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The Brass Verdict: A Novel [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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Oct. 14 2008 A Lincoln Lawyer Novel
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 launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent's killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

Bringing together Michael Connelly's two most popular characters,The Brass Verdictis sure to be his biggest book yet.

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"A beautifully executed crime thriller....Bosch might have met his match in the wily Haller, and readers will delight in their sparring." (Publishers Weekly)

"The answer to every Connelly fan's dream: Hieronymus Bosch meets the Lincoln Lawyer....By turns wary, competitive, complementary, cooperative and mutually predatory....Connelly brings his two sleuths together in a way that honors them both" (Kirkus Reviews)

"Connelly once again hits it out of the park in the tightly written, fast-paced and sharply imagined The Brass Verdict....Connelly builds to some breathtaking twists before all comes to a close. And a more perfect end to the maze he has drawn is difficult to imagine." (Denver Post Robin Vidimos 2008-01-00)

"If at first encounter Connelly seems primarily an exceptionally accomplished writer of crime novels, at closer examination he is also a mordant and knowing chronicler of the world in which crime takes place, i.e., our world....A terrific ride." (Washington Post Jonathan Yardley 2008-01-00)

"Connelly is firing on all cylinders in this epic page-turner. The intriguing story line, the chance to view Bosch from another perspective, and Haller's reappearance as a main character add up to a fantastic read. One of the best thrillers of the year." (Library Journal Jeff Ayers)

"The Brass Verdict has the sneaky metabolism of any Connelly book. It starts slowly, moves calmly, hides pertinent bits of information in plain sight and then abruptly ratchets up its energy for the denouement....In the midst of this new story, Mickey rebounds with a vengeance....Like Harry Bosch's mojo, Mickey Haller's is liable to work well for a long time." (New York Times Janet Maslin 2008-01-00)

About the Author

Michael Connelly, a #1New York Timesbestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives inFlorida.

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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Do not read this review or this book unless you have at least read The Lincoln Lawyer and The Last Coyote. If you have read both of those, you'll probably think The Brass Verdict is a four-star book. If you've read The Lincoln Lawyer and all of the previous Harry Bosch novels, you will probably think The Brass Verdict is a very interesting five-star character study buried in a series of intriguing mysteries.

Characters, to me, are what make or break mysteries. If I like a character or find the character to be interesting, I look forward to each book teaching me something new about the character. In the best mysteries, the characters grow into something more than before which makes the progression interesting to contemplate.

The best writers save some things to surprise readers. Most such surprises are like a little firecracker going off. There's big bang for a second, but it doesn't mean much after a few minutes. Michael Connelly has the ability to set off what seems like a little firecracker that makes you see the whole world differently. It's a great gift, and he employs it in The Brass Verdict. But you need background from the earlier novels to appreciate the beauty of what he does.

I have a problem in reviewing this book. I can't tell you about the two most interesting aspects (what the title means and revelations about the two leading characters in The Brass Verdict). But I can tell you that these aspects will pique your interest and leave you with many fascinating things to think about after you finish the book.

Here's what I can tell you. Mickey Haller is a sadder and a little wiser version of the man who was the hero of The Lincoln Lawyer. He has had a serious run-in with drugs, and he doesn't have his empathy back yet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haller and Bosch...together! Nov. 3 2008
By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Mickey Haller first appeared in Connelly's 2005 novel The Lincoln Lawyer. I had followed the Harry Bosch detective series ( 13 up to now ) since 1993 and wasn't too sure about a 'new' character, but was happily proven wrong. Haller is back in The Brass Verdict. The best part? Harry Bosch is featured as well!

Defense lawyer Mickey Haller inherits a dead colleague's law practice and with it what could be his biggest case ever. His client, Walter Elliot, wants the case to proceed quickly, so Haller is playing catchup. But is his client holding something back? The dead colleague, Jerry Vincent, was murdered and Detective Harry Bosch is on the case. Can Vincent's murder and Elliot's case be tied together? Haller and Bosch may have to put their heads together for this one. The ending was fantastic setting up what I hope will be many more books where both characters are featured.

Connelly's writing skillfully captures both courtroom and police investigation scenes and dialogue. The legal aspect is never dry and the investigation side always keeps you guessing. His characters are believable and human. The personal lives and relationships of the main and supporting characters greatly enhance the whole storyline. It was interesting to see Harry Bosch through Haller's eyes. It was a bit of a different Bosch than I have become accustomed to. But that too is part of Connelly's skill - keeping us on our toes and never, never letting us become bored of his writing!

I always anticipate starting a new book by one of my favourite authors and try to stretch it out and 'make it last'. But yet again it didn't work - I burned through this new release in just over a day. Sigh.....another year till the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome .... May 4 2014
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1st Michael Connelly I read was "The Lincoln Lawyer". Liked it so I tried "The Brass Verdict" ... I was not disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading Sept. 9 2013
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I am still reading this book. Cant wait to find out the ending. I hope to read many more novels by Michael Connelly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lincoln Aug. 3 2013
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La Lincoln rend le personnage principal original. J'ai visionné le film THE LINCOLN LAWYER et ne peux m'empêcher de revoir Matt McConaughney en lisant. Ces polars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best crime writer there is . . . March 24 2013
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Except for JD Salinger, Connelly is the only author I have ever re-read. I started over with Connelly reading all her books in sequence, really a good way to follow the thread.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good courtroom procedural Sept. 23 2012
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Not being a regular Connelly reader this was just a casual pickup mainly due to the Lincoln lawyer link. Here unconventional Mickey Haller gets back into business after a year in rehab and retirement. Jumping into some minor cases and one big murder trial we see how they do things in LA criminal justice system. The other Connelly creation Harry Bosch is here as a cop on the case, the two butt heads but have some mutual respect. This was a good page turner, just a bit of a cheat. Written as a linear story in first person the mystery is stretched out because the narrator, Haller, leaves some important gaps out until explanations at the end. Nonetheless a good page turner and makes one look for a Bosch novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bosch and Haller Yippee! July 5 2012
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L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch have teamed up in this book.

Jerry Vincent, a somewhat friend of Haller is murdered and Haller inherits all of his cases. Haller has just returned from rehab. He was injured in The Lincoln Lawyer and became addicted to pain meds. One of his cases is the high profile double murder of Walter Elliot's wife and her lover. Bosch is the cop whose investigates Vincent's murder. Is Vincent's murder connected with Elliot's case?

Haller and Bosch seem at odds and do not trust each other. They are however wanting the same results. Connelly has written a clever mystery where the reader sees the case from the court and police view. Of course Haller's conscience kicks in and he wants to give Bosch some answers that as a lawyer he can't give.

This is a great mystery with not only good twists ans turns but also fantastic character development. I sure hope this is not the last I read of Haller.
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Published on Jan. 17 2012 by Bryan Dobson
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Published on Dec 18 2009 by Rodge
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