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51. The Brass Verdict — Michael Connelly
I’ve got to say, it feels good to have more books read than to go now! If I keep reading at this rate, I might actually finish the challenge!
Also, a heads up: The Brass Verdict actually comes before The Fifth Witness, chronologically. It’s the second book in the series; I just read out-of-order by accident.
Two years have passed since the Roulet trial, and Mickey Haller has spent them making several wrong turns, only to get his life back on track. It is just as he decides to get back into business that his former colleague, Jerry Vincent, is murdered in a parking garage and Haller is given his office and caseload, including one that will be his biggest challenge yet: a Hollywood producer accused of a double murder.
Not only is this the second book in the Lincoln Lawyer series, but The Brass Verdict also includes one of Connelly’s more famous characters, Harry Bosch (Bosch has his own ongoing series), as well as pays mention to Jack McEvoy, another Connelly creation. I love it when authors mesh their stories together! Fun times are had by all! (Seriously, though, it’s one of my favourite writing techniques.)
As usual, the book was phenomenal; Connelly is a mastermind when it comes to mystery plots. This one blew me away with its intricacy, and had me guessing right up until the very end — usually I’m pretty good at figuring out the minor twists ahead of time, but Connelly was on top of his game and, for a change, kept his characters two steps ahead of his readers, instead of the other way around. It was a nice, challenging change of pace; whenever I figured out where Haller was going with his case, it felt like a huge victory.
Also, The Brass Verdict served a secondary purpose for me: while I’d been reading The Fifth Witness I’d struggled through Haller’s references to new characters (Cisco, his new driver, Shami, to name a few) and times past (a drug addiction, a fall-out with Maggie, et cetera). The Brass Verdict filled in those holes for me, and stuff that I hadn’t understood in the fourth book began to make sense. So a word to the wise: read this series in order. It moves fast.
A wonderful read overall; I ploughed through it in less than a day, and enjoyed every single word. Read it. Read it now!
Next book: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo — Stieg Larsson
Next feature: A review of a ballet, a play, or the profile of DiDi LeMay; just depends on what I feel like adding next, and when.