Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Brass Verdict-Michael Connelly

The Brass Verdict
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown, Oct 2008, $26.99
ISBN 9780316166294

In Los Angeles ironically, they were rivals on a double homicide case that the rising star of the prosecutor’s office Jerry Vincent lost to the “LINCOLN LAWYER” Mickey Haller; the former’s career as an ADA died that day so he went private as a defense attorney. Thus when Jerry is killed, Judge Holder asks Mickey to take over his late peer’s workload, but to especially focus on a particular high visibility case. Jerry was defending Hollywood producer Walter Elliot against the charges of killing his wife and her alleged lover.

Haller struggles with mounting a defense in a short time. Meanwhile LAPD Detective Harry Bosch investigates the Vincent homicide. Each feels the other is in the way of performing their job. Haller concludes that the Elliot double murder is much more than a jealous spouse murdering his cheating wife and her lover in a crime of passion. He offers a truce to Bosch so they can work together; Bosch reluctantly agrees.

THE BRASS VERDICT is a great combo legal thriller and police procedural starring two terrific adversaries reluctantly teaming up. The story line is exciting and fast-paced from the onset, but turns stupendous when the cop and lawyer collide. Michael Connelly provides a great crime thriller starring his superstar and one of his best other lead characters.

Harriet Klausner

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