Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Brass Verdict brings back Mickey Haller

The Brass VerdictThe Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller returns in Michael Connelly's last mystery/thriller. And this time, Connelly teams him up (sort of) with Harry Bosch, the author's long-running detective character.

Haller is not your paragon of virtue, but he is clever and interesting.

Haller is returning from a year off, much of it spent in recovery from drug abuse. He's not really ready to restart his law practice, but he gets tossed into the deep end when an attorney-friend gets whacked and Mickey inherits his practice.

This attorney has a franchise case. He's defending the head of a movie studio who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover.

The characters are good and the plot is interesting, but Connelly could use an editor. This a 300-page book spread out over 400 pages. It doesn't carry the tension of The Lincoln Lawyer, and that was disappointing.

The book ends of Haller saying he's getting out of the lawyer game. I hope not. He's too good of a character to let go. A writer of Connelly's quality can still have a lot of fund with him.

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