Michael Connelly

The Crossing

"...every time I was transported to Los Angeles and could feel the arid heat of that city radiating from every page."


Harry Bosch is newly retired from the LAPD – and that is only because he thought it best to leave of his choice rather than be fired by his superiors who he constantly banged heads with! Bosch now spends his days restoring a beloved Harley while his attorney, Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) sues the police department for forcing Bosch out. It is through Haller that Bosch hears of a man accused of murder who had no connection to the victim, and yet his DNA squarely puts him in the frame. Haller smells a set-up and asks Bosch to do some digging. Bosch is happy to restore his Harley, but as he reads the case file, Bosch's instincts kick in and he can't help himself asking some awkward questions. It isn't long before the path leads Bosch directly towards the police department itself. That is when Bosch realises he has put himself directly in the firing line of a very clever killer.

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I have met Michael Connelly several times and I understand why he is considered one of the nicest men writing crime fiction today. With the Bosch TV series rocketing Connelly's brand to more readers – as if that was possible… - he brings us another serpentine case that grips you in a bear hug and doesn't let go until the end. Connelly is excellent at dialogue which always has a gritty edge to it. This man has written nearly thirty books and while other writers are waning after half this many books, Connelly is still on fire and producing gripping reads like 'The Crossing'. This one shows Bosch really skimming the edge of the law and being his own man allows him to push the boundaries that once limited him (although Bosch didn't necessarily recognise those during his time at the LAPD). What I also love about Connelly's writing is his sense of place. I am convinced that every time I was transported to Los Angeles and could feel the arid heat of that city radiating from every page. Phenomenal.

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