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.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.