Book Review of The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller, Bk 2)

The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller, Bk 2)
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Helpful Score: 7

Connelly scores a one-two knockout punch with this sequel to The Lincoln Lawyer featuring defense attorney Mickey Haller. After getting shot in the last book, Mickey's recovery in the last 2 years has been set back by an addiction to painkillers and rehab. Now that he's clean he's ready to get back to work, and is surprised to be named successor to a murdered colleague's practice. One of the cases he inherits is a high-profile case of a movie producer accused of killing his philandering wife and her lover. But as Mickey's investigation progresses, there is a real danger that his murdered friend's killer will come after him too. Detective Harry Bosch is on the case, and is more than willing to use him as bait to catch the culprit.

This book moved along at a faster pace than the first, and although I was at first disappointed at how little Harry Bosch is used in the story, I guess it's not surprising as it's Mickey Haller's story after all. And what a story! Connelly keeps the suspense up throughout, and delivers a surprising twist at the end. Then, when the reader is just recovering from that, hits you from left field with another stunner. About the only thing that prevented a 5-star rating from me is that I couldn't call it mind-boggling. But it's another excellent thriller from a favorite writer and I just hope that he can come up with more Mickey books, despite the ending.