The Crossing (Bosch) by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Allen Hott

The CrossingEven though he is retired, Harry Bosch is the best “catcher” of bad guys known to man! At least that is what Michael Connelly (and I) both think.

In this really great story Harry pairs up with his half-brother, Mickey Haller also known as the Lincoln Lawyer as he usually works from his car rather than from an office. Haller is known throughout Connelly’s stories as the somewhat shifty but still truthful criminal defense lawyer. Harry and Mickey usually at least would be working on opposite sides of the legal system. Harry trying to put the bad guys away and Mickey trying to prove that even if they did do the bad deed they had “legal” rights that should protect them.

Mickey convinces Harry to check out his latest client, Da”Quan Foster, known as DQ, who has been accused of murdering Lexi Parks. Because of his years on the force and working to catch bad guys Harry is not much in favor of the idea but begins doing some investigating on his own prior to meeting with DQ. He finds some unusual things so he sits down with DQ and based on his own experience with dealing with both guilty and not guilty people Harry feels that perhaps DQ is innocent.

Once he gets into doing the full investigation, which in Harry’s case is usually to find reasons or things that prove the person guilty, he finds many things that do not add up.

Harry really has mixed feelings about this whole thing because somehow his former buddies within the police force find out that Harry is actually working on the side of Haller and a suspected killer. Harry wades in anyway and begins building a tremendous batch of evidence. His exhausting work pretty much proves that DQ is not the murderer but that there is something going on in the police department. Exactly how he builds the evidence file is really interesting to read as it seems to be exactly the way it would be done.

As Connelly moves the story along both Harry and Haller have some strange things occur that point to the possibility that someone is not only tracking their movements but also taking out potential defense witnesses.

As usual Connelly has built a tremendous tale which holds the reader’s interest all the way to the end. And he has put in a few sideline moves in Harry’s personal life to keep things from getting boring in details of the investigation.

Personally I hope Harry Bosch is going to be around for quite a while even though he has retired. Perhaps working more with Haller would provide some good story lines but regardless the character is too good to lose. Keep him working, Mister Connelly!!!!

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