The Crossing

Finished The Crossing by Michael Connelly.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

This is my new favorite Michael Connelly book.  Okay, yes, I will fully admit that his Bosch novels are my favorites (I love his Mickey Haller ones, too, but nowhere near as much as the Bosch ones) so I was already essentially guaranteed to love it.

But The Crossing is different than the others.  Obviously, since Harry’s now retired, it’s not going to be a police procedural like the others.  But arguably an even bigger change is that he’s helping Mickey (his half-brother) on a case…which is a huge shock.  (It’s not even something he swore he’d never do because it never occurred to him that he’d ever even consider working for a defense attorney.)  But when Mickey swore that his client was innocent, that the real killer is still out there…well, that gets Harry Bosch interested.

Even so—and even when he agrees that DaQuan didn’t do it—Harry almost hates himself for helping the defense.

That alone makes this a must-read…except that it’s not just that; this has everything you’d expect from a Michael Connelly novel going for it.  The story is fantastic and good luck putting it down.

Highly recommended.

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