The Crossing by Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch #20 (EPUB)
Six months ago, Harry Bosch left the LAPD before they could fire him, and then hired maverick Defense Attorney Mickey Haller to sue the department for forcing him out. Although it wasn’t the way he wanted to go, Harry has to admit that being out of the game has its benefits. Until Mickey asks him to help on one of his cases, and suddenly Harry is back where he belongs, right in the centre of a particularly puzzling murder mystery.
The difference is, this time Harry is working for the defense, aiming to prevent the accused, Leland Foster, from being convicted. And not only does the prosecution seem to have a cast-iron case, but having crossed over to ‘the dark side’ as his former colleagues would put it, Harry is in danger of betraying the very principles he’s lived by his whole career.
Michael Connelly is a class act and in Harry Bosch he’s created one of the best crime stoppers in contemporary fiction – fact! Connelly has also demonstrated an ability to branch off and develop additional compelling characters, like Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer). He’s previously brought Bosch and Haller together and established a link but here, for the first time, he pairs them up to work in unison on a case.
Bosch is certainly the main act here, with Haller very much in a supporting role. And that’s fine with me. I can think of only a couple of other fictional flatfoots that can compare: James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux and Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder. I’d quite happily spend a whole reading year working through the novels of this trinity.
The only pity is that I guess I’ve now got to wait another year for another offering from Connelly. Or maybe I should start from the beginning and work my way through them all again.