FICTION

The Crossing: A Bosch Novel

Little, Brown. Nov. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780316225885. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316225892. F
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Connelly's 20th novel teams up retired LAPD detective Harry Bosch (The Burning Room) with defense attorney Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer), making for a suspenseful read. This time out, Harry, normally on the prosecution team, is working somewhat reluctantly on the defense side of a murder case involving a gang member-turned-straight. Although he doesn't want anything to do with the case, our protagonist acquiesces because his retirement benefits are in jeopardy. The prosecution seems to have a rock-solid case, but with Harry on board and his former partner Lucia Soto lending a hand, corruption in the police department soon comes to light.
VERDICT The unraveling of Harry's long-held faith in the LAPD's upstanding reputation and his acknowledgment of the department's unethical ways are believable and quite satisfying. Readers who like David Baldacci's style and intricate plots will enjoy immersing themselves in Connelly's new offering. [See Prepub Alert, 5/11/15.]

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