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*Starred Review* Crime-fiction megastar Connelly can always be counted on to try something a little different. In The Reversal (2010), his last Mickey Haller novel, starring the L.A. lawyer who prefers to work out of his Lincoln Town Car, Connelly offered a tour de force of plotting on multiple levels. Here, he narrows the focus considerably, concentrating almost exclusively on what happens inside the courtroom but bringing to the traditional give-and-take of prosecutor, defender, judge, and jury an altogether more complex commingling of personality and legal strategy than is typically on view in legal thrillers. He accomplishes this with a particularly rich first-person narration in which Haller takes us through the courtroom drama as it happens, noting his blunders and praising himself for quick-thinking improvisations. It doesn't hurt, either, that the plot is meaty: a woman whom Haller was representing in a suit against the bank attempting to foreclose on her mortgage is accused of killing the bank official in charge of foreclosures. Combining ripped-from-the-headlines information on the mortgage crisis with a cast of characters that defies stereotypes at every turn of the plot, Connelly shows once again that he will never simply ride the wave of past success. And, neither, apparently, will Mickey Haller, as he reveals a shocking change of direction in the novel's final pages.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Connelly's latest Mickey Haller novel will benefit from the release in March of a movie version of The Lincoln Lawyer, the first Haller novel, starring Matthew McConaughey. 750,000 first printing. --Bill Ott--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
With the down turn in the economy, Mickey Haller has had to change the focus of his practice. There just aren’t enough murder cases to pay the bills. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Mark Baker
I have enjoyed reading the Lincoln Lawyer series, but this one was just OK. Not up to the author's usual caliber.Published 2 days ago by Sandra McConnell
Connelly presents another great book in this series. It will keep you entertained and thinking the entire time. Couldn't put it down.Published 3 days ago by Miami Mami
Another great Mickey Haller thriller. Keeps you interested from first chapter till the last.Published 3 days ago by Gerald Kellogg
Thoroughly enjoyable. The riveting twists and turns makes it almost impossible to stop reading! Another great Lincoln Lawyer read, highly recommend!Published 13 days ago by Johnsie Cheatham
A well constructed piece.
Reading Connelly for over twenty years, the author has his characters well settled. Read more
Have not read it yet Michael Connelly's books are always good, and I expect to enjoy this as much as the rest of his other books.Published 16 days ago by Lynette S. Lawlis