2018-08-09 / Opinions

Book Review

The Crossing
By MICHAEL CONNELLY
Reviewed by PEGGY BARNETT

Michael Connelly is a very successful writer. He specializes in suspense novels, has won numerous awards, and his books make the “Notable Books” list almost every year. In addition to several non-series books, his best sellers have been about the “Lincoln Lawyer” and Harry Bosch. The Crossing is his 22nd Bosch novel, and he’s not running out of steam yet.

Detective Harry Bosch has reluctantly retired from the LAPD. He was due to retire soon, and a case arose that led to his going ahead a little early for financial reasons. (His daughter is about to begin college.) He is trying to fill his time with rebuilding a motorcycle, but as he realizes in this book, he needs to be an investigator.

His half-brother, Mickey Haller, (who has his own Connelly series as the Lincoln Lawyer) asks him to work with him to exonerate Mickey’s client accused of murder. Mickey’s usual investigator has been injured, and Mickey, sure of the client’s innocence, needs help. Bosch is very reluctant. He has been a police officer for years and does not want to join the other side. A guy who switches sides in homicide is “crossing to the dark side.” His former colleagues will condemn him.

Those of us who have followed other adventures with Bosch know that he will do the Right Thing. We also know that he will triumph in the end, though he may have much unpleasantness along the way. He first sets out to see if he believes in DQ’s (the accused murderer) innocence. He gets a look at the police “murder book” through his old partner. “He knew every trick there was when it came to planting obfuscation and misdirection in a murder book.” This reporter (like most of you?) had no idea that there was such a thing as a murder book. Insights like this into police work are touches that make Connelly’s work so absorbing.

When Bosch gets a parking ticket, he is reminded of how his life has changed. “From now on he would be a full-time outsider.” It’s not giving too much away to say that Bosch is indeed convinced that DQ is not the murderer, though the police have DNA evidence that he is. The title refers not only to Bosch’s crossing over, but also to “the place where the circle of the victim’s life overlaps with the circle of the predator.”

We soon meet the real villains and are quickly given an example of just how evil they are. Bosch is not aware of everything that the reader knows, but soon figures out part of the mystery. The first victim is not the only victim. Though the Bad Guys manage to make the murders seem unconnected, Bosch begins to unravel the story. However, they have put a tracer on his car, and soon the people he interviews are in danger.

If you love a mystery and an intrepid hero, The Crossing is available at the Mary Willis Library.

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