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.
About the Author
Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series of novels as well as The Poet, Blood Work, Void Moon, Chasing the Dime, and the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Scarecrow and The Lincoln Lawyer. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
Date of Birth:July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
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By Michael Connelly
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Tuesday, February 9, 1:43 P.M.
The last time I'd eaten at the Water Grill I sat across the table from a client who had coldly and calculatedly murdered his wife and her lover, shooting both of them in the face. He had engaged my services to not only defend him at trial but fully exonerate him and restore his good name in the public eye. This time I was sitting with someone with whom I needed to be even more careful. I was dining with Gabriel Williams, the district attorney of Los Angeles County.
It was a crisp afternoon in midwinter. I sat with Williams and his trusted chief of staff—read political advisor—Joe Ridell. The meal had been set for 1:30 P.M., when most courthouse lawyers would be safely back in the CCB, and the DA would not be advertising his dalliance with a member of the dark side. Meaning me, Mickey Haller, defender of the damned.
The Water Grill was a nice place for a downtown lunch. Good food and atmosphere, good separation between tables for private conversation, and a wine list hard to top in all of downtown. It was the kind of place where you kept your suit jacket on and the waiter put a black napkin across your lap so you needn't be bothered with doing it yourself. The prosecution team ordered martinis at the county taxpayers' expense and I stuck with the free water the restaurant was pouring. It took Williams two gulps of gin and one olive before he got to the reason we were hiding in plain sight.
"Mickey, I have a proposition for you."
I nodded. Ridell had already said as much when he had called that morning to set up the lunch. I had agreed to the meet and then had gone to work on the phone myself, trying to gather any inside information I could on what the proposition would be. Not even my first ex-wife, who worked in the district attorney's employ, knew what was up.
"I'm all ears," I said. "It's not every day that the DA himself wants to give you a proposition. I know it can't be in regard to any of my clients—they wouldn't merit much attention from the guy at the top. And at the moment I'm only carrying a few cases anyway. Times are slow."
"Well, you're right," Williams said. "This is not about any of your clients. I have a case I would like you to take on."
I nodded again. I understood now. They all hate the defense attorney until they need the defense attorney. I didn't know if Williams had any children but he would have known through due diligence that I didn't do juvy work. So I was guessing it had to be his wife. Probably a shoplifting grab or a DUI he was trying to keep under wraps.
"Who got popped?" I asked.
Williams looked at Ridell and they shared a smile.
"No, nothing like that," Williams said. "My proposition is this. I would like to hire you, Mickey. I want you to come work at the DA's office."
Of all the ideas that had been rattling around in my head since I had taken Ridell's call, being hired as a prosecutor wasn't one of them. I'd been a card- carrying member of the criminal defense bar for more than twenty years. During that time I'd grown a suspicion and distrust of prosecutors and police that might not have equaled that of the gangbangers down in Nickerson Gardens but was at least at a level that would seem to exclude me from ever joining their ranks. Plain and simple, they wouldn't want me and I wouldn't want them. Except for that ex-wife I mentioned and a half brother who was an LAPD detective, I wouldn't turn my back on any of them. Especially Williams. He was a politician first and a prosecutor second. That made him even more dangerous. Though briefly a prosecutor early in his legal career, he spent two decades as a civil rights attorney before running for the DA post as an outsider and riding into office on a tide of anti-police and -prosecutor sentiment. I was employing full caution at the fancy lunch from the moment the napkin went across my lap.
"Work for you?" I asked. "Doing what exactly?"
"As a special prosecutor. A onetime deal. I want you to handle the Jason Jessup case."
I looked at him for a long moment. First I thought I would laugh out loud. This was some sort of cleverly orchestrated joke. But then I understood that couldn't be the case. They don't take you out to the Water Grill just to make a joke.
"You want me to prosecute Jessup? From what I hear there's nothing to prosecute. That case is a duck without wings. The only thing left to do is shoot it and eat it."
Williams shook his head in a manner that seemed intended to convince himself of something, not me.
