The Reversal by Michael Connelly
(A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)

73%

24 Critic Reviews

Michael Connelly has a legitimate claim to being one of the greatest living writers of police procedurals.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.
 

About Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 388 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Reversal
All: 24 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 6

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Oct 06 2010

He writes true-to-life fiction about true crime. What makes his crime stories ring most true is that they’re never really over.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 23 2010

... engaging second thriller to team defense attorney Mickey Haller and LAPD detective Harry Bosch

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Examiner

Good
on Dec 01 2011

...one would think by the expertise on display here that he had spent most of his life in a courtroom. A wonderful, intriguing, and extremely involving novel.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
on Oct 05 2010

Michael Connelly has a legitimate claim to being one of the greatest living writers of police procedurals.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
on Oct 08 2010

... the pace is not as swift and the plotting is not as complex...

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LA Times

Excellent
on Sep 26 2010

"The Reversal" confirms Connelly's status as a cultural institution in this city...

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Oct 06 2010

Haller preposterously agrees to switch sides, working as a special prosecutor against an accused child killer who's not nearly as compelling as Connelly's best villains.

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The Independent

Excellent
on Nov 17 2010

This...is quite an achievement for a piece of accessible popular fiction – and a salutary reminder of why we need to go on reading Michael Connelly.

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The Daily Beast

Good
on Oct 14 2010

The dichotomy between the characters—and their tenuous relation as half-brothers—adds a personal element to The Reversal.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
on Oct 23 2010

Once more Michael Connelly proves that he is as adept as John Grisham or Richard North Patterson at delivering edge-of-the-seat courtroom thrills...

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Good
on Oct 05 2010

In The Reversal, the author demonstrates how politics and public opinion influence the legal process...thought-provoking, daring, and original.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Good
on Apr 25 2011

Bringing together the protagonists of his two popular series gives the author the means to write a straightforward courtroom drama led by Haller, as well as a fairly good police investigation a la Harry Bosch.

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Chamber Four

Below average
on Nov 18 2010

It has a plot, albeit a formulaic revenge-fantasy plot. It has nothing else of value, you’ll forget it soon after finishing, and it won’t ever be important.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Excellent
on Oct 05 2010

By using Haller and Bosch together again, Connelly continues to push the boundaries of crime fiction, redefining the narrative in ways that excite and entertain his growing legion of fans.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Oct 22 2010

...Other than the dual narrator issue, the big problem for me is that there isn’t much of a mystery in The Reversal. It’s all about procedure...

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M/C Anderson

Good
Reviewed by Sue Bond on Feb 20 2013

The Reversal is a solid addition to the Connelly chronicles of LA crime. For the familiar, it’s something new with the novelty of two star-protagonists working together for the first time.

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Buffalo Rising

Excellent
on Dec 26 2010

Whether you enjoy suspenseful fiction or character study, The Reversal is a great read.

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Booking Mama

Above average
Reviewed by Julie P. on Oct 14 2010

I can't say that I was exactly blown away by THE REVERSAL, but I did like it a lot. You have to understand that I think Michael Connelly is "book god" and my expectations for his novels might not been exactly fair.

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Pop Culture Nerd

Above average
on Oct 01 2010

...the most important thing is Connelly's ability to convince us that Haller would work for The Man after two decades representing the underdog.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
Reviewed by Milo on Sep 22 2010

Michael Connelly has a clear penchant for courtroom battles. “The Reversal” deserves to be a rip roaring success and is a magnificent page turner; the case will hook you in until the very last scene.

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Good
Reviewed by Melisaa Willis on Sep 17 2010

My introduction to Michael Connelly was highly successful. I enjoyed the plot, loved the characters, and found the style excellent. For those that like Law and Order type entertainment, this is a great choice. Connelly has officially been added to my list of authors to follow.

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Al Nye the Lawyer Guy

Below average
Reviewed by Al Nye on May 27 2011

Despite Haller being the same witty, intelligent, impassioned and likable guy in earlier books; and even though he gets to work with the hard-nosed and dedicated Bosch as his investigator; never mind even that he convinces his ex-wife to be his second chair – the basic plot problem still exists: Haller is the prosecutor.

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Reviewed by Simon McLeish on May 04 2011

As a courtroom thriller, The Reversal is one of the best. Connelly keeps a fairly tight rein on the plausibility of his plot, while keeping the story engrossing.

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Fervent Reader

Above average
Reviewed by Julie on Oct 18 2010

I have mixed feelings about The Reversal by Michael Connelly. On one hand, the story was pretty darn good most of the way through. On the other hand, the ending just ruined the experience. Guess I better just split the difference and give the book 3 stars out of 5.

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