Publication Date:April 29, 2003
Harry Bosch’s life is on the edge. His earthquake-damaged home has been condemned. His girlfriend has left him. He’s drinking too much. And after attacking his commanding officer, he’s even had to turn in his L.A.P.D. detective’s badge. Now, suspended indefinitely pending a psychiatric evaluation, he’s spending his time investigating an unsolved crime from 1961: the brutal slaying of a prostitute who happened to be his own mother.
Even after three decades, Harry’s questions generate heat among L.A.’s top politicos. And as the truth begins to emerge, it becomes more and more apparent that someone wants to keep it buried. Someone very powerful…very cunning…and very deadly.
I love the Harry Bosch Series by Michael Connelly but haven’t read them in order(I do that a lot) but this one has been my favorite so far. Poor Harry doesn’t have a lot of luck and what he does have is usually bad but that never deters him from doing what’s right. We find that’s the way it’s been with him since his mother was murdered and he had to go to a “home” and while he has some time off (not of his choosing) he investigates the murder of his mother which has gone unsolved for 30 years. Someone doesn’t want it solved but Harry persists.
If you love a good “who-done-it” try this one and you won’t be able to put it down.
Series: Harry Bosch | Publication Date: November 28, 2011
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court.Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.
Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.
Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters and in this book he’s older, wiser,softer(because of his daughter living with him) and just as detemined as ever to do what’s right. He doesn’t care who he offends just as long as it’s done by the book. He’s my kind of guy. Excellent book and I highly recommend it.
From Publishers Weekly
Connelly transcends the standard L.A. police procedural with this original and eminently authentic first novel, featuring Hieronymus (aka Harry) Bosch, a former hero cop exiled to the small-time Beverly Hills force. In July, Little, Brown will publish a sequel, Black Ice .
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From School Library Journal
YA– Harry Bosch likes order, contends that there are no coincidences, and keeps meticulous records in his “murder book.” When the body of a former “tunnel rat” from Vietnam is found in a drain pipe, Harry is the detective on duty and is called to the scene. His identification of the body begins an investigation that leads to more murder, bank robbery, heroin, diamonds, and betrayal. Connelly’s descriptions of autopsies, murder scenes, and police procedure are vivid and realistic. The use of acronyms and police jargon puts readers in the middle of the action. A real page turner with gutty realism and an unusual twist.
– Debbie Hyman, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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I’m a Harry Bosch fan from way back and I can’t believe I hadn’t already read this one. The author does a phenomenal job with character development and description. If you’ve never read a Harry Bosch novel, please give this one a try.
The Black Ice is the second novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch.
In the book, narcotics officer Calexico Moore’s body is discovered Christmas night in a seedy Hollywood motel, an apparent suicide. As the L.A. police higher-ups converge on the scene to protect the department from scandal, Harry Bosch inserts himself into the investigation. The trail he follows leads to Mexican drug gangs operating across the border.
I thought I had read all of the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly but somehow this one eluded me until I found an audio version and picked it up.
I knew it would be good but it exceeded my every hope.
If you are a Michael Connelly fan. Don’t let this one pass you by.
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.
Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.
With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.
I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Connelly and have read most of his books because they are well written, fast moving, not boring and addicting. Coming to the end of his latest Mickey Haller novel, I was swept away with the feeling that it was a joke, right, this wasn’t really the end? But it was and now I have to wait until April for the new book, The Fifth Witness to be released and it’s going to be a long three months.
If you are a Michael Connelly fan, don’t let this one pass you by.
In 1993, Connelly was assigned the case of Marie Gesto, a young lady who disappeared on her way to a riding stable. Her body was never found, no suspect was ever identified, and the unsolved case continues to haunt Bosch (an LAPD detective now working in their Open-Unsolved Unit). In 2006, Raynard Waits is driving a van in Echo Park at 2:00 AM when he is stopped by the LAPD. Trash bags are discovered in his van that contain the body parts of two women. In an effort to avoid the death penalty, Waits wants to make a deal and confess to the murders of nine other individuals–including Marie Gesto. But Bosch isn’t convinced that Waits murdered Gesto and things go terribly awry.
Politics play a big role in Echo Park. Richard “Ricochet” O’Shea is a prosecutor running for district attorney. He’s trying to use the Waits’ case as a publicity stunt. When things go bad, he tries to blame the LAPD. The now retired assistant police commissioner and Bosch nemesis, Irvin Irving, is running for city council. He blames Bosch for his forced retirement and takes potshots at him in the press. Anytime politicians get involved, there seem to be bribes, cover-ups, blaming, and sacrifices that will benefit themselves.
In Echo Park, FBI agent Rachel Walling (of The Poet and The Narrows) returns. Although not part of the official investigation, Walling still offers her expertise as a former psychological profiler. She also helps to keep Bosch on an even keel and provides a romantic twist. ———–Cynthia K. Robertson
I love the character Harry Bosch and this is the second time I’ve listened to this audiobook and it was even better this time.
Any one that likes Michael Connelly and hasn’t read any of the Harry Bosch novels should give this one a try.
From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Connelly’s dazzling 13th Harry Bosch novel (after 2006’s Echo Park
) reunites Bosch with his former flame, FBI agent Rachel Walling. Bosch must break in a new partner, rookie Iggy Ferras, when they’re called to look into the execution of physicist Stanley Kent on a Mulholland Drive overlook. When a special FBI unit, headed by Walling, arrives and tries to usurp his case, claiming it’s a matter of national security, Bosch refuses to back down. Walling’s focus on the potential theft of radioactive material from the hospital where Kent was lending his expertise to cancer treatment and her unwillingness to share information only make Bosch more determined to solve the case. This is a quick read, almost half the length of Connelly’s previous novels, but he spares no punches when it comes to complexity and suspense. The scramble to investigate threats to national security, justified or otherwise, is a timely subject and one on which Connelly puts a brilliant new spin. (May 22)
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Harry Bosch is one of my favorite “crime fighters” and so I pulled this audiobook down from the shelf for a second listening.
Harry is like a dog with a bone and won’t let go until the crime is solved and the bad guy put away. It’s good to have him on your side.
I enjoyed the story even more the second time around because I had forgotten some key points and how much Echo Park played a part in the story,
If you’re a fan of crime fiction-give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.