"Next Tuesday is the anniversary of the murder," he said. "I'm going to announce that we intend to retry Jessup. And I would like you standing next to me at the press conference."
I leaned back in my seat and looked at them. I've spent a good part of my adult life looking across courtrooms and trying to read juries, judges, witnesses and prosecutors. I think I've gotten pretty good at it. But at that table I couldn't read Williams or his sidekick sitting three feet away from me.
Jason Jessup was a convicted child killer who had spent nearly twenty-four years in prison until a month earlier, when the California Supreme Court reversed his conviction and sent the case back to Los Angeles County for either retrial or a dismissal of the charges. The reversal came after a two-decade-long legal battle staged primarily from Jessup's cell and with his own pen. Authoring appeals, motions, complaints and whatever legal challenges he could research, the self- styled lawyer made no headway with state and federal courts but did finally win the attention of an organization of lawyers known as the Genetic Justice Project. They took over his cause and his case and eventually won an order for genetic testing of semen found on the dress of the child Jessup had been convicted of strangling.
Jessup had been convicted before DNA analysis was used in criminal trials. The analysis performed these many years later determined that the semen found on the dress had not come from Jessup but from another unknown individual. Though the courts had repeatedly upheld Jessup's conviction, this new information tipped the scales in Jessup's favor. The state's supreme court cited the DNA findings and other inconsistencies in the evidence and trial record and reversed the case.
This was pretty much the extent of my knowledge of the Jessup case, and it was largely information gathered from newspaper stories and courthouse scuttlebutt. While I had not read the court's complete order, I had read parts of it in the Los Angeles Times and knew it was a blistering decision that echoed many of Jessup's long-held claims of innocence as well as police and prosecutorial misconduct in the case. As a defense attorney, I can't say I wasn't pleased to see the DA's office raked over the media coals with the ruling. Call it underdog schadenfreude. It didn't really matter that it wasn't my case or that the current regime in the DA's office had nothing to do with the case back in 1986, there are so few victories from the defense side of the bar that there is always a sense of communal joy in the success of others and the defeat of the establishment.
The supreme court's ruling was announced the week before, starting a sixty-day clock during which the DA would have to retry or discharge Jessup. It seemed that not a day had gone by since the ruling that Jessup was not in the news. He gave multiple interviews by phone and in person at San Quentin, proclaiming his innocence and potshotting the police and prosecutors who put him there. In his plight, he had garnered the support of several Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes and had already launched a civil claim against both the city and county, seeking millions of dollars in damages for the many long years during which he was falsely incarcerated. In this day of nonstop media cycles, he had a never-ending forum and was using it to elevate himself to folk hero status. When he finally walked out of prison, he, too, would be a celebrity.
Knowing as little as I did about the case in the details, I was of the impression that he was an innocent man who had been subjected to a quarter century of torture and that he deserved whatever he could get for it. I did, however, know enough about the case to understand that with the DNA evidence cutting Jessup's way, the case was a loser and the idea of retrying Jessup seemed to be an exercise in political masochism unlikely to come from the brain trust of Williams and Ridell.
"What do you know that I don't know?" I asked. "And that the Los Angeles Times doesn't know."
Williams smiled smugly and leaned forward across the table to deliver his answer.
"All Jessup established with the help of the GJP is that his DNA was not on the victim's dress," he said. "As the petitioner, it was not up to him to establish who it did come from."
"So you ran it through the data banks."
"We did. And we got a hit."
He offered nothing else.
"Well, who was it?"
"I'm not going to reveal that to you unless you come aboard on the case. Otherwise, I need to keep it confidential. But I will say that I believe our findings lead to a trial tactic that could neutralize the DNA question, leaving the rest of the case—and the evidence—pretty much intact. DNA was not needed to convict him the first time. We won't need it now. As in nineteen eighty-six, we believe Jessup is guilty of this crime and I would be delinquent in my duties if I did not attempt to prosecute him, no matter the chances of conviction, the potential political fallout and the public perception of the case."
Spoken as if he were looking at the cameras and not at me.
