Review of ‘Blood Work’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, Blood Work (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1998). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle  When I purchased Blood Work online, I thought I was buying the sequel to Trunk Music. “The Also By Michael Connelly” page in the front matter of Trunk Music listed Connelly’s books by publication date, however, not by which character series they were part of. So, when Blood Work arrived, I was surprised to be reading about former FBI agent Terrell “Terry” McCaleb instead of LAPD detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. Surprised, but not disappointed. Blood Work is a good story in its own right … Continue reading Review of ‘Blood Work’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘The Crossing: A Bosch Novel’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, The Crossing: A Bosch Novel (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2015). Hardcover | Kindle To be honest, I’m not sure how Michael Connelly churns out page-turners year after year, but I am glad he does. I received my copy of The Crossing yesterday, started reading it in the late afternoon, and kept turning pages until midnight. My number one rule for fiction is simple: Do I want to keep reading? If I do, the book is well written. By that metric, Connelly’s latest is a well-written book. This is the twentieth—twentieth!—novel featuring veteran homicide detective Harry Bosch … Continue reading Review of ‘The Crossing: A Bosch Novel’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘The Last Coyote’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, The Last Coyote: A Harry Bosch Novel (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1995). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle The Last Coyote is the third installment in Michael Connelly’s series of crime novels featuring LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch. It begins with Bosch in a psychologist’s office, placed on involuntary stress leave for throwing his lieutenant, Harvey “Ninety Eight” Pounds, through an interior office window. Until Bosch deals with his issues, his “shrink” won’t recommend he be reassigned to the homicide table. Bosch’s issues begin with and center on the murder of his mother in November 1961, a … Continue reading Review of ‘The Last Coyote’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘The Black Ice: A Harry Bosch Novel’


Michael Connelly, The Black Ice: A Harry Bosch Novel (New York: Little, Brown and Company: 1993). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle The Black Ice is Michael Connelly’s second novel feature LAPD homicide detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch. In it, Det. Bosch investigates the apparent suicide of a veteran narcotics officer named Calexico Moore. As Bosch delves deeper into the case, he is drawn across the border to Mexicali, where he uncovers layers of corruption and deception that shine an unpitying light on Moore’s apparent suicide as well as three other unsolved murders. One of the benefits of reading series novels rather … Continue reading Review of ‘The Black Ice: A Harry Bosch Novel’

Review of ‘The Concrete Blonde: A Harry Bosch Novel’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, The Concrete Blonde: A Harry Bosch Novel (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1994). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle The Concrete Blonde is the third Michael Connelly novel to feature LAPD homicide detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch. It opens with Bosch shooting a naked, unarmed man named Norman Church. Church was a suspect in the “Dollmaker” serial killings case. After the shooting, forensics tied him to nine of the eleven killings. Nevertheless, Church’s widow sought a civil judgment against Bosch and the LAPD and sued them in federal court. As the trial gets underway, however, the LAPD receives a … Continue reading Review of ‘The Concrete Blonde: A Harry Bosch Novel’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘The Gods of Guilt’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, The Gods of Guilt: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel (New York: Little Brown, 2013). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Jurors are the gods of guilt in Mickey Haller’s world. They decree the fate of the accused. As this story opens, Haller feels as if his personal jurors have tried him in the balance and found him wanting. When his daughter’s friend is killed by a drunk driver—a client of Haller’s—she cuts off all contact with him. His burgeoning relationship with his ex-wife implodes. And he loses the election for Los Angeles district attorney. When a murder case comes his … Continue reading Review of ‘The Gods of Guilt’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘The Fifth Witness’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, The Fifth Witness: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel (New York: Little Brown, 2011). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle During the Great Recession, many people lost their homes to foreclosure. Lisa Trammel was about to become one of those people, and she wasn’t happy about it. So she hired a attorney, launched a website, and organized a protest movement that she named FLAG: Foreclosure Litigants Against Greed. Her lawyer is Mickey Haller, whose criminal defense practice has fallen on such hard times that he’s taken up foreclosure litigation to make ends meet. Then Trammel gets arrested for murdering Mitchell Bondurant, … Continue reading Review of ‘The Fifth Witness’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘The Reversal’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, The Reversal: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel (New York: Little Brown, 2009). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle When convicted child killer Jason Jessup’s life sentence is overturned by the California Supreme Court, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited for the retrial of the case. This time, however, he’ll serve as an independent prosecutor trying to put Jessup back behind bars. Joining Haller are Assistant District Attorney Margaret “Maggie McFierce” McPherson (his ex-wife) and Detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch (his half-brother). Twenty-four years after the killing, they have to track down reluctant witnesses and reconstruct the prosecution’s case … Continue reading Review of ‘The Reversal’ by Michael Connelly

Review of ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer (New York: Grand Central, 2005). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Michael “Mickey” Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who gives his clients the best defense they can afford…and he’d rather not know if they’re actually innocent of the crimes they’ve been accused of. He works out of the backseat of a Lincoln Town Car, chauffeured by a former client still working off his legal debts. Like his chauffeur, many of his clients are behind on payments or on payment programs that keep a steady but low stream of income flowing. So, when Fernando … Continue reading Review of ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ by Michael Connelly