Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly [7/10]

Michael Connelly’s made-up-but-realistic world of LA detectives and homicides has, like many long-running series, evolved into a complex tapestry. Resurrection Walk finds the reader walking in two shoes: the first-person, jaunty worldview of high-profile defense lawyer Mickey Haller, and the second-person, highly intense story following Harry Bosch, ex.-legendary, contrary homicide detective, now a private investigator with health problems. Cameo appearances grace us, from Maddie, Bosch’s policewoman daughter, and Renee Ballard, another homicide detective who has starred in a few Connelly novels. All of the above is a long-winded way of saying that Connelly’s “world” works, unlike those of many longstanding crime fiction superstars. In Resurrection Walk, a woman who has spent four years behind bars for murdering her husbanded manages to snare Haller’s attention. When he agrees to represent her and unleashes Bosch to check up on the woman’s indictment and trial, he unleashes a fraught sequence of events. The novel alternates between painstaking plod work and compelling, complex courtroom scenes; Connelly is that rare writer who excels with both. I read it in two plane hop immersions, the perfect book for the occasion.

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