About the book (by the publisher): Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, 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 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 help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia 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.
My Review: By now, the fact that Michael Connelly is one of the best crime writers out there is a well-known fact. I’ve been reading his books since the very beginning and have yet to be disappointed. He’s written many books in this Harry Bosch series, as well as a series centering on Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. He also wrote a few books with Jack McEvoy, a crime-beat reporter, as the central character. He’s prolific and is just about one of the best writers out there.
This novel brings Harry and Mickey together again in a story that is riveting. Usually working on the opposite side of the justice system, this time Harry reluctantly comes on board when Mickey asks him for help in clearing his client in a murder that was heinous and headline-grabbing.
Connelly understands the workings of the police department as well as the world of the defense attorney and prosecuting attorney. The detail he shares with the reader – relationships, codes, rules, ethics – is layered into the story in a way that adds enormous weight to the realities of the plot.
And Connelly plots like nobody’s business, taking us along on Bosch’s investigative journey, while he also battles his feeling of having crossed over to the other side – a move that is unforgivable to his fellow cops. But the fact that the murderer may still be out there fuels his fire.
As always, Connelly does not create a black and white world where there are only good guys and bad guys. There are many shades of gray, and that makes for a much more interesting thriller. If you’ve followed along on Bosch’s story throughout the series, this novel adds more layers to his story, making him even more compelling. The same thing goes for Mickey Haller’s character.
Connelly also tells a bit of the story from the murder’s point of view, so we know who the real killer is. We watch and wait for Bosch to put the pieces together and learn the truth.
No plot details from me, as you know. I would never want to rob you of the pleasure of a good read. And this is an excellent read. As always, it leaves me wanting more. But I’ve read every book Connelly has ever written, so I’ll just have to sit back and wait.
About the author: Michael Connelly is the author of 27 previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Burning Room and The Gods of Guilt. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starting Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.
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