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Brass Verdict, The, by Connelly, Michael
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Little, Brown & Company (first published 2008)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Another winner from Michael Connelly. I always have to ration myself when I get one of his new books so I don't go through it too fast and then have to wait forever for the next one. I think I managed to make this one last a whole five days.

This one is fun because it brings Harry Bosch (our old fave) and Mickey Haller (from The Lincoln Lawyer) together in the same book. Mickey is the main character and narrator in the story, but Bosch appears at all the right moments with his cleverness and wel...more
Michael
Lawyer Mickey Haller is back and this time he gets to share the spotlight with Connolly's L.A. Detective Harry Bosch.

It's been over a year since the events of "The Lincoln Lawyer" and Haller is looking to get back into the world of lawyering. He gets to do so in a big way, when a fellow lawyer is killed and leaves his practice to Haller. At stake are 30 or so cases, including a big one where a Hollywood movie mogul is accused of killing his wife and her lover. Circumstantial evidence and a kille...more
Kellie
Connelly has some of the best quotes in his books.
"There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there." A quote from Mickey Haller when discussing his prior addiction to OxyContin.

This was a fantastic read! Mickey Haller is taking a break from the law. After being injured, and becoming addicted to pain pills, he is planning on getting back into his practice gradually. When one of his colleagues, Jerry Vincent, is murdered, Haller has suddenly found himself back in the game. With 31...more
Lewis Weinstein
This is the 4th mystery/thriller I have started in the last several days. It is the only one I will finish. The others, all by authors well known who I will not name, were a mishmash of confusing scenes, unnecessary filler (the price of having to produce a book every year?), and reader-unfriendly prose. Connelly, who crafts just as complicated a plot, does so without confusion and without extra "stuff." He is a pleasure to read.

The rest was as good as the beginning. It is interesting to see how...more
Quinn Barrett
"The Brass Verdict" was released in 2008, but I only recently got around to reading The Lincoln Lawyer Series. This is the second book in the series and while I think it's a good read, the story didn't captivate me as much as the first book's action-packed plot.

We come to find Mickey Haller acclimating back into his role as lawyer after a protracted struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, followed by a lengthy stay in rehab. As he tries to decide if he even wants to practice law anymore, a col...more
Salymar
I was strolling around a book store looking for new books to read and I came across a table full of half-priced best-sellers. And guess what? From the original price of Php649.00, The Brass Verdict was only sold for Php100.00 only! I, of course, didn't let go of the chance. That moment was one of the precious moments of my life (and yes, I'm over-reacting. haha!)

The Brass Verdict is the 19th novel by American author Michael Connelly. This is the first time I tried out a different Detective/ Crim...more
Kurt
I have read all four Mickey Haller books, and while I think this is my least favorite, Michael Connelly is still my guilty pleasure author of choice, and even a disappointing Mickey Haller book is still one that I want to read.

On its own, there's nothing all that special about this book. There's a mystery when someone murders one of Haller's former professional acquaintances ("friends" is a little too strong a word - these are lawyers, after all), and Haller inherits the dead man's caseload, inc...more
Lori Anderson
I love Harry Bosch, and I hated how he was portrayed in this book. He was a side character in this one, so I didn't expect to like it as well, but I kept getting bored. Kind of meh, but I love Connelly, so I'll give it a pass.

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Linda Munro

This is a Michael Haller (Micky) book, the lawyer featured in ‘The Lincoln Lawyer.’ In this book Connelly brings Haller together with Homicide Inspector Bosch.

Haller has spent the last year getting his life together, before that, his life; both personal and professional had gone down the tubes when his addiction to pain pills brought him to the brink of destruction. One year later, still unsure as to whether or not he is ready to get back into the law, Haller inherits the legal practice of a mu...more
Jane Stewart
Engaging legal mystery suspense. Intricate plots well developed.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
This book is the sequel to “The Lincoln Lawyer” (TLL) but it can be read as a stand-alone. I liked TLL better, but this was still good. I love the mind and street smarts of Haller. I enjoy the way he thinks and talks. It’s clever and entertaining. At times it was a little slow, I don’t remember why, probably some of the courtroom time. It wasn’t the author’s best, but I’m glad I read it. I plan to read most of the...more
Harry
Time saver tip: if you've read my review of any Harry Bosch book, you've read 'em all. Since I don't reveal plots and reserve my comments to the overall book/author, characterization, style, etc...I just don't feel the need to repeat myself as in most cases series books if any good at all do remain consistent. The star ratings might change, but not my opinion of the series as a whole.

