Six months ago, Harry Bosch left the LAPD before they could fire him, and then hired maverick Defense Attorney Mickey Haller to sue the department for forcing him out. Although it wasn't the way he wanted to go, Harry 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 Harry is working for the defense, 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, Harry is in danger of betraying the very principles he's lived by his whole career.
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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Michael Connelly’s Best Yet
This really brings out the best in Harry Bosch and my real favourite charachter Micky Haller. Although the latter appears far less then Bosch, his knowledge of, and adroitness in dealing with the law are, to me as a fan of US courtroom drama, very entertaining. By combining the talents of the 2 main charachters, Mr Connelly has skilfully offered the mouth watering possibility of future appearences by the 2 brothers each with his own, sometimes contrary, approach to the law. Add to that the emergence of a potential new lady in Bosch’s life and there are mouth-watering prospects ahead for Connelly fans.
Recommended for all Bosch fans!
Couldn't put it down. Another Bosch classic with fantastic action, unpredictable twists and intelligent plot. When reading the synopsis I was initially unsure about the inclusion of Haller, as I usually prefer the stories with Bosch as the single protagonist. However I really enjoyed the extra depth and will go back and read more Haller stories.
Excellent as usual. Best read this year by far.