The Reversal : Harry Bosch

  • by Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by Peter Giles
  • Series: Harry Bosch
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Brilliantly executed

Connelley's newest brings his two most well known characters together in a masterfully crafted story of legal gamesmanship and investigatory prowess very much in the style of Law and Order that is more heavily written as a Mickey Haller courtroom procedural than a police thriller. Harry Bosch plays a significant role, maybe as much as 40% of the story --and provides much of the action in the book, but it is the interaction of the two that adds some real personal interest. The half brothers are getting to know each other a little as are their daughters and these relationships promise avenues for some terrific storytelling in the future.

I think what impressed me the most about how Connelly executed this work was what he didn't do. There were at least half a dozen times in the book where he'd left the opportunity open for fairly obvious plot devices that authors over use to manipulate the reader or force a dramatic turn of events. Connelly's skill is in understanding that jaded readers expect these things and cynically predict them as we're reading. Just as we get to the point where we expect to turn the page to find the predictable forced plot twist, the story resolves in beautiful simplicity that feels far more real than any contrived t.v. show style drama. Bravo to Connelly for resisting the obvious. That said, there were some missed opportunities here that I think hint at future stories. For example, I look forward to some adventures that feature the newly acquainted cousins. I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good story and well executed, but may have left a little too much of the sub plot on the editing room floor.
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- Andrew Pollack

Almost as if it is two books!

I rarely feel like giving up on a book, a Connelly offering in particular. But the first half of this one had my "Romance Novel Sensor" ringing gently on the periphery. Not glandular but boring. Then we got a bit of complexity and intrigue plus some courtroom hi jinx and the day was nearly saved.
What made this effort mediocre for me was the reader's performance. Flat, monotone are a couple of words that come to mind. Hieronymus just didn't have that famous edge as he came across a bit like Robert Young.
Finally, I must apply the dreaded "formulaic" as well. Connolly, if he actually authored every word, didn't seem to have his heart in this one.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio