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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I rarely feel like giving up on a book, a Connelly offering in particular. But the first half of this one had my "Romance Novel Sensor" ringing gently on the periphery. Not glandular but boring. Then we got a bit of complexity and intrigue plus some courtroom hi jinx and the day was nearly saved.
What made this effort mediocre for me was the reader's performance. Flat, monotone are a couple of words that come to mind. Hieronymus just didn't have that famous edge as he came across a bit like Robert Young.
Finally, I must apply the dreaded "formulaic" as well. Connolly, if he actually authored every word, didn't seem to have his heart in this one.
For me... I didn't think this was Connelly's best book rather I was a little disappionted because it was a little predictable and disjointed in places and even a tad boring. But I love Bosh and will look forward to the next book.
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This was my 3rd Connelly, having only recently discovered him. This one had Harry Bosch and Micky Haller working together. It even included Maggie PcPherson. The writing was snappy and the story intense, taking no time at all to get into the book and wanting to see how it evolved. It didn't take all that long to get through either. Anyway, I'm a fan now and will methodically go retro into listening to other stories by Connelly. I'll intersperse them with my other books here on Audible.
I won't comment on the book itself yet, since I'm only about 1/3 into it. I gave it a 3-star rating, but only because I had to rate it to offer this review. I might very well up this rating later. My problem is with Peter Giles reading of the Bosh dialog, Giles is great reading Mickey Haller's parts, but I guess I can't easily accept anyone but Len Cariou as Bosch. Would have been nice if there would have been a collaboration on this one. I miss the brooding, noir Bosch that Cariou gives us...
I think this is decent entertainment. I didn't have any problem finding stopping points. It wasn't a real page turner. If you buy a book to learn everything that goes on in a court room, you'll probably like this one. I liked it better when Harry went to China and there was some suspense. This one didn't impress me. I guess I'm glad I DL it so I can say I've read all his books and perhaps know what may have prompted certain things.
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I've read (listened to) all of Michael Connelly's novels and I felt this is one of his best. I couldn't stop listening. I hope the next novel in this series is in the works to come along soon.
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Okay, it's a spell binder. I had total trouble turning it off. Normally I listen at the gym. This one I snuck into a Sunday afternoon. The characters work well together (although I wondered occasionaly about the tension between the half brothers. It seemed to intrude without useful purpose). Regardless, the plotting is swift, strong, and oozes energy. Clever how Connelly melds this ensemble with twin protagonists. From a very personal standpoint, I'd wished for another ending. But... but... it still works with effortless power. I recommend this experience. It was enjoyable.
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.
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