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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.

Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.
©2010 Michael Connelly (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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  • Derek
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • 11-22-10

3 for 3 with Mickey Haller

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Where is Bosch

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...

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-26-10

The Reversal

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved this book

I really liked this book and would recommend it. Can't wait for Connelly's next book!!

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Absolutely a believable and outstanding series of events.

The reversal of roles made this story even more exciting . The narrator brought all characters excitingly fulfilling. Thanks Michael Connelly for all your successful novels. I have nearly all your works in my library and will continue acquiring them until my library is replete with your works.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-21-16

Legal thrillers do not get better than this!

This is my favorite of the Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly. Haller, the ultimate defense attorney, is recruited to prosecute a killer. He insists that cop Harry Bosch, his half brother (same father), be his investigator. Hang on for a wild ride and an exciting finish. This may be Connelly's best work. But do listen to The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict before The Reversal.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I want a ticket to nowhere....

"that's it.... I want a ticket to nowhere...."
Wayne Shorter


Longtime LAPD Detective Harry Bosch assists his half-brother Mickey Haller, a successful criminal defense attorney (aka, the Lincoln Lawyer), after Haller is appointed special prosecutor of Jason Jessup, who was convicted of a brutal child murder 24 years ago but then is released based on new DNA evidence.

This novel combines two of the main characters for Michael Connelly, as prolific a writer as he is preeminent in this genre. Over 16 novels prior to THE REVERSAL, Connelly ingeniously developed Bosch as a walking ball of internal fires. By comparison, Connelly had written only 2 novels starring Haller before this one. An obvious jazz connoisseur, Connelly peppers his Bosch novels with somewhat obscure jazz references. So I think a sax-jazz analogy is a decent one to compare these 2 characters: Haller is like the smooth jazz of Boney James, his stories narrated in the lighter first person, while Bosch, the darker modal jazz of Wayne Shorter, his stories always narrated in the third (omniscient) person and his character much more gloomy as he fights inner demons, the LAPD brass, and demented criminals.

This novel mainly stars Haller. While full of suspense, little mystery is involved. I enjoyed this novel and appreciated the well-constructed plot, yet it's not my favorite Bosch, Haller or Connelly novel.

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Fun but flawed

I enjoy this series, and will continue to consume it. On the other hand, this book suffered from a bit of stupidity:

[mild spoilers:]

So our lawyer asks for no bail... for a murderer? Who cares if the murder will stick around for his pay day... he's a danger to the public.

Even if Haller hadn't asked for bail, I can't imagine a judge not requiring it.

This was an unbelievable choice, and it made much of the story completely implausible and predictable.

Also, the narrator's gravelly voice for "Bosch" was just too over-the-top.

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  • Francine
  • Broomfield, COLORADO, United States
  • 06-09-15

first Connelly I've read

great first read but I dislike the musical interludes. make those go away.

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  • virginia
  • rotonda west florida
  • 07-31-13

WHAT??????????????????????

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

NO. Because it is unfinished.

What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Perhaps he could have written an ending. It was like I had 5 minutes to get out of the hotel and could only take one suitcase. Did Connelly only have 5 minutes to write the ending? I spent all day listening, anticipating and of all the many endings I (not a writer) came up with could not have seen this one coming-and not in a good way. There was so much material to work with and he just.....what? threw it away? Had to go to the john? Late for dinner? Lost the last chapter? I'm just a bit peeved obviously. I used to love MC's work but stopped listening for a while because Bosch had become tiresome but I like Mickey Haller and thought this was one I would enjoy. Which I did until the end and I did a "what ????? just happened?"

I do not usually write reviews but could not wait to write this after reading the very frustrating end to this book.

Do you think The Reversal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think it needs an ending.

Any additional comments?

Think I have said it all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful