Six months ago, Harry Bosch left the LAPD before they could fire him, and then hired his half-brother, the maverick Defence Attorney Mickey Haller to sue the department for forcing him out. Although it wasn't the way he wanted to go, Bosch has to admit that being out of the game has its benefits.
Until Mickey asks him to help on one of his cases, and suddenly Harry is back where he belongs, right in the centre of a particularly puzzling murder mystery. The difference is, this time Bosch is working for the defence, aiming to prevent the accused, Da'Quan Foster, from being convicted. And not only does the prosecution seem to have a cast-iron case, but having crossed over to 'the dark side' as his former colleagues would put it, Bosch is in danger of betraying the very principles he's lived by his whole career.
With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.
In bestseller Connelly's masterly 20th Harry Bosch novel (after 2014's The Burning Room), former gang member Da'Quan Foster, a client of Bosch's half-brother, DA Mickey Haller, awaits trial for a rape and murder. The case appears to be a slam dunk for the prosecution, with Foster's DNA found at the crime scene, but Haller, who's convinced it's a setup, persuades Bosch, a retired homicide cop, to help prove his client's innocence. With assistance from his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, Bosch does some digging and finds some interesting links among a prostitution ring, Internet pornography, and a very expensive wristwatch. Drawing on his 30 years of experience and instinct, Bosch as usual investigates things his way, even when the case may lead inside the police department. Indeed, the notion of crossing resonates on different levels the intersection of predator and prey, cops gone rogue, and for Bosch, the transition from one part of his life into something exciting and new.
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Magnificent . A classic
Connelly has written better.
Before I read to half way I thought that maybe Connelly had a ghost writer. This novel did not read with the same whip smart dialogue & he is consistently repetitive throughout the book, which I found personally frustrating. This is not to say it was awful but I was disappointed, it's a mediocre read. Maybe he is losing his touch, let's hope not.
Once again another of Michael Connelly's novels that I could not put down. Can't wait for his next one