We introduced the hero, Mickey Haller, last week. Remember the man doing all the lawyer homework? Yes, well, as his movie producer case proceeds to trial, the reader may want to take few notes, just to keep track of the bribes and the double agents and the grainy photos of people with possibly fake mustaches and maybe even the detective that brings Mickey these photos and acts as if he's protecting Mickey from all the murders going around.
I don't know whether to admire an author that can assemble such a Mexican train of surprises, or worry that he has counted up all the plot twists in his competitors' books and vowed to outdo them.
The result is a lot of action swirling around people I didn't care a whole lot about. But if gets you through a plane ride, well, job security for Mr. Connelly.
The tossed-in feel of Brass Verdict isn't so much different than what we ate this week. Some lady in Iowa took a simple piece of chicken and kept adding things. When you do something like that, how do you know when to stop? All I know is, I liked it better this week than the first time I fixed it.
MONTEREY BARBECUED CHICKEN
4 bacon strips
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
3 green onions, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Cut bacon strips in half widthwise. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. (I used the precooked bacon that you warm up in the microwave.)
Drain drippings from skillet; cook chicken in butter over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°.
Top each chicken breast with the barbecue sauce, green onions, tomato and two reserved bacon pieces; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings, 320 calories each.
After eating this delicious chicken, I opened the microwave the next day and found the bacon still sitting on its greasy paper towel.
I wonder if Mr. Connelly found a few Post-It Notes he forgot to use in his book.