Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Reversal

The Reversal (Harry Bosch)

by Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Co.
October, 2010

The Reversal brings together Mickey Haller, erstwhile defense attorney (Brass Verdict, Lincoln Lawyer) with long time Connelly hero LAPD detective Harry Bosch. The men are half brothers but uncomfortable allies in this thriller. Haller, a fairly brash and arrogant character in earlier novels has matured and hence crosses over to the district attorney’s side to prosecute a child murderer who is being released from prison after 24 years. His release is based on a new DNA finding. Bosch is in a supporting role as his investigator though he is almost a co-lead in this story. Also playing a supporting role is Haller’s ex-wife Maggie McPherson as a prosecuting attorney assisting Haller in this case. One of the things I like so well about the Connelly novels is the way he develops and continually expands our knowledge of his characters; when he intermingles them in novels that only adds to the fun.

The story, replete with the expected twists and turns is a convincing police/legal procedural certainly up to the standard we have come to expect from Connelly. The action is fast paced and I think tempts the reader to stay up half the night finishing this story. There were two items that prevented me from giving this story five stars. One I struggled with the change in voice. When Haller spoke it was in the first person, when Bosch was the key character it was described in the third person. This might have worked if Bosch was not so frequently present in the story, but for me it was confusing and took some getting used to as the action moved along. The second problem for me was the ending, it was without drama. I won’t give away the ending but I bet you guess what happens fairly quickly. There was lots of psychological baggage and moral ambiguity picked up by both Haller and Bosch that I am sure will reappear in future novels. Definitely a solid effort from Connelly!


Rebecca Glenn said...

Hey, I saw your review on Cym Lowell's page, and I was wondering if you'd like to post it on mine, as well. Each week I do a New Release Tuesday feature, and I add a Linky tool for readers to post their reviews of the week's new releases.

At any rate, thank you for this one (it's next up for me; have to finish the Louise Penny first), and if you feel like posting it another place, here's the link: The Book Frog: New Release Tuesday.

Nice site, btw. I'm a follower.


Elizabeth said...

I love Michael Connelly books.

....stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party.

I have reviews on my blog if you want to stop by.