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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,886 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Peter Giles Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mickey Haller Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781607886471
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Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change sides and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder case. After twenty-four 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 Bosch.

Together, Bosch and Haller set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. Opposing them is Jessup, now out on bail, a defense attorney who excels at manipulating the media, and a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years.

With the odds and the evidence against them, Bosch and Haller must nail a sadistic killer once and for all. If Bosch is sure of anything, it is that Jason Jessup plans to kill again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “However venerable and well-loved Harry may be, it’s become clear that Mickey’s brazenness brings these books a new brio…[Connelly] has dreamed up a criminal case in which both can be involved. And then, once the story’s larger framework is in place, he executes the subtle sleight of hand that makes each of his books so much more than the sum of its parts…[Connelly] can illustrate the basics of criminal investigation better than most. And he makes suspenseful use of simple but diabolical complications for the prosecution.”

    New York Times

  • “The author has Haller narrating his chapters, while the Bosch-centered sections are told in the third person. For the former, Peter Giles has developed a breezy, fast-paced vocal approach, while the detective’s process is presented in a tougher, no frills manner. Additional characters are provided their own unique voices...The production [is] highly entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Engaging.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Peter Giles’...best character portrayals are Bosch, whose almost-tired Clint Eastwood-like voice is consistent throughout, and ‘Clever’ Clive Royce, the defense attorney, whose British accent never wavers. Connelly’s procedural has enough details for listeners to understand the legal process and enough action to keep the plot moving.”

    AudioFile

  • “Connelly may be our most versatile crime writer. His Harry Bosch series has taken the hard-boiled cop novel to a new level of complexity, both in its portrayal of the hero’s inner life and in Connelly’s ability to intertwine landscape and meaning…The table is set for a straightforward legal thriller, albeit one starring three superbly multidimensional characters. And, yet, Connelly bobs and weaves around all our expectations. There is suspense, of course, and there are plenty of surprises, both in the courtroom and outside of it, but this is a plot that won’t be pigeonholed. Reading this book is like watching a master craftsman, slowly and carefully, brick by brick, build something that holds together exquisitely, form and function in perfect alignment.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Defense attorney Mickey Haller teams up with Harry Bosch to tackle an almost twenty-five-year-old case in Connelly’s latest page-turner...Alternating between Haller’s first-person narration and the third-person narrative following Bosch, Connelly weaves a tale that solidifies his reputation as the master of the modern crime thriller. His latest constantly surprises and has keen character insight.”

    Library Journal

  • “Plot, nuance, characters, dialogue—as usual, Connelly delivers it all, and brilliantly.”

    BookPage

  • A 2010 Library Journal Best Book for Mystery/Thrillers
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Hardcover Novel
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/18/2014

    " Connelly never fails to deliver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Isaac Friedman | 2/15/2014

    " Fun legal/police action. He packs a punch into the last few pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 2/15/2014

    " The Lincoln Lawyer does a stint for the prosecution.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 2/8/2014

    " A great team of Harry Bosch and the Lincoln lawyer, with Maggie McPherson included, as they work together on a complex and challenging case. Michael Connelly always delivers great suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mish Middelmann | 2/8/2014

    " Racy, smart and interesting as ever, but lacked the depth of others from Connelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/27/2014

    " Mickey Haller works for the prosecutor, in a departure he's not sure he wants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Wooldridge | 1/26/2014

    " Like the previous Lincoln Lawyer novels, I found this one to be just as entertaining and captivating. I probably would have given it 4 stars, but I was a little disappointed by the odd, unsatisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/24/2014

    " Another fine book in a fine series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 1/24/2014

    " Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller work together in this story of a retrial. Both characters are distict and consistent. The ending is to be expected, although several details are surprises. If you enjoy Connelly's storytelling, you will really like this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/19/2014

    " if you liked the lincoln lawyer you will like this. i enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Palmer | 12/19/2013

    " such an amazing book that kept me guessing. i absolutely love michael connelly :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver Barratt | 12/18/2013

    " Haller and Bosch together was a great combo. I am a fan of the Bosch series. To me, this book was not as good as a Harry Bosch novel. It was not bad, but I enjoy bosch much better than Haller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunday Austin | 12/14/2013

    " Liked it a lot but is the story continued in another Harry Bosch novel??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yuting | 11/27/2013

    " Enjoyed reading the drama, heated exchanges, and fierce fights in the courtroom. I expected more for the ending though. It was a major anti-climax for me. I was enjoying every bit of the book until the ending killed it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Mackenzie | 11/19/2013

    " Hated the ending! Want to know more! Too much trial but a good storyline I guess! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Hague | 11/9/2013

    " Enjoyed this third book in the Mickey Haller series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/30/2013

    " Another great book by Michael Connelly. He does an excellent job of really pulling you into the story and making you feel like you are sitting in the courtroom watching everything unfold. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Bragg | 9/1/2013

    " Forgot to put this one in earlier. Really spooky book, very timely. Another in the list of Michael Connelly books that I zipped through & loved! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry McLaughlin | 8/2/2013

    " Connelly at his best. He does a wonderful job of bringing his on-going characters, Haller & Bosch, together in one book. The plot is intricate and the twists are fascinating. A compelling, page-turning read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 2/4/2013

    " Very good read as usual. Can't go wrong with a Michael Connelly book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick Legore | 1/11/2013

    " Good reading, I enjoyed this one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin West | 1/6/2013

    " The ending was kind of abrupt and unsatisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 7/4/2012

    " Not sure I will pick up another one of Connelly's book - he definitely went downhill from the great start he had with lawyer Mickey Haller in Lincoln Lawyer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/4/2012

    " Quite enjoyable. Not taxing and well paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie Hayter | 1/1/2012

    " My favourite kind of book - a courtroom drama! This book is easy to read, and the story is excellent! Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/11/2011

    " I haven't read one of his on a long time. Gotta figure out where I left off with the Harry Bosch series. They are always good reads. First book of 2013 done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/23/2011

    " The Reversal was very will written and engaging, but what else would you expect from Michael Connelly. Looking forward to reading the next book where this one leaves off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt | 5/19/2011

    " I really like Bosch and Haller together. 1st and 3rd person voices in the same book don't always work but Connelly does it really well. Good story, well told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/12/2011

    " I usually love Michael Connelly, but this one didn't quite do it for me. I'm guessing the next installment will answer some unresolved questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 5/12/2011

    " I love good lawyer books. This has the added bonus of being told also by a cop. I have read almost all of Michael Connelly's books and I love Mickey Haller and Henry Boch, so bringing them together for another book, gold for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 5/10/2011

    " I know I'm being boring by reading 3 of these in a row - I tried that new book about Little House on the Prairie and wasn't digging it and this was my only other book in the car :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcus | 5/9/2011

    " The story is ridiculous. Mickey Haller is better than ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley FL | 5/8/2011

    " I didn't like this one as much as the previous two. Perhaps because I haven't read all of the Harry Bosch novels? This book alternated from 1st person when one character to third when another. I found it very choppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeene | 5/8/2011

    " listening to the audio book
    3.5 Stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/5/2011

    " I'm really starting to like these Mickey Haller stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 5/3/2011

    " Another winner from Michael Connelly. Everything about it works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 5/2/2011

    " Audio -- 3.5 -- A murder of a child 2 decades ago and how the Lincoln lawyer becomes a special prosecutor. The author ends his books by opening another linking story. Really good writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 5/1/2011

    " Not as good as first 2 Haller books but I still enjoyed it. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrator

Peter Giles, a film, television, and voice actor, is best known in the audiobook industry for his superb narration of Michael Connelly's thrillers.