• The Reversal

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (10,685 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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    4 out of 5 stars

Brilliantly executed

Connelley's newest brings his two most well known characters together in a masterfully crafted story of legal gamesmanship and investigatory prowess very much in the style of Law and Order that is more heavily written as a Mickey Haller courtroom procedural than a police thriller. Harry Bosch plays a significant role, maybe as much as 40% of the story --and provides much of the action in the book, but it is the interaction of the two that adds some real personal interest. The half brothers are getting to know each other a little as are their daughters and these relationships promise avenues for some terrific storytelling in the future.

I think what impressed me the most about how Connelly executed this work was what he didn't do. There were at least half a dozen times in the book where he'd left the opportunity open for fairly obvious plot devices that authors over use to manipulate the reader or force a dramatic turn of events. Connelly's skill is in understanding that jaded readers expect these things and cynically predict them as we're reading. Just as we get to the point where we expect to turn the page to find the predictable forced plot twist, the story resolves in beautiful simplicity that feels far more real than any contrived t.v. show style drama. Bravo to Connelly for resisting the obvious. That said, there were some missed opportunities here that I think hint at future stories. For example, I look forward to some adventures that feature the newly acquainted cousins. I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good story and well executed, but may have left a little too much of the sub plot on the editing room floor.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

I made excuses to listen to this - my wife loved it because my "honey-do" list was more than completed - I found other stuff to do while listening. I have read or listened to every Michael Connelly book - and I just love his style and keeping his old characters fresh.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Almost as if it is two books!

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.

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    3 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this more than I did

I will echo some of the previous reviewers; the ending seemed abrupt thus not giving credit to the developed plot, the narrator although competent,was flat and in fact sometimes it was difficult at first to tell whether it was Bosch or Haller talking, and overall the book lacked a bit of heart. I did like the team of Bosch, Haller and Maggie McFierce, especially the courtroom drama bits. I just wished for more though, and would have given a 3.5 if I could. So overall.... not terrific but also no bad.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Flat, where is the ending?

I have enjoyed the other Bosch books, but I really thought the ending was a total bust, dud, silent thud. The story deserved better.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Michael Connelly does it again

This is one of his books I can't put down. Integrating the characters of Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch was superb. Its one of his best ever.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Not bad

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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kept me up til 1am

Haller and Bosch in one book and great narration, like I said it kept me up listening til 1 am. Highly recommended.

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Left me feeling a bit empty...

I've read all of Michael Connelly's books and love all the main characters, especially "Harry Bosch", however this book seemed like an outline...not as rich. Good storyline, however it just moved straight through to the end without much depth to the characters. What about the relationships between Harry and his half-brother; between Holler and McFierce?; the new cousins? What's the story with Jacobs? The ending fell flat and left loose ends... If Connelly would have just spent a few more hours adding some flavor to the story and giving us a more finished ending this would have been a 5 star review, instead of 3 1/2. Kind of like roast chicken without seasoning... mashed potatoes without gravy; waffles without a topping... all good, but not great...

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I loved it!

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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  • Danielle
  • 08-14-22

Good overall story

ending was a bit rushed but overall I really liked it. another good book