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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446556750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446556750
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[This] Scott Turow-style court drama, starring both of Connelly's favourite characters, is as exciting as anything this formidable writer has ever produced DAILY MAIL This is vastly superior stuff, from America's greatest living crime writer THE MIRROR This novel is further proof that this writer is on a roll. ... Connelly's background as a police reporter gives his books the powerful verisimilitude that few possess and balancing the police and legal shenanigans makes for wonderfully involving reading THE EXPRESS Connelly masterfully manages to marry an absorbing courtroom drama with a tense and exciting thriller of detection THE TIMES The novel has a gripping clarity from the off, and very quickly establishes a gripping momentum. ... it's another expertly handled tale from a born storyteller that blazes into an incendiary denouement IRISH TIMES Connelly writes in a tough, unsentimental way and creates a stunning tale that doesn't let go until the final page. CATHOLIC HERALD Connelly explodes courtroom fireworks. EVENING TELEGRAPH An absolutely fabulous thriller, one of the best I have ever read TELEGRAPH & ARGUS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series of novels as well asThe Poet, Blood Work, Void Moon, Chasing the Dime,andthe #1New York TimesbestsellersThe ScarecrowandThe Lincoln Lawyer. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time inCaliforniaandFlorida.

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Format: Hardcover
This isn't the first time Connelly has paired Bosch up with the lead from one of his non-Bosch novels. I didn't much care for the results in the past, but here it fails completely. This time it's Bosch together with his half-brother Mickey Haller, who first showed up in Connelly's best book in years, The Lincoln Lawyer. This time also, the pairing is taken a step further, with alternating chapters featuring Haller (in the first person) and Bosch (in the third person).

The premise for the novel is straight-forward: a convicted child killer, in jail for 24 years, wins a new trial because of some DNA evidence. The DA decides to hire an independent prosecutor for the new trial in order to avoid any appearance of official impropriety, and settles on Haller for the job. Haller in turns recruits Bosch as his investigator.

And they're off! Uh...actually, they're not. Because of the format Connelly has chosen, what we get are short vignettes now of Haller, now of Bosch, with neither allowed to stretch out and run. Furthermore, these two have emerged as Connelly's two best characters and here it feels like they're both being short-changed. The main victim is Haller, who we've come to know as sly, devious, unsentimental, but also charming and resourceful - all in all, a great character. In The Reversal, however, he's operating out of an office instead of his town car, he's on the side of the angels instead of running his own ethically-challenged feels like Connelly has taken paint thinner to his own guy.

And finally, no spoilers here but the ending is a mess.
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First Sentence: The last time I'd eaten at the Water Grill I sat across the table from a client who had coldly and calculatedly murdered his wife and her lover, shooting both of them in the face.

Jason Jessup has spent the last 24 years in prison, convicted for kidnapping and murdering a 12-year-old girl. New DNA evidence has won him a new trial, but the LA DA's office can not use one of their own to prosecute the case. Instead, they hire defense attorney Mickey Haller to switch sides. Mickey agrees to prosecute the case as long as he runs the case with his ex-wife Maggie McPherson as 2nd chair and LAPD Det. Harry Bosch as investigator.

You can never go wrong with a book written by Connelly, and this is one of his better books. From the very beginning, you are involved and want to keep reading to the last page. It really is a legal thriller.

The story is much more plot-driven, than character-driven. Certainly there are details of each character's personal life--it wouldn't be realistic without them--but the story focuses on the case. While that did mean there was less character development than I'd have liked, it made sense with the trajectory of the story. To do otherwise, may have bogged things down.

The drama is split between the investigation and the courtroom. And drama there is. Connelly creates an excellent sense of tension without ever going over the top. When there is threat, it feels real. When there is emotion; that too is realistic.

The courtroom scenes were ones I found fascinating. From pre-trial, to dealing with the political and media pressures, jury selection, and legal maneuvers, having just served on a criminal-trial jury, it all seemed very real to me.
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This book seems to be devised as an excuse for Connelly to keep bringing his 2 big characters (Bosch & Haller) together, and therefore at moments it seems dangerously near contrived. The alternation between 1st person and 3rd person narration doesn't help - its a risky move and it doesn't work here. That being said, Connelly manages to keep everything flowing in spite of these issues. The story is compelling enough and unpredictable enough that we are sucked in in spite of ourselves. The ending is one of the weaker ones I've experienced with Connelly, but still consistent with Connelly's unwillingness to flinch from messy realities. In this case though, maybe a little too messy. The ending doesn't entirely make sense, frankly.

As you might be able to tell, this book barely managed its four stars.
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Book 3, in the Mickey Haller series
Book 16, in the Harry Bosch series

In The Reversal, Connelly reunites Detective Harry Bosch with his half-brother, defence lawyer Mickey Haller, but this time, Haller plays the part of a prosecutor and together they work as a team with the same goals in mind. The suspense is part legal thriller and part police procedural. We follow Bosch and Haller each an expert in their own field as they process the many ups and downs and twists and turns of a very controversial and demanding case.

The author continues to push the boundaries of crime fiction by redefining and joining two exciting protagonists with different backgrounds into a legal quagmire. The story is told with chapters that go back and forth in time and alternate from first to third person, they condense decades of time into a compelling narrative that explores various elements of L.A.'s criminal justice system.

The story reopens a twenty four year old case in which little Melissa Landy was abducted from the front yard of her Hancock Park home while playing hide and seek with her sister. At the time, tow truck driver Jason Jessup was convicted of her murder but modern day technology, DNA evidence has led to the reversal of Jessup's conviction. But not everyone is convinced'

Haller, a wisecracking cynic and highly competent grizzled veteran of countless courtroom battles switches from defence to prosecution and as readers we shadow him through countless courtroom shenanigans. The author portrays with a passion the grinding process and the emotions of everyone involved. Haller and Bosch share the spotlight with second chair Maggie McPherson and FBI profiler Rachel Walling who makes a cameo appearance.
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