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Resurrection Walk

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Another great thriller from Michael Connelly. He continues his great work developing Haller and Bosch’s great relationship and the characters themselves.

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Not the best installment in the series, and at times almost frustratingly workmanlike (Connolley, for better and for worse, shows up at his computer and churns these things out as a day job), RESURRECTION WALK stands in the tall shadow of its immediate predecessor, LAW OF INNOCENCE, a series best, but it's ultimately an engaging thriller, and Connelly does a seamless job of weaving the Bosch and Haller storylines. I prefer the MIckey Haller novels to the Bosch novels, and readers of the same bent might bristle when they pay for what they think will be the former, but the Haller chapters are winning enough to scratch the itch.

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In Kellerman's Resurrection Walk, the amazing character attorney Mickey Haller is back and taking the long shot cases. 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 has hired his half brother, retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, as investigator. As he is reviewing the case, Bosch sees something that doesn’t add up.

The path to justice is fraught with danger from those who don’t want the case reopened. They will stop at nothing to keep the Haller-Bosch dream team from uncovering what the deputy’s killing was really about. I love the fact that Bosch and Haller are working together. I hope that Connelly will continue to keep these two great characters working together for a long time.

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How great is it to have Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller and his half-brother Harry Bosch working together to prove the innocence of a woman convicted of killing her husband!!! As always, it is a long shot case that takes both of their skills to solve. Filled with danger, courtroom drama and intrigue, this book is a winner.

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Resurrection Walk is Michael Connelly at his finest. It is a Mickey Haller/Harry Bosch story. I love the Bosch books beyond reason and have been reluctant to embrace the “others” in his orbit, but this was so good it changed my mind. Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, takes on the case of Lucinda Sanz, who is in prison for murdering her husband. She’s been steadfast in maintaining her innocence, and upon Harry’s examination of the case, he and Haller determine there is definitely a “there” there. Lucinda’s husband was a cop, leading to any number of possible complications, suspects, shenanigans. Harry’s age and illness play a part, as does Mickey Haller’s ex-wife. The end this time leads to a lot of questions about this series, and as a fan of many years, I can only hope we haven’t seen the last of these characters.

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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC
I have to say that I'm biased in favour of any new Michael Connelly book, but this one is one of his best!
Bosch teams up with Mickey Haller to try and free a woman who says she was wrongly accused. There are complications with the investigation, and factions who don't want the case to be re-tried. All through this there's the sometimes rocky relationship between the two men, and ongoing concern about Bosch's health.
As usual, Connelly makes it seem like you're in LA, right beside the main characters on every page. I seriously stayed up all night once I started reading this - I think it's the best Connelly book of the last few years.
Recommend to fans of legal procedurals, TV Bosch, contemporary crime thrillers.
Solid 5 out of 5

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I am a huge fan of the show "Bosch" and the show "The Lincoln Lawyer." When I saw that this book combines both of those characters, I couldn't wait to read it. It takes place long after Bosch has retired, and he is now a driver for Mikey, the Lincoln Lawyer. They are cousins. Who knew? That was a little weird to me at first, but it was fun how they teamed up in this book. It makes me want to read more books where these two characters are teamed up again. Michael Connelly does it again with another interesting book.

If you are a fan of courtroom books, with some action, you will enjoy this book.

I gave this book four out of five stars for my honest review.

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Book Review
Resurrection Walk
Michael Connelly
reviewed by Lou Jacobs


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Michael Connelly never ceases to amaze. In his 38th novel, he masterfully combines a legal courtroom thriller with an intriguing investigative narrative. He brings together his two iconic characters: Mickey Haller, known as “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and retired L.A.P.D. detective Harry Bosch.

Together, they work to exonerate a woman who has served five years in prison for allegedly murdering her ex-husband, a L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy. Mickey, riding a career high after freeing a man wrongfully convicted of murder, is inundated with letters from prisoners claiming their innocence. Refocusing his practice, Haller launches his own “innocence project,” offering pro-bono services to a select few deserving of the “resurrection walk” after unjust convictions. This new venture aligns well with his association with his half-brother, Harry Bosch.

Harry, post-retirement, faces his own challenges, lacking health insurance and battling chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML). Mickey employs Harry to secure insurance and enrolls him in an experimental nuclear medicine trial at UCLA for his cancer. Despite Harry’s reservations about working for the defense, after years of hunting criminals, he commits to seeking the “truth.” He meticulously sifts through records of self-proclaimed innocent convicts to identify a likely miscarriage of justice involving Linda Sanz. She pled “no contest” to manslaughter, on the advice of her subpar attorney, Frank Silver, to avoid a life sentence, yet she has always maintained her innocence. Harry discovers significant flaws in the prosecution’s case, leading him to doubt her guilt and suspect a conspiracy involving Sheriff Department “gangs” involved in criminal shakedowns.

