Book: Michael Connelly “The Reversal”

March 2, 2016

Continuing my addition with Michael Connelly novels, The Reversal brings together Detective Harry Bosch and his half-brother, defense lawyer Mickey Haller.  However, this time, Haller has taken on the role of special prosecutor for a high profile case and teams up with Bosch as his investigator.  So, part court room drama and part police procedural this book also mixes writing styles to tell the story from the two points of view of our two main characters… a technique which isn’t as confusing as it seems initially but also seems a bit of a gimmick at times.

bookAnyway, as far as the actual plot of this novel goes – a child murderer is released due to the discovery of DNA evidence that throws his conviction in doubt, but the state decides to re-try the case.  As far as that goes it is fairly interesting, however during the trial Bosch starts to discover that there may have been other murders – and the most frustrating thing about this story is that once this plot point is brought up it is never fully resolved.  If feels like Connelly had the opening to bring this avenue up then couldn’t be bothered exploring it.

So, while this was another enjoyable outing for Bosch and Haller characters I do think this book left me looking for a little bit more.

(read in 8 days)

Book: Michael Connelly “9 Dragons”

February 23, 2016

The best Harry Bosh book so far for character development and action.  This time Harry is taken out of his usual environment when an investigation stumbles into triad territory and his daughter, living in Hong Kong is kidnapped.  Bosh, a man of action, drops everything, travels to Hong Kong, traces the movements of her abductors leaving a trail of bodies behind him. Many of Bosh’s decisions and actions are questionable in the real world and the ability for him to get out of close scrapes are Bond-esk – but as a piece of suspend your belief – action writing this was a great book.

bokThis is Michael Connelly’s best action book – a bit lighter than usual on the police procedural element, but nice for a change.  I also liked the signature detail description of location and travel around locations that comes with Connelly’s writing mainly because having visited Hong Kong I had a better idea of the geography being described.  Very enjoyable!

5 day read.


Book: Michael Connelly “The Scarecrow”

February 15, 2016

I need to start taking a note of how long these books are taking me.  It feels like I’m flying through them.  I also have a nagging doubt that since I am reading these on the kindle app on my phone these might be really skinny books.  Anyway..

bookThis is another appearance of the character Jack McEvoy, L.A. Times reporter we first met in `The Poet‘.  He now finds himself the victim of downsizing.  In his final two weeks he is to train up his replacement and come to terms with being layed off.  He picks up on a throw away story that he might be able to spin for his own purposes when it unravels into an unknown serial killers trail of bodies.

Jack reunites with FBI Agent Rachel Walling to track down The Scarecrow. Once again Connelly shows us the plot from two angles, Jack McEvoy following the investigation as it unfolds and occasional shorter chapters from the killers point of view.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Brass Verdict”

February 4, 2016

The Brass Verdict is a sequel to “The Lincoln Lawyer” featuring the Mickey Haller character as a defense lawyer.  However, Michael Connelly’s other main character Harry Bosch plays more than a cameo part in this story and it is nice to see the cross over – especially the twist which I will not go into.

bookMicky Haller is about to try to start working as a lawyer again, one year on from the closing of “The Lincoln Lawyer” having recovered from being shot and a resulting addiction to pain killers.  However, before really knowing if he is ready a colleague’s murder means that Micky suddenly inherits a lot of cases including one that will be a career maker with a big pay day.  Nothing is ever simple and could this case put Haller in danger of the same fate as his murdered predecessor (this murder is being investigated by Detective Harry Bosch by the way  – that’s the link).

This story has a number of red-herrings, twist and betrayals that keep you guessing till the very last chapter.  Michael Connelly at his best.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Overlook”

February 4, 2016

I’m going to run out of these soon – yes, another Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly.  This is a short one, and not the best outing for Connelly, never the less we still see Bosch do what he does best – look at a murder methodically and systematically without distraction.  The interest in this book for those familiar with the character is the return of FBI agent Rachel Waller, a previous collaborator and lover of Harry Bosch but now giving him a very cold shoulder.

bookThe FBI involvement in the murder at The Overlook is due to potential terrorist links which are quickly apparent – but Bosch rides through all that concentrating on the murder.  An enjoyable read but doesn’t really develop the characters any further.

Book: Michael Connelly “Echo Park”

January 24, 2016

Another Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly.  Leading on from The Closer, Harry is now in the Open-Unsolved Unit when a killer agrees to trade the death penalty for telling about all his previous crimes.  One is a 13 year old case that Harry has never been able to put behind him. Harry has always had a suspect in mind, but couldn’t close the case, meaning that he finds it hard to believe that this killer is responsible.

book-echoparkAs ever, you just can’t see where this is going.  The killer confesses, takes them to the body, knows details of the murder … but none of this is enough for Bosch who turns to Rachel Waller (FBI agent from previous novels THE POET and its sequel THE NARROWS) for help that ends up in an off the books investigation.

The other thing I found interesting in this novel was that parts of this story and at least one other novel was used in the TV series that first switched me on to this character and writer.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Lincoln Lawyer”

January 24, 2016

My continuing journey through the works of Michael Connelly leads to the first appearance of defense lawyer Mickey Haller.  I was concerned about reading this as I know I have seen the film based on this book some time ago but couldn’t remember anything about it.  I expected it to come back to me as I read, but it was all new to me – and very, very good!  (does that mean the movie is bad as it is so unmemorable?).

book-lincoln-lawyerConnelly’s protagonists are mainly from law enforcement (LAPD or FBI mainly) although he also writes very well the view of the killers they are pursuing.    Here, not only is the main character a lawyer but a defense lawyer skilled at getting guilty people off or on reduced sentences.  But nothing is as it seems in this book.  The core plot is as fast as you expect from this writer, but there are lots of quick encounters with clients, flashbacks, stories-within-stories which make it even more fascinating and adds a depth and insight to the character.

A sign of a good story is when the protagonist gets into a situation that is impossible to get out of – and then does.  Which is exactly what happens here and with no spoilers that’s all I can say.  I will go back to watch the movie and I hope this character comes back in other stories.


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