"Then why don't you prosecute him?" I asked. "Why come to me? You have three hundred able lawyers working for you. I can think of one you've got stuck up in the Van Nuys office who would take this case in a heartbeat. Why come to me?"
"Because this prosecution can't come from within the DA's office. I am sure you have read or heard the allegations. There's a taint on this case and it doesn't matter that there isn't one goddamn lawyer working for me who was around back then. I still need to bring in an outsider, an independent to take it to court. Somebody—"
"That's what the attorney general's office is for," I said. "You need an independent counsel, you go to him."
Now I was just poking him in the eye and everybody at the table knew it. There was no way Gabriel Williams was going to ask the state AG to come in on the case. That would cross the razor-wire line of politics. The AG post was an elected office in California and was seen by every political pundit in town as Williams's next stop on his way to the governor's mansion or some other lofty political plateau. The last thing Williams would be willing to do was hand a potential political rival a case that could be used against him, no matter how old it was. In politics, in the courtroom, in life, you don't give your opponent the club with which he can turn around and clobber you.
"We're not going to the AG with this one," Williams said in a matter-of-fact manner. "That's why I want you, Mickey. You're a well-known and respected criminal defense attorney. I think the public will trust you to be independent in this matter and will therefore trust and accept the conviction you'll win in this case."
While I was staring at Williams a waiter came to the table to take our order. Without ever breaking eye contact with me, Williams told him to go away.
"I haven't been paying a lot of attention to this," I said. "Who's Jessup's defense attorney? I would find it difficult to go up against a colleague I know well."
"Right now all he's got is the GJP lawyer and his civil litigator. He hasn't hired defense counsel because quite frankly he's expecting us to drop this whole thing."
I nodded, another hurdle cleared for the moment.
"But he's got a surprise coming," Williams said. "We're going to bring him down here and retry him. He did it, Mickey, and that's all you really need to know. There's a little girl who's still dead, and that's all any prosecutor needs to know. Take the case. Do something for your community and for yourself. Who knows, you might even like it and want to stay on. If so, we'll definitely entertain the possibility."
I dropped my eyes to the linen tablecloth and thought about his last words. For a moment, I involuntarily conjured the image of my daughter sitting in a courtroom and watching me stand for the People instead of the accused. Williams kept talking, unaware that I had already come to a decision.
"Obviously, I can't pay you your rate, but if you take this on, I don't think you'll be doing it for the money anyway. I can give you an office and a secretary. And I can give you whatever science and forensics you need. The very best of every—"
"I don't want an office in the DA's office. I would need to be independent of that. I have to be completely autonomous. No more lunches. We make the announcement and then you leave me alone. I decide how to proceed with the case."
"Fine. Use your own office, just as long as you don't store evidence there. And, of course, you make your own decisions."
"And if I do this, I pick second chair and my own investigator out of the LAPD. People I can trust."
"In or outside my office for your second?"
"I would need someone inside."
"Then I assume we're talking about your ex-wife."
"That's right—if she'll take it. And if somehow we get a conviction out of this thing, you pull her out of Van Nuys and put her downtown in Major Crimes, where she belongs."
"That's easier said than—"
"That's the deal. Take it or leave it."
Williams glanced at Ridell and I saw the supposed sidekick give an almost imperceptible nod of approval.
"All right," Williams said, turning back to me. "Then I guess I'll take it. You win and she's in. We have a deal."
He reached his hand across the table and I shook it. He smiled but I didn't.
"Mickey Haller for the People," he said. "Has a nice ring to it."
For the People. It should have made me feel good. It should have made me feel like I was part of something that was noble and right. But all I had was the bad feeling that I had crossed some sort of line within myself.
"Wonderful," I said.
Friday, February 12, 10:00 A.M.
Harry Bosch stepped up to the front counter of the District Attorney's Office on the eighteenth floor of the Criminal Courts Building. He gave his name and said he had a ten A.M. appointment with District Attorney Gabriel Williams.
