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The Brass Verdict (Harry Bosch #14)

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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 launc ...more
ebook, 291 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Little, Brown and Company
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Lyn
Feb 20, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Connelly has in his 2008 novel The Brass Verdict the opportunity to bring two of his most compelling characters together into one plot – and he rises to the occasion, delivering a solid and very entertaining crime mystery.

Connelly’s benchmark detective Harry Bosch is joined by his motion picture legal thriller protagonist Mickey Haller in a suspenseful thriller sure to please fans.

Everybody lies.

This is the universal truth that Haller sets out as the book begins and this theme of decepti
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Bill  Kerwin

A very entertaining read. The breezy, cynical voice of Michael Connelly's lawyer Mickey Haller produces something much different--and much lighter in tone--than the Harry Bosch books, but it is something just as exciting and engrossing. There's a bonus here as well: Bosh appears as a minor, but important character.
Jonetta
It's been two years since Mickey was injured and a lot has happened. After taking time off to get his life in order, he's suddenly handed a full practice load following the murder of another defense attorney whose clients he inherits. Included is a high profile murder case involving a Hollywood studio head who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover, and it comes with some pretty impressive fees. And for the first time, Mickey and Harry Bosch cross paths as he's the lead detective assigne ...more
Jim
Aug 15, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Connelly does it again. I love it when he brings his characters together & this one has a bunch of them. Primarily, this is a Mickey Haller story (#14 - The Lincoln Lawyer) & is told by him, but Harry Bosch is a major character. Jack McEvoy (#05 - The Poet) makes several appearances. There is a reference to Cassie Black (#09 - Void Moon) & Mickey Haller's father that was fantastic. The interplay between Haller & Bosch was great since they're a bit at odds & it had my sympathi ...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
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Michael
Nov 25, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2008
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
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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
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HBalikov
Jun 07, 2017 HBalikov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember the Lincoln Lawyer? Not Matthew McConaughey, but the original Mickey Haller created by Michael Connelly. He's back after some time off for bad behavior. Harry Bosch is around as well, but in this novel he is definitely second fiddle and it would severely challenge Titus Welliver to play him with nuance. Where is this all going?

Haller is handed some cases when his friend is murdered. Has Mickey climbed back on the wagon sufficiently to represent a rich client in L.A.'s murder of t
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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
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Bettie☯
mp3 workaday.

'The truth is short, a lie long.'

Probably just me but after 2 hours I still have no interest at all - goes like that sometimes doesn't it!
ETA - having trawled back through, it seems that I mark courtroom dramas rather low, so it's probably a genre I should steer clear of.

Robin
May 28, 2017 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller, 2017
Attorney Mickey Haller is just getting back to work when a judge calls him for a meeting. She informs him that his friend, Defense Attorney Jerry Vincent, was found murdered. Mickey has just inherited all of Vincent's active cases, including the high profile defense of Hollywood Producer Walter Elliot, who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Mickey sees this murder case as a case that could make him a household name. Detective Harry Bosch contacts Mickey to talk about Vincent's cases ...more
Salymar
Dec 01, 2012 Salymar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Quinn Barrett
Apr 11, 2014 Quinn Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Kurt
Dec 19, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lori Anderson
Jan 09, 2009 Lori Anderson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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Lisa
Jul 20, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-fiction
Michael Connelly has done it again The Brass Verdict is a very good read by putting Harry Bosch with Mickey Haller creates a good mix was a real page turner & very exciting from start to finish as usual never picked the ending
Dee
Two-haiku review:

Lawyer gets murdered
Mickey inherits cases
Including big one

Mickey's very real
Faults, failings and doubts like us
Excellent story
Donna
Dec 27, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
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William
Not keen at all on Haller. He has so little integrity. Bosch, however, is a man on a mission of truth and justice, a super-man.
Ram
Mar 01, 2017 Ram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another legal thriller ,with Mickey Haller, the same main character as the Lincoln lawyer, facing similar etiquette questions:

Could he compromise the client-lawyer protection to help find the killer of a fellow lawyer?
Could he compromise it in order to prevent another murder?
And what if the murder is his own?

Another easy page turner , a dip into the world of the defense lawyers. A world where justice is not the question or the answer.

A world where your biggest achievements may cause you the mos
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Linda Munro
Feb 07, 2014 Linda Munro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Kathy
Dec 26, 2008 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jacob Proffitt
I didn't like this one as much as The Lincoln Lawyer. I think the main reason for that is the intrusion of Harry Bosch. I haven't read the Bosch books and I think Connelly rather assumes that you have. Plus, Mickey cuts Bosch a lot of slack in ways I found kind of out of character—or, at least, out of keeping with his normal relations with people on "the other side". Bosch is a real jerkwad with Mickey and I kept wanting him to just go away.

That said, the story was interesting with lots of juicy
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Ellen
Apr 23, 2015 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: connelly
The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly.

Hollywood lawyer and a colleague of Mickey Haller's is murdered. Mickey has been away from the courtroom for two years but now finds that he has inherited Jerry Vincent's biggest case load.

Walter Elliot is a Hollywood director and big wig in his own mind. Walter is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Now it's up to Mickey to take over where Jerry left off.

I have been a big Harry Bosch fan for quite some time and my review may have been influenced by
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Connie
Feb 25, 2015 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is #2 in the Mickey Haller Series.

I was very surprised by this book from page 1 until the end. Things just were not what they seemed in any regard. I loved this about the book. I also like the fact that Mickey always takes the information and thinks on it before making any decisions. Sometimes he will need to get more insight and other times, he acts but it is always after thought and usually when he is by himself.

There were several things I didn't see coming at the end and to me that mak
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Una Tiers
Jul 10, 2016 Una Tiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining for at least the first third, then it moved to repetition. There were scenes that were useless, and should have been cut. The protagonist is the smartest man in the world, but misses...I don't write spoilers.
The appeal was because I am a law junkie, despite the flaws, slang and unbelievable actions.
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
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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
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Cathy DuPont
Apr 28, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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