The Brass Verdict

by admin on January 13, 2009

I just finished up reading The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly which featured his long-time police detective Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller from Connelly’s previous novel, The Lincoln Lawyer. I really enjoyed Connelly’s latest offering and since I somehow skipped “The Lincoln Lawyer” I’m going to make sure I go back and read that as well.

I liked the struggle that Mickey Haller dealt with as a defense attorney. He had to defend himself to Detective Harry Bosch, his daughter, and his ex-wife who happens to be a Prosecutor. He defends a guy accused of murder whom he doesn’t believe is entirely innocent, but he is unsure if he is 100% guilty as well.

While I ended up really liking this novel, I thought it started at a fairly pedestrian pace. It took a while to get into the meat and potatoes of the story with the trial and all of the twists and turns things take. My advice is to stick with it through the slow beginning and you’ll be rewarded with a final 200 pages or so of fast-moving plot and more twists and turns than a back-country road in the Appalachians.

Great ending that left me wanting to see another book with Mickey Haller and see where life takes him.

Michael Connelly’s next novel, The Scarecrow, focuses on reporter Jack McEvoy (whom I first encountered in The Brass Verdict) who is leaving the newspaper and wants to go out with a bang by writing about a huge murder story. Connelly also wrote another novel with McEvoy as the main character in “The Poet.”

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