The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller Series #2)

The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller Series #2)

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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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781478916642
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Mickey Haller Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 193,678
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-seven previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Burning Room and The Gods of Guilt. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.


Sarasota, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980

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The Brass Verdict

By Connelly, Michael

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2010 Connelly, Michael
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780446583930


—Rope a Dope



Everybody lies.

Cops lie. Lawyers lie. Witnesses lie. The victims lie.

A trial is a contest of lies. And everybody in the courtroom knows this. The judge knows this. Even the jury knows this. They come into the building knowing they will be lied to. They take their seats in the box and agree to be lied to.

The trick if you are sitting at the defense table is to be patient. To wait. Not for just any lie. But for the one you can grab on to and forge like hot iron into a sharpened blade. You then use that blade to rip the case open and spill its guts out on the floor.

That’s my job, to forge the blade. To sharpen it. To use it without mercy or conscience. To be the truth in a place where everybody lies.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly's "The Brass Verdict" is a well-written, taunt, suspenseful read. Defense attorney, Michael "Mickey" Haller inherits his murdered friend's high profile law firm. This no doubt comes with a high price complete with the case of the decade involving a Hollywood producer accused of murdering his wife and her lover. If that's not enough, enter Detective Harry Bosch who then squares off against Mickey Haller. It's Bosch versus Haller and neither is backing down. Haller then unwittingly becomes the bait and the story really breaks loose. "The Brass Verdict" is an enjoyable read. The narrative is strong with an intriguing storyline and the characters are woven well throughout the book. It begins a bit slow up to about page 90 giving the reader a background of all of the cases. It feels at times that you're an employee at a law firm instead of a reader. If you are a bit bored, hang in there because it definitely picks up. I would consider this book a suspense or mystery instead of a thriller. The only downside was that I guessed a major part of what was going to happen by page 100. However, there are still some great twists to give a satisfying ending to the story. Also, to all of you Bosch fans out there, beware; he is definitely a secondary character in this story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great suspenseful read. -Jennifer Chase, author of thriller "Compulsion"
MatthewDGooch More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked from page one! The more and more I read the harder and harder it was for me to stop. The large number of twists and turns kept me reading until two in the morning. If you are a Connelly fan I urge...or rather...DEMAND that you read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Terra More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly's 'The Brass Verdict' is, in my opinion, an amazing feat. First, let me confess that I am not a huge fan of 'lawyer' novels. That aside, I read Connelly's 'The Lincoln Lawyer' last year and was completely bowled over. With super tight plotting and no obscure judicial rumblings, Connelly deftly sliced and diced his way through a gripping tale. Now with his new book, 'The Brass Verdict', I am standing up cheering for more... yeah, you heard right. And I'm the reader who doesn't like lawyer books!

His main character, Counselor Mickey Haller is twice divorced but not bitter; likable in a principled way but willing to bend the rules and finally, he's kind of a wuss when it comes down to violence and sometimes it does come down to violence. All the supporting characters like his ex-wives, his investigator friend and even his chauffeur read like real people who help drive the plot forward, not just clichés who hang like drapes in the background.

His villains have been done before but, but what villains haven¿t? At least they ring true in the context of the story and there are always a few clever red herrings or plot twists scattered throughout, plus a few classic OMGs at the end. However, in The Brass Verdict, there's another unique twist: Harry Bosch, Connelly¿s stalwart hero in a dozen previous books, shows up as the head detective investigating a studio mogul's wife's murder. What is unusual is that we see a completely new Harry Bosch through Haller's eyes, and believe me, it's not one we've seen before, what with the "flat, cold eyes" and a nasty bag of tricks he uses to try and trick Haller into betraying the hallowed lawyer/client privilege. Things get even edgier when Haller¿s little girl wants to know why he always trys to get the bad guys out of jail, something all of us sometimes wonder about defense attorneys. There are also subplots of FBI subterfuge, mafia involvement, surfer hijinks but thankfully, no gooey love story tagged on to appease the dewy-eyed reader.

