Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Lincoln Lawyer and Hieronymus Bosch Together - Wow, Michael Connelly! This turned into a true Fan Page!

Got to say, I was excited when I realized that both of Connelly's magnificent characters were characters in his latest book! He's apparently done it before, but I hadn't had the chance to read them... Bosch is my favorite and has a long, wonderful series, but the Lincoln Lawyer--a lawyer that conducts his business out of his Lincoln car--is unique and calls to our hearts of wanting to do a job, exactly the way we want to! Cool, right?

Both of the story lines in this novel are exceptional--one much more heartwarming than the other, a search for a serial rapist. Harry handles each in his usual fact-by-fact-then-act fashion which I've loved since I first met him years ago. He's not exactly a rogue cop, more one who sees no value in dealing with bureaucracy, time-consuming procedures, et. al., but still has a heart that drew him in to law enforcement and has never let go. At the same time, he's dealing with losing his daughter to college and determinedly tries to reach out to her, trying for a meal during his times in her area for the job...hating that texts seem to be the only way they are communicating these days...

In fact, he's working for free with a small town, San Fernando Police Department, because they are short of money and personnel, but also just to keep him in law enforcement, even with no pay. He has been assigned cold cases, but soon pulls together that they might be dealing with a potential serial sex offender...

This case becomes especially troublesome when they realize that the officer who was working the case with Harry had disappeared! She had decided to go alone to a house search and would have been dead if Bosch had not quickly pulled facts from which action took place!
At the same time, he has been sent for a secret PI case by a multi-billionaire elderly man who is looking backward and forward, knowing that everything he's worked for will transfer into greedy hands. He hires Bosch to secretly search for a possible heir from a short love affair which his parents destroyed. But she had been pregnant at the time... Bosch's investigative skills have never been more brilliant with this extremely cold case!

It was a wonderful bit of serendipity that I saw this latest book, given the change of direction for future novels...and here is one fan who is anxious to see more of this type of book... The hunt for the missing heir led Bosch into an investigation that crossed the years, first, discovering the answer, only to have Bosch continue until he responded to the total wishes of his client... 

On the way, however, his client died and was later declared murdered... I was floored when Bosch single-handedly solved that case to surprise...and frustrate...the assigned investigators! I loved it!

It is only at the end that we discover the reason for the book's title. I can only say that I would have loved to actually see the sculpture created to support the title...A truly impressive and perfect ending to the novel...

Upping the complexity of his books with two different but complete story lines sets readers up for the potential expansion of our favorite character, Bosch, getting into anything and everything in the future... By the end of this book, he has accepted a temporary paying job while his partner is on medical leave...It seems like a perfect place for a man like Bosch whose only desire is to serve the public... 

By the way, did you know Amazon has a Bosch series?!

Kudos to Connelly!  His new direction in this novel should prove to engender this unbelievably talented author into a revival and expansion that will keep his wonderful character fresh, responsive to change, and perhaps even attacking some of the issues faced in today's world.  Surely, you read Michael Connelly???!!!


Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of twenty-eight novels and one work of nonfiction. With over sixty million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into thirty-nine foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. A former newspaper reporter who worked the crime beat at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and his fiction. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly's 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, The Black Box, and The Drop. Michael is the executive producer of BOSCH, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He is also the executive producer of the documentary film, SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story. He spends his time in California and Florida and is currently at work on his next Harry Bosch novel, THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE, which was published November 1, 2016.

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