Connelly, Michael. The Crossing.

NY: Little, Brown, 2015.

Harry Bosch was a cop in the LAPD for more for thirty years and a homicide detective for two decades, practically a legend in the Department. He extended his stay as long as possible, but now he’s finally retired for good. His daughter is going off to college in the fall and Harry figures he’ll spend some time restoring an old Harley. But then Mickey Haller calls, his half-brother and a noted defense attorney.

Mickey has a defendant accused of a particularly gruesome sex murder and he’s sure it’s a set-up. He wants Harry to bring in his experience, expertise, and instincts and apply them as a defense investigator. To Bosch, this is like crossing over to the Dark Side and he wants no part of it.

But then, out of fairness, he looks at the case and he talks to the defendant, who is being held without bail. And even though the DA has what appears to be solid DNA evidence, something just doesn’t feel right. And Harry knows that if, somehow, the accused is innocent, that also means the killer is still out there. And before he quite realizes it, Bosch is on the case.

This is the nineteenth book featuring LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch and the fifth featuring his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, so Connelly has gotten quite a ride out of his characters. But maybe it’s time Harry really did retire. For a book of nearly 400 pages, it was an extremely fast read. Mostly because the narrative is superficial, just describing what happens and providing almost no depth. Even the big climax with guns blazing is a rather dry recitation. It was difficult to maintain interest, much less get excited and caught up in the plot.

The story this time is all about the details of the investigation, which is okay as far as it goes, but the character of Bosch himself comes across as rather gray and bloodless. We learned a lot about his personality and history in the earlier episodes of the series, and the author’s fans will have to rely on that previous knowledge. But if a new reader takes on this volume as their introduction to the series, he’s likely to be somewhat disappointed. Connelly can — and has — done much better than this.

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