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The Black Ice (Harry Bosch) Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2003
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Michael Connelly is a former journalist and has won every major prize for crime fiction. He lives in Florida.
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A cop goes missing, then is discovered and the scene had been set up by someone who didn't want the investigating officers to look any further. Of course, Bosch does just the opposite and when the case gets under his skin so deeply, he cannot and will not let it go. His supervisors should know by now that he will get to the bottom, no matter who is on top trying to cover themselves and their associates.
He begins to see several cases that are coming together as tied together in a way that would not be obvious unless a tenacious detective got his teeth in it. Black ice. Not that treacherous ice covering bridges and curves, invisible until you're spinning out of control. Black ice is a very dangerous drug that is making itself known and who gets the control is sitting on a gold mine.
A trip (unauthorized, of course) to Mexico to discover why a body found in LA has evidence of insects found only one place. This uncovers a plot that has tentacles stretching into Los Angeles and must be stopped.
I can't give this five stars because of the continuing (and BORING) theme of his being under scrutiny by IAD.
Here, Bosch questions whether a death reported as suicide was not in fact a murder. It's particularly significant since the victim is a police officer himself, one of the narcotics squad who had been investigating a drug killing when he was found dead of apparent suicide. Bosch's persistence quickly puts himself at risk as he follows a string of murders in his efforts to piece together the puzzle and find the true killer.
This is one of the very early Bosch novels, written in 1993 and second in the series. To date there have been 23 novels featuring Harry Bosch, 21 with him as the main character, plus 2 Mickey Haller stories where he makes brief appearances. Following Bosch through all of the stories and becoming more familiar with him as he becomes an experienced veteran detective, it is very interesting read this story which fills in a great deal of history into Bosch's life and helps explain what motivated him to become a police officer and murder investigator. The ghosts and demons that haunt Bosch become much more clear. It's an excellent story and as a big fan of the Bosch books, one that I consider crucial in filling out my understanding of him as a character.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye is the next Harry Bosch novel, released on November 1, 2016.
The dark and isolated Harry Bosch, soaked with jazz music, is a reclusive, iconic character not too many of us would wish to know because he can not be known. He is hardly the fun n games guy people would want to be around. However, he has a detective third grade mind. With that, I am going on to my code seven. Ta ta!
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