Michael Connelly weaves a complex narrative filled with twists and unexpected revelations. As Harry conducts a thorough investigation, Mickey battles a cunning assistant district attorney, countering every prosecutorial maneuver. The suspense and intrigue intensify as the courtroom drama escalates. Connelly skillfully blends detective work with legal drama, creating a riveting story that compels the reader to turn the pages eagerly, seeking the ultimate resolution. Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Publishing for providing an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review. This five-star gem stands strong on its own.

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A solid addition to both series by Connelly. I like the heroes of Bosch and Haller together, and I defiantly like Haller better in this one than last ones.

I also really like the premise of this book, setting innocent people free. This was an interesting case, and I enjoyed the process of proving her innocence. Very satisfying.

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Always great to check in on Mickey, and this one is special because all of Connelly's characters have strong supporting roles here! Another winner, and one that will tug at your heartstrings.

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You can't go wrong with a Lincoln Lawyer/Bosch team up by the great Michael Connelly! This book had a great plot. If you like courtroom dramas that are really smart, this is the book for you.

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note: this review appears in several daily newspapapers and magazines Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, et al
23 for the end of ’23 (with a nip at ’24)

By Tom Mayer

By the end of 2023 there will have been about 1 million new books published this year alone, the vast majority by authors we’ve never heard of and never will. The big names — King, Grisham, Hoover, even Pilkey with “Dog Man’s” loyal legion — grab the bulk of the attention … and why not? Dependable storylines, top-notch editing and deep discounts make for predictably good-reading weekends.

But what about the others similarly worthy of recognition and, more importantly, a place in your online cart? While I can’t diligently discuss the other 999,997 books that could paper your winter evenings, I can offer 23 for ’23 … with a bit of a cheat. First, this isn’t a “best-of 2023,” and the books I’ve reviewed throughout the year won’t be found here. Second, there are a couple of headline-catching names in the list because of their late publication date. And third, since it’s the end of the year, I’m going to reveal a few titles that you’ll want to mull over now, but won’t be available until the turn of the new year. Oh, and fourth, I’m going to end with a few older titles by a couple of literary giants that one praiseworthy publishing house, Blackstone Publishing, has seen fit to resurrect.

But that’s it for the caveats. Your 23 for ’23, picked, plucked and promoted by our editors follows, and in no particular order, though that in itself does seem to be a bit of a caveat. The list …

In review (books available now)

1. “The Sandbox” (The Sandbox Series Book 1) (Blackstone Publishing) by Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson originally debuted on July 25 as a techno-thriller that “redefines the meaning of murder in the 21st century” which, of course, is code for a story delving deep into the world of artificial intelligence. Because it’s from Andrews and Wilson, we’ll throw in the Pentagon, a Green Beret, a female protagonist homicide detective with a gift for reading people and a story that’ll have you reading into the night. Watch a video from the Navy vet-authors on the publisher’s website at https://www.blackstonepublishing.com/the-sandbox-ebvs.html#541=1900683.

2. “The Caretaker” (Doubleday) by Ron Rash. Simply, North Carolina Ron Rash’s work is not only worthy of a Pulitzer Prize, it would be a miscarriage of literary justice were he not to obtain that distinction before he puts down his pen for good. Case in point, 2023’s “The Caretaker,” a deceptively simple story set in 1951 Blowing Rock about a 16-year-old outcast, among others, who people this amazingly accurate, if fictional, place in the mountains of the Old North State.

3. “The Life and Times of Hanna Crafts” (Ecco) by Gregg Hemcimvich. There’s a reason this story was named a “most anticipated title” by myriad news outlets, the Associated Press, Lost Angeles Times and Washington Post among those. Like Rash’s novel, “The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts” is set in North Carolina, but here in 1857 and about a woman who escapes from a plantation. “The Bondwoman’s Narrative” was a success when published in 2002 by an unknown author. Professor Hemcimvich unravels the secret of that author’s identity more than a decade later.

4. “American Girl” (Blackstone Publishing) by Wendy Walker. In this well-drawn thriller, an autistic 17-year-old is involved in murder and small-town secrets that lead to a complexity of suspects and a dangerous denouement.

5. “Let Us Descend” (Scirbner) by Jesmyn Ward. An Oprah’s Book Club pick for 2023, the two-time National Book Winner Ward gifts us with a reimagining tale about American slavery and a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.

6. “The Last Applicant” (Lake Union Publishing) by Rebecca Hanover. Hanover has won her own share of literary prizes and this contemporary novel about an admissions director of an exclusive Manhattan private school whose every boundary is tested by a woman determined to get her son into the city’s most prestigious class of … kindergarteners. Secrets not only abound, they unravel in this tautly told story.

