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The Reversal (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel (3)) Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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Move forward a few years, DNA is on the scene. A semen stain on the dress leads to the girl's stepfather and the Supreme Court throws out the conviction, telling the LA courts to retry him. Looks like a slam dunk that he will be acquitted, right?
Mickey Haller is asked to cross the aisle and be the prosecutor for the case. Harry Bosch is his investigator, and his ex-wife is second chair. There is quite a different way of thinking between the prosecutor and defense attorney, but he does his job very well. So well that---surprise!!
There is the possibility that Jessup may have been a serial killer, because at that time, several girls between 12-18 just fell off the face of the earth. Bosch is determined to find out. But something horrific happens after court.
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At the start of this book new DNA evidence sees the release of a convicted child killer. After twenty four years the DNA found on the victims dress is shown to belong to someone other than Jason Jessup who is the convicted killer that has always claimed his innocence. This new evidence is enough to secure a retrial but the district attorney and the police are still convinced of Jessup's guilt. In an attempt to show independence from the original trial and the department Micky Haller is hired to prosecute the case. Despite his reservations Micky agrees but only under certain conditions one of which is the role of his ex-wife as second chair and Harry Bosch from the LAPD as his lead investigator.
As good as the Brass Verdict was this book is another step up. Both lead characters are shown in a different light to previous books. Haller is a defence attorney by trade and finds the swap to the prosecution table and the extra pressure that comes with it hard to handle. Harry is also in a different situation. Not only is he working alongside his half-brother but recent changes in his personal life mean that Harry sees everything in a different way. No longer can he drop everything and go out on midnight surveillances and seeing Harry adjust to this whilst dealing with the pressures of the case is a fun change from the normal.
I found this to be a very, very enjoyable book. The relationship between Harry and Micky is evolving and it is fascinating to see. The complex relationship between Micky and his ex-wife and his daughter is also explored which really added to the book. I also found the case part of the book to be very well done. The complex and sometimes unfair nature of the trial system are highlighted as at times an innocent witness can be attacked and discredited despite the issues highlighted having little or nothing to do with the case. As usual Michael Connelly has written a fast paced and hard hitting novel that evolves two of his main characters in a wonderfully well written way. I would recommend this book to any fan of the crime or legal thriller genre however I would say that to get the best results reading the Lincoln Lawyer and the Brass Verdict would add to your enjoyment. The book would work well without the previous two but I feel that reading them will add more to your understanding and enjoyment of this book.
This book is as good as all the other Bosch/Haller books, I love all the twists and turns and the 'logical thinking' applied which sometimes I wish I could apply to my life :). I'm reading the whole Bosch series all over again having read them some years ago to re-aquaint myself with it all so that when I read the new Bosch book I'm on the right page - so to speak.
They made a formidable pair and along with Mickeys ex wife Maggie McPherson a trio to be reckoned with.
Possibly my favourite book so far. I will definitely read the Haller series once I've caught up to the latest Bosch.
I can't state enough how much I like Michael Connellys writing. Once I pick one of his books up it is very difficult to not see it through without interruption.
Having read practically all the Harry Bosch series, I will be following Mickey Haller for a while as I enjoy the courtroom scenes. I did read The Lincoln Lawyer some time ago and would also recommend this book.
I didn't read it at one sitting, but if I hadn't had to do some shopping, answer a few emails, and feed the cat (and me) I would have.
If anything, I would have liked the book to have had another 20 - 30 pages. The conclusion arrived to quickly. I wanted the body search to discover something significant and sinister while the trial was still ongoing.
The end came too soon, and it was too quick.
I wanted the defence and it's underhand tactics to be revealed to the world.
As it was, all the 'baddies' didn't really suffer, and my moral indignation wasn't sated.
I'm sure Connelley knows this, but with a few minor adjustments, we could have had a sequel ...........