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The Brass Verdict (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2016
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From Publishers Weekly
Arguably this country's best crime yarn spinner, Connelly has not only concocted an extremely clever plot for the second novel featuring Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, he has included his longtime series hero Harry Bosch as a supporting player in the who- and whydunit. The one less-than-perfect ingredient on this audio version is its reader, who, unlike former Connelly interpreters Len Carriou or Dick Hill, is not quite able to match the author's noir mood naturally. Peter Giles, an actor who has appeared in enough TV detective episodes to know better, starts off trying much too hard to sound hard-boiled. Haller is a lawyer, not Mike Hammer. But as the tricky tale plays out, with Haller and Bosch on the hunt for a homicidal jury manipulator, Giles tones down the toughness and settles in on a smartly paced and considerably more satisfying delivery. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 18). (Oct.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Critics were pleased to see two of Michael Connelly's protagonists—the relatively new Mickey Haller and world-weary homicide detective Harry Bosch—come together for the first time. They agreed that while this union of sorts could have been cliched, it succeeded for the most part by adding a new layer—the evolution of a relationship forged by protagonists of different series—to Connelly's oeuvre. Haller's presence adds a lighter tone to the story, which balances Bosch's darker, more ruminative outlook. Both play against each other nicely as Connelly writes at once a police procedural and a captivating legal thriller. The Washington Post called The Brass Verdict primarily entertainment, with deeper undertones—just right for Connelly fans.
Copyright 2008 Bookmarks Publishing LLC --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Mickey Haller "inherits" cases when a friend, Jerry Vincent, a fellow defense attorney, is murdered. The friend has Haller as co-counsel and if anything happened to him, then Mickey would get his cases. One of the cases is a high profile involving a movie producer, Walter Elliott, accused of the brutal murder of his trophy wife and her lover. The accused refuses to delay the trial, insisting on no continuances, even though Mickey is new to the case. Elliott is confident and secure that he will be acquitted and is refusing to take the trial seriously. Mickey is convinced that he is defending an innocent man. There are surprising twists and turns, Haller meets Harry Bosch, his half-brother.
I know the Lincoln Lawyer, the movie with McConoghay (I can't spell it, okay?) portrayed Mickey Haller in a different light than I see in these books. He reminds me more of Joe Pesci.
What is a brass verdict? Sometimes it is the only true verdict.
Connelly does his usual masterful job of adding enough layers of mystery to keep the pages turning until the very end, and along the way fleshes out Haller's character to make him an interesting, complex person. He also gets the law right...of course, excessively dramatic (otherwise, no one would read the book), but without the glaring errors which make so many courtroom dramas unreadable to those of us who actually go to court.
Bosch, however, seems to change little through this story. His strengths remain his strengths and his weaknesses remain his blind spots. Perhaps he has been around long enough as a character that he has little room to change. Or maybe Connelly doesn't intend for him to. Instead we end up with inconsistencies. A love interest who is appalled by Bosches unrequited antipathy toward a particularly loathesome criminal changes her mind despite no apparent change in circumstances or motivation. Also, the ending, while exciting and satisfying is rather contrived and improbable. All in all, however, this is a great interesting, fast paced, and all around good read.
Harry works as a LAPD Detective, on his second tour with the Unsolved Unit. He and his partner, are asked to investigate a 1989 murder of a young girl. A small drop of blood reveals a match. However, the match doesn't fit. Before Harry can really start the investigation, he is asked to head a higher-profile case. A city councilman's son was found dead in the back of the famed Chateau Marmont. He was registered in a room on the seventh floor. Was this a jump, or was he pushed? They call this kind of case a 'Drop'. At about this time, Bosch receives words that his 'Deferred Retirement Option Plan', the second DROP, is not going to be for five years but for a shorter period of time. Harry has his 15 year old daughter living with him now, and he was hoping to keep working to send his daughter to college.
Things are never as they seem with Harry Bosch. In his first case, the old unsolved case turns into a very big deal. The other high profile case is so politically charged, that he must keep this case on the straight and narrow. He insists upon following the line and completing the job the way he always does, methodically and the right way. He and his partner have some unsettling times, but they are meant for each other. Harry forms a special relationship with a therapist that treats one of his suspects, and we wonder where this will lead. Bosch's daughter seems to be a very intelligent and precise young lady, like her pop, and it seems her future will be in law enforement. There is some concern that Harry Bosch will retire, but if he does, it will be on to bigger and better things. This man is not someone who can twiddle his thumbs. I see a bright future for Harry Bosch.
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