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Haller and Bosch - a winner!,
This review is from: The Brass Verdict (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.