- Narrated by
- Length:7 hrs and 44 mins
- Release Date:10-22-10
- available from Audible.com
- An excerpt, reviews, and audio clip is available on Michael Connolly's site
But the high-profile case of Jason Jessup, a convicted child-killer who spent almost 25 years on death row before DNA evidence freed him, is an intriguing one - particularly since the DA's determination to re-charge and re-try him for the same crime, seems doomed to failure. Eager for the publicity and drawn to the challenge, Mickey takes the case, with Detective Harry Bosch on board as his lead investigator.
But as a new trial date is set, it starts to look like he's been set up, with the renewed prosecution merely a tactic to prevent Jessup from successfully suing the state and county for millions of dollars. To avoid humiliation, Mickey and Haller are going to have to dig deep into the past and find the truth about Melissa Landy and what really happened to her all those years ago.
What I find interesting with Connelly novels is the way he mixes his characters. Some of his novels feature only one of the major characters, either Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller. Connelly introduced us to Mickey Haller in THE LINCOLN LAWYER (2005).
There are 17 titles featuring Harry Bosch, 5 featuring Mickey Haller, and in THE REVERSAL Mickey works on the Prosecution with his ex-wife Maggie. Other characters like FBI agent Rachel Walling make appearances.
Mickey Haller usually appears as a defence lawyer and the change of role required for him in THE REVERSAL reminded me strongly of Horace Rumpole who had great difficulty imagining himself not defending a client. Mickey is determined to maintain his independence and not simply to become the mouthpiece of the District Attorney's office. This brings him into conflict with the DA over media announcements and he becomes aware that there is a hidden agenda.
It may just have been what happened in the abridging that happened in this audio version, but it seemed to me that there was quite a bit of repetition of content. Authors often do this to ensure that the readers are aware of all the facts and it may simply have been this ploy was a bit obvious in the abridged version.
Another feature I need to comment on - the book appears to be written from two points of view. In parts of the story Mickey Haller is clearly the narrator, and everything is in the first person. In other parts the narrator is third person and he refers to what Haller is doing. I don't think the narrator for those parts is Bosch either but someone may be able to clear that up for me.
There's a twist towards the end of the novel that I didn't see coming (although my listening partner did).
There is no doubt this will be a popular title with Connelly fans as it furthers the personal stories of both Haller and Bosch.
My rating: 4.3
Michael Connelly's Australian website
Other reviews of THE REVERSAL to check
Other reviews of Connelly titles on this blog:
THE BRASS VERDICT
THE CONCRETE BLONDE