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 this latest installment of the Harry Bosch/Mickey Haller series, author Michael Connelly weaves a "Law and Order" style tale. Haller has switched sides in the courtroom and is now a prosecuter, teamed with ex-wife Maggie "McFierce" McPherson. Mickey, retained for political purposes, brings in his half-brother Harry and the trio are off trying to bring cold-case murderer Jason Jessup to justice.
I'm a fan of Connelly's work - The Lincoln Lawyer, the book in which Haller first showed up was my first Audible book. I thought he did a nice job with this one, weaving the well-known characters together and picking up Bosch's story where he left off at the end of last year's "9 Dragons". Connelly employs the same style as he did in the Bosch and Haller books before they knew each other: Bosch sections are narrated in the third person voice while Haller sections are told in first person. There are stubs of sub-plots in the personal interplay between Harry, Mickey, and Maggie - as well as their daughters - that are subtly done and clearly offer potential for future novels. The LA setting and LAPD involvement lend the same gritty urban background to this work as they do to Connelly's other Bosch/Haller books.
As others have observed I was somewhat disappointed in the ending of this book and that is the reason I gave it four stars instead of five. Unlike Connelly's other books, this one has a slow build with the interplay between courtroom drama and street investigation that seems to end too abruptly and too easily. I actually listened to the climax of the story twice, though, because I wanted it to last longer. And I thought the overall resolution at the very end was a little less satisfying than it could have been as well.
Production quality is up to Audible's usual high standard. Peter Giles does an excellent job of narration even though for me Len Cariou will forever be Harry Bosch's voice persona.
Overall - nice job, good read for Bosch/Haller fans.
Michael Connelly just never seems to get boring. This story keeps you listening. If you liked the Lincoln Lawyer, you'll enjoy this story as well.
I love Michael Connelly's books. Harry Bosch is, by far, one of my favorite protagonists. He is a detective to his soul. Connelly knows how to write cop books. He is also very good at writing court room books. In this book, for the first time, he combines great detective work and fast paced court room action. I was surprised to see it listed as a Harry Bosch book, since he is not the only first person perspective you get, which has been the pattern in past books. If you have read or listened to past Connelly books, this won't let you down. I think of all the narrators from this series, Peter Giles is my favorite. This isn't the best of the series, but very solid. You won't regret the purchase.
Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller team up to solve a 24 year old murder and send a killer back to prison.... Police procedural, full of courtroom scenes, this is a story you can't put down.
Even though this book wasn't "action packed" I looked forward to listening to it whenever I got in the car. I love H. Bosch in Connelly's stories.
I could have gotten along very nicely with about 20% less book! This dragged ON - and ON - and ON in several plot areas - some of which never solidified and seemed to just be "hinted at". It has an ending that is both a surprise and a disappointment - - - but this is still worth the read.
Great story, credible, fast moving - I wanted it to never end. Highly recommend! I've read /listened to almost all of the Bosch and Haller series - and this one is my favorite one yet.
Michael Connelly is an extremely talented story teller and has written a bunch of great books, but this is his greatest sucess so far. Enough said.
I love Harry Bosch books, and was looking forward to this as I enjoyed Lincoln Lawyer too. I found it to be a boring court precedural, about as exciting as watching C-span. I was expecting more of a page turning experience like prior books. Ending was abrupt and disappointing too. It really pains me to give such a low rating as I really enjoyed all the other books and Michael Connelly is one of my favorite writers.
Connelly once again meets and exceeds high standards for the detective/thriller genre of novels. In this book, he marries two of his strongest characters, the attorney from the "Lincoln Lawyer" and, of course, Harry Bosch, who is Connelly's most prominent protagonist. If you are familiar with Connelly, I need not say more. And if you are not, you must introduce yourself to his work. He provides the right balance of detail and brevity in the foundation for legal and law enforcement procedures to keep the reader focused on the action. He is always an excellent read as well as an excellent "listen" if you can not sit to enjoy reading the book yourself.
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