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The Brass Verdict

(Mickey Haller #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  51,857 ratings  ·  3,140 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
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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
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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 liked it

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.
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 sympathi ...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
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
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
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!

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
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
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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.

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
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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.
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Quinn Barrett
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
"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
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved being in the backseat of the Lincoln again riding with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller for one of Michael Connelly's best legal thrillers yet. The chemistry between two of his great characters -- defense lawyer Haller and LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch -- is terrific as they spar, spin, speculate, bait and barter for information to solve a case involving a wealthy Hollywood movie mogul, charged with murdering his wife and her lover. This is Haller's story, as he is coming back to pract ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great writing, very subtle shifts (but not with annoying red herrings), imo.
Connelly's character development is usually excellent, and this is one of those times.
Great story!
Lori Anderson
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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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Two-haiku review:

Lawyer gets murdered
Mickey inherits cases
Including big one

Mickey's very real
Faults, failings and doubts like us
Excellent story
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t have high expectations for this as it’s very much a Mickey Haller book with just a sprinkling of Bosch and I was pretty disappointed in”The Lincoln Lawyer”.
However it ended up being possibly my favourite Connelly book so far and I absolutely flew through it and always wanted to pick it up again. Much more into the Mickey Haller character now as he was cleverly developed here - and I absolutely loved the scenes where he and Bosch interacted.
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