Michael Connelly is at the top of his game in The Brass Verdict, his follow-up to The Lincoln Lawyer (read my review here). Once again we follow hard-boiled L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller as he navigates the legal system in his own inimitable way.
The Brass Verdict is a soundly plotted thriller populated with interesting, believable characters, including an important part by Connelly’s most famous protagonist, Harry Bosch.
The novel is tightly plotted, fast-paced, and action-filled, but Connelly still infuses it with a sense of humanity through Haller’s relationships with his partners, estranged wife, and daughter, as he takes on a celebrity murder case that drops in his lap.
It can be read as a stand-alone, but you’d be better served by reading The Brass Verdict after finishing The Lincoln Lawyer—it will enhance the experience.
And yes, the meaning of the phrase “brass verdict” is explained in the novel.
A solid, good read for anybody who likes crime fiction, and a no-brainer if you enjoyed The Lincoln Lawyer. There’s also a pretty nice lagniappe for longtime Connelly fans toward the end of the book. Not going to spoil it, but it felt nice to read.
Posted Thursday, 03 September, 2009 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.