The Brass Verdict (Harry Bosch Series #14 & Mickey Haller Series #2)

The Brass Verdict (Harry Bosch Series #14 & Mickey Haller Series #2)

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by Michael Connelly
     
 

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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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
If this were no more than a standard legal thriller, it would still be hard to put down. But for all the glee we might take in watching Mickey in action—psychoanalyzing the jury pool, shredding the credibility of a prosecution witness or faking civility to a powerful judge—The Brass Verdict is not just a conventional legal thriller but also a complicated morality play…Connelly is a master of plot engineering, and he maximizes the tension between Bosch ("the man on a mission") and Mickey ("the Lone Ranger") through a series of scams and subterfuges so dangerous they could cost Mickey his life or, at the very least, his lucrative case.
—The New York Times Book Review
Jonathan Yardley
Connelly brings Bosch and Haller together for the first time. Though the novel has some serious things to say about the workings, and occasional failures, of the jury system, it is primarily an entertainment, and more than welcome purely as such…Mickey is pumped, and, take my word for it, you will be too. Even though the way it ends is just a wee bit contrived, it's still a terrific ride.
—The Washington Post
Janet Maslin
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. The reader who wonders why this book cares so much about, say, the jury selection process will eventually see that Mr. Connelly had reason to do things this way. Even when Mickey painstakingly explains how his outline of a case resembles a Christmas tree, as he first establishes a trunk and branches, then hangs bits of evidence all over them, he describes something that proves more interesting than it may sound.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Arguably this country's best crime yarn spinner, Connelly has not only concocted an extremely clever plot for the second novel featuring Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, he has included his longtime series hero Harry Bosch as a supporting player in the who- and whydunit. The one less-than-perfect ingredient on this audio version is its reader, who, unlike former Connelly interpreters Len Carriou or Dick Hill, is not quite able to match the author's noir mood naturally. Peter Giles, an actor who has appeared in enough TV detective episodes to know better, starts off trying much too hard to sound hard-boiled. Haller is a lawyer, not Mike Hammer. But as the tricky tale plays out, with Haller and Bosch on the hunt for a homicidal jury manipulator, Giles tones down the toughness and settles in on a smartly paced and considerably more satisfying delivery. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 18). (Oct.)

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Library Journal

Mickey Haller, last seen in The Lincoln Lawyer, returns to the courtroom in an unusual way here. Former colleague Jerry Vincent is murdered, and his caseload is dropped in Haller's lap. One of Vincent's high-profile cases involved a movie mogul accused of killing his wife and her lover in a jealous rage. As Haller prepares the mogul's defense, he discovers that Vincent's killer might have chosen him as the next target. Haller must trust Harry Bosch, the police officer investigating Vincent's murder, if he is going to survive and trust his instincts if he is going to succeed in convincing a jury of his client's innocence. 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 and a mandatory purchase for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ6/15/08; $1 million marketing campaign.]
—Jeff Ayers

Kirkus Reviews
The answer to every Connelly fan's dream: Hieronymus Bosch meets the Lincoln Lawyer. Away from the courtroom for two years after he was shot (The Lincoln Lawyer, 2005), Mickey Haller plans a gradual return to the legal practice he runs from the back seat of his car. But the plan is abruptly accelerated by the murder of his colleague Jerry Vincent, who designated Mickey as the attorney who'd take over his list of clients if anything happened to him. One client is a high-profile defendant guaranteed to put Mickey back on the map. Hollywood studio head Walter Elliot is accused of killing his much younger wife Mitzi, who evidently took the recent vesting of her prenup as the signal to file for divorce, and her even younger lover, interior decorator Johan Rilz, who wasn't nearly as gay as Mitzi had hinted. Before Mickey can claim victory, however, he'll have to explain away the gunpowder residue on his client's hands; he'll have to figure out what secret the client is hiding from him that makes him so sure he's going to get off; and he'll have to be ready to go to trial in ten days. While he's racing around trying to fit the pieces together, he'll cross swords repeatedly with Connelly's long-running hero, Det. Harry Bosch, the 33-year veteran of Robbery-Homicide (The Overlook, 2007, etc.) who's investigating Vincent's murder. Despite twists aplenty, the trial drags on for so many pages that savvy readers will solve the mystery ahead of Mickey. But his relationship with Bosch, whom he doesn't recognize as his half brother, is satisfyingly resourceful-by turns wary, competitive, complementary, cooperative and mutually predatory. Even if the case is less than baffling, Connelly brings his twosleuths together in a way that honors them both. Agent: Philip Spitzer/Philip Spitzer Literary Agency
Janet Maslin - New York Times
"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."
Robin Vidimos - Denver Post
"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."
Jonathan Yardley - Washington Post
"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."
Tom Alderman - Huffington Post
When author Connelly is on his game, he's unbeatable for unexpected plot turns and compelling characters. With "the Brass Verdict," he is in top form...Actor Peter Giles drives the story with pitch-perfect narration and pacing that heightens the whole experience...Bottom Line: Engrossing personalities inhabit a crackerjack murder mystery. For audio listeners this is a battery drainer. You won't want to turn it off.
From the Publisher
When author Connelly is on his game, he's unbeatable for unexpected plot turns and compelling characters. With "the Brass Verdict," he is in top form...Actor Peter Giles drives the story with pitch-perfect narration and pacing that heightens the whole experience...Bottom Line: Engrossing personalities inhabit a crackerjack murder mystery. For audio listeners this is a battery drainer. You won't want to turn it off.—Tom Alderman, Huffington Post"

Michael Connely's twentieth novel as narrated by newcomer Peter Giles is a humdinger....Gile's hoarse, whispery voice crackles when he's Bosch and is authorative as Haller. Despite their differences, the story resolves in a way that makes listeners eager for the next installment, especially if it's performed by Peter Giles."—AudioFile

Jeff Ayers
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
Robin Vidimos
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
Tom Alderman
When author Connelly is on his game, he's unbeatable for unexpected plot turns and compelling characters. With "the Brass Verdict," he is in top form...Actor Peter Giles drives the story with pitch-perfect narration and pacing that heightens the whole experience...Bottom Line: Engrossing personalities inhabit a crackerjack murder mystery. For audio listeners this is a battery drainer. You won't want to turn it off.
Huffington Post

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780594171164
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Series:
Harry Bosch Series, #14
Pages:
435
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Tom Alderman
When author Connelly is on his game, he's unbeatable for unexpected plot turns and compelling characters. With "the Brass Verdict," he is in top form...Actor Peter Giles drives the story with pitch-perfect narration and pacing that heightens the whole experience...Bottom Line: Engrossing personalities inhabit a crackerjack murder mystery. For audio listeners this is a battery drainer. You won't want to turn it off.
— Huffington Post

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Sarasota, Florida
Date of Birth:
July 21, 1956
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
Website:
http://www.michaelconnelly.com

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