Story is good - but the narrator is so terrible, I almost can't stand it. I find myself correcting him. Why didn't they bring back the narrator from The Lincoln Lawyer?
This is the second Connelly book that I have read with the lead character of Mickey Haller. I thoroughly enjoy this character, who is flawed, but lovable and introspective. Plus his interactions with Harry Bosch in this story are great. Legal scenes are realistic too. Not quite as good as the Lincoln Lawyer, but just a shade below. Wish Connelly used this character more often. Excellent narration. Highly recommended.
Lincoln Lawyer, from a modern-day noir mystery stand point was fantastic. It was simple to read, yet complex in all the ways that count. Conflicted characters and unclear motives. This adheres to the same great principles. Michael Haller is a great character to focus these stories around and his cast of supporting characters are wonderful in their own right. The plot is fast paced and exciting, and the twists and turns are surprising without being contrived. The backdrop of Los Angeles is one of Connelly's biggest assets and he makes the city a character in its own right. If I had one dissenting note, it's that I feel like the internal journey taken by Haller (in terms of where he begins as a person and where he ends as a person), are very similar to Lincoln Lawyer. All in all, however, this was another great read for crime/mystery fans.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Entertaining storytelling. I really enjoyed. Kept me up later than desired several nights when I did not want to stop listening.
I'm a big Connelly fan, and enjoyed the first Mickey Haller book (Lincoln Lawyer) and several Harry Bosch audiobooks. This one had a lot of tedious courtroom scenes that I skipped through, and the resolution of the mystery is unsatisfying. Try a different Michael Connelly.
I've been reading the Harry Bosch series and trying to keep them and linked stories in order. So when I finish the Overlook and noted the Brass Verdict was next I also noted Attorney Micky Haller was a character. To stay on track I took the time to listen to Lincoln Lawyer first. Lincoln Lawyer introduces and was only about Mickey Haller. Great book and Haller is an exciting new character. The Brass Verdict was also primarily about Mickey Haller with a peppering of Harry in key parts of the book to spice up and move the plot along. Connelly did that very well right up to the end when Mickey and Harry finally admit they are half brothers. It was a great scene that leaves you wanting more. Outside of that all three books were exciting, intertwined and fun to listen to. I expect Connelly will focus more on Haller as time goes on as Haller is much younger. That said, I hope there are additional stories giving both equal billing. Haller is smarter, more sensitive, has more stable relationships and really wants his marriage to work. Sex is just not all that important to him unless it's with his first wife mother of his daughter. Bosch is a cunning and aging cynic but a true believer in his calling as a homicide detective. Though hidden, he shares many of Haller's traits of compassion particularly for victims in the lowest levels of society. Bosch has been less discriminating when it comes to his love affairs and seems particularly malleable when it involves the wiles of FBI Agent Rachel Walling who would have been fired from the FBI years before hadn't she been a woman. I believe Harry's real dream in life is to have a family with his estranged wife Eleanor Wish, and their daughter, the existence of whom Eleanor hide from Harry for four years. Maybe we will see family building as time goes on.
I found this flat compared to "The Lincoln Lawyer", Micky Haller seemed really fresh and believable in that novel, but the back story here of him recovering from an addiction is a real drag on the character's charm. The relationships with his ex-wives also lack the wit and sparkle I expected. It is well plotted but has a "phoned in" quality.
Story was best one yet by M Connelly! Really excited to get back into M Haller from Lincoln Lawyer. They switched the dang narrator. This is a bad habbit w/ this series. New guy was just to laid back, horrible on Bosch, would have been perfect if book was about the new surfer dude. Great new charachter BTW. Really liked him and rooted for him to do well. But was about Haller and at least the narrator could have listened to prior to see how to pronounce name!
Not a bad pairing of really good characters. Not Connolly's best plot and a bit slow on the development. BUT!! The worst of this is the narration. Giles can't pronounce "peremptory", he thinks it's preemptory. Haven't seem the printed copy. Did Connolly and his editors let this incorrect spelling through to print. He's got venire right although it sounds awful. And, he has bizarre character voices for most everyone except Mickey and Bosch. Sounds like he doesn't get it.
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I like the book. You may think you now the plot and so on, but there will be surprises along the way. Good development of the main character. I think that Peter Giles did a great job, the right one for this book, but don't expect dramatics, his way of doing the reading works for the story.