The plan had been a simple one. After not being  in the courtroom for two long years (addiction and other issues) defense attorney Mickey Haller was going to ease back into working at a slow pace that would safely manage the stress, the psychological temptations, and the potential for relapse. It took Judge Holder a few minutes to blow that idea right out of the water.

 

The death of his colleague Jerry Vincent means that Mickey Haller inherited all thirty-one of Vincent’s active cases. Some are real dogs and will be easily discarded. Others he can do something with and move on fairly quickly. And then there is the huge case. It involves Walter Elliot, studio boss, who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover at their beach house. And it might have been the case that got Jerry Vincent killed.

 

The murder of Jerry Vincent is complicated and being investigated by Harry Bosch. Opposites in how they see the law, the investigation and the court system and yet Harry and Mickey are two side of the same coin which further strengths their adversarial relationship as well as uniting them in an uneasy partnerships. They both want to see justice done and want Vincent’s killer caught. They both have gone about achieving street justice in unorthodox ways in the past and it will happen again here.

 

The result is a legal procedural that is both detail and fast moving despite its 422 pages. A novel that resurrects Mickey Haller of “The Lincoln Lawyer” in more than one way. This second book of the series is your classic fork of the life road type book frequently seen in the fourth or fifth book of the series when the character is symbolically and literally at a major cross road of his life. The decisions he makes will forever change who he is and how he is perceived by others.

 

Part courtroom drama and part psychology study the novel only gives nodding attention to Bosch which is a disappointment. Even in those passages where Bosch has dialogue it really doesn’t read like Bosch. Additionally, a significant discovery at the end of the book could have been brought about much earlier and explored especially since most readers will suspect the truth so early in this book. However, maybe that idea will be explored in greater detail in the next book.

 

Despite that quibble, what is here is highly entertaining and a mighty good read. You can’t ask for much more though another mainly Bosch mystery novel would be nice.

 

The Brass Verdict

Michael Connelly

http://www.michaelconnelly.com

Little, Brown And Company (Hachette Book Group, Inc.)

http://hachettebookgroupusa.com

October 2008

ISBN# 0-316-16629-4

422 Pages

$26.99

 

Review copy provided by the Plano, Texas Public Library System.

 

Kevin R. Tipple © 2009

 

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