January 15, 2016

IT'S A PURITAN NATION:

A Walk on the Wild Side : Rachel Howzell Hall on The Crossing by Michael Connelly   (Rachel Howzell Hall, January 15th, 2016, LA Review of Books)

THE FIRST TIME I met LAPD detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, he was investigating the decades-old murder of a 12-year-old boy left in a shallow grave in City of Bones (2002). This case haunted Harry, with memories from his own traumatic childhood coloring his perceptions. He said wonderful things, honest things: "If we can't be honest with ourselves, how can we ever tell the truth to the people out there?" and "In every murder is the tale of a city." He fell for a dame with a badge, and life took a left turn. A perfect, beautiful novel. I cared about Harry. I didn't want him to hurt. My wish for a happy, healthy Harry did not come true, and we were all left with a bruised cop -- and a fierce avenger for those stolen from us and from the City of Angels. [...]

In The Crossing, Harry crosses many bridges. The first bridge: he has been forced to retire from the LAPD as a result of his maverick ways. From active person to AARP member, Harry is set to spend his days restoring an ancient Harley-Davidson. Even that simple act is awash with his former life: the paper beneath the bike's carburetor is an old story about politics and the justice system -- a life Harry is no longer a part of. For now.

Harry never gets past reading the instructions before he gets the call from The Lincoln Lawyer himself, Michael McCon -- I mean, Mickey Haller, Bosch's half-brother. Haller, a defense attorney, is representing Da'Quan Foster, an ex-Rollin' 40s Crip turned painter. Foster has been charged with the brutal rape and murder of West Hollywood City Manager Lexi Parks. Haller knows in his gut that despite his past, Foster is innocent. And he wants Harry to help him free his innocent client. Of course, Harry is reluctant to help the other side -- he is a cop, damn it. But something's not right about this case. And that poor old Harley-Davidson will just have to wait. "He [Harry] realized he had been wrong to think that restoring the old motorcycle could take the place of anything."

Her complaint in the review is about that which makes the character. [City of Bones was the basis of the tv series.]
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