Michael Connelly is a well know and very popular author in the mystery/detective and police procedural genres. E...more
Donna
Although I'm a great fan of Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict sat on my "to read" shelf for over a year before I got around to reading it. Intrigued with the deep, ongoing characterization of Harry Bosch, I wasn't sure I wanted to get into a book in which he had to share the stage with Mickey Haller, another main character. (This despite the fact that I read and loved the original Mickey Haller book, Lincoln Lawyer. Call me a purist.)

So finally, on a recent snowy evening, having rejected ever...more
Barb
Michael Connelly's books are the best and it's so exciting when a new one comes out. In this book he brings back Mickey Haller from another of his tomes (The Lincoln Lawyer) and the other protagonist is the infamous Harry Bosch - my favorite. I couldn't put this book down and the circuitous paths the story took made it more exciting. I adore Connelly so much, I would read his grocery list and probably find it a great and interesting work. If you haven't read Michael Connelly's books, get started...more
Cathy DuPont
Michael Connelly just keeps getting better for me. And I really like his secondary character, Mickey Haller, a defense attorney better than his first character, Harry Bosch, a LAPD detective. In this book, they meet for the first time and discover a family secret. Well, not a well kept secret if you've read either of the previous books in the series. Mickey seems to have more character and more emotions than Harry.

Mickey has taken off a year and wants to gradually get back into the 'game' when,...more
Kathy
I have been listening to this in my car the last couple of weeks, and I think that perhaps the reader's presentation added to my dislike of Mickey Haller (he gave him the voice of a pedantic old gasbag), but there was still plenty to dislike about him without help. Mickey is a criminal defense attorny, seemingly a pretty talented one. He several times points out that the system only works when the opposing sides vigorously present their cases. I totally agree, but then Mickey does all sorts of t...more
Robert
Let me first make this clear: THIS IS NOT A HARRY BOSCH NOVEL. Now that I got that off my chest let me tell you about this book, but first about that first sentence. Another website that I belong to said that this was installment #14 in the Harry Bosch series. Now I know that it is my own damn fault but I did not look further and see that this is the #2 installment in the Mickey Haller series. This is not a problem if you have read #1 in the Haller series (The Lincoln Lawyer) but I have not read...more
Keith
Defense attorney Mickey Haller is attempting to reestablish his previously successful law practice. This after what he refers to as a two year sabbatical, a period when he couldn’t practice law because he was in a drug rehab program. Convinced that he can make a successful re-entry into the system by taking it slowly, he suddenly finds that after the death of another attorney, he is thrust into the center of a high profile murder trail where the pressure is not only intensified but possibly dang...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, this was an interesting book, a good read and held my interest from the first. I must say I wasn't as taken with it as with the first, but it's still good and I've got the next waiting though I might try another Connelly character first as I have a Hatty Bosch novel waiting to.

Here some time has passed since the last book and Connelly used what I'd call a "plot device" to reset Michael's character to a "bad place". He was injured as the last book ended. Here we find that he went back to wo...more
Rick
I lost a lot of sleep because of this book, a sequel to The Lincoln Lawyer. There are certainly lots of deeper, more beautiful, more meaningful, and more socially significant books out there, but this one is at the high end of the page turner and pure entertainment spectrum. Its hard not to get pulled into the twists and turns of Mickey Haller's attempt to get his movie mogul client acquitted from a charge of double murder just two weeks after inheriting the case from a lawyer who himself was ju...more
Gerald
Brass Verdict is a nearly perfect book. It's a first-person court procedural, told by defense attorney Mickey Haller, main character of Lincoln Lawyer. Harry Bosch is in there, too, in the third person. Fascinating switch.

The plotting is razor-sharp, all the setups there for the twist-twist-and-twist-again in the final pages.

But I think back to Hammett. As many times as I've read The Thin Man and seen the movie, I still don't completely understand the plot or the motivations of some of the chara...more
LJ
THE BRASS VERDICT (Legal Thriller-Michael Haller-Los Angeles-Cont) - Ex
Connelly, Michael – 2nd in series
Little, Brown and Company, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN; 0316166294

First Sentence: Everybody lies.

