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In “The Crossing,” author Michael Connelly returned to his best-loved character, LAPD detective Harry Bosch, only this time Bosch has given up his LAPD badge for good, pushed out by the brass whose feathers he’d ruffled too much and too...

Michael Connelly is the next author to appear at a Register Book Club event

In “The Crossing,” author Michael Connelly returned to his best-loved character, LAPD detective Harry Bosch, only this time Bosch has given up his LAPD badge for good, pushed out by the brass whose feathers he’d ruffled too much and too...

Michael Connelly is the next author to appear at a Register Book Club event

In “The Crossing,” author Michael Connelly returned to his best-loved character, LAPD detective Harry Bosch, only this time Bosch has given up his LAPD badge for good, pushed out by the brass whose feathers he’d ruffled too much and too often in the 17 Bosch thrillers that came before this one.

“The Crossing,” which teams Bosch with his half-brother Mickey Haller – the defense attorney from Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer series – and sees Bosch “crossing” to what his LAPD colleagues have always viewed as the dark side of defense work.

It debuted in the fall but with the paperback edition just out the Register Book Club was delighted this week when Connelly accepted our invitation to be the next author featured in our ongoing series of community book events.

The event takes place in Santa Ana on June 15 and to start our preparation for what’s sure to be a terrific night of conversation about “The Crossing,” the ongoing Amazon’s TV series “Bosch” and Connelly’s books and writing in general, we decided to give him a call.

Q: You seemed clear with the previous book, “The Burning Room,” that Harry might be done with the LAPD, but when it came to writing “The Crossing” was there any hesitation?

A: I don’t know if I had second thoughts. I really thought it was inevitable and I probably stretched the boundaries of believability in having him stay as long as he had with a badge. I knew it had to happen, so if there were second thoughts I got over them quickly because I had no choice.

I kind of knew what I was going to write after this book, which is rare for me. But I saw this as a bridge to the next book, which I think spins things in a new direction.

Q: What kind of freedom did having Harry done with the department allow you?

A: It’s kind of like a new dawn. It’s an exciting thing. In the LAPD, Harry’s been a homicide detective, and that is the highest kind of stakes. But at the same time I feel he can look into anything that comes his way now. That’s going to be fun and that will continue in the book I’m writing now. For 20 years I always had to have a homicide.

In the book I’m writing now it starts when he’s asked to look for a missing heir. I’ve never had the opportunity to do that before ... and it’s fun.

Q: What do you get when you team up Harry with Mickey?

A: To me it’s like Haller is always the underdog because he’s outside, and Harry’s always been the symbol of power. He carries the badge, he carries the gun. So I always like to use them to accent those differences. Depending on which book it’s a different person’s point of view. In this book, Harry is kind of stripped of that power and might, and even the people in his department aren’t happy with him.

Q: Harry’s last LAPD partner, Lucy Soto, returns in ‘The Crossing’ You’ve said she has a bit of Harry’s personality in her approach to the job, is it fun to keep her in the mix?

A: I assumed when I was writing it that if Harry’s going to be a private eye out there he’s going to need sometimes to have an official connection and someone who can do some things for him when he needs it. It’s also a set-up where at some time I can write a story where she’s a protagonist because I really like the character.

Q: “Bosch” released its second season in March and last month Amazon picked up a third season. How involved have you remained in working on the series?

A: On the second season I’m maybe even more involved. Now on the third season we’ve got the writing room and I’m very involved in that. I work a lot with the show runner, Eric Overmyer. Before any writers come in we work out what we want to do in the season, which books we want to adapt. I usually take the first crack and outline the bible, the 10 episodes of stories.

I love being on these stages and seeing what we have wrought but I’m pretty much an observer. I like to be there as support, especially for Titus Welliver (who plays Bosch) and Jamie Hector (who plays his partner Jerry Edgar), but I think if I have value it’s in these early stages where there’s no one else around.

Q: What kind of reaction have you gotten from readers who’ve seen the series and now have specific faces for the characters you created?

A: It’s been really overwhelmingly positive, but then I’m always the paranoid guy – most people don’t go out of their way to tell you you’re doing a bad job. It’s a weird thing. We’re screwing around with a sacred bond. When people read books they like to create images and they ascribe characteristics and visual aspects to them. Some people don’t want to visit that. I can understand that. All I can say is give it a try and I think you’ll be impressed and come on board.

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