The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly is the first book in the “Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch” mystery series.  Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, October 2008

Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent’s killer may be coming for him next.

Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent’s killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

When his colleague, Jerry Vincent, is murdered, Mick is handed all his cases, including the biggest murder trial case in Hollywood.  With the assistance of Lorna, ex-wife and office manager and Cisco, defense investigator Mick settles in and prepares his case.  Harry Bosch, LAPD Detective who has been assigned to investigate the murder of Vincent, and Mick butt heads but soon discover they need to team up in order to solve the murder which may be related to the trial that he currently defending.  I enjoyed seeing both Mickey and Bosch trying to find the truths in their respective task.  I enjoyed the courtroom scenes and the relationships between Mick, Lorna and Cisco.  This was a great read that once I started; I couldn’t wait to see how it ends.  There were some surprise twists in the story that I hope gets fleshed in another story.  [4 stars – really liked it]

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