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The Brass Verdict

(Mickey Haller #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  49,577 ratings  ·  3,020 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, 422 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Little, Brown and Company
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Mcfearsons i think u should read the book to discover the meaning of the title.
If you read it and you still don't understand, then here's my take:
the point of…more
i think u should read the book to discover the meaning of the title.
If you read it and you still don't understand, then here's my take:
the point of the title is that brass is stronger than the wooden gavel when it comes to justice.
we (the u.s.) created and still uphold a system to punish injustice, yet the purest punishment, Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller suggest, for when you don't need a jury to tell you someone did something, is the one that happens not by the wrath of the gavel, but by the brass - bullets. "live by the bullet die by the bullet" they say, is how "real" justice works. even though we have an elaborate system to deal with injustice, sometimes punishment plays out in a simpler way - sometimes justice sorts itself out without the help of gavels and juries and lawyers. (less)
Lyn Hill No one is like Michael Connelly. But Robert Galbraith is also very good.
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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  ·  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
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
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.
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
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
kartik narayanan
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

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
Jun 07, 2017 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
Nov 25, 2008 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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2012 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
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 19, 2011 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
Quinn Barrett
Apr 11, 2014 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
Jul 20, 2014 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
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.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  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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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.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Number two in the Mike Haller series. In this book author Michael Connelly proves that he has more on his finger tips than just Harry Bosch. Whist Harry is an integral part in this book he does take a back seat to Mike.
This is a tight courtroom drama with a diverse cast of characters.

After the murder of a colleague Mike is handed the deceased's entire office case load. At first he can't believe his luck because one of the cases is a high profile case with lots of money attached. But this case p
Two-haiku review:

Lawyer gets murdered
Mickey inherits cases
Including big one

Mickey's very real
Faults, failings and doubts like us
Excellent story
Dec 27, 2010 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
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mickey Haller has been out of action for a year, after getting shot in the case recounted in The Lincoln Lawyer. Then a lawyer friend of his is murdered, and Mickey is handed his cases. One of them is a big one--a studio executive charged with murdering his wife and her boyfriend. Even Connelly's worst books are good, and this one is great. Well worth rereading.
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