Michael Connelly justified the stellar success of his Harry Bosch stories by breathing new life into the series in its 18th instalment THE CROSSING.
As ever, Connelly's produced a solid police procedural, gripping right to the end.
It's jaw-dropping that after 27 bestsellers he's still scaling new heights with every book, and this one is a double delight because it features both detective Harry Bosch and his half-brother, ducking and diving defence lawyer Mickey Haller.
All sorts of lines are crossed in a brilliant and complex story set against the parched paradise of Los Angeles.
Enter Harry Bosch, one of the finest minds in crime fiction. He understands the trajectories of bullets and also political careers. Connelly loves to watch him think, and so do I.
When Michael Connelly is on form, as he is with The Crossing, he is irresistible.
Fast detective action is skilfully interwoven with courtroom pyrotechnics.
Connelly spins an intricate web in this brilliant anti-police procedural.
Intensely satisfying and featuring two of the smartest creations in modern crime fiction, this is as elegant a masterpiece as Connelly has delivered.