(akemplaw.com, Nov. 22)
In 2005, Michael Connelly published The Lincoln Lawyer and introduced us to a new protagonist, Mickey Haller, notable at the time because he is not Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch, the star of most of Connelly’s excellent detective stories. Haller is the “Lincoln lawyer” in that first book because he conducts his criminal defense law practice out of the back of one or more of his chauffeured Lincolns. That suggests he’s rich, or eccentric, or both. In fact, Haller is not doing so well fiscally, and he’s better described as cynical and shrewd. His professional integrity is just slightly on the plus side of marginal. On the other hand, he is trying to be a good dad to his young daughter, who wants her parents to get back together.
Haller’s “chauffeur” in The Brass Verdict (2008) is a homeless surfer (all of Connelly’s books take place in the City of Angels) out on probation. In this latest adventure, Haller unexpectedly inherits a law practice when another leading defense attorney is murdered. One of Haller’s new clients is a wealthy Hollywood producer who is charged with killing his wife and her German lover. Not merely asserting his innocence, the producer is almost bizarrely confident that Mickey Haller can get him off. It doesn’t quite work out the way anyone expects, of course. Because Connelly is so good at creating characters, I encourage you to read The Lincoln Lawyer first, then The Brass Verdict, which debuted on the best seller lists at #1. As always with Connelly, these are good reads.
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(mcherald.com, Nov. 22, JC Patterson)
Here’s a by-the-book breakdown of fine reads I have known and appreciated this year.
The Big Boys: Heavyweight hits like Richard Price’s Lush Life, The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski , and my favorite read of 2008: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane, topped bestseller lists and Oprah’s Bookclub. These massive parables of crime, historical cops and a boy and his dogs are flat out brilliant.
Lady Killers: A bevy of female authors, featuring Nevada Barr‘s long-awaited Winter Study gave the female lead muscles aplenty. Also impressive is April Smith’s The Judas Horse and Andrea Kane‘s Twisted. Like Barr’s Anna Pigeon, both spotlight damaged amazons who work outside the law. Powerful period dramas like The Outlander by Gil Adamson and Ron Rash’s Serena use the (more…)
(catholic.org, Dec. 17)
Sun Sentinel (MCT) – In “The Finder,” Colin Harrison combines a strong eye for social details and the intricacies of New York City for a novel that is equally literary fiction and mystery.
A scheme in which office cleaners steal a new pharmaceutical company’s paperwork leads to cohesive plot about greed, power and revenge. “The Finder’s” ensemble features characters from every stratum of New York society as well as sharp dialogue and fresh plot twists. Harrison’s original approach makes “The Finder” the top mystery of 2008.
(1) “The Finder.” Colin Harrison. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. A scheme to steal paperwork erupts into a perceptive, thriller about New York life. (more…)
(tampabay.com, Colette Bancroft)
You can’t say Michael Connelly didn’t warn you: That’s the opening line of his electrifying new novel The Brass Verdict.
This is Connelly’s second novel about Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller Jr. Connelly has also written 13 bestsellers about L.A. police Detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch (most recently The Overlook in 2007), as well as several standalone novels and a nonfiction collection.
Connelly, a former journalist who lives in the Tampa Bay area but sets his books in the classic crime-novel territory of L.A., introduced Haller in his 2005 book The Lincoln Lawyer, so called because Haller worked out of his car.
That was no sign of failure, just a practical modus operandi for a lawyer in a (more…)