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Mystery Books - Michael Connelly - The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery


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

Do not begin The Brass Verdict if you have pressing commitments or responsibilities. They could be seriously neglected.  The 20th mystery by Michael Connelly is not a mystery novel. With an intricate plot and more than a few surprises, it is a drama in the purest sense of the word.

Not only does Connelly formulate an engaging story, he provides great characters. His central figures have strong personalities and rich histories. Intense, brilliant and highly competent, yet they are flawed individuals. This not only makes them real, but allows us to like and respect who they have become.

Mickey Haller, dubbed the Lincoln Lawyer because of the well-equipped vehicle he makes his rolling office, is a ruthless defense attorney with well-honed skills. Kept out of the limelight by past mistakes (see The Lincoln Lawyer though you do not have to be familiar with it to enjoy The Brass Verdict), he is abruptly thrust into the thick of two high profile murder cases when he inherits the active practice of former colleague Jerry Vincent who is found shot in a parking garage.

Information contained in Vincent’s case files is a likely motive for the crime thus Heller’s life is placed at immediate risk.

Enter detective Harry Bosch, the seasoned renegade cop familiar to Michael Connelly many fans. As a 33-year police veteran, his work is his life and his mission. He is the LAPD’s lead investigator in the Vincent case.

Although we are not used to Bosch playing a background role, his presence in The Brass Verdict adds intrigue and interest and raises the bar to create a scenario in which the two equally passionate men, working on opposite sides of the judicial / law enforcement coin must battle mutual antagonism and mistrust in order to uncover the truth.

Michael Connelly has an almost magnetic hold on his audience as he takes us on a thrill ride where he is always completely in control. He proves himself once again to be an excellent writer.

Adept at dialogue and fast-paced excitement, his style is honest and straightforward. He brilliantly weaves an engaging tale, calculating just the right moments to inject significant information or keep his readers guessing.

Connelly deftly connects the dots and provides concise summaries of the action to keep us on top of the story.

Toward the middle of The Brass Verdict, the momentum seems to wane, but something is always brewing. The excitement mounts and once again, this Connelly mystery novel becomes difficult to put down.

It is an absorbing, well-choreographed thinking person’s book that contains everything we’ve learned to expect from Michael Connelly. Cryptic clues and unexpected relations entertain and thrill.

Devoted fans and novice mystery readers alike will not be disappointed and will likely hope for and wait with great anticipation of future Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch novels.

J Curran

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 - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.

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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