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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409118304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409118305
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together take on a seemingly unwinnable case in Michael Connelly's blistering bestseller.

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Sourmashontherocks on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The latest offering from Michael Connelly is a strange mix of excellent narrative and a suprisingly dull story. "The Reversal" is for the most part a tense court room drama with Attorney Micky Haller having switched tables to prosecute a child murderer whose original conviction has been shown to be suspect after 24 years of incarceration for the crime. Harry Bosch is Hallers investigator for the case and a few of the usual suspects including "Maggie McFierce" and "L.T. Gandle" make a welcome appearance also.

The normal Connelly trademarks are there, excellent writing and the building of credible characters. However, following the adrenalin filled court case which takes up the first 80% of the novel, the denouement of the story is strangely rushed and skews off into a tangent which feels unconvincing and doesn't provide the satisfying resolution that you have prepared yourself for. A Major plot point is left unexplained at the end also, which looks as if it will be picked up in a future novel.

I have always been a massive fan of Michael Connellys work, but "The Reversal" is lacking the fire works and excitement of his earlier books. Yes, it's well written but the story is quite bland and given the build up, the pay off is a let down because it functions independantly of the earlier story line. It feels almost as if the authors publisher hurried him too much and he came up with the first ending he could think of to complete the story.

Of his recent works, "Nine dragons" and "The Scarecrow" were very much below par and had it not been for "The Brass verdict" I dont think I would have purchased "The Reversal". Having read it, I really hope his next offering "The fifth witness" is back to some where near his best.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne on 12 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Book 3, in the Mickey Haller series
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2011
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"The Reversal," (2010), a courtroom drama/thriller/mystery, was the third entry in the Lincoln Lawyer series by Michael Connelly, one of the greatest of American mystery authors. Of course Connelly, now a mega-seller in light of the film The Lincoln Lawyer [DVD], based on the book of the same name, has had many best sellers, principally among his now 16 book series on Los Angeles Police Department Inspector Harry Bosch. Connelly is a former journalist, a crime beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, who certainly earned his spurs in murder while earning his daily bread.

The Lincoln Lawyer series, also Los Angeles-set, combines courtroom drama with strong elements of police procedurals. It, too, looks at life on the "noir"--darker-- side in that city. It centers, as you might suppose, on Mickey Haller, LA defense attorney, who prefers to work in the back seats of his identical Lincoln Town Cars, as whoever of his clients cannot pay their legal fees, drives. Haller narrates the chapters in which he appears. THE REVERSAL also gives us Lieutenant Bosch, whom we have learned previously, is Haller's half-brother: the Bosch chapters are narrated in the third person.

Mickey is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to take on the prosecution of an upcoming case for his office, so the longtime defense counsel with the high winning average knows something is afoot. As district attorneys, historically, are no fans of his. But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, who was convicted of killing the child Melissa Landy many years ago, and has spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence appears to free him, is a special one.
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