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The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
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Jun 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery-thriller

Michael Connelly is a fine mystery writer with compelling characters, literate writing, and engrossing plots. This one - in which Mickey Haller, recovering from an Oxycontin addition after a gunshot wound, suddenly inherits all the cases belonging to his murdered colleague, Jerry Vincent - is a winner. Vincent's death may or may not involve the FBI and may or may not be connected to his most prominent case, the defense of a Hollywood bigwig accused of killing his wife and her lover. Everyone seems to have an agenda, and nobody seems to be telling the truth. Haller can't be sure whether or not his prominent client is guilty, whether or not he himself is at risk from Vincent's killer. The twists are intriguing and the ending satisfying. Add to all of that the fact that Connelly brings into this book Harry Bosch, the hero of the author's other long-running mystery series, thus blending two fictional worlds and revealing, at the end of the book, an unexpected connection between them.

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