This is another novel from Michael Connelly featuring his new detective partnership, Ballard and Bosch. Renee Ballard is a young woman who, through no fault of her own, works the undesirable night shift at the LAPD. To supplement the drudge work she is assigned, she investigates cases on the side, with some assistance from retired detective Harry Bosch. Now that Bosch is 70 years old, he’s showing signs of wear and tear (his knee is a problem and he walks with a cane). Despite that, his appetite to solve crimes is undiminished and he does a lot of the leg work, whilst leaving the action and limelight to Ballard.
The book starts with the trial of a suspect charged with the murder of a judge. Unusually, Bosch assists the lawyer for the defence (his half-brother Micky Haller) and on examination of the case file, he finds a flaw in the original investigation. Being Bosch, he isn’t satisfied with helping Haller on the case, he revives the original investigation to find the real killer. Meanwhile, Ballard is called to investigate the death of a rough sleeper who burned to death in his tent. Whilst initially not suspicious, this case warrants further investigation because the deceased stood to inherit a fortune.
A further case is featured in this book, after a widow of Bosch’s former mentor passes a murder book to him. This seemingly unpromising case (a drug-related murder in a side alley 30 years ago) reveals much about the mentor and gives Ballard and Bosch the dual-challenge of not only tracking down the killer, but also keeping their investigation legitimate so that it can go to trial.
By coincidence, I read The Overlook just before this one, and that book has the story behind Bosch’s chronic myeloid leukaemia due to caesium poisoning.
As ever, Connelly has written a good page-turner in this book, although not up there with his best.
This is another excellent thriller in Connelly’s Harry Bosch series – it also features his half-brother Micky Haller.
We follow two storylines. In the first, Bosch is haunted by a murder case that is under review. The convicted killer now claims that a vital piece of evidence, a necklace belonging to the deceased, was planted in his apartment by Bosch. In the second, Bosch is part of an investigation into a ‘live’ murder case of father and son pharmacists. A gang are organising wholesale distribution of prescription drugs, sending addicts to fraudulently obtain the drugs with the necessary paperwork provided by unscrupulous medics. Someone must infiltrate the gang by going undercover – but Bosch is torn because he also needs the time to clear his name for the case under review.
This book is from the Harry Bosch series by Connelly and comes at a critical time. Detective Bosch has left the cold crimes unit in the LAPD, so how can the author continue to provide him with a stream of crimes to investigate? Take on some private investigator work and volunteer for the San Fernando Police Department – that’s how. This gives an interesting mix and new dilemmas – Bosch is forbidden from using police resources (such as databases) for his private work, but will he abide by the rules?
In this thriller, Bosch investigates whether a billionaire industrialist has an heir to his fortune (a private assignment) and is hot on the tracks of a serial rapist he calls ‘The Screen Cutter’ (police work). Meanwhile, his daughter Maddie has started at university, giving a glimpse of Bosch ‘the man’ as well as the detective. I loved his attempts to improve her security by putting a dog bowl (full of water) outside the kitchen door. There’s also a cameo for Bosch’s half-brother, Micky Haller, on the inheritance case.
This is another of Michael Connelly’s thrillers featuring Mickey Haller, a maverick defines lawyer. In this one, Haller defends a woman who is accused of murdering the banker who was in charge of foreclosing on her home. Not only is the court case fascinating, but the back story of Haller’s complicated personal life is just as compelling.
The story stars Mickey Haller, a defence attorney with a complicated personal life (he has two ex-wives and a daughter). In this story, he has an innocent client – the question is, which of his clients is it, the highly privileged real estate broker, or the Mexican against whom there is cast-iron evidence? There’s also a nasty shock for his investigator, Raul Levin.
I picked up this novel having enjoyed the excellent film starring Michael McConaughey – I think the book is just as good.
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.