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The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
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Nov 23, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009


A brass verdict is a term for justice reached without a jury.

Lawyer Mickey Haller is the protagonist,
who "inherits" the case load of a suddenly
deceased (murdered) fellow attorney.

The key case is defending a movie magnate against the murder of his trophy wife, who
was having an affair.

The client gets Haller going, believing in his innocence (claims mob money helped him launch his studio venture, so the mob wouldn't want the unfaithful wife to get any share of the studio in a divorce).

Along the way, Haller ends up at risk, too, just like the attorney who preceded him.

Haller figures it out, with the help of Harry Bosch -- who in this novel is a secondary character.

"It" involves a crooked judge who knows how to salt a jury. (Yes, turns out that the movie guy did it after all.)

Even w. a jury salted for the movie magnate, though, the defendant ends up dead via street justice (relatives of the German guy who was the wife's lover and died along w. her are believed to have taken justice into their own European hands)

The very biggest surprise is learning, at story end, that Bosch and Haller are half brothers! Haller was the legit son of a legendary trial atty., Harry being the illegit.

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