Book: Michael Connelly “The Brass Verdict”

February 4, 2016

The Brass Verdict is a sequel to “The Lincoln Lawyer” featuring the Mickey Haller character as a defense lawyer.  However, Michael Connelly’s other main character Harry Bosch plays more than a cameo part in this story and it is nice to see the cross over – especially the twist which I will not go into.

bookMicky Haller is about to try to start working as a lawyer again, one year on from the closing of “The Lincoln Lawyer” having recovered from being shot and a resulting addiction to pain killers.  However, before really knowing if he is ready a colleague’s murder means that Micky suddenly inherits a lot of cases including one that will be a career maker with a big pay day.  Nothing is ever simple and could this case put Haller in danger of the same fate as his murdered predecessor (this murder is being investigated by Detective Harry Bosch by the way  – that’s the link).

This story has a number of red-herrings, twist and betrayals that keep you guessing till the very last chapter.  Michael Connelly at his best.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Overlook”

February 4, 2016

I’m going to run out of these soon – yes, another Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly.  This is a short one, and not the best outing for Connelly, never the less we still see Bosch do what he does best – look at a murder methodically and systematically without distraction.  The interest in this book for those familiar with the character is the return of FBI agent Rachel Waller, a previous collaborator and lover of Harry Bosch but now giving him a very cold shoulder.

bookThe FBI involvement in the murder at The Overlook is due to potential terrorist links which are quickly apparent – but Bosch rides through all that concentrating on the murder.  An enjoyable read but doesn’t really develop the characters any further.

Book: Michael Connelly “Echo Park”

January 24, 2016

Another Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly.  Leading on from The Closer, Harry is now in the Open-Unsolved Unit when a killer agrees to trade the death penalty for telling about all his previous crimes.  One is a 13 year old case that Harry has never been able to put behind him. Harry has always had a suspect in mind, but couldn’t close the case, meaning that he finds it hard to believe that this killer is responsible.

book-echoparkAs ever, you just can’t see where this is going.  The killer confesses, takes them to the body, knows details of the murder … but none of this is enough for Bosch who turns to Rachel Waller (FBI agent from previous novels THE POET and its sequel THE NARROWS) for help that ends up in an off the books investigation.

The other thing I found interesting in this novel was that parts of this story and at least one other novel was used in the TV series that first switched me on to this character and writer.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Lincoln Lawyer”

January 24, 2016

My continuing journey through the works of Michael Connelly leads to the first appearance of defense lawyer Mickey Haller.  I was concerned about reading this as I know I have seen the film based on this book some time ago but couldn’t remember anything about it.  I expected it to come back to me as I read, but it was all new to me – and very, very good!  (does that mean the movie is bad as it is so unmemorable?).

book-lincoln-lawyerConnelly’s protagonists are mainly from law enforcement (LAPD or FBI mainly) although he also writes very well the view of the killers they are pursuing.    Here, not only is the main character a lawyer but a defense lawyer skilled at getting guilty people off or on reduced sentences.  But nothing is as it seems in this book.  The core plot is as fast as you expect from this writer, but there are lots of quick encounters with clients, flashbacks, stories-within-stories which make it even more fascinating and adds a depth and insight to the character.

A sign of a good story is when the protagonist gets into a situation that is impossible to get out of – and then does.  Which is exactly what happens here and with no spoilers that’s all I can say.  I will go back to watch the movie and I hope this character comes back in other stories.

Book: Michael Connelly “The Closers”

January 4, 2016

The next Michael Conelly novel in publication order is “The Closers” another Harry Bosch book.  Here he is returning to LAPD out of retirement, which is apparently a thing that is possible.  There have been changes, Irving is out and a new Chief of Police welcomes Bosch back and into the department looking at open unsolved cases – cold cases.

bookHarry’s first day and first case opens up a can-of-worms (of course). The case is a 17 year old case of a teenager taken from her bedroom and shot in the woods behind her house.  Blood and skin found on the gun have now been DNA matched but that person doesn’t appear to have any link to the case.

As the investigation takes shape they have to trace the victim’s family, friends, and stir up old wounds, which quickly takes them into conflict with Irving.  As ever, a page turner and easy, entertaining read.

Review of 2015

December 31, 2015

Previously: 200920102011, 2012, 2013, 2014.   Now for the summary of my ever diminishing blog posts for 2015 (this is becoming just a place to note down books and movies)… as ever please note this is only to help me remember things I really don’t know why anyone else would be interested:

MOVIES (cinema)

Gigs, Events & Theater

  • Jan: Scripture Union weekend (my first)
  • July: CLAN (in Largs)

BOOKS read this year….


  • March: Ribby Hall
  • Aug: Isle of Lewis
  • Sept: Crieff Hydro

Other Highlights:

  • Jan: Weekend in Dunoon celebrating Ross’s 40th
  • April: Son turned 2, talks, sings, likes to sleep beside me, is great fun!
  • May: Got the garden fixed up
  • July: 2 Year of Cycling to Work
  • August: Started Gaelic Saturday club – trying to learn a new language
  • Sept: 2 Years of condensed 4 day week to have Monday’s with Lewis

Youtube uploads:

Running Totals:

  • 2009 – 23 books – 6 Movies – 4 gigs/events
  • 2010 – 33 books – 13 Movies – 10 gigs/events – 6 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2011 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 1 meals – 3 holidays
  • 2012 – 16 books – 7 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 3 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2013 – 8 books – 2 Movies – 0 gigs/events – 1 meals – 2 holidays – 1 Son
  • 2014 – 1 books – 3 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 4 holidays
  • 2015 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 3 holidays – 6 videos

Movie: Spectre

December 31, 2015

A little late in blogging about this movie we went to see about a month ago.  Specter, of course, is the latest Bond movie and personally I think the Daniel Craig reboot of Bond is outstanding and plot lines from all of these recent movies come together in this plot.

movieThe opening sequence alone, is utterly amazing with what appears to be a long continuous shoot (but probably isn’t – I really would like to see a ‘making of’ even just that sequence).


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