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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (Oct. 14 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316166294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316166294
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #375,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE BRASS VERDICT:

"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 #1 New York Times bestselling novelist and a former journalist, has won numerous crime fiction prizes. He lives in Florida.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 25 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 3 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Kindle Edition
One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book is the level of detail shown toward what happens in the courtroom and behind the scenes. It really made me feel like I was there. I went into this book having read most of the earlier Bosch books including The Last Coyote but not the Lincoln Lawyer (which I went on to read next). This still gave me enough of the background to start putting the pieces together. I'm rating the Brass Verdict 5 stars even though I thought Lincoln Lawyer was even better. (Connelly sets the bar for himself really high). What I like in this book is the depth of character. We get to see Mickey's talents, his wit, and his high-stakes dilemmas. This guy is brilliant. And he helps people like the surfer who's one of his clients. I can't believe Connelly has created a truly likeable lawyer who gets criminals off the hook.

I loved seeing Harry Bosch from Mickey Haller's point of view. It really enriched how I saw Harry in the next book of the series. I liked seeing Bosch and Haller matching wits.

I take things away from Connelly's books that I remember. In this one it's the fish. Couldn't put this one down. Enough said - read it, you won't regret it.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 28 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Harry Bosch Series #14 & Mickey Haller Series #2

Bestseller Michael Connelly expertly brought his two best characters together in one of his most intricate and exciting plots to date.

L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller who we last seen in "The Lincoln Lawyer", is now out of rehab, with his addiction behind him he is eager and ready to practice law again. When Jerry Vincent is murdered, he inherits his practice and heavy case load, a load that includes a high-profile double murder. The suspect is the famous studio executive Walter Elliot accused of murdering his wife and her lover. While preparing the mogul's defense, Haller discovers that knowing the case sensitive information paints a target on his back and this was most likely the motive behind Vincent's murder.

Detective Harry Bosch heightens intrigue into the scenario when he enters as lead investigator. Working on opposite sides of the law both Haller and Bosch join forces in order to uncover the truth...but everybody lies. Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie and the judge can see right through them...will justice prevail... The answer is expertly revealed between the pages...

This is one fast paced and engaging crime/courtroom mystery that is difficult to set aside. The plot is cleverly written, with enough twists and surprises to keep ones interest alert. The level of details described as Haller builds his case in search of the "magic bullet" is truly amazing; it adds context and depth to his character. The novel consists mostly of courtroom scenes with dialogue that zips along quite fast and text that masterfully paints a clear picture.

Michael Connelly's has created another winner. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Brass Verdict".
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