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The Reversal

(Mickey Haller #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  50,016 ratings  ·  2,906 reviews
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 Bos ...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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James Thane
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Cecilia Quick
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Bill  Kerwin
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it

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.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
I somehow cannot get to like Mickey Haller and I really do not enjoy court scenes so I probably should have left this book out of my reading of the Harry Bosch series. On the other hand there is always the worry that I might miss a bit of Harry so read it I did.

And I did enjoy the Harry Bosch chapters and the parts where he interacted with Mickey and Maggie. I also learned more about the progress Harry is making with his daughter which I would have missed if I had jumped past this book. He showe
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Jason Jessup was a convicted child killer who had spent nearly twenty-four years in prison until a month earlier when the California Supreme Court reversed his conviction and sent the case back to Los Angeles County for either retrial or a dismissal of the charges. The reversal came after a two-decade long legal battle staged primarily from Jessup's cell and with his own pen. Authoring appeals, motions, complaints and whatever legal challenges he could research, the self-styled lawyer m ...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
Red Heaven
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it

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
This is listed as the third book in the Mickey Haller series but Harry Bosch plays a prominent role in the story. The story opens with Mickey meeting L.A. District Attorney Gabriel Williams for lunch. Mickey is a defense lawyer. He is The Lincoln Lawyer. Williams has an unusual offer. He wants Mickey to cross the aisle and be the prosecutor in the retrial of a convicted lowlife child killer. Jason Jessup was convicted twenty-four years ago of kidnapping and killing 12 year old Melissa Landy and ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, html-href
New York Best Seller List - Oct. 24, 2010 - #1

Mickey Haller (”The Lincoln Lawyer”) crosses his attorney defense “line” & goes to The Reversal on a prosecution “side”.

Jason Jessup, in jail 24 years, convicted for a 12-year-old girl murder. Released, due to the new “Genetic Justice Process” reviewing past murder cases. Jessup had other convictions. Run from LAPD surveillance or wait for The Reversal trial?

Prosecution - Mickey Haller, Harry Bosch (LAPD investigator) & Maggie McPherson (de
4.5/5 stars (9/10)
This was another excellent entry in the Harry Bosch Universe. I loved it that Mickey and Harry sort-of shared top dog, although it was really more from Mickey's viewpoint than Harry's. I liked the interaction between the brothers and awkward triangle if ever there was one. I seriously doubt that's the direction Connelly is going, but it was fun to read about Mickey's petty jealousy in that regard...really makes him more human and less "sleazy."
The only thing that k
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017, favorites
Wow. This was a really good book. We get a team-up of Haller and Bosch. Haller doing his own moves in this one that leaves you wondering who the good guys are. And the ending with Bosch determined to find out the truth.

Haller is called upon by the DA's office to prosecute a retrial of a man who was accused of abducting and murdering a young child. The man accused, Jason Jessup, is given a new trial after some DNA shows that it does not match him. But all evidence points to Jessup. It's going to
Book Addict Shaun
I love a good legal thriller and the Mickey Haller books have been some of my favourites. Add in the addition of his half-brother, Harry Bosch and this story had me hooked. This was another fantastic story, and I loved the scenes in the courtroom. I enjoyed seeing Haller working for the prosecution, and also his ex-wife being on the same team as well and working with Bosch. The ending might have been written with a film in mind because it was very Hollywood blockbuster-ish but it was another thr ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
March 2010
Retrial of Jessup a child murderer who abducted and killed a young 12 years old Mel 26 years ago. He spent it in jail but a DNA examination of semen found on dress came back negative to him and positive for another person. The supreme courts reversed its decision and ordered a new trial ....

Mike Haller the famous Lincoln Lawyer is crossing the aisle and becoming a special prosecutor to prosecute Jessup and not to defend him ... his first time crossing the line and he could be enjoying
Lukasz Pruski
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Number three in the Mickey Haller series.
Michael Connelly never fails to entertain me. This is yet another tight well paced thriller.

This is the first of Mickey Haller books where Harry Bosch plays a major part.
The book takes place partly in a courtroom with Mickey and partly out in the field with Harry. So if you're thing is courtrooms dramas or if you prefer detective dramas everybody's covered.
You are never sure what Jason Jessup, the would be villain of the book, is up to. A times he look
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
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
This is a re-read by audiobook. I love cross-overs with Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Another outstanding book in the Mickey Haller/Harry Bosch series! The Reversal features defense attorney Haller crossing the courtroom aisle to work as the prosecutor along side his ex-wife. He brings Bosch in as an investigator on a case in which the accused has already served 24 years after having been found guilty of the murder of a 12 year old girl. His conviction has recently been overturned, and he's free pending his new trial. Haller & Bosch are convinced he's guilty and leave no ston ...more
No rating as I want to be fair. I abandoned this one because I have so many more intriguing pulls to my currently reading pile. Don't get me wrong. I love Michael Connelly and have read every Bosch (even the new combos and shorter works) and also some of the Mickey Haller too. And I wondered why I had the hole in the line of his works as "unread". Well, now I know why. I think I started it another year way back and left it then too.

Mixing these half siblings in their work on this kind of a redo
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
A solid legal thriller, with Mickey Haller and Bosch combining forces to try and take down a child-killer. Slightly clunky alternating chapters, with Haller in first person, and Bosch in third. Found Mickey Haller annoying, as in his other books, but this was better than my last Connelly read (The Black Box).
kartik narayanan
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whew. Reversal is one hell of a ride.

This is the first book where both Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch both get main billing. And so, there is a minor change in tone depending on who’s perspective is being told. I didnt mind it since this mix worked, for the most part.

There are shades of ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ towards the end but, again, for the most part, it is a resonably original story. The complaint I have about it is the amount of doubt that we are left with about the defendant in the
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
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Yigal Zur
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
one of the best of Connelly. pure delight
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
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache

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