Review: The Crossing (2015) by Michael Connelly


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Orion, 2015. Format: Kindle edition. File size: 1045 KB, Print length: 401 pages. ISBN: 9781409145899 ASIN: B00URUOJZK

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The Crossing is the twentieth book in the series featuring Harry Bosch, without taking into account a brief one page appearance, of Harry Bosch himself, in another two books by Michael Connelly. The story takes place shortly after the events narrated on The Burning Room, see my review here. If you recall, at the end of The Burning Room, Harry Bosch has been suspended without pay from his position at the LAPD and has no possibilities to return to his tasks in the Open-Unsolved Unit given that the time of his Deferred Retirement Option Plan, DROP, is coming to an end. For this reason, he has engaged the professional services of a lawyer to sue the LAPD and no one is better qualified for this job that the Lincoln Lawyer, his half brother Mickey Haller. One day, Mickey calls Bosch, for a face to face conversation, and Bosch fears the worst about his case, but much to his surprise Mickey wants to hire him as private investigator in one of his cases, since Cisco, his investigator, has been the victim of a hit and run accident and, for quite a while, has to remain hospitalized. Bosch is reluctant to cross the line, as the change of sides from the public service to the private sector is known in the police jargon, something that is not viewed favourably and means his life will no longer be the same. Mickey’s client is Da ’Quan Foster who the attorney believes was set up. A former shot-caller for the Rollin’ 40s Crips, Da ’Quan is now an artist and a family man. He is accused of beating to death Lexi Parks, a city manager in WeHo (West Hollywood). Da ’Quan was charged after his DNA was found at the crime scene. Eventually Harry discovers clues missed by the cops. After Da ’Quan was arrested, his “alibi” was found in a motel room strangled with a wire used to hang Marilyn Monroe’s picture (this is Hollywood don’t forget). When Harry poses as a buyer for Lexi Parks’ house, which is now for sale, he finds an empty jewellery store box for an expensive Audemars Piguet watch. The item was never listed on the police inventory he got from Mickey. “The watch with the brand name he couldn’t even pronounce is at the centre of the mystery,” he thinks.  

Michael Connelly, a former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, is the author of the Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, which was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. BOSCH, the TV series is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @Connellybooks. The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, the next instalment in the series, will be published in November 2016.

Michael Connelly is, without question, a master storyteller and, once again, he has delivered us a superbly constructed storyline and a highly compelling narration. His characters are extremely convincing, his prose is especially accurate and his dialogues are remarkably close to perfection. Besides, Connelly is able to capture as almost no one, the environment in which the story unfolds. I have no doubt that The Crossing is one of his best books in the series and I strongly recommend it.

My rating: A+ (Don’t delay, get your hands on a copy of this book)

The Crossing has been reviewed at Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan, Crime Watch, Euro Crime and Irresistible Targets among others.

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The Crossing de Michael Connelly

The Crossing es el vigésimo libro de la serie protagonizada por Harry Bosch, sin tener en cuenta una breve aparición de una página, del mismo Harry Bosch, en otros dos libros de Michael Connelly. La historia se desarrolla poco después de los acontecimientos narrados en The Burning Room, ver mi reseña aquí. Si recuerdan, al final de The Burning Room, Harry Bosch ha sido suspendido sin sueldo de su puesto en el Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles y no tiene posibilidades de regresar a sus tareas en la unidad de Casos Abiertos dado que el tiempo de su Plan de Jubilación Diferida , DROP, está llegando a su fin. Por esta razón, ha contratado los servicios profesionales de un abogado para demandar a la policía de Los Ángeles y nadie está mejor calificado para este trabajo que el Lincoln Lawyer, su medio hermano Mickey Haller. Un día, Mickey llama a Bosch, para una conversación cara a cara, y Bosch se teme lo peor acerca de su caso, pero para su sorpresa, Mickey quiere contratarlo como investigador privado en uno de sus casos, ya que Cisco, su investigador, ha sido la víctima de un accidente producido por un conductor que se dió a la fuga y, durante bastante tiempo, tiene que permanecer hospitalizado. Bosch es reacio a cruzar la línea, ya que el cambio de lado del servicio público al sector privado, como se conoce en la jerga policial, es algo que no está bien visto y significa que su vida ya no volverá a ser la misma. El cliente de Mickey es Da ‘Quan Foster, a quien el abogado cree que le han tendido una trampa. Un antiguo afiliado a la banda de los Rollin ’40s Crips, Da’ Quan es ahora un artista y un hombre de familia. Se le acusa de matar a golpes a Lexi Parks, una administradora municipal en WeHo (West Hollywood). Da ‘Quan fue acusado después de que su ADN fuera encontrado en la escena del crimen. Eventualmente Harry descubre pistas omitidas por la policía. Después de que Da ‘Quan fue detenido, su “coartada” fue encontrada estrangulada en la habitación de un motel con el cable utilizado para colgar una imagen de Marilyn Monroe (no se olvide de que estamos en Hollywood). Cuando Harry se hace pasar por un comprador interesado en la casa de Lexi Parks que está a la venta, encuentra la caja vacía de un lujoso reloj Audemars Piguet extremadamente caro. Este artículo nunca fue incluido en el inventario que le entregó Mickey. El reloj, de una marca que apenas puede pronunciar, piensa Bosch que está en el mismo centro de todo este misterio.

Michael Connelly, un antiguo reportero de Los Angeles Times especializado en información policial, es el autor de la serie de suspense protagonizada por Harry Bosch, así como de varios éxitos de ventas independientes, incluyendo el muy aclamado libro de suspense jurídico, The Lincoln Lawyer, que fue seleccionado como libro del Club de Richard & Judy. Michael Connelly ha sido Presidente de la Asociación de escritores de misterio de Norteamérica. Sus libros han sido traducidos a 31 idiomas y han ganado premios en todo el mundo, incluyendo los premios Edgar y Anthony. BOSCH, la serie de televisión es la serie de TV más vista en Amazon Prime Instant Video y acaba de recibir el encargo de una segunda temporada. Connelly vive en Tampa, Florida, con su familia. Síguelo en Twitter @Connellybooks. The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, la nueva entrega de la serie, será publicada en noviembre de 2016.

Michael Connelly es, sin lugar a dudas, un maestro de la narración y, una vez más, nos ha entregado una trama magníficamente construida y una narración muy convincente. Sus personajes son muy convincentes, su prosa es especialmente precisa y sus diálogos están muy cercanos a la perfección. Además, Connelly es capaz de capturar como casi nadie, el entorno en el que se desarrolla la historia. No tengo ninguna duda de que The Crossing es uno de sus mejores libros de la serie y lo recomiendo encarecidamente.

Mi valoración: A+ (No se demore, consiga un ejemplar de este libro)

5 thoughts on “Review: The Crossing (2015) by Michael Connelly

  1. Jose Ignacio: I am not surprised you enjoyed the book. I thought it was one of the best the Bosch and Haller book. I can hardly wait to fall for the next book.

    1. Bill I’m glad you think it’s Michael Connelly at his very best. Me too can hardly wait for his next one, but I’m still in need of reading some of his previous books in the series.

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