Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Bosch Gets Better With Age

Black Ice:  Harry Bosch #2 by Michael Connelly

Mystery/Thriller/Police Procedural

Like many other things (wine, cheese, women), Harry Bosch gets better with age...and by age, I mean the next book in the series.  In the first book, I liked Harry, a lot, really.  I just felt he was perhaps a bit too hung up on his Vietnam experiences and wondered if he were a character I could really get behind and root for, connect with, want to follow.  All those doubts were erased with this second book in the series.

In this one, Bosch has been assigned clean up duty, much like those batters in the big leagues. When another cop strikes out and goes on leave, Bosch is called in to solve a case and make the department, the captain and the mayor look good.  Naturally, Bosch could care less about that, which is reason enough to love him.  However, he does want to solve crimes so he goes full gusto and finds himself in an international case of drugs, money laundering, murdering, theft and all those other things bad people do. 

What I really like about this book is Bosch's methods.  He follows ethical law which doesn't always translate to legalities.  That makes for quite an interesting read.  He also has a big heart and watching him always look out for the other guy is endearing.  I'm not very far in, but I know that Bosch and I will have a long relationship.

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