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The Reversal (Mickey Haller #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  42,053 Ratings  ·  2,548 Reviews
Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together take on a seemingly unwinnable case in Michael Connelly's latest blistering bestseller.
Paperback, 485 pages
Published August 2011 by Orion Books (first published October 5th 2010)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"

Nobody does it better,
Makes me forget all the rest,
Nobody does it half as good as you,
Baby you're the best...

Every time I'm disappointed by some other author in the genre, it just makes me appreciate Connelly's skills all the more. He leaves all the others in the dust. I read the last 215 pages of this one all in a night. Stayed up till 2:00 a.m. No one else can make me focus like that.

This book is a Mickey Haller/Harry Bosch hybrid. It takes place
Cecilia Quick
The end ruined this for me. It's as if the author was driving his car along on a pleasant Sunday outing, didn't watch where he was going, and drove off a cliff mid-drive. Stupid ending. Up until then, I enjoyed the book as a midrange outing for this author. I like it that Bosch and Mickey are awkwardly working their way to a relationship, and how they have many unconscious characteristics in common. I liked the premise. I have to admit, I got tired of the scenes of voir dire, although I liked ho ...more
Mickey Heller finds himself in the weird position of prosecutor when the 24-year old murder conviction of Jason Jessup is reversed after the DNA results point to someone else. The DA wants an independent counsel and Mickey's tagged. He agrees but with two conditions: Maggie McPherson is his second chair and Harry Bosch is assigned as investigator.

This was headed to a 5-star rating until I reached the end. Everything about this case was interesting and compelling, including the dynamics of Micke
Bill  Kerwin

A tale of Haller and Bosch together again, handled with the usual consummate professionalism we expect from Connelly--the only difference being that defense lawyer Haller is working as a special prosecutor this time, Still nothing special, though.
James Thane
This is the third entry in Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller series, after The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict. The Reversal, though is almost as much of a Harry Bosch novel as it is a Mickey Haller.

As the book opens, Haller gets an unusual offer from the L.A. County District Attorney who wants Haller to join the team as an independent prosecutor for the purpose of retrying a convicted child killer who has been granted a new trial after a successful appeal. Haller agrees to the proposition w
Red Heaven
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Although I haven't read much of Connelly, I've loved almost everything I have read and so I consider myself a fan. This was my first interaction with Mickey Haller, and I wasn't enthusiastic about it, but I had it with me at the airport and decided it was going to be better than nothing.

Straight away, Red Heaven found the alternating between 1st and 3rd person incredibly annoying. The book never settled into a consistent tone as a result.

I also noticed that for a 400 page novel, the ch
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
that's it.... I want a ticket to nowhere....
Wayne Shorter

Longtime LAPD Detective Harry Bosch assists half-brother Mickey Haller, a successful criminal defense attorney (aka, the Lincoln Lawyer), after Haller is appointed special prosecutor of Jason Jessup, convicted of a brutal child murder 24 years ago but recently released based on new DNA evidence.

This novel combines two of crime writer Michael Connelly's* main characters. Over 16 novels prior to this one, Connelly has ingeniously developed
Lukasz Pruski
Oh, the problem with sequels… Often, it is like this. You cook a gallon of good soup. You and your family eat half a gallon one day, and then to prolong the culinary feat, you add half a gallon of water to the remaining soup, and have half a gallon of it the next day. Then you add another half a gallon of water the next day, and so on and on, and soon you have no soup at all, just water, and a memory of good soup. "The Reversal" is a sequel to Michael Connelly's "The Lincoln Lawyer", which is a ...more
Mickey Haller & Harry Bosch team up in this one & even Rachel Walling shows up a few times. Great to see them all together. Connelly is getting a bit too repetitive & the plot wasn't as twisty, though. Still a good listen, but not one of the best.

This is part of the Harry Bosch Universe, #21 by my count which differs from the GR count slightly.
19 - Nine Dragons (Harry Bosch #15, Mickey Haller appears briefly), 2009
20 - The Scarecrow (Jack McEvoy #2), 2009
21 - The Reversal (Mickey Ha
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2010
How do you know when a book is owning you?

