I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Now that John Grisham is writing second and third rate legal thrillers, my favorite legal thriller series are Mickey Haller by Michael Connelly and Penn Cage by Greg Isles (and maybe Joe Dillard by Scott Pratt). There are several outstanding legal thriller series available, but Connelly's Mikey Haller series may be the most offbeat and fun. The Brass Verdict is Book 2 in the 6 novel series. All 6 books are solid 5 star novels. Some reviewers have been very critical of narrator Peter Giles. I disagree.
The Haller character has never impressed, the idiotic trappings like the Lincolns would have driven most serious readers away immediately.
I struggled to get through this based mainly on the readers adolescent voice and style. Simply the worst in memory.
This one features Mickey Holler, with some appearances by Harry Bosch. I would say that it is as good as Lincoln Lawyer, which means it is excellent in this genre. Connelly writes so very well and I thought the narrator was quite good. I would say that Connelly is writing real literature in his novels. However he is getting the insight, I thought that he captured the way lawyers think about as well as anyone ever has. Just excellent all around.
This novel pulled me out of an audio book slump. Most Authors Suspense/Thriller novels have some super human main character which makes the story unbelievable.
Connelly always does a good job making his characters believable and this book is no different. Bosch and the new lawyer character Mickey have flaws and behave like normal humans. Connelly detective and Law stories are rich in detail and plot.
It was especially interesting how Connelly intertwined the story of Criminal Defense Lawyer with his Nemises a Police detective. It was even better when that Detective was Harry Bosch.
The Narator did a good job playing the different characters so you can tell them apart in the story. It was difficult getting into the Harry Bosch narations if you have listened to a lot of his previous stories which Dick Hill did a great Job. If Dick Hill did just the Harry Bosch narrations I would have given this audio book 5 stars.
Michael Connelly's writing has evolved from outstanding detective novels to outstanding legal novels - way better than Grisham.
The Brass Verdict ties into previous Harry Bosch novels (nice surprise there), and is written from the perspective of one of Harry's "rivals".
Superb story. Entertaining and engaging. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
The Lincoln Lawyer returns in The Brass Verdict. In a "come back" Haller suddenly has a full case load when his barrister friend, Jerry Vincent is murdered and bequeaths his practice to Haller. So begins the book's action as Haller teams with Bosch to find Vincent's killer. The defense and trial of a major Hollywood movie producer is the vehicle by which this is done. The plot is entertaining, but Michael Connelly puts lots of filler in the book. He constantly repeats what has gone before as if the reader can't remember from one chapter to the next. There is no need for this except that without it the book would be half as long. For those readers who purchase the book expecting, and hoping, for a plot that centers around Bosch, expect to be disappointed. Bosch is simply a supporting character. The book is told from the POV of Haller, and Haller is center stage 95% of the time. Nevertheless, the action moves along and the mystery has sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. The "moral of the story" ending is a little annoying. I'm not sure if Connelly does this so that Haller remains likable or if he does it because he does not intend for Haller to return in future books. It's hard to say.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
This was a surprise for me, since I don't care for fiction crime books. I think I bought this months ago in a $4.95 sale and only listened to it because I had nothing else in my library. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and I have to rank this as above average in the almost 300 audio books that I've purchased in the past few years.
The overall storyline had riveting twists and turns which kept me on the edge of my seat. This was the first of NINETEEN books that I ended up buying by this author - back to back! I loved the main character, Mickey Haller. I hadn't seen the movie
Since this was my first Connelly audiobook, I thought Giles was pretty good. But compared to the narrators in the Harry Bosch novels, Len Cariou and Dick Hill, this narrator was a close third behind Hill.
Wow it is so great to listen to not only a good book but also a wonderful narrator. This book kept my intrest and was a well done story.
I have never read Michael Connelly prior to this novel. I'm usually not interested in court dramas, too confusing. I was pleasantly surprised to find it flowed nicely. The narrator was very lackluster. Keeping up between characters was more diffictult than understanding legal jargon. The main character was likeable. The bulk of the story was entertaining, the twists at the end were good. Nothing I would consider jaw-dropping, but overall it was a nice way to end the story.
I think the next Connelly I try will be abridged. I think I could have given this four stars if it had moved at a faster pace.