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Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Bosch #14/Haller #2)

The Brass Verdict (Harry Bosch, #14; Mickey Haller, #2)The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

Read as an audio book. Whereupon starting disk #4 I discovered the disc was totally busted! GAH! People! If a disk is broken, LET THE LIBRARY KNOW! Sheesh.

Okay, rant over. After a four week wait, I was able pick up where I left off.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will say the narrator brought so much life to the characters. Great voice, intonation and inflection.

Brass Verdict had more twists and turns than the Pacific Coast highway. Just when I thought I had things figured out, I would be surprised (and delighted) by another twist in the plot.

After a year's absence recovering from a gun shot wound to the gut and a subsequent painkiller addiction, Mickey finds himself heir to a cohorts law firm and cases. This might be the break Mikey is looking for - an established practice complete with a "franchise" case. The cash-cow in this situation being the famous director, Walter Elliot. Walter is accused of murdering his wife and wifes paramour.

What happens during the course of the trial, is Mikey finds out waaayyy more than he should about his client, and those revelations shake his beliefs to the core.

Haller also finds himself butting heads with Detective Harry Bosch, who seems convinced that Haller isn't as innocent as he seems in the sudden acquisition of the law firm and it's cases. Bosch is true to form, and is a arrogant, pushy ass. Bosch can't seem to accept that Mickey doesn't know what the heck is going on with the newly acquired cases, and that Mickey will defend and protect the client-council privileged.

As the Walter Elliot trial moves forward, the reader is brought along for one heck of a ride.

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