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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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  • Jan 3, 2011
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 say that this is Connelly’s best ever. It’s unusual for a writer to be so capable of keeping a long series so fresh, but this guy seems to do that effortlessly, demonstrating the hallmark of a master. In The Reversal, Mickey Haller is tapped by the DA to handle the prosecution of Jason Jessup, whose 25-year-old conviction for the murder of a little girl has been overturned using DNA evidence. Haller is the consummate defender of the underdog, and it is with trepidation that he accepts this challenge, mainly because he is so certain of Jessup’s guilt. He requests the services of his ex wife, Maggie “McFierce”, a consummate prosecutor, and of Harry Bosch, the best investigator he knows. The Reversal is a tale told in two threads, that of Haller’s construction of the legal case, and that of Bosch’s field work. They are opposed by a particularly wily defense lawyer, who is determined that his client go free. As it becomes clear that Jessup is probably a serial killer, the tension mounts, along with the pressure to stop this man once and for all. What unfolds is a chess game in which neither side can ever count on achieving checkmate. By the time all is said and done, it’s difficult to distinguish a winner, though losers abound. Bottom line: you’ll have to search hard and long for a writer who can do police precedural and courtroom drama on the level that Connelly has achieved. The Reversal is top notch.
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January 03, 2011
Agreed all round. Nice review, Linda.
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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 . December 10, 2010
Connelly is at the top of his craft
              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.          &nb …
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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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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