The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: 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 pocket.
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
Soon 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 center of a complex and deadly game - one in which he may be the next
and likeliest victim.
I read this as an audio book, the narrator is Dick Hill - who also does the Wallander books. The similarities between Kurt Wallander and Harry Bosch are cliched. Shall I name the cliches? I think I shall.
Slightly depressed cop/detective
Busted in rank/and or disciplined
Sleeps with the grieving widow
Sleeps with the hot coroner
Authority doesn't know their ass from their head so it's okay to disregard them
Does things his own way because authority doesn't know their ass from their head
And surprise! Pisses everyone off and yet...is always right.
I think I nailed them all.
Now that I have that off my chest, this was a moderately interesting mystery that bounced between LA and Mexico. This wasn't so much about the drug trade as the title implies, but crooked cops and drug lords. There was one OMG! moment that I can't talk about, but relates to the rest of the series. Now that was cool. But I can't talk about it. Unfortunately, one OMG moment cannot carry a plot, and the cliches were rolled out like the actors at a Hollywood red carpet event.
Despite my complaints with book two, I will read (via audio book) the next in line. I have an objective here that relates to the OMG! moment, but which I cannot speak of. Oddly, the mystery that really isn't is what is keeping my attention in this series so far.
So, recommended with reservations.
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