By Michael Connelly
Read by Peter Giles
Hachette Audio, (2010)
An Unabridged Recording on 10 CDs
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - December 10, 2010
Defense attorney Mickey Haller and his ex-wife, an assistant DA, together with his half brother LAPD detective Harry Bosch, are working on the same side trying to convict a man who allegedly murdered a twelve year old girl. Thus the novel can offer readers keen, clever, and humorous court drama and incisive, in-depth police work, an opportunity that author Michael Connelly fulfils in spades.
The alleged killer was tried, convicted, and jailed for twenty-four years before science uncovered that the DNA of the semen on the dress worn by the murdered girl did not belong to him, and an appellate court ordered that he be retried. Since the DA office was involved in the original trial, the DA requested Mickey Haller to cross over from defense work and handle the prosecution. Mickey agreed on the condition that his ex-wife serves as second chair, that she be given a better job after the trail, and that Harry Bosch be assigned as his investigator. The alleged killer found an expert widely-known attorney pro-bono, for the attorney was seeking publicity. The attorney pursued both his defense and the publicity diligently. The attorney probably also wanted to stick his hand in the money that the state would have to pay his client for false imprisonment if he was found innocent, and a share of book, TV, and movie deals.
The prosecution's initial problems were to explain the discrepancy of the semen DNA and determine whether the murdered girl's sister, who had been traumatized and used dope for many years after the murder could be a reliable witness, and what the defense would do with this information. Bosch's investigation reveals that the original police investigators misunderstood the evidence they had before them.
Readers will enjoy the twists and turns of the trial, the difficult search for evidence, and the interaction between the characters, all of which Connelly presents with non-stop tension.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of sixteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes Wagner and Drazin's latest book Let's Study Onkelos on www.ou.org/torah.