BOOK REVIEW: THE BRASS VERDICT
A terrific beginning to another great book by Michael Connelly. He opens this one with a short treatise that states all those concerned in a criminal trial lie.
Since Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, is the main character you quickly get the picture that Connelly is painting. As he writes, “To be the truth in a place where everybody lies”.
If you haven’t read Connelly you need to start. But don’t start with this book, go back and read one of his earlier ones preferably “The Lincoln Lawyer”. That will give you the basics of how well Connelly creates an interesting, compelling, and exciting story of courtroom drama and the proceedings leading up to that drama.
Don’t be expecting foul language or sex scenes because that is not the way that Connelly perfects his craft. He describes scenes neatly and succinctly. He shows characters’ traits by their actions and their dialogue. He takes you on a journey and as you read his books you will find that the journey twists and turns but always ends somewhere other than you would expect. “The Brass Verdict” (which means “a killing that came down to simple street justice”) is that type of book.
Mickey Haller, just back from a rehab caused by work overload, has just been given a murdered attorney/friend’s caseload. Although he doesn’t particularly want that much work he picks up the caseload at the insistences of a Superior Judge. Immediately Haller is thrust into a murder case that most likely is tied to the murder of his friend.
Haller begins his investigation and quickly picks up an inside person for his office (his ex-wife) and also an investigator, who is dating and about to marry Haller’s ex-wife. This trio work together to put together a defense in behalf of a wealthy movie producer who is accused of killing his wife and her lover. From the onset Haller believes the accused actually did the killings but he is, by law, required to build a defense for the man.
Throughout he investigation Haller is harassed by a particular police officer (actually Harry Bosch of other Connelly books) as well as those connected with the killings. Interspersed in the story are strange happenings with the jury and judicial maneuvers that help make the reading more intriguing.
The ending works out very well although as usual it is quite a bit different from what is expected. But Connelly always does a great job of wrapping up a great story. The only complaint may be the alluding to of Connelly that this is the last story of Mickey Haller. Readers will all hope that is not true!!
REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT
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