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Mystery Books - Michael Connelly - The Brass Verdict - October 2008


The Brass Verdict
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company 2008
Hardcover 432 pages

The Brass Verdict is the 20th Michael Connelly mystery novel. To mark the occasion, Connelly brings together Detective Harry Bosh and Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. The Brass Verdict is a pretty good mystery but as it took me 4 days to read this one instead of the usual 1, counting the sleepless night, I am not sure it is his best.

This mystery novel opens a year or so after the events in The Lincoln Lawyer. Mickey Haller has been laying low getting a monkey off his back. He is not quite ready to get back to business but has little choice when Jerry Vincent, a colleague, gets killed and he inherits a franchise case involving a studio boss accused of murder.

The detective investigating the colleague s murder is Harry Bosch. Bosch is keeping a close eye on Haller as he believes the murder is related to the franchise case Vincent was working on.

Haller has little to go on to defend the studio boss aside from a client who is very eager to go to trial and prove his innocence.

Bosch and Haller keep crossing paths as the detective keeps asking Haller for information and believes the Lincoln lawyer is not telling him everything he knows. Haller wants to help find Vincent's killer but is bound by rules of law and confidentiality. This creates a rather tense relationship between Bosch and Haller even if the men have something in common.

By the way, I really hope the letter to booksellers that appeared in my galley copy of this new Connelly does not appear in the final hardcover version as it contains a hell of a spoiler.

If The Brass Verdict was by anyone else than Michael Connelly it would be a great mystery novel. Connelly's readers are used to just a little bit better a story, a somewhat tighter narrative, and a tad wee bit more originally written reveal than what is in this one.

Is it unfair to expect Connelly to always top himself or at least keep the bar as high as he has set it in the past? Probably. Oh well.

Other Michael Connelly Reviews

Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.

The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly

Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.

The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.

The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery

The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)

The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.

The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.

Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.

The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.

The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery

The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.

The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.

The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards

Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel

The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.

The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel: The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him along a journey to face the demons of his past and present.

The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.

The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.

The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.

Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great

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