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Book Review- “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly

CrossingSo once again I start off another book review with a spoiler warning. If you’re not caught up on Michael Connelly’s amazing series of police procedural novels starring Harry Bosch do yourself a favor and go get caught up right now, because I feel there’s no way I can properly discuss or elaborate on the events of the latest book in the series “The Crossing” without touching upon the end of the series last novel, “The Burning Room.”

Okay, for those of you still here “The Crossing” is another phenomenal example of why the Bosch series has remained so fresh, relevant, and exciting for 23 years now. Over the course of those almost two and a half decades It’s main character Police Detecive Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch has changed. The cases he investigates and the choices he makes impact his life, and we readers have been there to see all the heartbreaking, poignant, and powerful effects they’ve had on his life. As I hinted at earlier the choices Bosch made at the end of “The Burning Room” had a huge impact because they effectively ended his association with the Los Angeles Police Department.

When we catch up with Harry in “The Crossing” we see he’s been cut off from his calling of finding justice for those who no longer can and his life has kind of become directionless. Then his half-brother, another one of Connelly’s unforgettable creations, defense attorney Michael “Mickey” Haller, offers him a chance to get back to his mission, but to do that he has to do the unthinkable. He has to “cross over” to the other side and help his brother, the self styled “Lincoln Lawyer” prove a client’s innocence.

Following Bosch as he comes to term with his brother’s offer and with the fact that he doesn’t have the shield of his badge anymore to protect him in his investigations is fascinating. He’s a resourceful detective trying to find his way in a new world, one where his brother cops are going to turn their back on him and hassle him for “Crossing” over. Some readers might remember that several years back Harry gave up his Detective’s Shield for a few novels and became a private investigator, but what makes “The Crossing” different is the fact that in those novels Harry wasn’t actively working for a Defense attorney, something that would be anathema to him.

So this is definitely a novel where Bosch grows and changes as a character, and it’s exciting to watch him try and succeed at  some things he’s never done and also make some large mistakes. It also gives the book a timely feel and forces Bosch to confront some dark truths about the criminal justice system.

“The Crossing” isn’t the first time Bosch and Mickey Haller have been in a book together, but it’s less like the novels “The Brass Verdict”and “The Reversal” where the characters were almost co-headliners. This novel is Bosch’s, but we do get to spend some time with Mickey and he remains a fascinating and fun supporting character. The chemistry he shares with his half-brother is fascinating.

We also get to spend some more time with Bosch’s daughter, Maddy, who we’ve watched grow up these last few novels. She’s getting ready to graduate high school and her relationship with her father is interesting and feels authentic. I hope if Connelly ever retires Bosch that he’ll focus on crime and detective stories with Maddy.

Another interesting aspect of “The Crossing” that I don’t believe Connelly has done much of in the past is he gives readers a chance to spend some time with some characters that are ultimately the villains of the story. We actually follow them for a few chapters. I don’t want to say much about those characters or the chapters for fear of spoilers, but they’re pretty interesting and effective. The more you spend with these characters the more you want to learn about their involvement in the story and the more you want them taken down.

So “The Crossing” is another reason why Michael Connelly is the best Police Procedural writer working today and a fantastic novelist. You get to follow character who feels like an old friend at this point through a powerful and exciting crime tale and a crossroads point in his life. The “Burning Room” left me excited for Connelly’s next Bosch novel and the finale of “The Crossing” has me even more excited to see what’s next for Connelly’s shared universe of characters.

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