Friday, September 9, 2016

THE CROSSING by Michael Connelly [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library New Books shelf, audio book

Description: Author Michael Connelly has both of his main characters, Harry Bosch [LAPD detective] and Mickey Haller [criminal defense attorney], together in this book.  Most of the chapters are in Bosch's POV but some are in the POV of the “bad guys”.  The book starts with the bad guys so the reader knows up front who they are.

Plot:  Bosch has retired from the LAPD.  His half-brother, Mickey Haller, asks for Bosch's help with investigating a case for his client, a former gang member who has gone straight but is charged with the particularly brutal murder of an assistant city manager.  As Bosch gets closer to the truth, the bad guys go after him.

Characterization:  There really isn't much character development in this book, possibly because these characters are reasonably well-known to most readers.  But if I hadn't read any of the previous books, the characters would have felt kind of flat to me.  The personal story line had a good start, but really didn't go anywhere.

Setting:  Los Angeles.  Nicely described.

Other:  This is a very good police procedural, even tho Bosch is no longer an active police detective.  The story details his thought processes in the investigation.  Michael Connelly is also VERY GOOD at dramatizing an attorney cross-examining a witness at trial.  There are two places where this occurs, one at the beginning and one at the end.  Both excellent.

Overall:  I really enjoyed this story, probably because I know these characters from previous books, and I am an attorney who frequently works in Los Angeles.  For new readers tho, there wasn't enough character development.  The book is narrated by Titus Welliver who also plays Bosch in the new series from Amazon Studios.

Grade: A-

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