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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This is not a Bosch novel, but a Mickey Haller novel slipped in as a replacement for book 16 and NOT having Len Cariou step in for Harry Bosch as narrator is a big mistake for the Bosch series. The attitude, cadence and Harry Bosch baggage that Mr. Cariou brings lovinglingly to every piece of dialog can't be substituted by Peter Giles, who, to his credit, does his best. The audiobook is left flat and linear, and we we are observers instead of participants as we go through each chapter trying to link everything together.
I would not recommend this book until they reprise the real Harry Bosch, Mr. Cariou for a re-read. There has been a lot of comments about the ending, but the only thing I'll add is that it not Michael Connelly caliber and was a phone-in, hence the 2 stars. I not sure how much control Mr Connelly has over who gets to narrate his books, but I would think as a celebrity with his stature, he would have had more influence. Who knows, maybe in the end, it is all about the money.
The thing I love about Harry Bosch is that his history as a detective, father, ex-husband, etc. is multi-textured, easy to relate to and his humanity, with his successes and failures comes across easily in previous novels where Cariou works the layers of the character, not the words.
I'm surprised Len Cariou has not been tapped for a Harry Bosch movie. I don't know where you are Harry, but I'm missing you, my friend!
Personal trainer since 1988. Love a good mystery!
A continuation of The Lincoln Lawyer. If you liked it you'll like this one as well.
Huge Connelly fan, but this one missed. Looking back, I can't quite tell if the story quit, or the narration didn't make the characters come to life. I tend to think the latter, and give props to the author for trying to pull these great characters together, but it just didn't work for me. Telling Haller's story in the first person made it feel like this was his story, and Bosch just appeared as a supporting actor. The reader is pleasant enough, but has a bit of a lisp I found mildly annoying because it detracted from his ability slip from character to character smoothly without it sounding, well, like a guy reading a book out loud. Len Cariou's still Bosch to me...like Bond without Connery, Harry's just not quite the same guy with this reader. Could be my favorite combo of character and reader, Cariou and Bosch, and I hope they get together again someday. Oh well, the great thing about Connelly is that he's prolific. Though this one didn't quite make it, can't wait for what's next...
For me Connelly's best ideas come from the courtroom. The Reversal is no exception, with it's behind-the-scenes look at both the prosecutorial and defense teams in a high-profile re-trial of a child murderer. Good, quick read to curl up with in the cool fall weather.
i thought connelly really misfired here. everything was over explained. bosch lost his mystique and was really one dimensional. no great plot twists... just not much here. the worst of the bosch series.
Knew the ending from the start and hoped I was wrong. What a letdown. This is by far and away the most dissapointing Connelly book I have ever read (or listened too). Dialogue was inane and boring. Not in the same bookstore as The Lincoln Lawyer and Brass Verdict.
I started listening and liked the idea of two characters and was very good in the beginning. It was great until the end which left me feeling like he was not sure how to end it. I was disappointed by the finish. It was not his best book.
I haven't read the book but I sure would not recommend the audio book to a friend.
Danger. Don't listen to this book while driving! It's monotone will put you to sleep.
I guess I just pick them wrong because this is the third audio book that the narrator is recording in his sleep. I will give audible one more chance because of my free credit and if that one is bad then I'm done. I have had some great listens and I do have my favorite narrators but they aren't always doing what I want to read or rather listen to. I don't think audible gives a long enough sample listen for a person to make a good decision. I made my selections in the last three books because of the author and reviews but sadly they just didn't deliver. Are you listening Audible, my next selection is going to decide if I stay or quit.
Character study of two brothers. Action a little slow and ending unsatisfying, not unacceptable but unsatisfying. Because I'm fond of both central figures and the writing is crisp, I found it an enjoyable listen. Worth a credit. Not as good as The Lincoln Lawyer, but what is? Bosch isn't as self-pitying and me-against-the-world as usual, and that's good too.
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