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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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"In Connelly's engaging second thriller to team defense attorney Mickey Haller and LAPD detective Harry Bosch (after The Brass Verdict), new DNA evidence leads to the release of Jason Jessup, who was convicted of murdering 12-year-old Melissa Landy 24 years earlier. Prosecutors in the L.A. DA's office, faced with retrying Jessup, approach Haller for help. Haller agrees to assist if he can use Bosch as his investigator, and his lawyer ex-wife, Maggie McPherson, as 'second chair' at the new trial. Bosch begins reconstructing the 1986 case and tracking down witnesses, including Landy's older sister, who identified Jessup as the man who abducted her sister. Not used to being under the watchful eye of the DA's office, Haller must stay one step ahead of Jessup's oily defense attorney and Jessup himself, whose years in prison have only fueled his hatred of the legal system. Sparks inevitably fly when the equally stubborn Haller and Bosch must work toward a common goal. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"Reading this book is like watching a master craftsman, slowly and carefully, brick by brick, build something that holds together exquisitely, form and function in perfect alignment." Booklist (starred review)

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"Connelly's prose...is so smooth that it looks easy....The work's success is no accident, but the product of a master fully in command of his craft." Denver Post

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"Mr. Connelly doesn’t really write about winners and losers. He writes true-to-life fiction about true crime. What makes his crime stories ring most true is that they’re never really over." New York Times

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"The Reversal is an irresistible read to the very end." St. Petersburg Times

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"The Reversal, Connelly's new novel, might be his best: a crackling-good read, smart and emotionally satisfying. It manages to condense decades of time and reams of information into a compelling narrative" Los Angeles Times

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Michael Connelly is a former journalist and the author of over a dozen bestselling books, including the Harry Bosch novels and Blood Work, which was a major motion picture. He has won numerous awards for his journalism, as well as an Edgar Award, a Nero Wolfe prize, a Macavity Award, and an Anthony Award for his books. Michael Connelly lives in Florida.

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OneMansView, March 8, 2011 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Uninspired, formulaic (2.75*s)

Fans of Harry Bosch are going to find this formulaic effort by the author very disappointing. The approach is to rely on characters well established in the past who are only sporadically and vaguely depicted in this offering. Build a rather uninspired story around a wrongful conviction based on DNA; flood the entire story with loads of cute and, in some cases, victimized twelve-year-old girls; spend a great deal of time on courtroom machinations; throw in a gratuitous violent scene at the end that seems disconnected from all that has occurred – do all this and an unremarkable book has been produced.

Harry Bosch is one of the coolest detectives created by an author in the last fifteen years or so. The new reader gets no flavor of his gritty, besieged past or his subtle attractiveness to females. Mickey Haller, who has a fetish for Lincoln town cars (also not stated), puts aside his usually defense attorney motif to become a special prosecutor for this case, although he has never been a particularly interesting character. But his first ex-wife, Maggie “McFierce”, an assistant DA, is the sharp, appealing figure in the book. The author should have done more with her.

Not sure if the author has another great Harry Bosch book left in him. For those who think this is a great Connelly book, go back his first books. You will change your mind.
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Harriet Stay, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Harriet Stay)
Edgar Award winner Michael Connelly is a master storyteller and the finest novel writer today. His stories need no introduction. Suffice to tell you this is another Michael Connelly novel.
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Rorschack, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Rorschack)
Micky Haller for the prosecution enlists Harry Bosch to search for a runaway witness. Very Good1
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316069489
Author:
Connelly, Michael
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Author:
Giles, Peter
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Child murderers; Prisoners; Legal system; Lawyers; DNA evidence; Trials
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
A Lincoln Lawyer Novel
Publication Date:
20131105
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 2 in 1.89 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Connelly's engaging second thriller to team defense attorney Mickey Haller and LAPD detective Harry Bosch (after The Brass Verdict), new DNA evidence leads to the release of Jason Jessup, who was convicted of murdering 12-year-old Melissa Landy 24 years earlier. Prosecutors in the L.A. DA's office, faced with retrying Jessup, approach Haller for help. Haller agrees to assist if he can use Bosch as his investigator, and his lawyer ex-wife, Maggie McPherson, as 'second chair' at the new trial. Bosch begins reconstructing the 1986 case and tracking down witnesses, including Landy's older sister, who identified Jessup as the man who abducted her sister. Not used to being under the watchful eye of the DA's office, Haller must stay one step ahead of Jessup's oily defense attorney and Jessup himself, whose years in prison have only fueled his hatred of the legal system. Sparks inevitably fly when the equally stubborn Haller and Bosch must work toward a common goal. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Reading this book is like watching a master craftsman, slowly and carefully, brick by brick, build something that holds together exquisitely, form and function in perfect alignment."
"Review" by , "Connelly's prose...is so smooth that it looks easy....The work's success is no accident, but the product of a master fully in command of his craft."
"Review" by , "Mr. Connelly doesn’t really write about winners and losers. He writes true-to-life fiction about true crime. What makes his crime stories ring most true is that they’re never really over."
"Review" by , "The Reversal is an irresistible read to the very end."
"Review" by , "The Reversal, Connelly's new novel, might be his best: a crackling-good read, smart and emotionally satisfying. It manages to condense decades of time and reams of information into a compelling narrative"
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