Mickey Haller resurrects his law practice to take over when an old colleague meets an untimely death. Haller explores not only the colleague’s cases, but his response to his inner demon-addiction. A high profile case with a looming trial date presses Haller to find a defense for the client charged with murder and to assist the police investigation into the colleague’s murder without compromising ethics and confidentiality.
Det. Harry Bosch, another of Connelly’s main characters, my favorite, is not the feature of this book but plays a significant role and guardian angel for Haller. Believing that the colleague’s death was more than random violence, Bosch investigates the colleagues’ murder using Haller as bait. Haller senses a connection with Bosch that he does not quite understand. The whirlwind of trial practice envelops Haller’s world. Haller’s struggles with law practice, addiction and reconstructing his family life portray real struggles.
Connelly’s descriptions of the legal processes show a level of research and comprehension rarely read in this type of fiction. Usually, I skip the trial parts of such books, Connelly creates and conveys the trial environment better than I’ve read. Connelly creates a compelling personal storyline with a brilliant legal drama as backdrop. Must read.