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The Reversal (original 2010; edition 2010)

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Title:The Reversal
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 400 pages
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The Reversal by Michael Connelly (2010)

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Connelly was, at one time, one of my favorite crime fiction writers. He wrote great police procedurals that were not only well-written but also exquisitely plotted and researched. That's not the case any more, as it appears he's now 'mailing it in'. It's not quite the disappointment as 9 Dragons, but as someone who has followed his career since the beginning, I know he can do a lot better.

This one places two of his best characters, Harry Bosch the cop and Mickey Haller the defense lawyer, together in a story about a killer who is being re-tried for his crime, the murder of a little girl. It's neither a police procedural nor a courtroom drama. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and the story is pretty interesting and moves at a good pace. The problem I have is with the number of logical holes, unlikely events, and the manner in which the conclusion comes about. I don't want to spoil the story, but it was all pretty unbelievable. I did like the tension between Bosch and Haller, but the fact the story was split between them sort of watered down their impact.

For someone just starting out with this author, if you liked this one you'll love his early work. If you didn't care much for The Reversal, still give his earlier stuff a chance. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
Entertaining, solid, i have some doubt about the end but... not the best of his books. ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 1, 2016 |
This was good. I wasn't sure I'd buy the premise of a defense lawyer turned special prosecutor, but I did. Perfectly enjoyable, but the surprises were fairly minor. I guess I'd say this was like riding a kiddie roller coaster -- still fun, but not thrilling. His first two books in this series set a high standard though, so maybe if this one weren't being compared to those it would be four stars. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Very interesting storyline but felt letdown by the ending, it could have been dramatic. Fast read and never a dull moment. Off to the next book in the series ;-) ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
Mickey takes a job prosecuting a convicted criminal about to be released because of modern DNA information.
He uses the help of Harry Bosch as investigator and his former wife as a second in the prosectuion to build a formidible case.
Unfortunately, justice isn't necessarily served by the games the legal profession employs. 4.5 stars ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Michael Connellyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flegenheimer, CeciliaPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Owen, MarkCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tettamanti, StefanoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The last time I had 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.
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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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