Review: The Reversal

The ReversalThe Reversal by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 be reading that book?

Or the biggest indicator of all–when you can’t wait to turn each page but once you get to the end you kick yourself for reading it too quickly and now you have to wait for the next book?

The good news is that since the book was "The Reversal" and it’s by Michael Connelly the wait won’t be as long as some other writers. The man is just a machine when it comes to writing. I swear he publishes a new book every six months or so. Not that I’m complaining because he’s only getting better with each new book.

"The Reversal" begins with a heck of a hook and doesn’t let up from there. Mickey Haller switches from defense lawyer to prosecuting attorney in the case of a little girl who was kidnapped and then murdered. The original findings were reversed due to new DNA testing and the clock is ticking–there has to be retrial started within sixty days or the accused walks free. Haller is brought in because no one in the DA’s office wants to touch the case. Haller agrees but only if he can be independent, have his ex-wife Maggie as his second chair and he can use the services of his half-brother Harry Bosch as investigator.

From there, the story begins to quickly unfold as the team has to dig into a quarter-century old case and figure out if and how they can convict the accused again. The story alternates between chapters from the first-person point of view of Mickey and third-person segments with Bosch. Connelly effortless transitions between the two and getting to see how each side is pursuing the cold case and trying to work toward the ultimate goal of putting the guys back behind bars is intriguing. Connelly even manages to ratchet up the suspense mid-way through the story when we discover that the accused may have been a serial kidnapper and that he has a pattern to his kidnappings and potentially killings–something that the trial and it’s stress could trigger again.

Once again, Michael Connelly proves why he’s one of the masters of the modern day thriller stories. But as I’ve said before, his stories transcend that and are something more. With Haller and Bosch, Connelly has a great team and one that I’ve really enjoyed getting to see work together on the printed page. It’s a trick that could easily get overdone, but so far Connelly shows no signs of doing that.

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