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The Reversal by Michael Connelly
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Michael Connelly never disappoints, he continues to produce novels that maintain the momentum he has built up with his previous work. In The Reversal he teams up two characters from previous series' - LAPD detective Harry Bosch (from the long-running Harry Bosch series) and lawyer Mickey Haller (a relatively new character with only a few titles). The two characters are actually half brothers, but have only met recently and are still coming to terms with their relationship.

In The Reversal Mickey is asked to prosecute a case for the LA District Attorney - a major shift from his previous career as a defence lawyer. But the lure of a high profilie case is enough to convince Mickey to change sides. With Bosch as his investigator and his ex-wife Maggie as second chair he knows he's got the best in the business on his side - but can they prove that Jason Jessup is guilty of the crime he's just been acquitted of?

Told in alternate chapters from Hallers and Bosch's point of view, Connelly keeps the pace rolling relentlessly. He also managed to combine the 3rd person (Bosch) and 1st (Haller) seamlessly, a literary device that doesn't always work. In his usual style, Connelly keeps the reader guessing as new twists and turns impact the case from chapter to chapter, leading to a stunning conclusion that, as always, you don't see coming.

As well as the suspense and intrigue of this book, I really enjoyed the continuing developing relationship between Bosch and Haller. In fact if anything, I wish Connelly would spend a little more time exploring it. I've loved watching the character of Harry Bosch develop and mellow over time and hope that now with his daughter and a brother, he might really develop a sense of family.

Another fabulous read from the master of crime (and now legal) thrillers.
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