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The Brass Verdict

(The Lincoln Lawyer #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  70,908 ratings  ·  4,013 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
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Little, Brown & Company (first published September 18th 2008)
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James Thane
The Brass Verdict is, I think, one of Michael Connelly's best books, and it reinforces the notion that in this genre, virtually nobody does it better. It's Connelly's eighteenth book and is significant because it is the first to feature both his long-time L.A. homicide detective, Harry Bosch, and the defense lawyer, Mickey Haller. It's principally Haller's book, but Bosch plays a prominent role.

As the book opens, Haller is just returning to work after a prolonged absence. At the close of the las
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading my way steadily through the Harry Bosch series and decided I would include this book which crosses over with the Mickey Haller series.
I am not usually a fan of court cases but this one was pretty good and, of course, it helped that Harry Bosch was around to provide extra interest! Mickey Haller is an okay character but not quite up to Harry's standard.
Having said that however Haller does very well in the court room. He is cunning and very smart and knows all the psychological aspec
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

In this second book in the 'Mickey Haller' series, the attorney defends a Hollywood mogul. The book can be read as a standalone.


Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller is 'The Lincoln Lawyer' who - instead of keeping an office - works out of the back of one of his three specially equipped Lincoln sedans.

As Mickey's chauffeur drives him around to meet with clients, interview witnesses, go to the courthouse, examine crime scenes, etc. the attorney studies his case files, make phone calls, sen
Bill Kerwin
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it

An 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.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"'Go talk to him and work your magic, Mick. Convince him. We both know you’re not long for the Public Defender’s Office. You might need a favor from me someday when you’re out there in the big bad world with no steady paycheck coming in.'
"I just stared back at him, registering the quid pro quo of the offer. I help him and somewhere down the line he helps me, and Barnett Woodson does an extra couple of years in stir."

Do you remember the Lincoln Lawyer? Not Matthew McConaughey, but the original M
Aug 15, 2016 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 sympathies volleying between ...more
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
Lewis Weinstein
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Everybody lies."

The Brass Verdict is the second book in the Mickey "The Lincoln Lawyer" Haller series. Published in 2008 it seemed in part timely. At the end of The Lincoln Lawyer Haller was seriously wounded. He became addicted to the drugs he was prescribed following surgery and has been through rehab.

Now he is ready to return to work. The plan is to ease back into the job but things don't work out that way. Another attorney, Jerry Vincent, is murdered in the parking garage next to his office
Jonathan K (Plot & Characters Matter)
Legal suspense at its best!

There's little doubt that this author is a master of storytelling, especially when it comes to crime. Having been introduced to Mick Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer, I felt it important to read the second installment which was on par with the first. While I enjoy well crafted stories, I have to admit that this genre is lower on my list than others. Regardless, for those that enjoy well paced crime stories with plot twists a many, you'll love this book!
kartik narayanan
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Brass Verdict is an excellent follow up to 'The Lincoln Lawyer'. The story is good - with excellent courtroom drama. Mickey Haller is turning out to be another favorite character of mine.

On top of it, Harry Bosch is present in this story too. W00t!

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 Harry 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
Jul 09, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The new Lincoln Lawyer series more closely follows this, the second book, than the first. The writing is brisk and the characters are growing on me. I appreciate this series has a greyer approach to the justice system rather than the standard black and white. The next book is already on my very long TBR list.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars.

Read again. 5 stars. The reason why is I have change ( do not wish to discuss). I see things differently again.

Wow what a great follow-up to "The Lincoln Lawyer". This book does not have sequel disease thank goodness, it was gripping from beginning to end.

It's been a couple years since the events in "The Lincoln Lawyer" and Mickey Haller has been retired from law for a year. After being shot in the last book his recovery caused him to become addicted to pain pills which led to him almost losing everything. When he's called into a judge's chambers and told that he has inherited a dead lawyer's practice, j
Jack Heath
4 Stars. I was spoiled by the first entry in the Mickey Haller series, "The Lincoln Lawyer." This one's a step down. Not a gigantic one though. It shouldn't be missed, as the life and times of Haller, a criminal defence attorney in Los Angeles, are crammed with legal highs and lows, physical threats, and family issues. I can only think of one term: it rollicks. How's this for an opening? "Everybody lies. Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie." What the reader soon learns is that ...more
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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
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.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2008, mystery
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
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
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.

Una Tiers
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an inadvertent second reading of the book. When the stereotype of the surfer was introduced, I finally recognized it. The book is an easy read until it turned to the dirty part of the plot.
Third read, this book is a fraud from the start.
Sully (sully.reads)
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, owned-books
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
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Brass verdict
“Everybody lies. Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie. A trial is a contest of lies.”

Harry Bosch & Mickey Haller fight together

New York Times Best Seller #1 - 11/2/2008
Goodreads - #6 Legal Thriller - 10/2019

Goodreads - #29 in Best Police Procedurals - 10/2019

Micheal Connelly - Speaks of this book’s theme
YouTube - 2 SFPD cases, 2 kinds of truths
Barry Medlin
Sep 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hard to beat a Michael Connelly ‘Mickey Haller’ novel!!
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Connelly is a pro. So happy to get back to him after a long time away. Just plucked this out of the TBR pile and am so glad I did.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this story kept me guessing. It was taking different twists and turns, then just when you think you have it all figured out, it goes a different way. There is an interesting reveal near the end of the story and I really enjoyed that the title, "The Brass Verdict", has meaning in the legal community! 7 out of 10. ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, legal-thriller
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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This novel is longer than necessary. One of the things I can’t stand is courtroom dialogue. It bores me and is only a unnecessary filler. Connelly has written better such as the Lincoln Lawyer, but this story is 7 of 10 stars.
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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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