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The Reversal (Harry Bosch Series #16 & Mickey Haller Series #3)

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21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch Make a Great Team!

Mickey Haller is asked by the District Attorney's Office to cross the aisle and be the prosecutor in the retrial of Jason Jessup. Through use of DNA testing a key piece of evidence from the 1986 trial was thrown out and Jessup's conviction has been overturned. Jessup ...
Mickey Haller is asked by the District Attorney's Office to cross the aisle and be the prosecutor in the retrial of Jason Jessup. Through use of DNA testing a key piece of evidence from the 1986 trial was thrown out and Jessup's conviction has been overturned. Jessup was convicted of abducting and killing a young girl and dumping her body.

Mickey is reluctant to take the case at first feeling that it is a losing proposition and against his nature as a defense lawyer but he is soon convinced to do it. He chooses Maggie McPherson, his ex-wife as his assistant and none other than his half-brother, Harry Bosch to be his investigator.

Connelly does a masterful job of writing, using first person when the chapters are more about Mickey, and third person when the chapters focus on Harry. This style works quite well.

As the story progresses Harry calls in the services of his old girlfriend Rachel Walling, who blends into the tale quite nicely. Haller tries to use his own experience as a defender to anticipate all the moves of his opponent in court and most times is quite correct in his assumptions.

As Jessup is awaiting trial, he is allowed out and the press follows him around like he is a celebrity. This shows the ugliness of our society where vicious criminals can sometimes be admired Also people mistakenly think that if that if criminals are treated well, they will be your friend and change their ways.

It is apparent that Jessup hasn't changed his ways and his nightly travels suggest that he is up to something. It is up to Mickey, Maggie and Harry to keep all their wits and work at constant overtime to make sure Jessup is taken down again before he can get his way.

The book doesn't have as much action as past Bosch/Haller individual tales, but the courtroom dialogue exchanges are great and Harry's investigative talents are at their best.

I hope Mr. Connelly can come up with more creative ways going forward to keep Harry and Mickey working together!

posted by Kataman1 on September 13, 2010

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Harriet klausner

Too many plot spoilers with harrit klausner leading the clan. Bn, when will anything ever be done to stop her. She has gone on for so long that others think its ok to tell the entire content of the book, including the ending, therby ruining it for everyone else. Please ...
Too many plot spoilers with harrit klausner leading the clan. Bn, when will anything ever be done to stop her. She has gone on for so long that others think its ok to tell the entire content of the book, including the ending, therby ruining it for everyone else. Please do something to these plot spoilers, especially harriet klausner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    You be the judge

    Sorry, but even the engaging writing cannot justify the lack of a real ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    Boring. Dull. No action. Couldn't care less about any of the cha

    Boring. Dull. No action. Couldn't care less about any of the characters. Waste of precious reading time. Skip this one.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Weak

    I've read all the Bosch and Haller books and this is by far the weakest of them all. Lame, abrupt climax, no character depth. Just plain lame. He must have had a deadline and his heart wasn't in it. Maybe keep Bosch and Haller in separate books? I dunno, just didn't do it for me this time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2010

    Mostly Boring

    With the exception of "Void Moon," I've read all of Connelly's books. Harry Bosch is my favorite repeat character of any writer's. I love Harry. I'm not crazy about Mickey, but the previous two books with Mickey were pretty good.

    This book just didn't have any of Connelly's normal gusto for me. The majority of it takes place in courtrooms, conference rooms, lawyers' offices. Connelly didn't even try to make those interesting, so I automatically wanted to picture rooms from all of the famous LA trials mentioned and it left me with a feeling of off-white walls and and harsh lighting. Usually Connelly incorporates something special about LA in his writing and then paints a picture of it. I enjoy this having never been to LA, but there was nothing like that here.

    I have accepted that Harry is being the protective dad now, but there was great opportunity to see the Harry we are used to, pushing the limits and taking whatever means necessary to get to the truth. I only recall that kind of happening once, and it was a weak scene.

    We don't learn any new information about Harry or Mickey. The book is literally split down the middle, giving each character equal time. All it does is to neglect development for both characters. Connelly alternates between first person for Mickey and second person for Bosch for every chapter. I'm not a fan of first person normally, but I would have taken it over this.

    I'm not sure what we were to care about in this book. Nobody really seemed to care much about the victim. I imagine a theme was to show how the judicial system often dehumanizes victims. There just didn't seem to be anything to care about.

    The ending was weak and anticlimatic and not up to par with Harry Bosch ending at all.

    If you like "courtroom procedurals" or are just dying to keep up with Harry like me, you will want to read this book. Honestly, there is nothing you would miss out on in regard to Harry if you skipped it though.

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