that their main suspect, Zorrillo the drug lord has gotten away, Harry finds out that, plot twist Officer Cal was NOT murdered in the hotel room as everyone thought, and that he had murdered Zorrillo, staged the whole thing to look like Cal was the victim, and took Zorrillo s place, with the intention of racking up a ton of cash and then disappearing So, at the end, he finds Cal, confronts him, and ends up shooting him with a shotgun, which, conveniently, hits him square in the face the same as Zorrillo s murder Now my problem isn t with the shooting In all likelihood, Cal was about to try to kill Bosch it wouldn t be the first cop he d killed, so why expect less My problem is with Bosch just leaving him there to rot His face was blasted away, so IDing him, especially in Mexico, probably wouldn t have been easy considering that Zorrillo was in cohoots with the local police chief and would probably NOT have prints or records on file Bosch could have claimed to track him down, or even that Zorrillo had tracked HIM down he d already had one attempt on his life, so it would make sense that he would want to get rid of a threat for good , hand over the body, and let the DEA close out the case on Zorrillo I have no doubt that he could have made it work He s donewith less already in the series Instead, he left the body in a place that nobody would think to look, because it has no ties to Zorrillo, with a bag full of drug money, in the hopes that if someone does find the body, they ll take the money and skedaddle, rather than report it Meanwhile, the DEA is ramping up their manhunt efforts to find this supposedly on the run drug lord slash cop killer hide spoiler Essentially, my problem is with Bosch wasting a shit ton of federal law enforcement resources and money for nothing You just GOTTA do things your own way, right Gah I know it s fiction, but that bugs me Anyway So, I liked this book better than the first book in a lot of ways, but in some key ways, much less That s how it goes sometimes Time saver tip if you ve read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you ve read em all Since I don t reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book author, characterization, style, etcI just don t feel the need to repeat myself as in most casesseries books if any good at all do remain consistent The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery detective and police procedural genres E Time saver tip if you ve read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you ve read em all Since I don t reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book author, characterization, style, etcI just don t feel the need to repeat myself as in most casesseries books if any good at all do remain consistent The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery detective and police procedural genres Exploding onto the scene in the early nineties with his first six novels, and topping it off just recently with his 18th Bosch novel The Black Box , Connelly has garnered most awards worth getting Let s face it, the awards are well deserved, especially for those first novelson that later Having emerged onto the fictional world after a career as a journalist, culminating with his job as crime reporter for the LA times, and admitting to becoming interested in writing fiction as a result of reading Raymond Chandler early on in his journalistic career, Michael Connelly has since involved himself in several collaborations notable the television series Level 9, and as co writer with Val McDermid s Wire In the Blood series and that spawned the wildly popular grim, noir BBC television series of the same name If you re into Noir than this TV series is a must see.Connelly has a knack for writing suspenseful tales that take quite a few twists and turns before being resolved with a stellar Who Done It that has most readers guessing till the very end at least in his earlier books.Heironymous Harry Bosch, the hero in this series, is named after a Renaissance painter who specialized in earthly sins, debauchery, fanciful and gruesome visions of hell, violent consequences from high above if not detailed looks at the tortures reserved for earthly residents Score 1 for Connelly in choosing a very apropos name for our own tortured detective Harry Bosch.Bosch is a complicated and conflicted character, a character that slowly develops across this series but whose emotive origin lies in the Viet Cong tunnels where Harry got his education in fear underground, claustrophic, dark, drenched with blood, gruesome deaths, peopled with a savage enemy crawling within the absence of all light, hunting for the American soldiers like bloodthirsty rats From these dark tunnels emerges Harry Bosch, LAPD detective, bent on setting the world right From this darkness where pacific military command has sent Bosch to discover the inevitable conflict between a military order and the reality of carrying out that order, we find a detective in perpetual defiance of LAPD authority.The Harry Bosch series, for me, are divided into two sets the first 4 books, and the rest that follow As mentioned earlier, the classic early 90 s novels were better for me Books starting with The Black Echo on through The Last Coyote all inherit the tortuous origins of Harry s artistic namesake Reading these books I could actually feel my heart begin to race as I sped towards the inevitable ending, ones that actually kept you guessing to the very end One reviewer sorry, can t remember who it was says the following of these earlier book titlesEven the titles of the books used to be cleverer Compare The Drop a simple reference to Deferred Retirement Option Plan to The Concrete Blonde a reference to both lady justice statue on the courthouse and the body of a blonde entombed in concrete Compare that to the later books in the series where we find a Harry Bosch notably mellower in his older age, where we find endings easily guessed at, where procedure begins to trump a superb plot Bosch no longer smokes, doesn t drink and drive, doesn t slap people around any, where his defiance of LAPD authority is tempered by retirement, and let s face it, where my heart just doesn t race as often any Let s say that his later novels are beginning to show an author s haste is it me, or are the novels shorter and shorter Don t get me wrong, I still love reading the latest Bosch novel Where the earlier novels have a few things that can be improved on dialogue could have been better the later novels are polished, almost a little too much so After 18 Bosch novels, is Connelly tiring Maybe.Beginning with the last 90 s novel Angels Flight in which we are introduced to Bosch s latest romantic interest, Eleanor Wish, with whom Bosch is to have a daughter this mellowing process takes root Connelly is absolutely right to introduce this notable character shift in Bosch from this book forward because as I can attest to in my own personal life when you see your child born, a fundamental shift takes place in a man For me, I was reborn from a devilish bachelor into a man who now bore the responsibility of an innocent life It completely turned around my life for the better And so it is with Harry Bosch It is the presence of his daughter that transforms him from Heironymous to Harry.Overall, I highly recommend this series