Saturday, November 28, 2009
"The Brass Verdict", by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch Series #14 & Mickey Haller Series #2
Bestseller Michael Connelly expertly brought his two best characters together in one of his most intricate and exciting plots to date.
L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller who we last seen in “The Lincoln Lawyer”, is now out of rehab, with his addiction behind him he is eager and ready to practice law again. When Jerry Vincent is murdered, he inherits his practice and heavy case load, a load that includes a high-profile double murder. The suspect is the famous studio executive Walter Elliot accused of murdering his wife and her lover. While preparing the mogul’s defense, Haller discovers that knowing the case sensitive information paints a target on his back and this was most likely the motive behind Vincent’s murder.
Detective Harry Bosch heightens intrigue into the scenario when he enters as lead investigator. Working on opposite sides of the law both Haller and Bosch join forces in order to uncover the truth…..but everybody lies. Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie and the judge can see right through them….will justice prevail….. The answer is expertly revealed between the pages….
This is one fast paced and engaging crime/courtroom mystery that is difficult to set aside. The plot is cleverly written, with enough twists and surprises to keep ones interest alert. The level of details described as Haller builds his case in search of the “magic bullet” is truly amazing; it adds context and depth to his character. The novel consists mostly of courtroom scenes with dialogue that zips along quite fast and text that masterfully paints a clear picture.
Michael Connelly’s has created another winner. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Brass Verdict”