The Brass Verdict – Book Review

Everybody lies. Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Clients lie. Even jurors lie. There is a school of belief in criminal law that every trial is won or lost in the choosing of the jury. I’ve never been ready to go all the way to that level but I do know that there is probably no phase in a murder trial more important than the selection of the twelve citizens who will decide your client’s fate. -From The Brass Verdict, page 239-

Defense attorney Mickey Haller unexpectedly gets thrust back into the legal arena (after a year recovering from prescription drug addiction) when his colleague Jerry Vincent is found murdered in a parking garage. Vincent’s entire caseload – including accused double murderer Walter Elliot (a famous movie studio executive) – is transferred to Haller in Vincent’s will. Haller eagerly steps into Vincent’s shoes, but quickly discovers that nothing is as it seems…and Vincent’s killer may be one of his own clients. Detective Harry Bosch is the lead investigator on the case and is himself somewhat of an enigma. Before the novel comes to a close, both Bosch and Haller will need to cooperate from both sides of the law in order to catch the killer.

Michael Connelly’s novel is fast-paced and gripping, with twist and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the end. This book is a continuation of Connelly’s previous novels (which I have yet to read). But it is not necessary to have read Connelly’s work beforehand in order to enjoy The Brass Verdict.

Connelly has a firm grasp of the legal system and creates memorable (and believeable) characters who are not always predictable. His dialogue is tight and compelling.

For readers who love suspenseful legal thrillers, The Brass Verdict is one they will enjoy. This was my first Connelly novel, but I would not hesitate to pick up another of his books.  The Brass Verdict was released October 14th through Little, Brown and Company. Connelly’s previous novels include The Lincoln Lawyer, Chasing the Dime, Void Moon, Blood Work, and The Poet. For more information about the author, visit his website.


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    • Kathy on October 19, 2008 at 13:39

    I’ve never read any of Michael Connelly’s work, but I’ve been reading a lot of good things about his books lately, so I want to rectify that soon.

  1. Yay! I rated this one the same Wendy. I really enjoyed it too.

    • Dawn on October 19, 2008 at 16:57

    This was my first Michael Connelly book, too. I read/reviewed it way back (June?) as an ARC. I’d like to read more of his books (esp. the Harry Bosch books) when I need something quick-paced.

    • Wendy on October 20, 2008 at 07:06

    Kathy: This was my first Connelly…he’s been on my radar for awhile, so when I had the chance to get an ARC of this book, I grabbed it. He’s worth a look!

    Amy: *laughs* I read your review after I wrote mine and they are almost the same!! Great minds….

    Dawn: You were better than me at getting to the book. I think I got my ARC in June too, but just now got around to reading it! It is definitely a quick, fast paced read.

    • Mike on October 22, 2008 at 12:26

    I found the Brass Verdict disappointing. I’m a Connelly fan and I’ve read all the Bosch books, the Lincoln Lawyer and most of the other stand alones. The plot was tepid and there were too many tedious explanations and too much self congratulatory filler. If you’re a Bosch fan and want to pick up the book for that reason, don’t bother.

    Two Stars

    • Wendy on October 26, 2008 at 23:19

    Mike: Sorry this one disappointed you. It was my first Connelly and I liked it (as you can see!), but I have none of his other books in which to compare this one…so maybe I would feel differently had I read his earlier work. The great thing about reading is that we all don’t like (or dislike) the same things…makes life interesting, doesn’t it?

    • Tom on October 28, 2008 at 12:26

    I am a diehard Michael Connelly fan; especially a fan of his Harry Bosch books. I have also read his Mickey Maller stores (I think this is the 2nd). This was a wonderful mystery book; I was just sad when the story ended.

    • Wendy on October 29, 2008 at 08:03

    Tom: Glad to see we agreed on this one 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading more Connelly novel in the future.

  2. The Lincoln Lawyer, his first book featuring Mickey Haller, was better. I am still reading this one and liking it, but the meeting of Haller and Bosch lacks chemistry. So far in my reading, Bosch doesn’t fit in very well.

    • Wendy on November 1, 2008 at 20:05

    Beverly: Interesting observation – since I haven’t read the previous books, it was hard for me to pick up on that…thanks for your thoughts!

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