The Reversal Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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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)
Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together take on a seemingly unwinnable case in Michael Connelly's blistering bestseller.See all Product Description
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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.
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 ›
I don't want to spoil any of the story but the premise of Haller changing over to the dark side for the prosecution is a great angle and gives more insight to the machinations of the American court system. If you are not sure whether to purchase this, do not hesitate. Connelly's writing excells in this book and it is a highly enjoyable to read.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you liked the previous Mickey and Harry cross over stories, you'll love this one with both sharing equal parts to the story. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Edduk
Did I enjoy the book? A qualified "Yes," up to a point. My main problem with it was that the ending which left a number of issues hanging in the air. Read morePublished 21 days ago by LeRoy
Another great book in the series. This one was a fascinating story, combining Bosch and his half brother the defence attorney, in a fascinating tale. Really enjoyable read.Published 1 month ago by anita wilson
Great book. Michael Connelly has completely intertwined his two leading charterers, Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. Each chapter sees the focus change from one lead to the other. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim Pope
Excellent as all his books are. If you haven't done so already watch Bosch on Prime, superb⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Published 2 months ago by Rubina
Another satisfying read from Connelly with pace, twists and turns, and well established characters.Published 2 months ago by Gordon Plimmer
I had not read any of Michael Connolly for a while and took this on holiday. Once I started it I didn't want to put it down, not sure there is a better crime writer than Connolly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Massey314