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The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  30,649 ratings  ·  2,162 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2008)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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.
Jane Stewart
Engaging legal mystery suspense. Intricate plots well developed.

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
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
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
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
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
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Friday night I gathered books in the Harry Bosch Series fully intending to read The Burning Room. But I read The Brass Verdict instead. While it is #14 in Harry Bosch, the story line is Mickey Haller. Harry is in it, but not much, so is Jack McEvoy - The Poet.

I have to agree with my GR friend, LJ
that Harry is Haller's antagonist in this one. Well it should be so. Harry believes he's on the side of Angels and Haller defends the devil. Both are loners. Both have daughters. Both have the same fathe
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,
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
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
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
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
Aug 27, 2008 Paula rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I thought I read all the Bosch/Haller books, but apparently I missed this one. Micky has just got back in shape after rehab from his prescription drug habit and a colleague is shot and killed and he is given his case load, as per the lawyer's will. One of the case's is a high profile murder case of a Hollywood producer & production company owner that is accused of killing his wife and her lover. Lots of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. Characters become real people, Connelly i ...more
J. Ewbank
This book is one of the reasons that I like to read Michael Connelly. I won't tell you about the book other than to say that it is about Mickey Haller who is a lawyer and Harry Bosch who is not, but who is a policeman. The plot is well developed. the characters are also, and it reads so easily you do not want to stop. I hated to see the end of the book approaching.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teache
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Other Books in the Series

Mickey Haller (6 books)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)
  • The Reversal (Harry Bosch, #16; Mickey Haller, #3)
  • The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4)
  • The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5)
  • The Crossing (Harry Bosch, #20)
The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1) The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1) The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1) The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4) The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4)

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