I've really enjoyed this book, even doubling back and listening to several hours of a it a second time. True fans of Harry Bosch and his half-brother Mickey Haller will find their characters solidly represented. This one keeps moving, half police procedural and half courtroom drama, with all the favorite regulars like Maggie MacFierce and both men's daughters. A gripping story well-told.
Whenever I am stuck in the middle of a few crappy audiobooks, I always know I can turn to Micheal Connelly or Nelson DeMille to get me out of the hole. That said, I like I like the Mickey Haller books better than the Bosch titles. Despite its title (Bosch Book 16), I agree with another reviewer that this was much more of a Mickey Haller book. Connelly's behind the scenes looks into the justice system, lawyer tricks, and police activities round out the storyline nicely. If you are already a Connelly fan, I think you will enjoy The Reversal which a big step up from the far-fetched Nine Dragons.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is the third Connelly book I have read. I found how Haller gets along with his two ex-wives as interesting and different. Having Haller and Bosch working together was a nice change of pace and the two cousins meeting was probably a set up for more action in future stories. Not as much nail biting suspense in this story but the court room action was great. The ending was a bit different than I thought it would be. Peter Giles voice was a bit difficult to get use to, he did a good job reading, it was just his raspy voice. I would have chose a different narrator.
One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope
"that's it.... I want a ticket to nowhere...."
Longtime LAPD Detective Harry Bosch assists his half-brother Mickey Haller, a successful criminal defense attorney (aka, the Lincoln Lawyer), after Haller is appointed special prosecutor of Jason Jessup, who was convicted of a brutal child murder 24 years ago but then is released based on new DNA evidence.
This novel combines two of the main characters for Michael Connelly, as prolific a writer as he is preeminent in this genre. Over 16 novels prior to THE REVERSAL, Connelly ingeniously developed Bosch as a walking ball of internal fires. By comparison, Connelly had written only 2 novels starring Haller before this one. An obvious jazz connoisseur, Connelly peppers his Bosch novels with somewhat obscure jazz references. So I think a sax-jazz analogy is a decent one to compare these 2 characters: Haller is like the smooth jazz of Boney James, his stories narrated in the lighter first person, while Bosch, the darker modal jazz of Wayne Shorter, his stories always narrated in the third (omniscient) person and his character much more gloomy as he fights inner demons, the LAPD brass, and demented criminals.
This novel mainly stars Haller. While full of suspense, little mystery is involved. I enjoyed this novel and appreciated the well-constructed plot, yet it's not my favorite Bosch, Haller or Connelly novel.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
I enjoy this series, and will continue to consume it. On the other hand, this book suffered from a bit of stupidity:
So our lawyer asks for no bail... for a murderer? Who cares if the murder will stick around for his pay day... he's a danger to the public.
Even if Haller hadn't asked for bail, I can't imagine a judge not requiring it.
This was an unbelievable choice, and it made much of the story completely implausible and predictable.
Also, the narrator's gravelly voice for "Bosch" was just too over-the-top.
NO. Because it is unfinished.
Perhaps he could have written an ending. It was like I had 5 minutes to get out of the hotel and could only take one suitcase. Did Connelly only have 5 minutes to write the ending? I spent all day listening, anticipating and of all the many endings I (not a writer) came up with could not have seen this one coming-and not in a good way. There was so much material to work with and he just.....what? threw it away? Had to go to the john? Late for dinner? Lost the last chapter? I'm just a bit peeved obviously. I used to love MC's work but stopped listening for a while because Bosch had become tiresome but I like Mickey Haller and thought this was one I would enjoy. Which I did until the end and I did a "what ????? just happened?"
I do not usually write reviews but could not wait to write this after reading the very frustrating end to this book.
I think it needs an ending.
Think I have said it all.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Narrator did a real fine job. Plot was not very good. I was surprised the ending was so predictable. Had some entertaining moments and some interesting minutia regarding Los Angeles courts, detective work, behind the scenes struggle between the defense/prosecution, and the politics behind the scene. These features earned the audio book an overall 3 stars. Alas, the plot was weak and the ending was predictable. Connelly has done better.
Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books.
At his best, Michael Connelly is a great entertainer and a wonderful story teller. I'm happy to say The Reversal is Connelly at his best.
Lately, I've found the Harry Bosch books to be over the top and, well... silly. But this story is told by both Bosch and his half brother, Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer). That's a perfect combination. We get Mickey Haller for the always perceptive, chess-like court room moves and Hieronymus Bosch to add a bit of action and violence.
Peter Giles does a great job on the reading although I do have one gripe. His voice for Harry Bosch sounds more like an aging surfer dude than a veteran detective, struggling father and former Vietnam tunnel rat.
But aside from that, the moment this story starts, you won't be able to stop listening.