Harry Bosch #20
Allen & Unwin
Six months ago, Harry Bosch left the LAPD before they could fire him, and then hired his half-brother, the maverick Defence Attorney Mickey Haller to sue the department for forcing him out. Although it wasn’t the way he wanted to go, Bosch has to admit that being out of the game has its benefits.
Until Mickey asks him to help on one of his cases, and suddenly Harry is back where he belongs, right in the centre of a particularly puzzling murder mystery. The difference is, this time Bosch is working for the defence, aiming to prevent the accused, Leland Foster, from being convicted. And not only does the prosecution seem to have a cast-iron case, but having crossed over to ‘the dark side’ as his former colleagues would put it, Bosch is in danger of betraying the very principles he’s lived by his whole career.
With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.
This book…the big question now that I have read The Crossing is can this series get any better???
Yes I know I am a passionate fan of the Harry Bosch series, yes I have read every one of the twenty books in this series and yes book number nineteen was great ( and I loved the first few book in the series and pretty much loved al the rest of them) …but this book…just AMAZINGLY GOOD!
Now that fervour of admiration has been shared J let’s have a closer less emotional look at the book. The settings- as always – visual and realistic; easy to picture in your mind’s eye the Harry’s house, the bars, the stations, the cheap hotel…the scene of the body drop… The characters – our protagonists Harry and Mickey – empathetic, likeable, with strong moral compasses, the antagonists – the mirror opposites. The narrative – well written, with twisty and knotty plots.
The most gruesome scene – p81 – “a shadowed recess beside a pedestrian entrance to a public parking garage…as he moved in the shadows he nearly tipped over something. There was a rustling sound followed by a groan and a complaint…There was a man clawing his way out of a dirty sleeping bag, his belongings in plastic bags lined against the wall…He turned back to the homeless man and made decision. He kicked the man in the ribs as he moved on all fours. Ellis felt the impact of the kick through his whole leg and knew he had broken a bone…before he could scream, Ellis stomped down hard on the man’s throat with all his weight, crushing the air passage. He then backed off and came right back with a heel to the bridge of the man’s nose. The man was silent and unmoving after that.” This blatant disregard for another human being is uncomfortable reading and perfectly reflects the character of Ellis – evil, thoughtless, emotionless and most likely a narcissist. With just a few clinical sentences Connelly has managed to strip Ellis of humanity. Brilliant writing.
This is an excellent series that just get better and better.