Book review: Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly

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Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly sees the return of the Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller and retired cop* Harry Bosch. We also briefly catch up with Renee Ballard (who’s possibly my new fave of Connelly’s cast), but this is all about Mickey’s prowess in court and Bosch’s nose for shoddy or dodgy police work and commitment to justice. I loved this book and it astounds me that Connelly keeps raising the bar. (And I don’t mean the lawyerly one!)

Book review: Resurrection Walk by Michael ConnellyResurrection Walk
by Michael Connelly
Series: Mickey Haller #7, Harry Bosch #37
Published by Allen & Unwin AU
on 31/10/2023
Source: Allen & Unwin
Genres: Crime Fiction, Legal Procedural
ISBN: 1761470485
Pages: 405

Defense attorney Mickey Haller is back, taking the long shot cases, where the chances of winning are one in a million. He agrees to represent a woman in prison for killing her husband, a sheriff’s deputy.

Despite her conviction four years earlier, she still maintains her innocence. Haller enlists his half brother, retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, as investigator. Reviewing the case, Bosch sees something that doesn’t add up, and a sheriff’s department intent on bringing a quick search for justice in the killing of one of its own.

The path to justice for both the lawyer and his investigator is fraught with danger from those who don’t want the case reopened. And they will stop at nothing to keep the Haller-Bosch dream team from uncovering what the deputy’s killing was really about.

I’d kinda forgotten that Bosch is battling a type of leukaemia and enrolled in some experimental treatment thanks to health insurance he’s got by working part-time for Mickey. Mickey’s gained some newfound fame as a result of freeing someone jailed for a crime they didn’t commit, so Bosch is sifting through the many MANY requests for help Mickey’s received from those also claiming their innocence and requesting he have their cases reopened.

There are a couple of claims that jump out at Bosch but it’s the murder of a cop by his estranged wife that captures his attention. Bosch and Mickey speak to the woman in prison and believe she’s innocent, despite some evidence to the contrary. But they’re even more convinced when they discover her lawyer also defended a client in a case involving her husband.

Connelly gives readers a lot here. The murder of the cop is far more complex than an ex-wife snapping over custody gripes and Bosch and Mickey soon learn the ex was potentially part of a corrupt team of cops… so far from the hero his colleagues allege.

I love that Connelly also keeps these books fresh, introducing AI and new technology that allows stuff like recreating the stance of a shooter, and then there’s the the use of geo-fencing to track and trace the alibis of those involved.

The complexity of the case and depth of the investigation and court proceedings took this book up a notch for me. I tend to favour police procedurals over legal procedurals (which often seem very 1990s), but here Connelly manages to give us both… brilliantly.

Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin and is now available.

* Not to mention, fictional legend!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. 


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