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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 31 January 2009
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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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2011
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2008
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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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Mickey Haller is a 42-year-old Los Angeles defence attorney on his way back to the bar after about two years of physical recovery and rehabilitation. He is aided in no small way by the violent and brutal death of Jerry Vincent, another lawyer who had expressed a written wish that all of his active clients be passed on to Haller in the event of his death. Of the thirty-one in need of defence there are none bigger than Hollywood movie mogul Walter Elliot, accused of shooting and killing his wife and her male friend in the Elliot household some six months earlier, minutes before he called 9-1-1 from the murder scene. Haller has less than two weeks to prepare for trial because the defendant is anxious to proceed at that time and absolutely unwilling to delay proceedings. Meanwhile LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is investigating the recent murder of Jerry Vincent.

Expectations will be sky-high for this one, because not only does it represent the sequel to one of Connelly's most successful and widely-praised novels THE LINCOLN LAWYER, it even manages to include one of crime-fiction's best-loved characters too - the venerable Harry Bosch, although he plays a rather lower-profile role here than I had hoped or expected. It's very much a Haller story, told throughout from a first-person perspective. And although it's very good, hard to fault in truth, it's not quite as good as its one predecessor. I think my reason for saying that is because it's actually rather similar; Haller's personal life is much the same as it was, he's still just as brilliant in the courtroom, and despite representing a highly dislikeable character (as Louis Ross Roulet was in the previous Haller tale) and being capable of successfully defending people who seem to be guilty of their alleged crimes, he's still an attractive personality both within the context of the story and from the perspective of the reader. The only significant difference this time round is that while Haller still has a Lincoln - three identical ones actually - he now has a proper office, inherited from the late Jerry Vincent.

One of the frustrating elements to courtroom stories such as this is that they often begin after the crime has been committed and the central 'bad guy' is assumed to be guilty (or not guilty) from the outset, so the main unknown tends to be the verdict of the jury. This is the second half of a criminal investigation, the first half being the police and detective work that brings the suspect to trial. Thankfully it's a lot more interesting due to some really fascinating insights into the world of jury selection, a little bit depressing too when you think of the lengths that defence lawyers will go to in order to manipulate the system (at least, that in the USA) in order to get as many jurors likely to be sympathetic to, or at least open-minded enough for, a vote of not guilty to someone who may in fact be guilty. That's a little worrying if it represents real life, and from an early stage of this novel I kept on thinking of the trial (and the crime) of OJ Simpson in Los Angeles in 1995, a landmark event that I know shaped Connelly's attitude towards the American justice system. So whereas the Bosch novels tend to be all about Bosch with a story wrapped around him, with Haller it's the other way round in that the story takes precedence over him. All credit to the author for having the ability to write in such different ways, which we are reminded of on the few occasions that Haller and Harry Bosch meet; as soon as Bosch speaks, he increases the reader's pulse rate slightly, and I think this would be the case even for those reading Connelly for the first time. Bosch comes over as dark and dangerous, and it's an amusing experience to read the impressions he makes on Haller and the opinions expressed given that the sometimes negative words come from the same pen, from the creator of both characters.

One element of the tale that Connelly is right to address, I believe, is the ethics behind defending the guilty. It came late on in the novel but it was a relief when it came. Until that point it had been an issue that I can imagine many readers struggling to come to terms with, that a seemingly nice guy like Mickey Haller should have the ability to dismantle state's and prosecutor's evidence to the point that a seemingly nailed-on guilty verdict can be undone. It leaves you wondering if there is such a thing as true justice, at least within the criminal courts, because the outcome can often be based not on the evidence but the skill with which either the prosecutor or the defender presents that evidence and cross-examines witnesses. Issues such as this are raised right at the very beginning of this novel, in a small prologue that suggests that, ultimately, everybody lies. Cops, lawyers, witnesses and victims - they all lie, and the trial is a contest of lies. For lawyers like Mickey Haller, the task in preparing for trial often revolves around finding that magic bullet, that weakness in the prosecution's case that enables him to rip it all to pieces, to at the very least giving rise to reasonable doubt about the defendant's guilt. Looking back through the story, the author addressed these issues very skilfully but perhaps felt he had a moral obligation to not only explain how and why a defence attorney works the way he does, but in addition to demonstrate that some of them - well, Mickey Haller at least - have a sense of humanity and moral conscience after all. It gives the reader an escape route for feeling guilty about liking Haller, to enable them to feel that their judgement in him wasn't misplaced even if they had questioned it for most of the tale.