How about you get the notification that it's come in at the library and you realize that you have to go and pick it up that day or else you'll feel like you're missing something. Or how about once you pick it up, you start reading in the library while waiting for others who came with you to the library to finish making their selections? Or how about when you've got a DVR full of shows and a ton of great football choices to watch and instead you'd rather
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked The Lincoln Lawyer a little better, I think, but this story is a nifty pairing of the Haller and Bosch team. The courtroom scenes are top notch, the pace is fast, and the dialogue sharp. Very entertaining, especially once the story got some traction. I really should read more of Michael Connelly novels.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Reversal by Michael Connelly i s the 16th book in the Harry Bosch series and the 4th book featuring Micky Haller. Defence attorney Micky Haller is asked to prosecute a convicted child killer who had recently had his conviction reversed due to new evidence. He takes the case with his e-wife prosecuter Maggie McPherson as co-counsel and Harry Bosch as his lead investigator. Another fast paced, page-turning book, let down a little by the ending which seemed to leave a few unanswered questions. ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
You know, up to the time I read the first Micky Haller novel The Lincoln Lawyer I'd only read one Michael Connelly novel. I'm glad I picked up another one.

This is an excellent novel. I'm giving it a 5 star rating...not a common thing. Here Micky is convinced to step across the isle and take up the mantle of prosecutor...something he never pictured himself doing.

There are a few times in this novel when I got a little annoyed with Micky (again if you know me from my reviews you may guess what pa
Larry Bassett
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, audio
This is the second Connelly book in a row that I have given five stars. Occasionally there are books that include lead characters from a couple of books working together. This is a court room drama with three stars working together. It is a stunning book that I experienced in the audible format. It has some of the usual social issues that will make you wonder about the status of our society including lot enforcement intentionally telling a person they do not believe has the right to life and jus ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller, 2017
In 1986, Twelve year old Melissa Landy was snatched from her front yard and later found dead. Jason Jessup was convicted of her murder. Now 24 years later, DNA from a semen stain on the little girl's dress points to Melissa's stepfather. Jessup's conviction was overturned and a new trial is ordered. Defense Attorney Mickey Haller is asked to cross the aisle and work for the prosecution on this case. He chooses his ex-wife, Maggie McPherson, to be second chair, and his half-brother, Harry Bosch, ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Steve Buchmeyer
Well that escalated quickly!
Interesting and fun with a twist ending.
Dana Stabenow
It usually was the best moment of a case. The drive downtown with a suspect handcuffed in the backseat. There was nothing better. Sure there was the eventual payoff of a conviction down the line. Being in the courtroom when the verdict is read--watching the reality shock and then deaden the eyes of the convicted. But the drive in was always better, more immediate and personal. It was always the moment Bosch savored. The chase was over and the case was about to morph from the relentless momentum ...more
There are three phases of Connelly, it seems. All three phases retain his strongest suit—a deft hand with crackerjack plotting. The books always move and always hook you and I pretty much can't do anything else once I start one of his novels. But they're not as good as they used to be, and that's a damn shame.

Early Connelly, when he labored over his prose and his books were dense and meaty and good, lasted probably up through about Angel's Flight. After that came phase two, when the prose had b
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-drama
Connelly combines two of his best creations in this legal novel starring Mickey Haller and Hieronymous Bosch. The story is told in the first person by Haller and third person about Bosch’s investigation. Haller has been hired as an independent prosecutor to retry the case of a man sent to prison for 24 years for the murder of a young girl. His case had been overturned and despite DNA evidence that appears to exonerate him, the D.A.’s office has decided it still has enough evidence to prove Jessu ...more
Freda Malone
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was absolutely enthralled with this murder mystery. I love how Mickey Haller and Bosch worked together and how meticulously organized the prosecution appeared in the courtroom and outside the courtroom. Harry is still ...Harry, the lone hero on a mission, determined to get every little piece of evidence and fact wrapped up in a nice tight bundle. Mickey Haller is a great character to get to know and I look forward to reading a few more about both of these 'gung ho' men.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Michael Connelly
Fans of both the Harry Bosch series and the Mickey Haller series will be startled by the opening scenario of THE REVERSAL. Haller is being wined and dined at the tony L.A. Water Grill by L.A. County D.A. Gabriel Williams. Haller, of course, is wary. Why the sudden conspicuous show of collegiality? He sticks to water while he listens to the D.A.'s pitch. Twenty-four years ago Jason Jessup was convicted of abducting and murdering 12-year-old Melissa Landy. Recently, the conviction was tossed after ...more
Cathy DuPont
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of years ago I recall having a dry spell of books and particularly authors I wanted to read.

