Book Banter: The Crossing

crossingTitle: The Crossing

Author: Michael Connelly

Length: 388 pages

Genre: mystery

Where Bethany’s copy came from: IndyPL

Plot Basics: Harry Bosch gets a call from defense attorney Mickey Haller. Haller needs an investigator to prove his client didn’t commit the murder he’s accused of. Bosch, still out of the LAPD, doesn’t want to switch sides, but as he takes a look, he realizes Haller might be right  — his client might be innocent. That, Bosch realizes, means a killer is free and he can’t let that stand.

Banter Points: This is a great entry in the Bosch series, with a great crossover to the Haller/Lincoln Lawyer series too. The last few Bosch books, to me, were OK but not great. This one forced Bosch to grapple with his likely permanent retirement from LAPD and what he could do instead. It cast his principles in good contrast with Haller’s. And, like always, it was a great investigative procedural.

I was totally hooked on the plot as Harry worked the case. Everything that seemed clear at the beginning kept getting untwisted in unexpected ways.

Bummer Points: It ended and it’ll be another year for another Bosch book.

Word Nerd Recommendation: Bosch fans should be running to pick up this book. Those who like mysteries, but who haven’t read Bosch, need to go back to the beginning and read the whole series. You’ve got great reads ahead of you.

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