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The Reversal (Book)

Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch Team Up to Retry a Child Killer Whose Sentence Was Overturned

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Connelly is at the top of his craft

  • Dec 10, 2010
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            Defense attorney Mickey Haller and his ex-wife, an assistant DA, together with his half brother LAPD detective Harry Bosch, are working on the same side trying to convict a man who allegedly murdered a twelve year old girl. Thus the novel can offer readers keen, clever, and humorous court drama and incisive, in-depth police work, an opportunity that author Michael Connelly fulfils in spades.


            The alleged killer was tried, convicted, and jailed for twenty-four years before science uncovered that the DNA of the semen on the dress worn by the murdered girl did not belong to him, and an appellate court ordered that he be retried. Since the DA office was involved in the original trial, the DA requested Mickey Haller to cross over from defense work and handle the prosecution. Mickey agreed on the condition that his ex-wife serves as second chair, that she be given a better job after the trail, and that Harry Bosch be assigned as his investigator. The alleged killer found an expert widely-known attorney pro-bono, for the attorney was seeking publicity. The attorney pursued both his defense and the publicity diligently. The attorney probably also wanted to stick his hand in the money that the state would have to pay his client for false imprisonment if he was found innocent, and a share of book, TV, and movie deals.


            The prosecution’s initial problems were to explain the discrepancy of the semen DNA and determine whether the murdered girl’s sister, who had been traumatized and used dope for many years after the murder could be a reliable witness, and what the defense would do with this information. Bosch’s investigation reveals that the original police investigators misunderstood the evidence they had before them.


Readers will enjoy the twists and turns of the trial, the difficult search for evidence, and the interaction between the characters, all of which Connelly presents with non-stop tension. 



Connelly is at the top of his craft

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review by . September 11, 2010
Mickey Haller is asked by the District Attorney's Office to cross the aisle and be the prosecutor in the retrial of Jason Jessup. Through use of DNA testing a key piece of evidence from the 1986 trial was thrown out and Jessup's conviction has been overturned. Jessup was convicted of abducting and killing a young girl and dumping her body.      Mickey is reluctant to take the case at first feeling that it is a losing proposition and against his nature as a defense lawyer …
review by . March 16, 2011
The perceptive voice of defense attorney Mickey Hatcher leads the reader into a case of kidnapping and murder that occurred over a half century ago. Most of the witnesses and trial officers are deceased or mentally unable to remember the details of the case.      Mickey, who has been a well thought of defense attorney, is asked to cross the aisle and work for the prosecution. Jason Jessup has been in prison for the twenty-four years for kidnapping of Melissa Landry.   …
review by . January 03, 2011
Dream Team
Author Michael Connelly is best known for his superb Harry Bosch series, and in the past few years, has added another character to his body of work, that of brash, unconventional defense attorney Mickey Haller. Connelly is now at the point where he can combine and reshuffle characters from each series, creating a familiar community of pros devoted to pursuing justice in Los Angeles. I’ve enjoyed each and every one of the books that came before The Reversal, and now, without hesitation, can …
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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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