But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.
Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.
Bringing together Michael Connelly's two most popular characters, The Brass Verdict is sure to be his biggest book yet.
©2008 Hachette Audio; ©2008 Michael Connelly
I've got to admit that I don't usually like murder mysteries, but I do like legal thrillers because if written well they test one's intellect. I loved Lincoln Lawyer, and when this title became available I gobbled it up. I was not sorry. Mickey Haller is the perfect companion to Connelly's Harry Bosch - like one of my unexpected discoveries in the world of food couplings, black pepper and chocolate. They are unique protagonists, but come together beautifully creating a savory, thought-provoking mystery which is easily understood audibly, and I imagine would be just as good when being read by eye. I detest novels with too much gory detail, too much blood, too much violence. The story in The Brass Verdict revolves around an ugly crime, but is done in a way which is acceptable to me.
All in all, I give this book a solid four-star rating and recommend it to you.
If you're a Connelly fan, you won't be disappointed -- he brings Haller and Bosch together in a completely believable way. Seeing Bosch through Haller's eyes (which shows him to be deceptive and rude) is a treat, and reminds you that character is in the eye of the beholder.
However, for me Giles' narration was a bit of a disappointment. First, Adam Grupper did a great job with Haller in the Lincoln Lawyer, and should have been brought back. Second, after you've heard Len Cariou or Dick Hill do Bosch, it's a bit strange to hear Giles' thin take on the character. Same for Jack McEvoy, who plays a bit part: Giles makes him sound like some cub reporter for the Daily Planet.
Still a very credit-worthy book, though, with a great payoff at the end.
The narrator may be about the worst I have heard in my decades of books on tape/cd/mp3. He is not right for the lead character (but maybe for the surfbum burnout character- he seems to have that one down). The book itself is enjoyable but a small step down from the previous Lincoln Lawyer. My advice: buy the book, narrate it yourself.
I am a Michael Connelly fan and have read most of his books. His LAPD dectective character, Harry Bosch, is my favorite in this genre. Harry Bosch though is a minor character in The Brass Verdict. Mickey Haller, who appeared earlier in The Lincoln Lawyer is the main character. He is a brillant but flawed criminal defense attorney and Harry Bosch's half brother although not much is made of this. In Verdict, Connelly presents both Bosch and Haller but the Harry Bosch is a little disappointing since he has few of the characteristics readers have come to expect. But Attorney Mickey Haller makes the reader forget Harry Bosch and get totally absorbed in Haller's legal skills. Haller is presented with numerous legal, ethical and personal challenges and Connelly deals with them all with great writing and an uncanny ability to tell a story. Even the most rabid Bosch fan will come away hoping that Connelly gives Mickey Haller another impossible case, as soon as possible.
As was the case with many other reviewers familiar with Michael Connelly books, I thought the narrator didn't come up to the very high standards set by Dick Hill. But even with a less than ideal narrator, the book was pretty good. Still worthwhile and I don't think harsh criticism of the narrator is warranted.
The story, as all Connelly stories do, moves at a steady, measured pace. He leaves just enough plot twists to keep you out of the loop until the very end.
The narrator was not one of my favorites. I found that the he tried hard to give some characters their own voice, but others seemed kind of duplicated.
I recommend the newly released 'early' Connelly books narrated by Dick Hill ... I think that he has done a better job of drawing the listener into Connelly's world.
Over all, I enjoyed this book, but hope that Bosch makes another solo appearance soon.
Lehua of Pacifica
Another good story from Connelly and not quite as bleak as usual. The expected interesting characters and interactions, good plot and pacing.
AUDIO: What a disappointment. It's odd that they'd pick someone who can't pronounce "peremptory" to narrate a legal thriller. The real misery, though, is in the reader's constant misemphases, making it hard to understand what the author was really saying without stopping an instant to think, and by then the story has gone on without you. He also has that repellent valley-girl fad of adding ee-oo to words like Malibu and food, making it sound like an adolescent has just spotted a slimy slug. Dump this reader! It didn't help, either, that the producers added pointless pseudo-music at random moments.
Mickey Haller is one of those characters you love and hate at the same time. I don't think I'd want him as a friend but if I needed a lawyer.....well, yeah. I found all the characters well developed and believable and the twists and turns in the story had me hooked from beginning to end. Get it!
What happened to Dick Hill? This guy Peter Giles is horrible. Constantly emphasizing the wrong words in the sentence. Why oh why was this guy hired?
As I thought this book is as good as Lincoln Lawyer. I want more!!!! I think mikey and bosch together was the making of the best book michael has written yet!!! I hope that michael continues to write with mikey and bosch just outstandting......
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