7, 8. “The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires) (Ace) by Jim Butcher is not a new book, but available again now in paperback to complement the next chapter of this steam-powered series with “The Olympian Affair (The Cinder Spires) (Ace). Excellent and magical world building is on display from this veteran author.

9. “Resurrection Walk” (Little, Brown and Company) by Michael Connelly. The author’s seventh Mickey Haller novel begins with Haller’s half-brother, Harry Bosch — himself the central character in a separate but connected Connelly series — acting as driver for The Lincoln Lawyer. Those who know both characters will not only find this … unusual … but downright disturbing. The surprises keep coming as Haller and Bosch take on the case of a woman on death row who was convicted of killing her husband, but just might be innocent.

10. “Good Girls Don’t Die” (Berkley) by Christina Henry. While I have a rule against reviewing dystopian literature, it was bent here because, one, Henry lulled me into the story that is only part dystopia and two, I really, really wanted to know how this story of total misdirection — where nothing is as it seems — would come out. Well done, Ms. Henry.

11. “Silent Calvary” (Crown) by Howell Raines. As if the pedigree of the author — Raines is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist — wasn’t enough, the subtitle would have brought me to this compellingly told, “submerged historical” tome: “How Union Soldiers from Alabama Helped Sherman Burn Atlanta — And Then Got Written Out of History.” A riveting tale about an unsung regiment of 2,066 Alabamian yeoman farmers includes one of those men from Raines’ own lineage.

To Reveal (books to consider now with selected reviews to come in 2024)

12. “Unbound” (Blackstone Publishing) by Christy Healy. A gender-bent reimagining of Beauty and the Beast with a double dose of Irish mythology and folklore. Destined to be a new classic.

13. “The Devil’s Daughter” (Blackstone Publishing) by Gordon Greisman. The author writes with screenwriter credentials in a tale that roams from vice-riddled Manhattan to tonier climes where lies and secrets cloud every aspect of a murder.

14. “Almost Surely Dead” (Mindy’s Book Studio) by Amina Akhtar. Part stalker, part ghost story, this fresh psychological thriller comes from the author of “Kismet” in a story about an extraordinarily ordinary life that turns from everyday life to a true crime podcast.

15. “The Chaos Agent” (Berkley) by Mark Greaney. Testing the Gray Man in this 13th installment of the series is the possibility of a tech company using artificial intelligence with real-world ambitions. Start here, or quickly tear through the first 12 books, because you’ve got a few weeks. “The Chaos Agent” (Gray Man 13) publishes in late February.

16. “The Lady in Glass and Other Stories” (Ace) by Anne Bishop. If you know anything at all about this master of fantasy, you know how privileged I was to get a glimpse of this collection of Bishop’s shorter works long before its Feb. 27, 2024, debut. Including two new stories written for the volume, and one with ties to earlier work, this book spans the author’s most cherished, fantastical worlds.

Vintage books with a fresh look

17-23. You might have noticed that several of the reviews in 1-16 skew heavily in favor of Blackstone Publishing. That’s for a good reason. Not only is Blackstone extremely selective in its literary repertoire, it produces extremely well-crafted hardcover books. Indeed, though I prefer e-books for reading, it is with this and a few other publishing houses (Lividian Publications is another example) that I suggest purchasing only the hard cover. To wit: the selected back works of two authors that Blackstone has given the royal treatment. All of the following books are beautifully bound with textured and foiled hard covers, homage jacket art and superior sewing. True treasures. Oh, and then there are the stories. …

… Including Don Winslow’s Neal Carey Mysteries. Blackstone began rolling out in August, books 1-5 of Winslow’s early works portraying a private eye filled with contradictions. Neal Carey hones his street smarts and owes his education to the Bank, an institution with a reputation for keeping its wealthy clients out of the messes they manage to work themselves into. A glimpse into this master writer’s early work is a perfect setup for what he has loudly hinted may be his last novel, and one set to publish in April. But more on that later in another review. All five of the Neal Carey books are available: “A Cool Breeze on the Underground,” “The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror,” “Way Down on the High Lonely,” “A Long Walk Up the Waterslide” and “While Drowning in the Desert.”

… Also including several stories from the late Michael Crichton (2008) writing as John Lange. Similarly and superiorly produced, Blackstone can claim the credit for reissuing these classic tales from the creator of “Jurassic Park” and “ER.” Beginning in July and running through early December, the publishing house released “Zero Cool,” “Easy Go,” “The Venom Business,” “Drug of Choice,” “Odds On” and “Scratch One” in a timely tribute to the author. A new introduction by Sherri Crichton enhances the offerings.

And for those of you keeping score, yes, with Crichton’s listings, my tally actually reaches 27, not 23. But since I was only able to get my hands on the five Winslow, but only two of the Crichton-Lange novels by press time, I’m sticking with 23. I told you I was going to cheat.

