The other day I watched The Lincoln Lawyer, featuring main character Micky Haller as a defence lawyer. I’d read the book long ago and hadn’t realised that Michael Connelly wrote about a second character (having read several Harry Bosch books). Better still, Haller and Bosch are half-brothers and both feature in this book.
The plot is that Haller is asked to appear as an independent prosecutor in an unusual case – a man found guilty 24 years ago faces a re-trial following some new evidence. Haller appoints his ex-wife as co-counsel (yes, really) and Harry Bosch as his investigator. I found it interesting how chapters written in the first person are told from Haller’s point of view, whereas other chapters are narrated in the third person, typically when describing action concerning Harry Bosch. Of course, in Harry Bosch thrillers, his own chapters are in the first person, so it’s clear the focus is on Micky Haller in this one.
I enjoyed this book – the blurb on the cover referred to the threat to Bosch and Haller’s own families which I didn’t think was explored as much as it could have been, but otherwise it was a good read.
In The Drop, Harry Bosch is working for the cold cases department and suddenly finds he is called on to investigate two cases at once. The first is an apparent suicide of the son of a leading politician – with all the accompanying fallout dealing with a long-term enemy of the police force could bring. The other is a puzzling murder in which the suspect matching DNA from the scene would have been a child at the time of the crime. In this book, Harry meets Hannah Stone, the therapist of one of the suspects. It also features his daughter, Maddie.
This is another book in the Harry Bosch series from Michael Connelly. There are strong connections to another book in this series, The Dollmaker, so best to read that first. I particularly liked that we followed two story lines, the first being a court case with Harry Bosch unusally appearing as the defendant, the second being a new investigation into a murder. On the personal level, we found out some more about Harry’s relationship with Sylvia – but, strangely, no mention of Harry’s daughter at all (in other books, she lives with him and is quite significant in the story).
This is another Harry Bosch novel from Michael Connelly. I liked some of the back story where Bosch duels with his new statistics-led boss and has to get creative in order to continue with the investigations that matter to him. I found the main plot rather tenuous and didn’t buy into it – not one of Connelly’s best.