You can rely on Michael Connelly for an excellent mystery. The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch novel is no exception. It represents, however, a major change in the life of Connelly's foremost character. The Crossing refers to Bosch now working as a private investigator therefore having in the parlance of the police crossed to the dark side.
The Crossing opens with Bosch having been forcibly retired from the LAPD. His half brother, Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, is representing him is a wrongful dismissal suit. When one of Haller's clients claims his innocence and his main investigator is put out of commission, the lawyer tries to get Bosch to do the detective work to prove his client's innocence. Bosch is reluctant to do so. Haller is smart enough to hook Bosch in by asking him to “just look at the case file”. Bosch soon sees things do not add up and he is determined as always to find the truth.
This Bosch mystery is a bit of a change in terms of how Connelly sounds, There is something tentative to some of the writing and developments. A literary critic would say the author is doing it on purpose to mirror the character's situation. I think it is Connelly being a little less sure-footed about what is next for his legendary character and feeling his way into a new situation.
If you are new to Connelly and the Bosch series, you do not need to be familiar with the series to appreciate The Crossing. Familiarity does however make the story that much more interesting.
Other Michael Connelly Reviews
Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.
The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly
Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.
The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.
The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery
The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.
The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.
The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)
The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.
The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.
Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.
The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.
The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery
The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.
The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.
The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards
Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel
The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.
The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.
The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.
The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.
The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.