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 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