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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Export ed edition (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752875841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752875842
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (510 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,719,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. BOSCH, the TV series based on Michael's novels, is the most watched original series on Amazon Prime Instant Video and has just been commissioned for a second series. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons
The Reversal
The Drop
The Black Box
The Burning Room

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a superb legal thriller that manages three final twists ...The labyrinthine workings of LA law, bribery and the machinations of the FBI all play a part in a scenario that soon has Mickey in fear of his life. The first line of The Brass Verdict is 'everybody lies', so there are plenty of surprises. And, of course, as a writer of fiction, Connelly proves to be a brilliant liar. (Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD)

While the themes of Connelly's LA crime novels are familiar (power, envy, corruption), his plotting is anything but. (ESQUIRE)

If you're a Connelly fan you'll love this. Detective Hieronymus Bosch meets Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller. The clever plot kicks off when hard-up Haller gets a boost by inheriting his old mates clients. It's all going great until Bosch decides the killer is one of Mickey's wealthy new clients. Bah! A great ending from a great writer who hasn't disappointed in his previous 19 books. (DAILY SPORT)

One of Connelly's best ever books, this is an excellently plotted courtroom drama combined with a tense thriller (MORNING STAR)

a clever plot, full of twists, to make a first-rate legal thriller. (Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Good to see that Michael Connelly, probably the best American crime writer of his generation, still knows how to raise his game. (Henry Sutton THE MIRROR)

Mickey's back in this equally accomplished sequel ... the interplay between Haller and Bosch is as sparky as one could wish for ... So who will [Connelly] feature in his next book: Haller or Bosch? Or both? Who cares if the writing is as energetic as it is here. (Barry Forshaw DAILY EXPRESS)

a riveting ride through the LA courthouse system. (TIME OUT)

a courtroom drama with only one verdict: Connelly + Bosch + Haller = genius. (DAILY RECORD)

'Connelly has proved himself the king of US police procedurals, and now his legal books are the equal of John Grisham's.' (Mark Timlin INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Michael Connelly bring together two of his best-known characters, Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch, in a novel that can't be put down. ... It's a masterstroke to unite them, and Connelly cements his reputation as a master storyteller with a plot that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. (IRISH EXAMINER)

Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a new crime novel from one of my A-list of what I call Old Dependables. These are the select band of writers who you just know are going to deliver every time. One such is Michael Connelly. (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL)

I love detective novels and Connelly never fails to deliver. (Rankin (photographer) THE INDEPENDENT) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A compelling courtroom drama that proves no one does it better than Connelly.

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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Michael Connelly has created some of the most engaging characters in detective/legal fiction and his Bosch series has consistently been well above the general mass of the genre. He has also written several one-off novels, and the last of these, The Lincoln Lawyer" featured Mickey Haller, a defence lawyer with some very "interesting" approaches to his role in the legal system.

Well, Mickey is back, as I hoped he would be, because he had the promise that his character would stand the kind of development that was given to Harry Bosch. Connelly doesn't disappoint, as we learn more and more about Haller, how he came to be a lawyer and what drives him. I have a feeling this points the way towards another long running series, and the addition of Bosch provides some fascinating possibilities.

I can't really say too much about the storyline, because I don't want to give anything away for those that haven't read it - the only thing to keep in mind is the basic premise of the tale - everybody lies. Suffice to say that this well up to Connelly's high standards. There are the usual twists, turns and misdirections, with nothing quite as it seems until the final curtain, and that shocking ending. Once you have started it, I doubt you will want to put it down until it's finished.

As to whether you can enjoy this if you haven't read the previous books, difficult to say because I have - so try to read at least "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "The Last Coyote" first so you can enjoy this to the full - you won't regret it
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P Lewis on 19 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Lincoln Lawyer (defence attorney, Mickey Haller) is my favourite Connelly book. I'm also a big Detective Bosch fan. Thus I was really looking forward to a novel containing both Mickey Haller AND Harry Bosch. Plus I wondered how it would be done - alternating points of view? In fact, the book is written from Mickey Haller's point of view and works brilliantly. We get glimpses of how Bosch's intelligent manipulative streak and secretive nature are seen from the outside (through Haller's eyes), although the story is really about Haller.

Haller has been trying to get his life together after pain killer addiction and after a year away from law he is suddenly thrown back into the murky swamp of the legal world by 'inheriting' the clients of a murdered defense attorney. Meanwhile, Bosch is the detective in charge of that murder case.

The focus of the story is on Haller and Elliot (an egotistical movie studio owner who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover). There are twists and plenty of courtroom drama and corruption. By the end, Haller has begun to question his role as a defence attorney; something he'd never worried about before because the legal system needs checks and balances.

Looking back I wonder how a book based mostly on the law and courtroom drama can be so riverting and not in the least stodgy. Connelly manages it. You don't have to have read a Bosch book or The Lincoln Lawyer to enjoy this compact novel, albeit you'll get more out of it. Highly recommended and I hope Connelly repeats the duo and goes into greater depth with the relationship between Haller and Bosch.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 31 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Detective Bosch is back and investigates two crimes in Connelly's latest novel : the first involves a cold case sexual crime and the second the recent apparent suicide of an influential politician's son.

This is a great novel with strong investigative elements and just the right amount of often unsavoury politics at many levels.

One of the beauties of this Connelly novel is the absence of nonsense - there are no Batmobiles and Bosch is not Superman. The story is well-written and well-constructed, with plausible scenarios throughout as Bosch identifies clue after clue in each case. Connelly does exceptionally well in keeping us interested and guessing.

I really do like Bosch as a character but, at some point, he is going to have to spend a little more time with his daughter and in developing relationships!

I am not sure the ending is how I would have liked it, but that's about the only "blemish" I could find, and blemish is probably too strong a word. Happily too, no Kindle typo or formatting problems here.

In short, another great Connelly/Bosch novel. 9/10
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Mankin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2011
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As ever Michael Connelly pulls out a tremendous page turner of a story. The novel rattles along and as ever there are a couple of twists and turns. But what struck me most about this latest story is the way in which a sense of melancholia underpins the narrative. This is not a spoiler alert. The ending is rather downbeat but this is consistent with the way in which Harry Bosch reflects on his role as a detective and a father. This is a man trying to come to terms with his own mortality (finding time to be a better father) and the extent to which he can still reconcile his own values, his personal integrity, with the values of the LAPD. As I closed the book it struck me that this could very well be the final HB novel - and there's even a hint that the baton may be passed onto the next generation in the very near future. Maybe I'm wrong but ultimately there's only so much mileage in any character. I hope I'm wrong but if not so be it.

April 2012 I'm pleased to read that I was wrong and a new HB novel, The Black Box, is due out later this year
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