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Connelly serves up another classic Lincoln Lawyer book. Now there’s a television series, I have the actors envisioned as I read. If you like this series, you will not be disappointed. The ending makes you wonder what he will serve up next in the Lincoln Lawyer series. Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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Another fine entry in this series. The Lincoln Lawyer hooks up with Harry Bosch to prove an imprisoned did not murder her husband. This kept me absorbed on the train from Ottawa to Toronto today.

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Michael Connelly is one of the few authors out there that consistently puts out quality books with the same characters. Most authors' writings get stale after awhile. Even with Bosch aging, Connelly still nails it. Another great story in the Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer universe! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I’m generally a big Michael Connelly fan, with the newer series featuring Renee Ballard (sometimes partnered with Harry Bosch) probably being my favorite, but I’m also a Lincoln Lawyer/Mickey Haller fan (which I originally read with an image of Matthew McConaghey etched in my brain…now replaced by an image of Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, thanks to Netflix). And of course, the original books featuring LA cop Harry Bosch are what got me started as a Connelly fan in the first place! So I was especially happy to get an ARC of Connelly’s latest, Resurrection Walk, featuring BOTH Bosch and Haller from Little, Brown and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Courtroom dramas are among my favorite genres, when done well, and LA attorney Mickey Haller is terrific at legal wrangling. In this book, Haller has recently won a BIG case, resulting in tons of people wanting him to take their cases…so he needs help. Fortunately, his half-brother Harry Bosch needs health insurance to deal with his serious illness, so Haller hires Bosch as an investigator – win-win, right?

A woman who is in prison for killing her husband, who was a sheriff’s deputy, swears she is innocent (don’t they all?) and she desperately writes to Mickey asking for help to prove her innocence. Harry is screening the piles of requests for help, and something about this one nags at him, so they look into it…and the drama begins.

The really awesome thing about this one is that , despite the cover calling it “a Lincoln Lawyer novel”,not only does it feature BOTH Bosch and Haller, the story is told in alternating chapters so the reader gets a dual perspective as the criminal investigation and the legal process go through the various somewhat complicated steps. There are some other familiar characters, and the LA setting is vividly drawn, with of course some help from the Bosch and Haller series on TV for those who have watched either or both series to make it even more effective. BTW, if you haven’t watched, what are you waiting for? I can hardly wait for Season 2 of the Netflix version of Lincoln Lawyer, and I am loving Bosch Legacy despite it only being available on a streaming service with commercials (ugh).

Overall, this is terrific entertainment for fans of police procedurals and/or legal thrillers. Highly recommended. Five stars!

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Let me begin by assuring you I love the Lincoln Lawyer and Bosch in all their various forms — books, movies and series, but sometimes I’’m afraid you really can have too much of a good thing. Kind of like turf and surf, I prefer each to star in their own story.
In Resurrection Walk, we have chapters narrated by lawyer Mickey Haller taking on another seemingly unwinnable case. Haller lays out case procedures and strategies in an interesting and entertaining manner.
Alternately we have chapters in which his half-brother Bosch works as Haller’s investigator while undergoing cancer treatment. As a result of his health issues, Bosch doesn’t have the vigor he normally displays. Add to that the fact that he is working for the defense after a career as a cop, and you have a rather pale imitation of the Bosch we have come to know.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a good story and it points its way to future stories going in a new Project Innocence way, but frankly I think Bosch should have taken some sick leave and let Mickey be the star. Or better yet, put him in remission and give him a more dynamic part in the story. Frankly I read Connelly for the action not the medical updates.

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There is nothing better than the.Dynamic Duo of The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller), and Retired Detective Harry Bosch. Each chapter alternated their own storyline with the goal of overturning the verdict of a young mother who is in prison for the shooting murder of her husband. The detective work by Bosch was point on and brilliant. The court scenes featuring Haller were very interesting and fast paced. One Heck Of A Great Story! Don’t miss this one, it was fantastic. A Big Thank You To NetGalley, The Author Michael Connelly and The Publisher Little Brown and Company for allowing me to read this novel for my honest review..

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Thank you Michael Connelly for a new Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch story. It’s been awhile and I really enjoy this series. Connelly doesn’t disappoint and keeps the story fast-paced! Thanks for the advanced read.

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In this new Lincoln Lawyer/Harry Bosch pair-up, Michael Connelly does a terrific job (as always) in highlighting the strengths and vulnerabilities of his two famous characters- while giving readers an exciting and intelligent legal thriller. The chapters alternate between Mickey Haller narrating his current steps in attempting to exonerate a woman imprisoned for killing her former husband, who was a cop; and third person chapters outlining how Harry, Haller’s team, and the courtroom proceedings are interacting.
The story is an appealing one, the characters are believable, and the plot twists are well placed. Some Bosch and Haller devotees, though, may dislike the hints and reveals of possible changes to come for the characters in future installments. But we’ll have to watch and see!

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