This book could have been reduced by a hundred pages or more. Once the trial started, the defense went on and on and on and on and on, I almost fast forwarded, but my iPod doesn't deal with skipping very well. The beginning of the story was a page turner, but I never once got to the point where I cared whether the defendant was found guilty or not. By the end of the book, I wasn't interested in listening anymore. Finally, the synopsis gave the impression that this was about the foreclosure crisis and all its trappings in the legal system... wrong. It was a murder case with the sparse mention of foreclosure as a motive. Certainly not this author's best work.
One should not have to read or listen to almost an entire book before it becomes interesting. I have listened to or read all of the Bosch books by Michael Connelly and have enjoyed them immensely. I was extremely disappointed in this one.
One of the best books I have ever listened to. It kept me engaged and wondering what was coming next !
As always Michael Connelly provided me with a days entertainment while doing mundane chores. I'm glad to see Haller back because honestly getting tired of Bosch who to me has lost his edge. I would have given it 5 stars but guessed the outcome early on in the book. Still enjoyable and worth the credit.
I completely enjoyed this story. I never understood the narrator focus, until now. This narrator contributed to my pleasure. I am an attorney who currently does not practice. This story reminded me why.
This book would've gotten 5 stars from me if the narrator's whiny inflection and style hadn't been so distracting. Excellent storyline, though.
CAUTION: Mild spoiler. I've enjoyed Michael Connelly's books for many years, especially the Harry Bosch novels, but this one just didn't hit the mark. I'm not a big fan of Peter Giles as narrator, but the quality of Connelly's writing generally outshines the narration. In this instance, the two combine for a novel that's uneven and just not believable. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't believe that the courtroom hijinks that Michael Haller employs would be allowed for a minute. Not only that, I really don't think the big bomb that he drops near the end was the deus ex machina it was set out to be. It seemed like there needed to be more to the defense to really make it convincing. To be honest, I felt that the entire book was hastily thrown together. Hopefully, we'll see something better in the near future as I am definitely a Michael Connelly fan.
Connelly is one of my favorite writers, but this isn't an interesting book. Usually he writes police procedurals, but this is a courtroom drama without the "drama." Halfway through the book, nothing of interest about the murder had been revealed. Huge portions of this book could be cut in order to move the plot more quickly and have something actually happen. For example, we have pages of testimony by the crime scene technicians et al. This produces nothing of interest at all. Haller himself doesn't seem very interesting here either. Watch an hour of police TV drama and get the same thing, but faster. Disappointing.
Best Haller story so far. Loved the Matthew McConaughey reference. I just have to rebut the bad narrator reviews. What recording were you listening to? Peter Giles is excellent and I wish he also did the Bosch books so that Harry could sound less like Archie Bunker as he does with that other reader. You know who I mean.