The Brass Verdict - Michael Connelly
DEFENCE lawyer Micky Haller hasn t practised for a year, following rehab for a drug addiction. Just when he s thinking of getting back into the fray, a friend is murdered and leaves his caseload to Micky. At first, it seems like a heaven-sent gift – a plu
DEFENCE lawyer Micky Haller hasn't practised for a year, following rehab for a drug addiction.
Just when he's thinking of getting back into the fray, a friend is murdered and leaves his caseload to Micky.
At first, it seems like a heaven-sent gift - a plush office, some wealthy clients and a high profile case, which should get Micky some welcome publicity and announce his return to the courtroom.
But the police haven't caught the killer. What if Jerry Vincent's murder was something to do with one of the cases? Could Micky be next?
Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict (�6.99, Orion) starts with the words: "Everybody lies. Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie."
So we know to be on our guard from the off.
- 1 Man taken to hospital after fight reported on Heathway in Dagenham
- 2 Truck towing stolen Rolls Royce SUV crashes before dramatic foot chase
- 3 Man charged after staff assault at Barking Asda
- 4 Man in critical condition after staff assault at Barking Asda
- 5 Footballer convicted of hate crime after homophobic abuse of opponent
- 6 Woman taken to hospital after Dagenham Heathway station incident
- 7 One man injured after A13 crash involving car, van and lorry
- 8 Man denies charges after drugs raids as east London duo await trial
- 9 Woman hospitalised after Dagenham garden bonfire gets out of control
- 10 David Adegbite murder: £20,000 reward offered over Barking carpark shooting
It is more a legal procedural than a courtroom drama, full of interesting detail about the day-to-day work of an American defense attorney.
It is also a gripping thriller and brings Micky, who we first met in 2005's The Lincoln Lawyer - face to face with Connelly's best known creation, Det Harry Bosch.
And there's a surprising twist at the end, which is nothing to do with their investigations.
- LINDSAY JONES