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The Reversal (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Michael Connelly

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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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Not a review, per se, just my ramblings. The Reversal was my first Michael Connelly novel and I wasn't overly impressed. He's a competent writer, obviously, a perennial best seller with, it looks like, over 20 books published, but until a few months ago I'd never heard of him. Which only proves that you don't have reach everyone to sell millions of books. I was looking for a legal thriller and someone at B&N told me if I liked Grisham, then I'd like Connelly only better. Didn't happen. Connelly has too many vulgarities for me, the writing isn't as snappy as Grisham, and I caught a few writer faux pas. There was a head hop in one scene and a "little did I know" slip. No big deal, but I was surprised when they popped out at me.

As for the story itself, sorta plodding. Interesting legal stuff about a child murderer on death row being released to be re-tried (the "reversal" by the court), but not very suspenseful. The most exciting part was the last few chapters when finally something unexpected happened. I've heard that Connelly's Bosch novels are better...but this is a Bosch novel. The narrative alternates between first person Mickey Haller (evidently another of his ongoing characters) and third person Harry Bosch. I didn't mind the POV change, made for a change up in an otherwise forgettable story. ( )
  ResAliens | Feb 6, 2014 |
I remain not a big fan of the lawyer versions of Connelly's world. Harry does have a part in this but it is the court that dominates. It was an OK light read for me despite the subject matter. ( )
  infjsarah | Dec 14, 2013 |
This is such a great series, one of my favorites. Great to see Haller, Bosch and McFierce all working together, with Haller serving as independent prosecutor for this one. Lots of courtroom drama and action after-hours. I'd somehow managed to miss this one in the series before skipping to the next, but now I can't wait to start reading Gods of Guilt. ( )
1 vote she_climber | Nov 29, 2013 |
Mickey Haller is sitting on the other side of the court room as the District Attorney has requested that Haller take on as prosecuting attorney for a case that happened 24 years ago. New DNA has shown up as a result of tests that weren't available 24 years ago. A fast-paced story with a somewhat disappointing end. ( )
  creighley | Oct 10, 2013 |
From Publishers Weekly Connelly's new thriller features two of his series heroes-the wily defense attorney Mickey Haller and his half-brother, LAPD detective Harry Bosch. This time Haller is working the other side of the courtroom, as a special independent prosecutor trying to keep a very nasty child molester and killer behind bars, with Bosch doing his legwork. As we've seen in The Brass Verdict, the author has Haller narrating his chapters, while the Bosch-centered sections are told in the third person. For the former, Peter Giles has developed a breezy, fast-paced vocal approach, while the detective's process is presented in a tougher, no frills manner. Additional characters are provided their own unique voices, including the smooth-talking district attorney, the arrogant villain, Haller's icy-but-melting former wife, and a brave but wavering witness to the crime. Not only is the production highly entertaining, the package is particularly generous, offering an additional two CDs containing unabridged MP3-format versions of The Reversal and the previous Haller-Bosch match, The Brass Verdict, also read by Giles. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Nov.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. From Starred Review Connelly may be our most versatile crime writer. His Harry Bosch series has taken the hard-boiled cop novel to a new level of complexity, both in its portrayal of the hero’s inner life and in Connelly’s ability to intertwine landscape and meaning. His Mickey Haller novels, on the other hand, starring the maverick lawyer who uses his Lincoln Town Car as an office, are testaments to the sublime architecture of plot. With the crime novel now commonly rubbing elbows with literary fiction, it sometimes seems that pure story has become a forgotten stepchild. In his Haller novels, Connelly reminds us how satisfying it can be to follow the path of a well-constructed plot. So it is here, in the third Haller novel, which finds the antiestablishment attorney accepting an unlikely offer: a one-time gig as a prosecutor, retrying a case in which a killer’s 24-year-old conviction has been overturned on the basis of DNA. Taking second chair will be Haller’s ex-wife, the formidable Maggie, with Harry Bosch (identified in The Brass Verdict, 2008, as Haller’s half brother) serving as special investigator. The table is set for a straightforward legal thriller, albeit one starring three superbly multidimensional characters. And, yet, Connelly bobs and weaves around all our expectations. There is suspense, of course, and there are plenty of surprises, both in the courtroom and outside of it, but this is a plot that won’t be pigeonholed. Reading this book is like watching a master craftsman, slowly and carefully, brick by brick, build something that holds together exquisitely, form and function in perfect alignment. --Bill Ott ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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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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