The Crossing, by Michael Connelly. Little, Brown. 400 pages. Hardcover $28.00.
Those who follow the Harry Bosch series know that Bosch has been forced into retirement and is fighting the way it was done. He’s bitter, at loose ends, and needs something to occupy his time and his talents. Wouldn’t you know it? His half-brother Mickey Haller, flush from the fame brought by a film based on him starring Matthew McConaughey, has a proposition for Harry.
Haller believes he has a client who is innocent of the murder charge brought against him. So, what else is new? Isn’t this what defense lawyers are all about? Well, not really. This is a special case; Haller suspects that Da’Quan Foster has been set up to take the fall for the exceedingly brutal rape and murder of Lexi Parks. Parks, a well-known public official, is married to an LAPD detective. It’s a sensitive case, and Haller has no defense.
In fact, his regular investigator, who had begun working the case, was seriously injured in a driving mishap. In a preamble, Mr. Connelly reveals that two men named Ellis and Long and had forced the investigator into oncoming traffic.
Bosch is reluctant to get involved in this. To assist Haller would be to betray his decades-old place in the legal system. He’d be crossing a line, especially if his task is to help a guilty person get away with a horrible crime. However Haller, never without a forceful argument, finds the angle that gets Bosch to at least look into things.
Soon, Bosch is hooked. He goes to work for the Lincoln Lawyer (so-named in book one of the Haller series).
As is consistently the case in Mr. Connelly’s work, the step by step uncovering of information is meticulously and intriguingly presented. Bosch has sharp antennae, well-honed skills, perseverance, and clever misdirection in his arsenal. His scrutiny of the police department records of this investigation raises questions that demand answers.
Security videos in various locations around L.A. raise more questions. Bosch’s competent and cagey interviews move from questions to answers – or suspicions that need further checking. Out of the remarkable massing of details comes the rising suspense that grows in Bosch and is transmitted to the readers. . . .
To read the entire review, as it appears in the March 9, 2016 Fort Myers Florida Weekly and the March 10 Naples, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte, and Palm Beach Gardens/Jupiter editions, click here: Florida Weekly – The Crossing