Connelly_THECROSSINGfinal[1]“The Crossing – A Bosch Novel” by Michael Connelly

Little, Brown, $28, 388 pp.

Review by David Steinberg

Gods of Guilt

Michael Connelly

That flawed, likable fellow Harry Bosch is back in Michael Connelly’s new crime novel “The Crossing.”

Now retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, Bosch reluctantly hooks up with his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller.

Haller believes his client, Da’Quan Foster, arrested for a brutal murder, is innocent. The client claims he was in his art studio. Haller thinks Foster was set up with faked evidence.

If  Foster is indeed found innocent, Haller has done his job.

But that doesn’t go far enough for Bosch. The cop inside him pushes to find out who is responsible for the killing.

Though the title refers to a single “crossing,” this edgy, compelling story actually has a series of embedded “crossings.”

— The most evident crossing is this: Bosch is trying to find where the paths of the murder victim and the accused killer may have crossed. If there is no provable crossing, the client may be wrongfully accused.

—Bosch is crossing over to work for the defense in a criminal case. That’s seen as a sell-out by many cops; Bosch is keenly aware of that attitude and declares this case is one-and-out.

—Bosch crosses an ethical line by illegally entering a police station and by not always identifying himself as a “retired” cop to people he’s interviewing.

—Two undercover LA cops have crossed over to the dark side in a startling criminal enterprise, an enterprise revealed through Bosch’s bulldogging and dot-connecting.

An empty watch case at the murder scene triggers Bosch’s persistent snooping. It’s his attention to those otherwise overlooked details, and his calm confidence in his instincts, that set Bosch apart as a protagonist.

The novel contains several references that take the reader outside the story to the world of film. A 2011 movie, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” was based on a Connelly novel of the same name. That title refers to Haller, who works out of his car, a Lincoln Continental.

In “The Crossing,” Connelly writes, “(Haller) had received the ultimate imprimatur of L.A. acceptance –  a movie about one of his cases starring no less than Matthew McConaughey.”

The book’s subtitle, “A Bosch Novel,” is a slight change from Connelly’s previous fiction with Bosch as protagonist. Those were subtitled “A Harry Bosch Novel.”

Why the change? It might have something to do with the popular TV series “Bosch” on AmazonPrime.

Publication date of “The Crossing” is Nov. 3.