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What I'm Reading: The Crossing

The Crossing (Harry Bosch, #20)The Crossing by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a Christmas gift from my stepson. I read through it in nearly one sitting, unable to put it down. Harry Bosch is an immensely likable character, in the style of Jack Reacher and an extension of that mythic American white male hero, a Marlboro Man of the Law. As such it's a thoroughly enjoyable read, with enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged and wanting to know more. It's not a whodunit; instead, it's a race to find out if and how Bosch will discover the villain's true identity before the villain does Bosch in. But of course as with these types of books, the peripheral characters stay pretty much on the periphery. They are also more or less what you expect from the police procedural drama, no surprises or straying from the formula here. Still, Connelly manages to bring even a brief exchange with an Uber driver into hilarious relief through well-written dialogue showing the writer's ear for conversation. I can't wait to check out the TV series based on the novel series.

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