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The Brass Verdict

By Michael Connelly

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published In: Australia, 14 October 2008
Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch team up in this new novel by Michael Connelly. Things are finally looking up for defence attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next. Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realise their only choice is to work together.


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.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Mickey Haller, last seen in The Lincoln Lawyer, returns to the courtroom in an unusual way here. Former colleague Jerry Vincent is murdered, and his caseload is dropped in Haller's lap. One of Vincent's high-profile cases involved a movie mogul accused of killing his wife and her lover in a jealous rage. As Haller prepares the mogul's defense, he discovers that Vincent's killer might have chosen him as the next target. Haller must trust Harry Bosch, the police officer investigating Vincent's murder, if he is going to survive and trust his instincts if he is going to succeed in convincing a jury of his client's innocence. Connelly is firing on all cylinders in this epic page-turner. The intriguing story line, the chance to view Bosch from another perspective, and Haller's reappearance as a main character add up to a fantastic read. One of the best thrillers of the year and a mandatory purchase for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/08; $1 million marketing campaign.]--Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781741755442
ISBN: 1741755441
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 centimetres (0.43 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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4 of 5 Stars! '

good to finish it on rainy day :-)
I like the way whole plot is narrated in the book


5 of 5 Stars! '

This is a great summer read. Really liked the bringing together of Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer although to be honest, Bosch doesn't really feature as much as I would have liked (he is my favourite of the two characters). The story isn't too complicated, but nevertheless is pacey and interesting with thrills and spills in every chapter. You can always rely on Michael Connelly to provide a good satisfying read and The Brass Verdict does not disappoint. My husband and father also enjoyed it, so great for a good range of readers. You could probably read it without previously knowing the main characters too as there is enough re-describing in it.

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