The Crossing

The CrossingThe Crossing by Michael Connelly
Series: A Bosch Novel
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense
Published by Little Brown & Co on November 3, 2015
Pages: 400

 

About The Crossing (from the backcover):
Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to Haller’s client, a former gang member turned family man. Though the murder rap seems ironclad, Mickey is sure it’s a setup.

Bosch doesn’t want anything to do with crossing the aisle to work for the defense. He feels it will undo all the good he’s done in his thirty years as a homicide cop. But Mickey promises to let the chips fall where they may. If Harry proves that his client did it, under the rules of discovery, they are obliged to turn over the evidence to the prosecution.

Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch reluctantly takes the case. The prosecution’s file just has too many holes and he has to find out for himself: if Haller’s client didn’t do it, then who did? With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucy Soto, Harry starts digging. Soon his investigation leads him inside the police department, where he realizes that the killer he’s been tracking has also been tracking him.

When I read my first Harry Bosch book a few years ago, I really didn’t like him too much. I loved the Mickey Haller books I had read, but Bosch, not so much. But a few more books and a TV series later and my feelings toward him are changing. He might come across as a bit of a crotchety old man at times, but without a doubt, he’s who I’d want looking into a crime committed against me or someone I know. That bulldog personality combined with a strong sense of justice has now made Bosch one of my favorite fictional detectives.

Harry might come across as a bit of a crotchety old man at times, but without a doubt, he’s who I’d want looking into a crime committed against me or someone I know.

Michael Connelly has a way of picking the perfect titles for his books. On the surface, ‘The Crossing’ seems relatively vague and simple. However, the title fits so perfectly into this book and has a strong double meaning. Bosch truly wrestles with the idea of crossing to the defense line. But his sense of justice is so pervasive, that he can’t allow a murder to walk free. Watching this internal tug-of-war was one of the best parts of this book and developed into strong character growth for an already well-established character.

I love a complex plot and The Crossing offers just that.

I love a complex plot and The Crossing offers just that. There are multiple players involved and hidden agendas to be uncovered. While the whodunit part isn’t much of a mystery, it is quite interesting to follow Bosch’s investigation and watch the different pieces fall into place. As always, it’s nice to see that sometimes the villain is a step ahead and sometimes the protagonist doesn’t make the right moves. I do wish there was a little bit better motivation for the crime, but otherwise, this is a very satisfying storyline that was fun to read.

I do wish there was a little bit better motivation for the crime, but otherwise, this is a very satisfying storyline that was fun to read.

As previously mentioned, I really like Mickey Haller and while he doesn’t have a large role in this book, it was still nice to catch up with him. His street-smarts combined with witty personality and vigorous defense is always entertaining to watch. Even though he didn’t have a lot of page time, I still enjoyed the bits that were there.

I haven’t made it priority to go back and read the entire Harry Bosch series, but the time is quickly approaching when that changes. The more new Harry Bosch books I read, the more I want to read about his past cases. The Crossing has done little to discourage my desire to catch up. With an intriguing plot and strong characters, this is a great read for crime fiction junkies. I’m definitely looking forward to the next one!

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