When Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's a defence lawyer, one of the best in the business, and to switch sides like this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house.
But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, a convicted child-killer who spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence freed him, is an intriguing one - particularly since the DA's determination to re-charge and re-try him for the same crime, seems doomed to failure. Eager for the publicity and drawn to the challenge, Mickey takes the case, with Detective Harry Bosch on board as his lead investigator.
But as a new trial date is set, it starts to look like he's been set up, with the renewed prosecution merely a tactic to prevent Jessup from successfully suing the state and county for millions of dollars. To avoid humiliation, Mickey and Haller are going to have to dig deep into the past and find the truth about Melissa Landy and what really happened to her all those years ago.
©2010 Michael Connelly (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
The story presents Mickey Haller from a very unusual perspective, in the role of a hired prosecutor he puts together his team involving Harry Bosch and his ex-wife Maggie. Determined, and conducting the case independently from the DA office establishment, they dig into the past to get justice for a crime committed in 1986, whose initial verdict was reversed because of new DNA evidence. The strength of the novel is in the development of the characters, their humanity and their professional commitment, the mixing of strong personalities in the pursuing of a common goal, the weakness of human beings whose lives are severed by dramatic events. It is a Connelly's courtroom story constructed as well as usual to make it real to the listener, with no deviations into rhetoric and never trivial. The book is read with passion by the narrator Michael Brandon, and the listener is captured from the beginning into the novel's involving atmosphere.
I think now I have read all of Michael Connelly books - sometimes the authors just don't write quick enough. I loved this book, two of my favourite characters together with lots of tension throughout the story so you could not stop listening. Michael Brandon is excellent with his amazing ability to depict each character so exactly.
The fact that Micky works as a prosecutor for a change. Good to see him working for the good guys.
Micky closely followed by Bosch. Good to see both my favorite characters in the same book.
Great narration, good diversity of voices etc.
Not really. I am a bloke, we don't get moved by stories. Not these types anyway. Its not a love story after all.
Keep em' coming Connolly.
No. Once is enough for most books and definitely for this one.
The history starts well but it unwinds in very forecastable manner.
When one of the defense witness fall apart.
"Another good read (listen)"
Both Haller and Bosch are in this one. That was a bit hard to get used to as I'm used to Bosch being the leading character. I enjoyed it. Not perfect, but if you know Connelly then you won't be disappointed.
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