The Crossing by Michael Connelly

You’ve gotta love Half Price Books. They had this fella on display. I’ve been really trying to branch out and read new genres this year, so I went ahead and grabbed it. It’s a murder mystery/thriller based on the Bosch character (there’s a TV show). Connelly writes so extremely well that it’s easy to read, but you still get a ton of visualization as you’re going. 
The basic plot is that Bosch is a retired cop who goes to work for his defense lawyer brother-in-law. It’s a big no-no in the LAPD world, so Bosch has to fight with his conscience for a while. He takes the case anyways. After doing some investigating of his own, he comes to believe the accused is being framed. The plot is a twisty-bendy-oh-no-he-didn’t type of scenario. The bad guy/girl/guys/girls are so insanely bad, you can’t wait to see what happens next. 
It’s the perfect book to bring on vacation or to read right before bedtime!

On another note, but still related to the book—
There’s a quote in the book that makes me kind of get choked up as a parent:
“It had only been five years since then but he had come to believe that parents see their children not only as they are but as they hope they will be in the future. Happy, fulfilled, not afraid.”
What a truly poignant thought. We see our kids past, present, and future every time we look at them. I think that’s one of the reasons parenting is the most difficult and blissful thing you’ll ever do. All the hopes, fears, dreams, worries are wrapped up into tiny glimpses of our kids. 

This quote is definitely not even close to what the book is about, but I thought I’d share that touching point!

Author: Pineapple House Rules

In our house, there are a few rules. Like, for example: Rule #41: Never run out of sour cream or toilet paper. Rule #83: Sneezing after having any number of children is considered dangerous. Rule #104: The freezer is a valued member of the household. Rule #151: Dogs will always wear costumes on major [and some minor] holidays. Rule #41(a): Also wine. Never run out of wine.

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