Book Review: The Crossing

There are very few books I look forward to more than a new Michael Connelly novel – especially when it features both Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. The Crossing is excellent and I think fans of both Bosch and Haller will really enjoy it.

The plot has Haller defending a client who is accused of murdering a cop’s wife. But Haller truly believes his client is innocent, and after his PI is injured in a motorcycle accident he persuades his half-brother Bosch to take a look at the case.

The title refers to two things that really are the crux of the book – and for me it illustrates why Michael Connelly is the best working author in this genre. The first “crossing” is what Bosch refers to as the point where the lives of the victim and perpetrator intersect. Bosch asserts that if he can find that point, then he will understand everything about the crime. The second “crossing” refers to Bosch – who is now a retired LAPD detective – changing sides and working for a criminal defense attorney.

It is the second crossing that provides much of the conflict in the story: Bosch vs. himself, his daughter, his former colleagues, and even Haller.

But ultimately it comes down to one thing for Bosch: if Haller’s client is really innocent, then an actual killer is on the street and someone needs to bring him to justice.

This novel is incredibly well written. It is fast-paced with sharp dialogue, and I would highly recommend it to readers of mysteries/thrillers/crime fiction: 5/5 stars. Use this Amazon affiliate link to see more information about The Crossing.

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