Thursday, September 29, 2011

Julie's Review: The Reversal

Summary: Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change sides 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.

Review: Another great novel by Michael Connelly. This time Mickey Haller is on the opposite side of the courtroom...Prosecutor. Mickey is asked to be a special Prosecutor in the re-trial of a child murderer Jason Jessup. Among many one of his appeals they found DNA evidence that would supposedly exonerate him.

This book brought Mickey together to with his ex-wife Maggie to prosecute Mr. Jessup. Since he's independent from the D.A.'s office, he gets to pick his team. This means he brings in Harry Bosch as the investigator. Harry is the best at finding witnesses and digging up dirt on the defendant.

What I found interesting about this book was the fact that in a re-trial, the new jury can't not know that the defendant was tried before. They can present testimony from the first trial but it has to be done in such a way that it is not evident. This makes for an interesting burden of proof for the prosecution.

I will say that Mickey Haller is growing on me. He seems to be maturing and isn't as careless as I remember him being from The Lincoln Lawyer. Harry Bosch is still one of my favorite detectives. I love reading about him trying to figure out how to live with his daughter. The relationship between him and Mickey is also starting to slowly unfold as they work together and get to know each other better.

The Reversal (Harry Bosch) is definitely fast-paced crime novel that will keep you turning the pages until the end. For a Michael Connelly novel the ending it left somewhat open for the reader to draw conclusions or maybe to be brought up in another book.

It will be a little while longer until I can get to The Fifth Witness. Plus his newest Harry Bosch novel, The Drop, will be released on November 28, 2011.

Final Take: 4.25/5



Beth Hoffman September 29, 2011 at 5:03 AM  

This sounds good. I'm adding it to my list!

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