The surprising and unexpected conclusion to the story proves that it was actually a lot more complex than just whether the defendant 'did it' or not, because there are numerous interwoven sub-plots that all come together to answer some of the questions that might have been lingering in the reader's mind. Just as we were warned at the outset, everybody lies, some people lie about their lies, but at least one conclusion can be drawn: Michael Connelly is still at the very top of his game, and that's the undisputed truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Brass Verdict heralds the return of Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, as he takes up the caseload of a murdered attorney, Jerry Vincent. He takes over the imminent case of a film producer (Walter Elliot) accused of murdering his wife and her lover. There is lots of evidence against him but Haller is perturbed by the casual and unworried attitude shown by the defendant. Haller is convinced that Elliot has some sort of "get out of jail free" card up his sleeve and sets about investigating this.

Harry Bosch is part of the police investigation into Jerry Vincent's death and he passes some information about what may be going on to Mickey. Mickey soon realises that some serious jury manipulation is going on and that his own life is in danger.

This book is typical Michael Connolly - a fast paced plot, some good characterisation, believable police work and credible court drama. I do feel it dragged a little at times - some of the court scenes could well have been shortened. However it is a good fun read.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 July 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2012
No doubt about it, another fantastic Harry Bosch novel. But I have to say, like another reviewer I was a bit disappointed when it ended - more than that really as I groaned out loud when I "turned the page" (Kindle-wise) and found that was it. But I suppose that's a good thing. Shows how much I enjoyed it.

As a crime-solver Harry is top notch - picking up on "tells" when interviewing, not being side-tracked by corrupt officials. No-one gets one over on Harry. Don't you just love him ... but wait. To say I was shocked when he rang someone and they said (from his voice) they pictured him looking like Lieutenant Columbo!!! Mac and all. Nooooooooooo! Talk about stunned. I have visions of George Clooney, Harrison Ford, or even Matt Damon. Please Mr. Connolly, don't ruin my daydreams in any future books. No more references to Columbo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2013
This is not only the first book in the Detective Harry Bosch series I've read but also the first venture with a Michael Connelly book. I'm now wondering why I waited so long.
In this novel Bosch is working in the cold case unit in the LAPD. He is given the case of a young female college student who was found murdered in 1989. After DNA found on the victim matches that of a convicted child rapist, Bosch, and his new partner Chu, are sent off to investigate. However, the puzzling thing about the suspect is that he was only 8 years old at the time.
No sooner are Bosch and his partner handed the above case, Councilman Irving, a highly influence official has requested that Bosch investigate the death of his son: who was either pushed or jumped from a hotel balcony. Bosch finds the request puzzling because the Councilman is not only no friend of the LAPD, he has also been after Bosch's blood for years. There then follows many unexpected twists and turns with both investigations, a serious conflict issue with his partner Chu, which has the potential to derail the Councilman's son's investigation, and also the beginnings of a love interest. As in all good hard-edged detective stories even the love interest is not as straight forward as it seems.
In many ways Bosch is your typical hard-nosed detective. He's just a few years from retirement and has seen it all. He likes to do things his way and doesn't always keep to the rules. Although he uses the tools provided by modern technologies to forward his investigations, it is his instinct and sharp mind that appears to miss nothing that creates all the major breakthroughs in the investigations.
A real entertaining read, no wonder this book has so many good reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
No reader of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels ever doubts that they are well written police procedurals with plenty of peripheral trips into Bosch's life outside the squad room. THE DROP is no exception to Connelly's tried and true formula of mixing generous portions of Harry's day job as a homicide investigator with his personal life as single parent and unattached male. Although Harry is never consciously looking for love, he seems to have an uncanny knack for stumbling across it in the most unlikely places.

With THE DROP Harry and his partner David Chu become enmeshed in some "high jingo", the double-dealing political games that have been making serious inroads in the police department, when they are called upon to investigate both a 20 year old cold case as well as the current death of a city councilman's son. Questions abound concerning both cases. Did the police mishandle evidence on the cold case? If not, then why does the blood evidence found at the scene of the crime belong to an eight year old boy? Also, did the councilman's sonny-boy accidently fall, was he pushed or did he jump to his death? Never fear, all will be revealed.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, an aging Bosch maintains his disdain for the LAPD's bureaucracy. This ultimate rebel, with his lone wolf attitude, is making life difficult for his partner, David Chu, who feels more and more resentful of his position on the "team" as he perceives that Bosch is attempting to exclude him from significant parts of the investigation.

While tension builds between the major players, clues for the two cases are gathered and sorted slowly, allowing the narrative to gain momentum in a measured manner while succeeding in keeping the reader mentally and emotionally engaged. And that, my friends, is what a good detective story is all about.
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