Back when Harry Bosch was a young and eager cop he successfully apprehended and got Preston Borders convicted of the rape and murder of three young women. Borders went to death row at San Quentin and even after all this time, he’s still there, alive.
Two Kinds of Truth
by Michael Connelly
2017 / 416 pages
read by Titus
rating: A++ / crime- procedural
20th of the Harry Bosch novels
Fast-forward thirty years to find Bosch retired and working as a volunteer in the cold-case files for San Fernando Police Department. He’s easy to find for the Conviction Integrity Unit which has opened a case. His old partner Sheehan is, or seems to be, working with the CIU.
One trouble is the DNA the CIU has come up with was totally not available when Bosch got his man.
Bosch is called out on an emergency by his current department and gets involved in a current case – a double murder involving a father and son pharmacists, Jose Esquivel Sr. and Jr, as victims at their pharmacy.
But Bosch’s heart is with the old Borders case because that strikes at his very integrity, his pocketbook and the status of all the cases he ever had a hand in convicting. He reviews everything from back then as well as checking on Borders in prison. This is when he also thinks to call his half-brother, Mickey Haller, an attorney (see The Lincoln Lawyer by Connelly). But the one piece of evidence convicting Borders was a small seahorse pennant belonging to the victim but which was found at Borders’ home.
Jose Esquival and his son Junior were both pharmacists with Junior being a recent grad from pharmacy school and apparently on the up-and-up. His father on the other hand might have been doing something with people who have guns.
Some of this ends up in serious chase scenes but there are also great courtroom battles. Bosch is still Bosch and Haller is Haller – these are great books and considering the very ending part here, I’m looking forward to a continuation of the series.