Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Heard: "The Crossing" by Michael Connelly.

Heard: The Crossing by Michael Connelly, 2015, Overdrive download.

Narrated by Titus Welliver who plays Bosch on the TV show.

Bosch is retired after being forced into retirement. He's been mostly taking it easy over the past few months but his half-brother Mickey 'Lincoln Lawyer' Haller is suing the department on Bosch's behalf to try and get Bosch reinstated.

Haller continues to work other cases and has a high profile murder case he is defending. The case involves the rape and beating-to-death of a official of the City of Beverly Hills. Or, was it Hollywood? No mind. The case brought a lot of press and the woman was married to a County Deputy.

Haller is convinced of the Defendant's innocence - a rare thing - and asks Bosch to look at the file and talk to the Defendant. Bosch thinks, "Bullshit! He did it." But, Bosch is also aimless without murders to investigate. Bosch realizes that is Defendant is innocent than the real killer is going unpunished. Bosch is all about catching people. But, Bosch is also wary of crossing the line from police work to defense work. He does it anyway.

Things happen. Bosch asks questions. A couple jewelry store owners are murdered after some of those questions are asked. Bad guy vice cops are on that take. Prostitutes are being used in an extortion racket. Bosch starts to dig into a second murder, the murder of the prostitute who cemented Defendant's alibi. Bosch's daughter thinks he drinks too much and soon she goes to college in Orange County.

Meanwhile, you are re-watching Season Two of Bosch and getting the two story lines confused.

1. Connelly writes about how every murder investgatd by LAP is still recorded in bound ledgers. Bosch would read those books during downtime at work. Other characters remark how odd they think that is and how could Bosch remember the unexceptional things he has remembered from those ledgers. But, Connelly uses the murder of Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer from teh Our Gang comedies as his example. Who wouldn't remember reading about how Alfalfa was shot to death over a few hunting dogs? Hell, I remember that I never read a damn murder ledger.
2. Connelly loves having the police use security camera footage and analyze what they see.,
3. Connelly tells some really interesting stories. One thing about the way he shows Bosch work is that everyone Bosch does seems obvious to me. In reality I would be clueless and bumbling, but following Bosch around makes all the work seem intuitive. It's neat to see from inside the character's head.

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