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The Reversal (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) (original 2010; edition 2013)

by Michael Connelly (Author)

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Title:The Reversal (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)
Authors:Michael Connelly (Author)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2013), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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The Reversal by Michael Connelly (2010)



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This book was a pleasure to read. No unbelievable coincidences or weird twists and turns, just good, gritty police and lawyer action. Unlike a lot of the reviews here, I loved the end. I thought it was fitting and a lot more real than most of Connelly's other Bosch outings. We don't always get what we want and no one won at the end of this one.

I'm ready to dig into another one now! After the last one, I sort of remembered why I stopped reading them. This one reminded me why Bosch was always a page turner for me. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
In this 3rd novel of the “Lincoln Lawyer” series, Harry Bosch effectively “switches sides” by agreeing to act for the prosecution in the retrial of a convicted kidnapper and killer. His ex-wife, Maggie McPherson, joins him as co-prosecutor. Back in 1986, 12 year-old Melissa was kidnapped while playing outside with her older sister Sarah. Melissa’s body was found a few hours later. Sarah identifies truck driver Jason Jessup as the perpetrator who had been tried and convicted. Jessup is granted a new trial when it is revealed that semen stains on Melissa’s dress do not belong to him, but to the girl’s stepfather.

Haller suspects that Jessup is a serial killer. Haller's dangerous strategy is to acquiesce in Jessup’s release during the trial, in hopes that Jessup (whom is constantly tailed by the police) will attempt to begin his old ways. Meanwhile, Jessup expects to be exonerated, and to benefit from a multi-million dollar settlement from his false conviction. The prosecution and defense each engage in complex tactics to win an outcome. Fearing loss of the case, Jessup murders his own attorney and goes on the run. He is tracked to a hideout that he’d constructed under a Santa Monica pier (a small space reminiscent of the cell in which he'd been imprisoned!) and killed during a shootout. As it turns out, a juror had been ready to vote "not guilty", ensuring a mistrial.

As with previous works in the Lincoln Lawyer series, Mickey Haller is faced with ethical dilemmas, and prevails by use of clever tactical maneuvers. Harry Bosch (of the other major series by author Connelly) plays a central role in this case.

I enjoyed this book as much as its predecessors, and certainly can recommend it for its complex plot, legal maneuverings, and suspense.

A full account of the plot is available at Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Reversal
An excellent LT review can be found here: http://www.librarything.com/work/9623259/reviews/113310534 ( )
1 vote danielx | Dec 29, 2018 |
Veteran attorney Mickey Haller (known within LA legal circles as ‘the Lincoln Lawyer’ because of his tendency to work from the back of his Town Car rather than a conventional office) has established a reputation as one of the city’s leading defence advocates. This novel sees him crossing the void and agreeing for the first, and almost certainly last, time to represent the prosecution.

It is, of course, no ordinary case. The defendant, Jason Jessup, had already served twenty-four years after having been convicted of the murder of a young girl, abducted from her family garden. Following a review of some cold cases, new evidence has emerged that potentially weakens the original prosecution case, although it falls far short of exonerating Jessup. Indeed, having reviewed all the remaining evidence, the District attorney’s office decides it wants to retry Jessup but, as this is an election year, the DA decides to appoint an ‘independent’ prosecutor. Based upon his successful career as a savvy defence lawyer, he decides that Haller might be the best person for the role.

Haller is a natural supporter of the defence, but is enticed by a number of factors. Connelly handles this reversal of attitudes very adeptly, and we see Haller making a number of tactical errors early on, as his old defence habits get the better of him. He has a few things going for him, though, such as his former wife (a seasoned prosecutor) acting as his prosecution partner, and his half-brother, veteran LAPD detective, Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch, acting as lead investigator to support the new case.

Connelly’s books are always gripping, and one of his strengths is his ability to keep taking the detective story into different areas, yet still making it work. This novel successfully blends the John Grisham school of legal thriller with a traditional exciting police procedural. As always, his characters are very plausible, and his dialogue utterly convincing. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Oct 26, 2018 |
Synopsis: Mickey has been tagged to prosecute a man who has been in jail for murdering a young girl. Mickey and his former wife believe that the man is guilty, although there is DNA evidence that puts another man on the scene. Harry Bosche is their investigator; he believes that the murder is also a serial killer.
Review: This is a tense novel with lots of twists and turns; the ending doesn't help any of the good guys. ( )
  DrLed | Oct 20, 2018 |
Another great Bosch/Haller read- although I feel as though it ended a little abruptly as well as left you hanging. Haller takes a little different roll on this book as he becomes a prosecutor just specifically for this case- I thought it was interesting to read it from that side of the trial. I really like reading these- it shows how Bosch and Haller work together and it is interesting to see it all put together through the two of them. ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
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Giles, PeterNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Longtime defense attorney Mickey 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.… (more)

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