"Actually, your meeting is in conference room A," said the receptionist after checking a computer screen in front of her. "You go through the door, turn right and go to the end of the hall. Right again and conference room A is on the left. It's marked on the door. They're expecting you."
The door in the paneled-wood wall behind her buzzed free and Bosch went through, wondering about the fact that they were waiting for him. Since he had received the summons from the DA's secretary the afternoon before, Bosch had been unable to determine what it was about. Secrecy was expected from the DA's Office but usually some information trickled out. He hadn't even known he would be meeting with more than one person until now.
Following the prescribed trail, Bosch came to the door marked CONFERENCE ROOM A, knocked once and heard a female voice say, "Come in."
He entered and saw a woman seated by herself at an eight-chaired table, a spread of documents, files, photos and a laptop computer in front of her. She looked vaguely familiar but he could not place her. She was attractive with dark, curling hair framing her face. She had sharp eyes that followed him as he entered, and a pleasant, almost curious smile. Like she knew something he didn't. She wore the standard female prosecutor's power suit in navy blue. Harry might not have been able to place her but he assumed she was a DDA.
"Come in, have a seat."
Bosch pulled out a chair and sat across from her. On the table he saw a crime scene photograph of a child's body in an open Dumpster. It was a girl and she was wearing a blue dress with long sleeves. Her feet were bare and she was lying on a pile of construction debris and other trash. The white edges of the photo were yellowed. It was an old print.
The woman moved a file over the picture and then offered her hand across the table.
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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!
Harry Bosch has always has always had a clearly defined job with the LAPD standing for the dead and being a voice for those that have had theirs silenced. The last few months have thrown him many curves with the death of his ex-wife and the incorporation of his daughter Madeline into his life full time but he still cuts through on a straight path. Michael Haller has also known what his job definition is until the day the District Attorney made the call and asked him to move across the aisle from defense attorney to prosecutor. The DA makes Mickey a one-time proposition Mickey does not want to turn down but truly questions if he can bear the burden of standing for the people and doing right by them. The opportunity being offered is to keep Jason Jessup, a child killer behind bars even though new DNA testing evidence can exonerate him and would potentially set him free after 24 years in prison. Mickey chooses his side and incorporates his ADA ex-wife, Maggie McPherson and Harry into the mix which makes the entire situation workable and possibly winnable. Mickey and Harry are half-brothers who have shared some case time but not even that interaction can prepare them for what they are about to face both personally and professionally together. Mickey has no intention of letting this killer walk and plans to use some of his favorite tricks against the high profile lawyer Jessup has working for him who may be clever but Mickey knows slick does not compensate for the facts and if he can find the key missing witness, reconstruct the police work and piece together fact from media hype he will not only win this but make it a slam dunk sending this murderer back to prison. As the trial moves forward and the days drag on Jessup becomes more intense and his actions more sporadic. The FBI profiler has concerns about what might happen when all the stress builds up and has to be released. The profiler also feels the original case started off in the wrong direction and once re-routed to its proper path Harry discovers something even more horrific may have happened all those years ago. Along the way Mickey and Harry form a bond that draws their daughters into the mix even though Harry is reluctant to start down this road. Harry has kept Mickey and that family connection at arm's length but now he knows Maddie needs family to help her recover from the loss of her mother and the transition of moving away from friends and living with him. Maddie is Harry's main focus in life and will do anything to make her happy even if it involves doing things that make her very unhappy with him. I admit openly to being a Harry Bosch fan and find that with age and the addition of the family angle he is even more interesting. The stories could not be told with another character even with Michael Connelly writing them and this is the one factor that shows in his story telling with Harry. Mr. Connelly respects his characters and writes them as if they lived next door and he can relate to them making them plausible to the reader. This story while a horrific nightmare for any parent does also show how venerable Harry has become in his personal life. He was Teflon before and nothing could touch him but now with his daughter in his life what was once armor is now ice cream.
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.
