The last time I’d eaten at the Water Grill I sat across the table from a client who had coldly and calculatedly murdered his wife and her lover, shooting both of them in the face. He had engaged my services to not only defend him at trial but fully exonerate him and restore his good name in the public eye. This time I was sitting with someone with whom I needed to be even more careful. I was dining with Gabriel Williams, the district attorney of Los Angeles County.
It was a crisp afternoon in midwinter. I sat with Williams and his trusted chief of staff — read political advisor — Joe Ridell. The meal had been set for 1:30 p.m., when most courthouse lawyers would be safely back in the CCB, and the DA would not be advertising his dalliance with a member of the dark side. Meaning me, Mickey Haller, defender of the damned.
The Water Grill was a nice place for a downtown lunch. Good food and atmosphere, good separation between tables for private conversation, and a wine list hard to top in all of downtown. It was the kind of place where you kept your suit jacket on and the waiter put a black napkin across your lap so you needn’t be bothered with doing it yourself. The prosecution team ordered martinis at the county taxpayers’ expense and I stuck with the free water the restaurant was pouring. It took Williams two gulps of gin and one olive before he got to the reason we were hiding in plain sight.
“Mickey, I have a proposition for you.”
I nodded. Ridell had already said as much when he had called that morning to set up the lunch. I had agreed to the meet and then had gone to work on the phone myself, trying to gather any inside information I could on what the proposition would be. Not even my first ex-wife, who worked in the district attorney’s employ, knew what was up.
“I’m all ears,” I said. “It’s not every day that the DA himself wants to give you a proposition. I know it can’t be in regard to any of my clients — they wouldn’t merit much attention from the guy at the top. And at the moment I’m only carrying a few cases anyway. Times are slow.”
“Well, you’re right,” Williams said. “This is not about any of your clients. I have a case I would like you to take on.”
I nodded again. I understood now. They all hate the defense attorney until they need the defense attorney. I didn’t know if Williams had any children but he would have known through due diligence that I didn’t do juvy work. So I was guessing it had to be his wife. Probably a shoplifting grab or a DUI he was trying to keep under wraps.
“Who got popped?” I asked.
Williams looked at Ridell and they shared a smile.
“No, nothing like that,” Williams said. “My proposition is I would like to hire you, Mickey. I want you to come work at the DA’s office.”
Excerpted from the book The Reversal by Michael Connelly. Copyright ©2010 by Hieronymus, Inc. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY. All rights reserved.
With The Reversal, #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly—"one of the masters of contemporary crime fiction" (Los Angeles Times), delivers a hard-hitting legal thriller that has his two protagonists, Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch, working in tandem again.
Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and be the prosecutor in the high-profile case of a brutal child murderer. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence, but the District Attorney of Los Angeles County is convinced Jessup is guilty. Haller takes the case with the condition that he get 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 are 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. Aiding them in the courtroom is Mickey's ex-wife, prosecutor Maggie McPherson.
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.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( October 05, 2010 )
Item #: 13-174868
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.875inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
great book,love all his books
Reviewer: patricia s
This book is a great read! I love the Mickey Haller series. Harry Bosch adds alot to the story as Haller's investigator. Actually I think I like Mickey Haller as a defense attorney rather than a prosecutor. The story has alot of interesting twists and turns.
Reviewer: Beth H
Connely never lets us down.
Once again, Connelly proves he's a master of plot, pace and suspense. Of all the crime fiction novelists I've read, he does the courtroom scenes best. I was a slightly disappointed that Jessup came to such an easy end. A page turner and a great read. My favorite is still The Brass Verdict.
I have been hooked on Michael Connelly for some time and this book is no exception. Great read and very well presented keep up the good work. Just please put out more books. there are not that many Good writers out there any more