When down-at-heel lawyer Mickey Haller gets the news that his old colleague Jerry Vincent has died, he also gets an unexpected windfall. Jerry had left instructions that Mickey should inherit all of his clients - putting Mickey's stalled career back on track at a stroke. Not only that, but Vincent was about to go to bat for Walter Elliott, the Hollywood mogul accused of brutally slaying his wife and her lover, in a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight. If Mickey could find the magic bullet and win that one against the odds, he'd really be back in the big leagues. The only problem is that Vincent was murdered, shot at close range in his office garage. And the detective handling the case - a certain Harry Bosch - is convinced the killer must be one of Vincent's clients. Suddenly Jerry Vincent's legacy is beginning to look more like a poisoned chalice, and Mickey is faced with the biggest challenge of his career: how to successfully defend a client who might just be planning to murder him.
Publisher and industry reviews
'a superb legal thriller that manages three final twists ...The labyrinthine workings of LA law, bribery and the machinations of the FBI all play a part in a scenario that soon has Mickey in fear of his life. The first line of The Brass Verdict is 'everybody lies', so there are plenty of surprises. And, of course, as a writer of fiction, Connelly proves to be a brilliant liar.' -- Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD 'While the themes of Connelly's LA crime novels are familiar (power, envy, corruption), his plotting is anything but.' ESQUIRE 'If you're a Connelly fan you'll love this. Detective Hieronymus Bosch meets Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller. The clever plot kicks off when hard-up Haller gets a boost by inheriting his old mates clients. It's all going great until Bosch decides the killer is one of Mickey's wealthy new clients. Bah! A great ending from a great writer who hasn't disappointed in his previous 19 books.' DAILY SPORT 'One of Connelly's best ever books, this is an excellently plotted courtroom drama combined with a tense thriller' MORNING STAR 'a clever plot, full of twists, to make a first-rate legal thriller.' -- Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Good to see that Michael Connelly, probably the best American crime writer of his generation, still knows how to raise his game.' -- Henry Sutton THE MIRROR 'Mickey's back in this equally accomplished sequel ... the interplay between Haller and Bosch is as sparky as one could wish for ... So who will [Connelly] feature in his next book: Haller or Bosch? Or both? Who cares if the writing is as energetic as it is here.' -- Barry Forshaw DAILY EXPRESS 'a riveting ride through the LA courthouse system.' TIME OUT 'a courtroom drama with only one verdict: Connelly + Bosch + Haller = genius.' DAILY RECORD 'Connelly has proved himself the king of US police procedurals, and now his legal books are the equal of John Grisham's.' -- Mark Timlin INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Michael Connelly bring together two of his best-known characters, Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch, in a novel that can't be put down. ... It's a masterstroke to unite them, and Connelly cements his reputation as a master storyteller with a plot that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.' IRISH EXAMINER 'Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a new crime novel from one of my A-list of what I call Old Dependables. These are the select band of writers who you just know are going to deliver every time. One such is Michael Connelly.' -- Carla McKay DAILY MAIL 'I love detective novels and Connelly never fails to deliver.' -- Rankin (photographer) THE INDEPENDENT
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