Finished reading The Crossing by Michael Connelly last week. This 2015 novel finally fully merges the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller story arcs. I have been reading the Bosch series for a couple of years. I went back and read books in the Lincoln Lawyer series which features Haller earlier this year so I would be “caught up” before reading The Crossing. This is the second time in the Bosch series that Harry was working without the “badge” that is such a foundational element of the character. You know early who the “villains” are, so this story is really about following how Harry “solves” it and the relationship and interactions between Bosch and Haller. Connelly talked about his goals for this book in the video below that was shot on the Bosch TV set.
By Michael Connelly
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.
Published Nov 3, 2015