I went into this novel not knowing that Haller's universe and Bosch's universe were not only connected, but that the two were half-brothers. Having seen the movie The Lincoln Lawyer, I was familiar with Mickey Haller and his antics- but I was not prepared to see him here. I was thrilled at the combination of the two, and it made the story truly enjoyable. We got to see both Bosch's skills as a detective, and Haller's skills as a defense lawyer on full display, and it was awesomely satisfying. I'm encouraged to see that you don't need to start at the beginning of the Bosch series to understand what's going on in each novel- you can jump right in and ride along with the characters in a contained story and not feel like you are missing out on anything important in the world. Having seen the Bosch series and the Haller movie certainly helps with the setting and characters, but there's no need to preface this installment with either of those. If you enjoy detective stories, procedurals, or cop or lawyer dramas, this is a story you can really sink your teeth into. Other than the combination of his two most well known characters, Connelly doesn't do anything new here, and that's ok. It's an entertaining read from beginning to end. On the plus side, Titus Welliver (Bosch on the Prime series) narrates the audiobook, which just makes it that much better.