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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©2010 Michael Connelly (P)2010 Hachette Audio
The John Nash "Prisoner's Dilemma" allusion/silent witness (and its disastrous repercussions) is powerfully constructed. The dungeon episode classic Connelly. The Haller-Bosch interaction no bromance. Haller's turn as prosecutor no walk in the sun either. What is there not to flip over? Well, maybe Peter Giles.
As I listened to this book, I sensed a spirit of playfulness in the writing as Connelly gives one of the main characters an unexpected role to play in the story. The only reason I did not give this book a higher rating was because I found the ending just a bit too "lazy" and not completely satisfying. A score for the story would be 4.5, but a score for the ending would be 2.0.
I buy audiobooks to keep me walking farther and exercising more. The Reversal really kept me out there. Peter Giles is a wonderful reader and Harry Bosch was on his game too. There were several reversals here. This book is good for more than one listen. Eden in Auburn
Unlike other Connelly books from Audible, this one suffers tremendously from poor narration. Mr. Giles sounds as if he is "reading from a book". Monotonal and boring. The characters are difficult to differentiate one from another. There are numerous mispronunciations, too. The word is "remuneration", Mr. Giles, not "renumeration". Where is the editor or producer when there are such blatant errors?
I simply lost interest due to the poor reading, but look forward to future Connelly books without this narrator.
Michael Connelly weaves Harry and Micky together in this novel about the retrial of a child killer. Narration was excellent. Interesting twists in the plot. I've loved all the Harry Bosch novels.
Two things that bugged me about this, probably Connelly's worst book. 1) the multiple POV between two characters neither furthers the plot nor improves the story-telling. I really don't like when authors use multiple povs especially when one is first person and another is third. It's really distracting and seems a little lazy. 2)There are literally no plot points that MC doesn't totally telegraph. There are no twists, no surprises, no interesting conflicts. It all seemed like an inevitable plodding towards an end that we all saw coming.
Could have had a better ending. The book was just kind of over. We never found out about the bodies in the parks.
I've read all of Micahel Connelly's books and enjoyed them. Connelly's characters Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller work together on a trial in "The Reversal," and although the premise sounded interesting to me, I was very disappointed. The book's focus is on the mystery surrounding the crimes supposedly committed by the defendent Haller is prosecuting and Bosch is investigating. Despite the focus of this book being on the mystery, with little character development, the book ends abruptly without solving the mystery. I wondered if Connelly is planning a sequel or if he didn't know how he wanted to solve the mystery.
this one is just "meh". Middle of the road, nothing great but nothing horrible. If you are a fan of Connelly then by all means this is a book to listen to. If not a big fan of Connelly, probably better books out there.
This formula script was less than entertaining, almost burdensome. None of the Bosch I expected was there. Clearly the authors heart was not in it or he is no longer inspired. Alas, I spent the time for a book with no ending.
I guess i am done with M. Connelly.
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