The Reversal (Mickey Haller Series) Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010
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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)
`The ensuing Scott Turow-style court drama, starring both of Connelly's favourite characters, is as exciting as anything this formidable writer has ever produced.' (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL)
This is vastly superior stuff, from America's greatest living crime writer. (Henry Sutton 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 ... (Barry Forshaw THE EXPRESS)
Connelly masterfully manages to marry an absorbing courtroom drama with a tense and exciting thriller of detection. (Marcel Berlins THE TIMES)
The Reversal is further proof of [Connelly's] proficiency (THE INDEPENDENT)
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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At the start of this book new DNA evidence sees the release of a convicted child killer. After twenty four years the DNA found on the victims dress is shown to belong to someone other than Jason Jessup who is the convicted killer that has always claimed his innocence. This new evidence is enough to secure a retrial but the district attorney and the police are still convinced of Jessup's guilt. In an attempt to show independence from the original trial and the department Micky Haller is hired to prosecute the case. Despite his reservations Micky agrees but only under certain conditions one of which is the role of his ex-wife as second chair and Harry Bosch from the LAPD as his lead investigator.
As good as the Brass Verdict was this book is another step up. Both lead characters are shown in a different light to previous books. Haller is a defence attorney by trade and finds the swap to the prosecution table and the extra pressure that comes with it hard to handle. Harry is also in a different situation. Not only is he working alongside his half-brother but recent changes in his personal life mean that Harry sees everything in a different way. No longer can he drop everything and go out on midnight surveillances and seeing Harry adjust to this whilst dealing with the pressures of the case is a fun change from the normal.
I found this to be a very, very enjoyable book. The relationship between Harry and Micky is evolving and it is fascinating to see. The complex relationship between Micky and his ex-wife and his daughter is also explored which really added to the book. I also found the case part of the book to be very well done. The complex and sometimes unfair nature of the trial system are highlighted as at times an innocent witness can be attacked and discredited despite the issues highlighted having little or nothing to do with the case. As usual Michael Connelly has written a fast paced and hard hitting novel that evolves two of his main characters in a wonderfully well written way. I would recommend this book to any fan of the crime or legal thriller genre however I would say that to get the best results reading the Lincoln Lawyer and the Brass Verdict would add to your enjoyment. The book would work well without the previous two but I feel that reading them will add more to your understanding and enjoyment of this book.
This book is as good as all the other Bosch/Haller books, I love all the twists and turns and the 'logical thinking' applied which sometimes I wish I could apply to my life :). I'm reading the whole Bosch series all over again having read them some years ago to re-aquaint myself with it all so that when I read the new Bosch book I'm on the right page - so to speak.
They made a formidable pair and along with Mickeys ex wife Maggie McPherson a trio to be reckoned with.
Possibly my favourite book so far. I will definitely read the Haller series once I've caught up to the latest Bosch.
I can't state enough how much I like Michael Connellys writing. Once I pick one of his books up it is very difficult to not see it through without interruption.
Having read practically all the Harry Bosch series, I will be following Mickey Haller for a while as I enjoy the courtroom scenes. I did read The Lincoln Lawyer some time ago and would also recommend this book.