Then I belatedly found Robert B. Parker and John Sandford. I was content because I enjoyed their writing so much and the stories were great.

Last year I happened upon Michael Connelly and although I had heard of him, purposely avoided him because I thought he was marketed just a little to slick for my taste. However, after finishing The Lincoln Lawyer (my first Connelly) I chastised myself for b

3.5 stars - I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I just love Harry Bosch! I like his character, his determination, his ability to figure out a case. If I ever need a detective, I’m calling Harry Bosch.

Harry is investigating the case of Jason Jessup, an accused and convicted child murderer who may be exonerated due to new DNA evidence. Harry’s half brother, Mickey Haller has been asked to prosecute the accused.

I found that the beginning of the novel was a little slow for me. Ther
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Another great Mickey Haller book, taking the main character to the other side of the aisle this time, in a special prosecutor role. We also get a greater insight into Bosch, for those of us who have not tackled his own series.

Mickey is asked to play the role of special prosecutor on a case that has come back to bite the D.A. Haller uses his ex-wife to help him build the case again and dig into a murder/kidnapping from back in '86. We learn much about the case in the 1st and 3rd person narratives
Jim Coughenour
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Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
PROTAGONIST: Mickey Haller, prosecuting attorney, and Harry Bosch
SERIES: #16 of 18
RATING: 4.25
WHY: Mickey Haller has always been a defense attorney but agrees to handle the prosecution of Jason Jessup who was convicted of the murder of a 12-year-old girl 24 years earlier but recently released due to new DNA evidence. Haller is aided in the case by his second chair and former wife, Maggie McPherson, and investigator Harry Bosch. Haller believes that Jessup is guilty, but trying to prov
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I think this novel is my favorite one in the Harry Bosch series. I loved it. It makes me look forward to reading the rest of the Mickey Haller series as well. This novel was a merge of both of those series. I like how they are separate and different but yet they can still merge for a great story and then separate to go their own way.

I liked the humor that was woven into the story line. It made me laugh out loud. It was also fast paced, as his novels usually are. So something was always going on
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Michael Connelly ever since I read the first book of his that I encountered. Harry Bosch is a great character, despite any of his flaws. Mickey Haller, who is sort of the main chaaracter here, is not so familiar to me. Mickey, who is usually a defense lawyer, takes over the role of prosecutor on a one time basis. The case to be retried is of a man who has already served 20 years on a charge of kidnapping and killing a little girl. Mickey gets him released on his own recognic ...more
Pamela Mclaren
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Another tightly woven, intricate story from Michael Connelly featuring both of his series characters, defense attorney Michael Heller and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. This time Haller is on the other side of the aisle, working for the prosecution, retrying Jason Jessup who had been convicted 24 years previously for the kidnap and murder of a 12 year old girl. Working together with each other and Heller's ex-wife, the team has to make up a strong case despite the absence of many of the original wi ...more
The Reversal by Michael Connelly.

I have been a long time fan of Harry Bosch and this story/book was definitely not up to par with what I had been accustomed to when Harry is the central figure. The lawyer-Haller-was supposed to be the central figure which didn't fit the bill in comparison to Harry's books. The author made the feeble attempt at playing down Harry's role in respect to his coarseness and lack of social graces...of course, that's why Harry is so more suited to be the focal point of
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Other Books in the Series

Mickey Haller (6 books)
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