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Mystery Books - Michael Connelly - The Reversal - October 2010

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The Reversal
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company 2010
416 pages

The Pope is Catholic, a bear does in the woods, and the new Michael Connelly is a great read. The Reversal is a procedural thriller you want to savor slowly just to lengthen the time before you have to start waiting for the next Michael Connelly novel. This latest thriller features Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller, Bosch's ex Rachel Walling, and Haller's ex Maggie McPherson working on the same case. In terms of narrative The Reversal is a departure for Connelly but don't worry, Pope's Catholic.

Mickey Haller, of The Lincoln Lawyer, is hired by the District Attorney to prosecute, yes prosecute, Jason Jessup. Jessup has spent twenty four years in jail for the kidnapping and murder of a twelve year old girl and been recently released on new DNA evidence.

Being more used to being a defense lawyer, Haller makes a deal with the DA and gets his ex wife and prosecutor Maggie McPherson as second chair. He gets his stepbrother Detective Harry Bosh to investigate the case again. Bosh gets in contact with his ex girlfriend, an FBI profiler named Rachel Walling.

You might think this all in the family approach is just a ploy to support a weak story but it is not. Each character's presence is justified even if Walling s is mostly incidental.

Having read a few mysteries this summer, I could not help but notice Connelly does not pad his novels.

The Reversal is not the usual darkish Connelly thriller with a rather tortured Detective as a main character. This is a trial procedural that is closer to an actual day to day trial than anything a mystery reader is used to.

Richard Lanoie

Other Michael Connelly Reviews

Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.

The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly

Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.

The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.

The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery

The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.

The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)

The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.

The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.

Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.

The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery

The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.

The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.

The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards

Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel

The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.

The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.

The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.

The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.

The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.

Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great

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