Trying to review one particular entry in the Bosch/Haller series almost requires the reader to disengage one novel from all that has come before. In fact, reading about these characters again -- Harry, Mickey, and Maggie -- is like catching up with old friends. Finding Mickey working as a prosecutor is an enjoyable angle, and seeing Maggie emerging as a stronger character is also a positive. The premise of having a prisoner released after serving a long stretch of time, and having to gather evidence for a retrial, works well. The one reservation I have is that the strength of both Bosch and Haller is a bit diffused by the ending. Each is such a powerful character that having them share the spotlight detracts a little from the force of each one as an individual. But I absolutely relished seeing these characters together as well as separately -- hope Connelly can work it out. The ending hints at a follow-up.
I absolutely loved this book because not only did it put Mickey Haller on the other side of the justice system, but it also had his ex- wife Maggie working right beside him throughout the entire book Their relationship is so deep and complex that it pulls you in and makes them so realistic. There were also twists and turns that kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning. Im so sad that there is only one book left in this series.
Mick Haller is an honest man and good at what he does, although he may at times allow himself to be caught up in the "game" that court trials have become and lose sight of what it is really supposed to be about-- justice. Mick brings in his ex-wife Maggie to play second chair during the trial. Maggie pushes him and makes him better. The sexual tension between them adds a lot of nice energy. You feel that Mick is always trying to live up to his ex-wife's expectations of him, and that he dreads ever letting her down. They have the quintessential love-hate relationship. Mick also has an investigator working the case by the name of Harry Bosch. They didn't really delve into the backstory on these guys, but it seems that perhaps Mick and Harry are half-brothers. There seems to be tension and an air of disapproval between them, but they work well together. This is my first Connelly story, so I don't know the history of Haller, McPherson and Bosch, but I enjoyed the familiarity that played out amongst them, and there was lots of tension-- sexual chemistry, resentment, old grudges-- along with mutual respect. My final word: I don't believe there was ever a moment in this story where I found myself bored, as there was plenty of suspense. It was very easy to read, with lots of dialogue, and great characters-- just the way I like it! The conclusion may have been slightly anti-climatic, but not enough to have detracted from the story at all. I normally don't read much crime fiction, but this one left me wanting to go back and read all of the others to precede it in the series.
In 1986, Jason Jessup was convicted of killing twelve year old Melissa Landry. Recent testing of DNA evidence exonerates Jason who will receive a new trial. Los Angeles Office of the District Attorney prosecutors are embarrassed as they head to the retrial. They ask defense attorney Mickey Haller for help; he agrees with the stipulation that he employs former LAPD cop Harry Bosch as his private investigator and his ex-wife prosecutor Maggie "McFierce" McPherson as the second chair. Bosch works the cold case trying to find witnesses from the 1986 homicide of the tweener. He especially wants to find the victim's older sister whose testimony hung Jessup. At the same time, Haller finds working for the D.A. quite eye-opening as his every move is under scrutiny while he also distrusts Jessup's sleazy defense attorney. However, perhaps the person all should watch is the one who hated the jurisprudence system before he spent a quarter of a century behind bars; now he obsessively loathes it and those who work it. The second pairing of this obstinate duet (see The Brass Verdict) makes for a fabulous investigative legal thriller with Haller's former wife on the team; he is thankful that having been married to her they can never meet in court as she is that tough and good. Part of the fun is watching Haller switching sides for this case as fans of the Lincoln Lawyer will see how different what a defense attorney can do vs. a prosecutor. With a strong investigation by Bosch and a powerful courtroom drama by Haller and McPherson, the audience will relish The Reversal. Harriet Klausner
I love Connelly's characters, and the idea of putting them on the same team is inspired. For a review, I will never discuss the book itself, but suffice to say this book is well worth the time, money and attention for any reader. Thanks, Mr. Connelly, for making my day!!!!!
This is by far my least favorite Mickey Haller book so far. The main reason, I didn't care for the first-to-third person point of view switching which was at points jolting, and at others simply frustrating. I read all the Bosch chapters wanting to get through them so I could return to Mickey's voice, only to be broken out of it, and so on. The story? Well, it was worthwhile, but not nearly on par with the Lincoln Lawyer.
