The Black Ice

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Michael Connelly
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: August 2012
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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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 Bosch 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 winds 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.

Reviews (12)

The Black Ice

Written by Archie Patterson on February 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love Harry Bosch books.

Written by Nicole Johnson on September 24th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great novel with twists at every turn by literary genius, Michael Connelly.

Written by Vera Evans on May 30th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I completely enjoyed this book! I'm going backwards in the series having listened to many of the later Harry Bosch stories first. Now I'm starting at the beginning & filling in the gaps of Harry ' s life. I think the stories & the character become more interesting as the series progresses, but this is the foundation of that character building. I'll be listening to the rest of the books in the series as I can get to them.

I've read better Bosch stories

Written by Diane M on September 18th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I've liked all the Bosch stories until this one, which I found so uninteresting that my mind kept wandering. Just couldn't concentrate. I used to like Dick Hill's narrations, but I agree with another poster that Len Cariou is much better.

The Black Ice

Written by Anonymous on June 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Classic Harry Bosch! This is a great book from the Harry Bosch series. Very engaging!

Right down the middle

Written by Timothy Higgins on December 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

An okay book, I agree with most other reviews, right down the middle as far as enjoyment. I didn't want to quit listening to it, but I was never tempted to stay in the car after my commute listening to it as I have with other books. Bosch is a great character, and you'd certainly want him on your side when it came down to it. Descriptive and colorful narrative, and I liked the narrater.

Not my Favorite Harry...

Written by MC from Denver, CO on December 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Not my favorite Bosch story. I was introduced to Harry when I read The Closers and this story just doesn't compare. I found it a little dry and not extraordinarily interesting. I'll admit, the narrator isn't my favorite Harry...I think Len Cariou does a MUCH better job, I personally find this guy a bit, well, boring. Overall, however, I like the Bosch stories and will keep renting books by Michael Connelly.

First Bosch Experience

Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on January 12th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Part Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" and part Fred Dyer's "Hunter" I was enthralled with the Bosch character from page one. I will admitt that the narrator is part of the draw here. If this book made it to the big screen and the actor playing Bosch didn't sound like this narrator, I'd give it bad reviews. This guy's voice sounds like a cop who has had a few to many cigs and cups of coffee. Beyond the narrator, the plot is good, the diversions (Bosch's love life, dirty cops, etc.) were intriging, and the characters all made this worth the read alone. Great book for me, I couldn't wait until my next drive to listen to another chapter. I read the other reviews here and was tentative about this one as a result, but I'll stand alone if I must and say I LOVED IT!

Black Ice

Written by Donna from Holly Springs, NC on December 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It had a good plot with a few good twists and turns, but there were too many loose ends. I had a hard time getting into and staying with this book.


Written by Wendy from SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA on September 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I love Harry Bosch, but not this story. No hook. It was good for getting to sleep!

Author Details

Author Details

Connelly, Michael

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.
After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.
After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996—a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book Of The Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person. To celebrate its release, Michael produced the limited edition jazz CD, Dark Sacred Night, The Music Of Harry Bosch. This CD is a compilation of the jazz music mentioned in the Bosch novels and was given away to his readers on Michael's 2003 book tour.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. To accompany this Harry Bosch novel, Little, Brown and Company Publishers released a limited edition DVD, Blue Neon Night, Michael Connelly's Los Angeles. In this film, Michael Connelly provides an insider's tour of the places that give his stories and characters their spark and texture.
His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in May 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in October 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney and half-brother of Harry Bosch.
Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park, released in October 2006.
The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in May 2007.
Michael's next novel, The Brass Verdict, will be released in October 2008, and will unite half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch for the first time ever.
Connelly's books have been translated in 35 languages and have won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), and Premio Bancarella Award (Italy).
Michael was the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his literary work, Michael was one of the creators, writers, and consulting producers of Level 9, a TV show about a task force fighting cyber crime, that ran on UPN in the Fall of 2000.
Michael lives with his family in Florida.