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  • ISBN-13: 9780316166294
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 38.
  • Review Date: 2008-08-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Bestseller Connelly delivers one of his most intricate plots to date in his 20th book, a beautifully executed crime thriller. When L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller, last seen in The Lincoln Lawyer (2005), inherits the practice and caseload of a fellow defense attorney, Jerry Vincent, who's been murdered, the high-profile double-homicide case against famed Hollywood producer Walter Elliot, accused of shooting his wife and her alleged lover, takes top priority. As Haller scrambles to build a defense, he butts heads with LAPD Det. Harry Bosch, the stalwart hero of Connelly's long-running series (The Black Echo, etc.), who's working Vincent's murder. When Haller realizes that the Elliot affair is bigger than simply a jealous husband killing his cheating wife, he and Bosch grudgingly agree to work together to solve what could be the biggest case in both their careers. Bosch might have met his match in the wily Haller, and readers will delight in their sparring. 10-city author tour. (Oct.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Mystery of the month

When it comes to series mysteries, there's everybody else, and then there's

Michael Connelly. Is he really that good, you ask? Oh yeah, he's really that good. With few exceptions, his novels have centered on the exploits of one Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch, a Los Angeles police detective with authority issues and an individualistic, some might say iconoclastic, way of solving crimes. A few years back, Connelly introduced a new character, shady-ish lawyer Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer, so named because he does the bulk of his business from the back seat of a Lincoln Town Car rather than a brick-and-mortar office). In Connelly's latest, The Brass Verdict, Bosch and Haller team up, and not entirely congenially, to rout out the murderer of Los Angeles attorney Jerry Vincent.

Upon Vincent's death, per his last will and testament, all of his cases became the property of Mickey Haller—including a major murder case featuring a well-known and volatile Hollywood studio exec. As Haller prepares his defense, Bosch mounts a campaign to peruse Haller's files, with the thought that a clue to Jerry Vincent's murder might be found there. Haller is disinclined, to say the least, to give the cops any access to privileged lawyer-

client communications. And so their dance begins, each wanting to protect his turf; if it has to be at the expense of the other, well, so be it. Then an attempt is made on Haller's life, and all bets are off. Clearly something must be done, and soon, but Haller is understandably reluctant to accede to Bosch's plan, namely to use Haller as bait to draw out the killer. So as not to give away too much of the plot, let's just say this: The Brass Verdict is a certified page-turner that will suck you in from page one, and not let you go until the final sentence.

An aside: the U.S. has a Poet Laureate. What's that about? Nobody reads poetry, right? It's because we are all too busy reading mysteries, I suspect. I propose a new honor, that of Mysterion Laureate, and nominate Michael Connelly as the first honoree. The presidential candidate who promises to act on that initiative gets my vote!

 
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