Haller and Bosch Team Up 24 years ago, Jason Jessup kidnapped and killed a young girl. Now, new DNA evidence has freed him, but the LA County DA is going to retry him. In an effort to avoid any association with some bad practices from the first trial, the DA asks Mickey Haller to cross over from the defense and act as a special prosecutor. Mickey gets talked into taking the job on two conditions - his ex-wife Maggie McPherson is his second chair, and his half-brother Harry Bosch of the LAPD as his investigator. The trio has a long, hard road ahead of them. After 26 years, some of the witnesses are dead or hard to track down. Will they be able to build a case that will put Jessup where he belongs? While I am not really familiar with Bosch, this is now my first book about Mickey Haller. I enjoyed watching Michael Connelly's two characters teaming up on one case and felt I got to know both of them in the alternating view point chapters. The plot was great with many twists and turns, some I saw coming and some I didn't. I was even riveted during the courtroom scenes and was cheering at one part. Anyone looking for a can't put down mystery will be glad they picked up this book.
Sorry, but even the engaging writing cannot justify the lack of a real ending.
I really enjoyed this book which teams up Micheal Haller and Harry Bosch. Haller is normally a defense attorney but he is brought to the other side of the aisle when a special independent prosecutor is needed to retry the case of a man who has spent 24 years in prison for the murder of a young girl. New evidence has been found that indicates that he may be innocent. However, the DA feels that the man who was convicted is guilty of killing the little girl. The DA asks Mickey Haller to come over to the other side and prosecute the man. Mickey agrees as long as he gets to use his ex-wife Maggie McPherson as his second chair and his half-brother, Police Detective Harry Bosch as his investigator. Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a very dangerous case. Opposing them is Jessup who is now out on bail, his defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness who is reluctant to testify after so many years. With the odds against them, Bosch and Haller must establish proof that Jessup is a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again. Connelly’s descriptions were very captivating. You could picture everyone and everything that he wrote about. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed at the end. Or maybe that it did end. I wanted to keep on reading. This story is very well set up. It progresses in a logical fashion from beginning to end.
I love Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch books! This one was a real page turner... I started it this morning and kept reading till the mystery was solved. Worth every penny!
Probably one of the best books by Michael that I have read. You feel as if you are part of the team. Fast paced and riveting. Don't pass this one up, you won't be disapointed!Each turn of the page hols more and more adventure.
Who couldn't love a Mickey Haller/Harry Bosch mash-up? Haller crosses the aisle to provide an untainted prosecution when a convicted kidnapper/killer asks to be re-tried based on new evidence. Mickey enlists half-brother Bosch as his investigator as well as ex-wife Maggie "McFierce" McPherson as co-counsel. Mickey's not exactly comfortable in the role of prosecutor and he certainly doesn't intend to answer to the DA. Bosch pulls off some incredible investigation and finds not only the key witness but a way to ruin the defense's key witness.
Another good Michael Connelly thriller, this time featuring both Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Harry Bosch. Not quite as exciting as the Bosch series of books, but it flows along very nicely and the interaction between Bosch and Haller is shaping up nicely!
I just found out from reading another review that I missed a book in the series...Nine Dragons....I'll have to go back and check that one out. This book again features Mickey Haller....this time across the aisle as a special prosecutor. I really enjoy the character a lot. I'm not sure why Harry Bosch is distancing himself somewhat in this one. I'll have to go back and check that out. The detective work involved in each case help to make the courtroom part even more interesting. Really enjoying these books.