Michael Heller had decided to return to practice but not at this level. A former colleague is murdered and had designated Heller as the attorney to take over all his cases should something happen to him. One of those cases is defending producer Walter Elliot. Elliot has been accused of murdering his...more
Paula
Aug 27, 2008 Paula rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Legal thriller fans
Like The Lincoln Lawyer, this second book featuring attorney Mickey Haller delves into the often amusing and usually unsavory realities of defending accused criminals. Even though Haller's been struggling with a painkiller addiction he's still a barrel of laughs compared to police detective Harry Bosch, who shows up investigating the murder of another lawyer. If you've read any of Connelly's Bosch series you'll enjoy hearing what Haller makes of him, and at the same time you might find yourself...more
Linda
One of my favorite genres is Detective-in-Recovery (or Detective Dealing with Some Other Personal Demon)-- and Michael Connelly delivers a double in this one. Mickey, the attorney from THE LINCOLN LAWYER, and Harry Bosch star, but it's really Mickey who has the lead. Out of recovery and about to step back into the courtroom scene, Mickey suddenly has to cover another attorney's caseload when that attorney is murdered. The solution to the murder is probably in the files for one of those cases, an...more
Dorothy
Mickey Haller, criminal defense attorney, has been out of action for a year. At first, he was recovering from being shot in the abdomen by an angry mother at the end of The Lincoln Lawyer. Criminal law, as practiced by Haller, turns out to be a hazardous profession.

Following his recovery from surgery, Haller became addicted to pain killers and had to spend time in rehab to get that monkey off his back. He's just about ready to ease himself back into his profession, one case at a time, when his f...more
Julie
**Sigh** I was sorry to finish it. Fortunately, I have the next book queued up. I read "The Lincoln Lawyer" before the movie. I couldn't read this one without hearing a Texas drawl. But that's ok. :-)

Classic Michael Connelly and a really good read - I couldn't put it down.
Sayed Khadri
It’s been over a year since the events of The Lincoln Lawyer, attorney Mickey Haller has spent a year recuperating from his wounds and addiction to pain killers. Now he is planning to get back to law practice slowly.

One fine day when he was planning to get back to work again, he gets a call from senior judge telling him that his colleague Jerry Vincent is dead, shot in his car twice. Judge informs him that Vincent has appointed him to take over his practice if anything was to happen to him.

Halle...more
Joe
This is the second of the Lincoln Lawyer series and much like the first it takes you on a fun ride through the life of Mickey Haller. Again I just love that this is not the idealized world of Perry Mason, where every client was innocent and needed to be saved by their virtuous and brilliant lawyer. Its a more realistic view, clients tend to be slimy and guilty and in some cases, downright evil. But they are entitled to vigorous defense and that's what Haller does. Once again he faces an ethical...more
Chris
THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY

Mickey Haller, criminal defense attorney, has been out of action for a year. At first, he was recovering from being shot in the abdomen by an angry mother at the end of The Lincoln Lawyer. Criminal law, as practiced by Haller, turns out to be a hazardous profession.

Following his recovery from surgery, Haller becam...more
Maria João Fernandes
"Todos mentem. Os polícias mentem. Os advogados mentem. Os clientes mentem. Até os jurados mentem."

Depois do primeiro livro, "Nos Meandros da Lei", Mickey Haller, um advogado independente, depois de dois anos sem trabalhar, vê-se, repentinamente, com mais de trinta casos em mãos. Ainda em recuperação do seu vicio em analgésicos e inseguro da sua condição, Haller aceita e vê-se novamente em jogo!

Do vasto leque de casos a defender, um destaca-se, não só pela pessoa envolvida, mas também pela natur...more
Lisa
I need to premise this review by saying I absolutely love Michael Connelly, especially his detective Harry Bosch series.

The Brass Verdict is the second in a series introducing new character, lawyer Mickey Haller. We first met Mickey in The Lincoln Lawyer, thus titled becaused he practices law out of the back of his fleet of Lincoln Town cars. He's the half-brother of Harry. Mickey and Harry meet in The Brass Verdict.

This was a satisfying story bringing the half-brothers together over a murder c...more
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