Good writing honed into great writing, I first read Black Ice 2 decades ago when it came out. I loved Harry Bosch. I love Renee Ballard just as much. My one criticism is that the 2 detectives are not that different. I find that Renee is flat as a female character and reads much more as a male. I‘ve found very few cases where a male author writes a female main character as well as they do a male. (The best was Laramie Dunaway, if you are curious).