Mick Haller is an honest man and good at what he does, although he may at times allow himself to be caught up in the ¿game¿ that court trials have become and lose sight of what it is really supposed to be about-- justice.Mick brings in his ex-wife Maggie to play second chair during the trial. Maggie pushes him and makes him better. The sexual tension between them adds a lot of nice energy. You feel that Mick is always trying to live up to his ex-wife¿s expectations of him, and that he dreads ever letting her down. They have the quintessential love-hate relationship.Mick also has an investigator working the case by the name of Harry Bosch. They didn¿t really delve into the backstory on these guys, but it seems that perhaps Mick and Harry are half-brothers. There seems to be tension and an air of disapproval between them, but they work well together.This is my first Connelly story, so I don¿t know the history of Haller, McPherson and Bosch, but I enjoyed the familiarity that played out amongst them, and there was lots of tension-- sexual chemistry, resentment, old grudges-- along with mutual respect.My final word: I don¿t believe there was ever a moment in this story where I found myself bored, as there was plenty of suspense. It was very easy to read, with lots of dialogue, and great characters-- just the way I like it! The conclusion may have been slightly anti-climatic, but not enough to have detracted from the story at all. I normally don't read much crime fiction, but this one left me wanting to go back and read all of the others to precede it in the series.
Another hit by Connelly. In this one, Mickey Haller teams up with Harry Bosch. Also, Bosch switches sides in this one and works as a prosecutor to re-try a 24 year old case. Enjoyed this one from beginning to end.
Reversal is the fourth novel where Harry and Mickey share starring roles.Only in LA would a defense attorney ever become a prosecutor and only in the movies. Right? Wrong. Mickey Haller defender of the underdog, seeker of truth and always up for a raspberry to the DA¿s office has just switched sides. A 24 year old case has just been overturned because of new DNA evidence and guess what, it doesn¿t belong to the guy they sent away, the only problem is they¿re all sure of his guilt so Mickey needs his A Team to help him out, that would be ex-Maggie McFierce for second chair and half brother and star of his own Harry Bosch as prime investigator. Well buckle up because this is going to be one wild ride.Mr. Connelly never ceases to amaze me when he comes up with these story lines, okay you could easily read if from the front pages of the LA Times but he brings it to life in a multi-dimensional way, through all the senses. He will enlist all your emotions as you get through this novel where he¿ll have you laughing one minute and biting your nails the next, you¿ll be scared to death one second and in the next breath you¿ll be wiping tears from your eyes. He achieves this through his characters and in this tale you¿ve got three stars in Mickey, Harry and Maggie and they each play their part to perfection as they gradually drain all sensation from the limbs of the readers. And as a rare treat we also get to keep up with the daughters of these half-brothers who will meet for the first time.So put on your helmet and safety glasses and prepare yourself for a non-stop, adrenalin rush. If you like that in your fiction, climb aboard and you¿ll get more than you bargained for. Or maybe like me you¿ve just come to really appreciate the superb performances by this amazing author who has two of the coolest protagonists on the planet.
Michael Connelly at his finest, i only wished that this book was 3 times thicker, i did not want it to come to an end.
First I must say that this is a vast improvement over Connelly's most recent endeavors, Scarecrow and especially 9 Dragons, which was a clunker to me.Second, I have to admit I'm not a fan of mixing characters between series, such as Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller, however, it worked out OK.Haller is hired as an independent prosecutor to retry a 24 year old case whose guilty verdict was thrown out by a higher court. A twelve year old girl was abducted and murdered. Her thirteen year old sister saw and identified the abductor. Haller hires Bosch, his half brother, as his investigator. Twenty four years later, Bosch must locate the living witnesses and find new ones. Connelly also brings in Rachel Waller, the FBI profiler, who we all love and respect. It is interesting but not action packed, although there is more action towards the end. This is more court room drama than police procedural. The attorneys cannot refer to the original trial. It is like it never took place.Paragraphs are alternately Haller (in first person) and Bosch and McPherson, Haller's ex-wife and co-prosecutor, (in third person). This makes it easy to track who's talking and is a nice touch.All in all, Connelly seems to be heading back in the right direction. Maybe if he took his time and lengthened the time between books (no need to compete with James Patterson), his books will approach the quality of his initial Bosch books. Just a thought, Michael!
I enjoy Connelly's work ... but this one is starting to "push" it a little. The cast of "good guys" includes two ex-wives, two teenage female cousins, and two half brothers. AND, the central character, who is a defense attorney, decides that this time he will be a prosecutor! What next? Include the parents and grannies?