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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Black Ice (Harry Bosch #2) by Michael Connelly

Book two of the Harry Bosch series is just as good as the other two books I've read in this series.

Once again, we see multiple plot lines skillfully woven together into one cohesive story.

I am pleased to say that I did not guess the ending of this book ahead of time. Not even close. I figured things out about the same time Harry did. There were a few things that I wondered about, and it is possible that as I get used to this author that I'll start being able to figure things out. But as of now, I figure it out as Harry is figuring it out. Or in one case, after he figured it out and started explaining it.

Here's the blurb:

The official report said suicide. But in a city where murder is sport, Bosch isn't ready to blame the victim.

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 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 wind 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.

After his richly acclaimed debut, Michael Connelly brings Bosch back in an achievement even more stunning and suspenseful than its predecessor — a time-bomb of a novel supercharged with tension and non-stop action that doesn't let up until the final, explosive ending.

The Black Ice has good character development, a beautifully executed plot, and good pacing. I'm giving the book a 10 of 10, and will also keep the series at a 10 of 10.

Book Rating, The Black Ice: 10 of 10
Series Rating, Harry Bosch: 10 of 10

1. The Black Echo (1992)
2. The Black Ice (Harry Bosch) (1993)
3. The Concrete Blonde (1994)
4. The Last Coyote (1995)
5. Trunk Music (1997)
6. Angels Flight (1999)
7. A Darkness More Than Night (2001)
8. City of Bones (2002)
9. Lost Light (2003)
10 The Narrows (2004)
11. The Closers (2005)
12. Echo Park (2006)
13. The Overlook (2007)
14. The Brass Verdict (2008)
15. Nine Dragons (Coming October 2009)

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