Book Review: The Brass Verdict

  • The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 14, 2008 )
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0316166294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166294
  • SheIsTooFondOfBooksRating: 4 Stars

I was given the opportunity to review an Advance Reading Copy of Michael Connelly’s The Brass Verdict, to be published in October 2008 by Little, Brown and Company.  Mystery thrillers are a minority on my bookshelf, and I’m pleased to add The Brass Verdict to the lineup. 


Set in current-day Los Angeles, Connelly enters the mind of defense attorney Mickey Haller, recently out of rehab and not yet back to practicing law.  Haller learns that his colleague Jerry Vincent has been murdered, and that Vincent’s law practice (and perhaps the bounty on his head!) will be transferred to Haller.  Mickey Haller is back in business; the Lincoln Lawyer rides again!


Connelly deftly weaves this tale of suspense as the story unwinds in “real time” in Haller’s voice.  His voice rings true, giving background information and explaining the workings of the district court without condescending to the reader.  We are privy to his thoughts and strategies as attorney for the defense, his fears as a man with a possible hit out on him, and his concerns as a father struggling in his relationship with his daughter.  Connelly uses the LA setting efficiently, drawing a literary map of neighborhoods, highways, restaurants and other landmarks.


This is a well-written novel with good character development (especially Haller, naturally, since he is the narrator).  I would recommend it, and would feel comfortable sharing it with a mature teen reader (engaging plot, no excessive foul language).  I’m inspired to revisit some of Connelly’s earlier works which feature the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller characters.


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