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Friday, November 28, 2008

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Title: The Brass Verdict
Author: Michael Connelly
Age Group: Adults
# of Pages: 422
My Rating: 3.5/5

In the world of law and courtrooms, there is one thing for certain: Everybody lies.

Mickey Haller finally comes back as a defense attorney after a couple of years of personal troubles. An old colleague of his, Jerry Vincent, has recently been murdered for unknown reasons. Jerry left behind all of his active cases to Mickey to handle if anything was to happen to him. Mickey lands on one of the biggest and most popular case yet: defending the Hollywood producer, Walter Elliot, who is accused of shooting both of his wife and her lover to death.

Come onto the scene is Harry Bosch, a detective who is ready to pounce the murderer. To do so, he needs information. Who better than to work with other than Mickey who has all of Jerry's case informations? Both of them have conflicting ideas when it comes to the law but would have to work together if they want to catch the killer. As time passes, the danger level increases. Will Mickey be next to be shot in the head?

There are a lots of law terms used but the writing language is quite easy to understand so if you are not a lawyer, you will still know what is going on. I never want to go into law because I hate to argue and having to memorize a hundred written rules. I am terrible when it comes to arguments, so I let the other person win all the time. But there are much more than just arguing for your client. This story reveals what happens behind the scenes within the courtrooms. Bribery, lies, and manipulation are used everywhere. So if you ever plan to become a big time criminal lawyer, be careful.

I didn't consider the story as a mystery genre. It lacks the suspense that makes it a mystery in my opinion. It is a good book but it goes at a slow pace and not much action until the end. Definitely interesting law facts though. You get to learn how dirty some lawyers and judges work.

Review copy provided by Hachette Book Group.

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alexis said...

I actually want to be a lawyer when I grow up, and I usually love books that work in the law and court cases, it makes them very suspenseful. This is a book I might pick up! Nice blog!

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keri mikulski :) said...

Love books about courtroom dramas. It's like Law and Order in a book. :) Thanks for the review.