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The Brass Verdict

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly.

 

Hardcover: 422 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 14, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0316024627

 

 

Amazon Review:

Defense attorney Mickey Haller and Detective Harry Bosch must either work together or die as they investigate a Hollywood lawyer’s murder in this “epic page-turner” (Library Journal).

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.

Bringing together Michael Connelly’s two most popular characters, The Brass Verdict is sure to be his biggest book yet.

 

Yet another good book by Michael Connelly!  I guess when I picked it up at the thrift store I didn’t notice that it wasn’t a Bosch book.   Instead it was about Haller, an attorney , who I remembered from the last Bosch book I read.  And it turns out that Bosh is also in the book and it seems like this was the book where they first met.

The biggest part of the book was a trial that Haller had “inherited” about a movie mogul accused of murdering is wife and lover.  All I will say is there are a few surprises towards the end of the story!

This was a good read.

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The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company(November 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0316225940

 

Amazon Review:

 

California’s newest private investigator, Detective Harry Bosch, must track down a missing heir while helping a police department connect the dots on a dangerous cold case.

Harry Bosch is California’s newest private investigator. He doesn’t advertise, he doesn’t have an office, and he’s picky about who he works for, but it doesn’t matter. His chops from thirty years with the LAPD speak for themselves.

Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it?

Desperate to know whether he has an heir, the dying magnate hires Bosch, the only person he can trust. With such a vast fortune at stake, Harry realizes that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the one he’s seeking. But as he begins to uncover the haunting story–and finds uncanny links to his own past–he knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

At the same time, unable to leave cop work behind completely, he volunteers as an investigator for a tiny cash-strapped police department and finds himself tracking a serial rapist who is one of the most baffling and dangerous foes he has ever faced.

 

The book started out a little slow and my thoughts were that I’d not finish this book.

Well, that didn’t happen! It turned into a book I really got into and enjoyed.  The protagonist, Bosch winds up working two cases at once.  One for the Police department , and one a private case for an elderly billionaire trying to find out if he has any heirs to leave his fortune to when he dies. 

It turned into a real page turner !  If you like Michael Connelly this is one of the Bosch series you won’t want to miss!

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Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Mulholland Books(October 11, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0316323950

 

Amazon Review:

 

The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The Empire teeters.

Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

This killer targets members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.

Based on actual attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria, Inspector of the Dead brilliantly merges historical fact with fiction, bringing a bloody chapter of Victorian England to vivid, pulse-pounding life.

 

The mention of Thomas De  Quincey reminded me of the books I read by David Morrell and totally enjoyed.  I looked at my saved books and found that I had,  Murder is a Fine Art and Ruler of the Night. But I didn’t find Inspector of the Dead.  Not having the best memory I sent for a copy to read.  Once I was into the very first chapter, I let out a groan.  Dang it!  I did read this before!  But did I set it aside?  nada.  De Quincey grabbed me right into the book again!  What a character he makes for a murder mystery!!!   I found that I did forget a lot of the book so I enjoyed it all over again!

If you like really interesting characters in the books you read, the 3 Thomas De Quincey books are a must read!

If you don’t recognize the author …some of the books he wrote that became movies are: First Blood and the Rambo movies!

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Find Her

Find Her by Lisa Gardner.

Hardcover: 402 pages
Publisher: Thorndike Press  (February 3, 2016)
ISBN-10: 9781410485342

 

 

Amazon Review:

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.

 

This book took me by surprise.  Smh.  For a female this is one scary book!  Based on true stories of girls/ woman who are abducted and how they are treated..but when it’s Flora Dane they take, in the long run, they find out they took the wrong woman.

Lisa Gardner, the author is a super writer. She makes you feel like you are right there and feeling the feelings Flora is feeling. Like, I said… scary!

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