I was still in the mood for a fast-paced novel when I picked up The Reversal by Michael Connelly. This was to be the second novel of his that I had chosen to read and I looked forward to a little fast-paced action.
This novel centres on two characters: Mickey Haller (a defense attorney) and his half-brother Harry Bosch (a LAPD detective). In this story, Haller takes on a one time case for the prosecution and requests Bosch as his lead detective. The case? To prosecute the child killer, Jason Jessup, who has been granted a retrial based on new DNA evidence. While searching a twenty year old trail for eye witnesses, Haller works on working a case that the defense attorney has already begun to try in the media.
During the novel, I kept hoping that the killer would not get away with murdering a little girl – and yet it seemed that Bosch could not find the evidence to keep him locked up. I found myself reading the words quickly, especially when Bosch began to realise that Jessup may be a repeat offender.
“Bosch felt an urgency take hold inside. An urgency that came with a growing certainty that they weren’t dealing with an isolated instance of murder. If Walling’s theory was correct, and he had no reason to doubt it, Jessup was a repeater. And though he had been on ice for twenty-four years, he was now roaming the city freely. It would not be long now before he became vulnerable to the pressures and urges that had driven him to deadly action before.” (p162, Grand Central Publishing, 2010)
I enjoyed this page-turning thriller and found myself thinking of the story during my workday. If I were a nail biter, I would have definitely found myself with my fingers in my mouth due to the tension! If you enjoy crime stories and lawyer-type novels, you will enjoy this one. This is an action-packed read that does not disappoint.
Have you read any of the Lincoln Lawyer novels?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 15th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)