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The Reversal Mass Market Paperback – Aug 23 2011
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"Connelly is firing on all cylinders in this epic page-turner. The intriguing story line, the chance to view Bosch from another perspective, and Haller's reappearance as a main character add up to a fantastic read. One of the best thrillers of the year."―Jeff Ayers, Library Journal
"The answer to every Connelly fan's dream: Hieronymus Bosch meets the Lincoln Lawyer....By turns wary, competitive, complementary, cooperative and mutually predatory....Connelly brings his two sleuths together in a way that honors them both"―Kirkus Reviews
"If at first encounter Connelly seems primarily an exceptionally accomplished writer of crime novels, at closer examination he is also a mordant and knowing chronicler of the world in which crime takes place, i.e., our world....A terrific ride."―Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"A beautifully executed crime thriller....Bosch might have met his match in the wily Haller, and readers will delight in their sparring."―Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market 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 in
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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.
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.Read more ›
As you might be able to tell, this book barely managed its four stars.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
love Micheal Connelly books. have read every one written. if you have not read this author .. what is your problems get with it and catch up .. great storiesPublished 15 months ago by Margaret Steacy
The best Mickey Haller novel yet. A great legal thriller.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on June 3 2014 by Moolatte