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.