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The Reversal [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Connelly
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Sept. 1 2011 A Lincoln Lawyer Novel
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.

With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.

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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.

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Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series of novels as well as The Poet, Blood Work, Void Moon, Chasing the Dime, and the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Scarecrow and The Lincoln Lawyer. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't work Oct. 22 2010
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 show...it 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not my favorite Nov. 3 2010
By L. J. Roberts TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Haller and Bosch team up... Dec 3 2010
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Michael Connelly and his recurring character Harry Bosch since the first book - The Black Echo- in 1992. When Connelly introduced a new series featuring lawyer Mickey Haller, I was a little miffed that it wasn't a new Bosch book. I was wrong - I loved the Haller character just as much. Bosch and Haller have been appearing in each other's world over the last few books in each series and The Reversal finds them working together.

Haller has been asked to lead the prosecution in the retrial of convicted killer Jason Jessup. He has served 24 years for murder, but recent DNA evidence may clear him. Haller asks Bosch to be the investigator on the case. Out on bail, Jessup isn't acting like an innocent man....And the defense attorney is crossing all sorts of lines....

As always, the case is intriguing and the suspense builds. I really enjoyed the courtroom scenes with Haller and the defense attorney verbally sparring. Connelly has taken Bosch is a bit of a different direction with the last few books. He has his daughter living with him and must now stop to consider her safety and well being first. It's a side of Harry that we haven't seen before. I thought the story would end differently, but upon reflection realized that it was right for the story.... and the stories that will follow.

I chose to listen to The Reversal in audio format. The reader Peter Giles was excellent. He has covered previous Connelly books and does an excellent job. His voice is calm and modulated for Haller, but changes to a rougher tone for Bosch, effectively conveying the difference between the two and capturing their personalities.

Another page turner for me, one that had me driving just a little slower on the way home from work, so I could start another disc. Connelly remains firmly on my must read list with both series. I can't wait for The Fifth Witness due out in April 2011.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Mickey Haller novel yet.
The best Mickey Haller novel yet. A great legal thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A DISAPPOINTING ENDING
THE COURTROOM DRAMA THIS BOOK IS GREAT. CONNELLY BUILDS UP A LOT OF SUSPENSE, AND YOU WANT TO SEE ALL THE LOOSE ENDS COME TOGETHER, THE DENOUMENT IS TERRIBLE AND I FELT I WAS LEFT... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the writing style but it leads to nowhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it.
The Lincoln Lawyer is my favorite character of Connelly.
He delivers the goods every time.
Always looking forward for his new adventures.
Published 6 months ago by Louise B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Trial and Suspense done well.
I enjoyed this book because the writer understands so well how a lawyer thinks and the plot had a solid base in reality. Read more
Published 6 months ago by peter howden
4.0 out of 5 stars Mickey and Harry on the same case
A criminal case in reverse, the murder and guilty party are known, Mickey is hired to act as an a Independent Counsel for the State to retry a 24 year old case recently overturned. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pol Sixe
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read - even the second time around
Wow - what a gripping novel. It was so real that I felt I was living the adventure right from the beginning to the gripping last page. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Roy Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reversal
Kept you coming back for more. The story line was very interesting and kept you wondering what was next. A typical Michael Connelly novel. Terrific
Published 20 months ago by Dayle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reversal
A great book. Thank you Amazon. As usual, the book was just as promised....GREAT. I love Michael Connelly and the selection of books you have by him.
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Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Susan
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub par performance
The worst Connelly I've read so far. After a good start and introduction to potentially interresting scenarios, the story seems to stall and then suddendly ends in an... Read more
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