Book Review: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Brass VerdictPublisher: Little Brown and Co. 2008

I am a Michael Connelly fan, especially his Michael Haller/Lincoln Lawyer novels. I discovered there was one I missed — The Brass Verdict. This is the second book in the series, right after The Lincoln Lawyer.

In this story Mickey has just “inherited” the entire caseload of an old friend who has just been murdered. Although sad about the death of his friend, the inhetitance could be good news for Mickey. One of his new cases is a big one – one that could move Micky into the ranks of big-time defense attorneys. The head of one of Hollywood’s film studios has been charged with murdering his wife and her lover. The case is set to go to trial in a week and the client refuses to delay it.

Mickey has so much on his plate, but he balances it all and actually makes it happen. He is very skilled. One of the pro-bono cases that Mickey inherited begins to intermingle with the murder case and it makes for a complicated mystery. And it gets even more complicated when Harry Bosch enters the scene.

The author, Michael Connelly, has another long-time series starring LA police detective Harry Bosch. Harry makes his entrance in this novel as he investigates the murder of the attorney who “willed” his cases to Mickey. Harry is suspicious of Mickey at first because Mickey does stand to gain a lot by his friend’s death. Things get a little tense between these two and, since I’ve read the series past this one, I know the relationship is going to get really complicated.

Michael Connelly is an author that makes my head spin. In this book, watching as Mickey managed all the cases with lightening speed gave me mental whiplash. The author is not an attorney, but he thinks like one. From me, that’s a supreme compliment because I greatly admire the good smart ones.

I highly recommend anything written by Michael Connelly, but especially his Lincoln Lawyer novels. Here’s the entire list in order:  (Each title leads to my review.)
The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)
The Brass Verdict (2008)
The Reversal (2010)
The Fifth Witness (2011)
The Gods of Guilt  (2013)

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2 Responses to Book Review: The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

  1. Beth F says:

    I really love the Micky Haller books.

  2. kelley says:

    I’ve got “The Lincoln Lawyer” on my kindle and keep meaning to give this author a try.

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