Indeed, there are a lot of courtroom scenes in this book, but they dovetail nicely into the plot and Haller's superb first person narrative plants you firmly at the defense table with all the info you need to have a pleasant and not overly taxing read. I think the verdict¿s clearly in - grab The Lincoln Lawyer first, read it, then go out and buy The Brass Verdict. You won¿t regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I discovered this book (and author) while at Thrillerfest, a thriller writers workshop held in NYC for the past several years. During breaks between sessions, Barnes and Noble opens a store for the guests, both writers and speakers. Last year, I rubbed elbows with bestselling author, Steve Martini, who was checking out the competition and buying books like the rest of us mere mortals. He picked up "Brass Verdict" and I followed his lead. "Brass Verdict" is a gritty legal thriller featuring a lawyer (Mickey Haller) and a police detective (Harry Bosch) who bring scum to justice. Each character has been featured in a Connelly series of his own, but in "Brass Verdict," the two work on the same case, not always together. Bosch is the investigating detective for the murder of a lawyer and Haller inherits the dead man's practice. That inheritance places Haller in danger and also gives him a chance to try his biggest case yet. Bosch will stop at nothing to catch the lawyer's killer and Haller just might be his prime suspect. Bosch and Haller are both flawed in their own grumpy, wrinkled way, each has interesting baggage and the pairing of the two characters is terrific! In the big reveal near the end of the book, we find out why they have been brought together in "Brass Verdict." The novel is so well crafted that I became a big Connelly fan and will now go back to the beginning of each of the series to find out how the characters may have changed in the intervening years. Great read! Rated R for mature readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Michael Connelly book I read where the main character was not only Harry Bosch but shared by another character. It just proved to me that Michael Connelly's books are just as good regardless who his main character's are. He keeps you on the edge of your seat, and keeps you guessing all the way through the book. He has become one of my favorite authors. After I read the 1st Harry Bosch novel, I was hooked and proceeded to read every one of his books prior to this one. I cannot wait for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was simply excellent; I was surprised by some of the negative reviews. This is not a Bosch book, it¿s more of a Haller book, HB is there as a supporting cast. However, it was nice to see how the story was woven with both characters in the book. The book reads like early Grisham, and then some. If there¿s a candidate for a movie from the Connelly series, this is it.
Twink More than 1 year ago
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. More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown, & Co., 2008
ISBN: 9780316166294
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 11/08
4 Stars
Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together¿.
Michael Connelly brings two of his famous characters together in one powerful mystery. Mickey Haller is a defense lawyer working on the biggest case of his career. Harry Bosch is a LAPD Detective investigating the murder of Jerry Vincent. When the killer goes after Haller, the two men join forces to solve the case.
Mickey is a lovable sleaze, and Bosch is abrasive; when paired together they are a dynamic duo. I do not usually read lawyer books, but I made an exception this time. I am glad I did. Connelly gives his characters depth. Their personalities are strong. The plot is multifaceted and stimulating. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending had a surprise twist. Fans of courtroom drama will not want to miss The Brass Verdict.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Back in the Court Saddle Mickey Haller has taken a year off from practicing law for personal reasons, and he's just about to come back when he gets an unusual phone call.  His friend and colleague Jerry Vincent has been murdered, and Mickey has inherited his practice. While the police, lead by LA detective Harry Bosch, think that one of Vincent's cases might have gotten him killed, Mickey's focus is on picking up the 31 cases that have fallen into his lap, including this year's "Trial of the Century."  Walter Elliot, chairman of Archway Studios, is accused of killing his wife and her lover.  Mickey is happy with the high profile case and the income, but he's surprised by just how much Elliot wants to run the case, right down to not delaying the trial at all.  Can he will the case?  Is he in danger from Vincent's killer? When I read Mickey's first case several years back, I always intended to read more of them.  Now that I've read the next, I wish I hadn't waited so long.  The plot is wonderful with some surprising and brilliant twists and turns.  The characters are equally well drawn.  I love Mickey and the rest of his circle of friends.  Bosch didn't come across the best here, which is interesting since I know he stars in author Michael Connelly's other series.  At some point, I'll have to get more background on him. If you just saw the movie and haven't moved on, don't hesitate.  This book will have you turning pages far into the night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid mystery reader and placing Michael Connelly in my top five authors list, I was disappointed in all aspects of this book. The character development lagged, their was a lack of humor, and the plot was not suspenseful. Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is one of my favorite books. I have given it as gifts and reread it myself. Here's hoping Michael's next book is up to Lincoln Lawyer standards!
cewilch More than 1 year ago
I would be willing to say that I think Michael Connelly is one of the best mystery/crime/courtroom drama writers in the world. His book are always well thought out, expertly written, and very engaging to the reader. I finished this book in record time as I was trapped between the pages from beginning to end. I almost feel like I need to re-read THE LINCOLN LAWYER to remember correctly what happened to Mickey Haller. I liked the suprise revealed between Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch near the books end. I am eagerly awaiting the author's next book.
cmt457 More than 1 year ago
I was asked to read an excerpt several months ago, and was so captivated that I could hardly wait for the book to be released. If you liked the Lincoln Lawyer, you will love this one. Connelly's characters are so interesting and off-beat, that it takes the reader on a great journey, both personally and story wise
Pido7 More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying that I am a card carrying, dyed in the wool, Harry Bosch fan! I've read all of the series and couldn't wait for this one to come out. I was standing in the driveway waiting for "Mr. Brown" to deliver this book (audio book). That being said, I felt a little disappointed in this one. The plot seemed contrived to me and left me wanting more explanation. A superior court judge could pull $1000 bills out of her toilet and certainly wouln't threaten her livelyhood with the likes of Vincent. Come on, Mike! And while on the subject of believability, Hachett Audio, what ever made you think that the great Harry Bosch would speak with a lisp!!! Poor choice of reader for this genre. Not Michael Connelly's best effort in my opionion, with a focus on Mikey Haller and Harry Bosch, it just watered it down to no focus. Sorry, Michael, but I will still be waiting in the driveway for the next one so keep on keeping on.
Meszim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I watch thrillers about lawyers and court every now and then, some of them are really good. I liked the Runaway Jury, though, not being American, and really unfamiliar with jurisdiction practices, I could hardly follow the jury selection part. But now I know what happened, because I have red The Brass Verdict, and it explained the process in details. Which was not boring at all, if you might think. Besides that, there are plenty of other details about the judiciary processes and work, really well integrated into the story, without being too educative.If you are into very fast paced action with dead bodies on every second page, then this book is not for you. But if you enjoy suspense built page by page, I recommend this novel. The characters are alive, well drawn, likable. The narrative and the dialogues are well written. The story unfolds in a good rhythm. Sometimes I found out the next step by myself, but later it turned out that something entirely else was at stake, and the story took a twist. And there is a twist at the end, you can bet.
wdwilson3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never thought I¿d run into a Michael Connelly book that I didn¿t like. ¿The Brass Verdict¿ proved me wrong. A flimsy plot is shamelessly padded with tedious exposition about criminal trial procedure that is useful only if you¿ve never watched an episode of ¿Law and Order.¿ Mickey Haller¿s first-person narrative is uninspired and monotonous, displacing Connelly¿s usual good dialogue. Harry Bosch, a far more interesting protagonist than Haller, is brought in as the detective in the case, but he can¿t save the narrative. We¿re in Haller¿s head, not Bosch¿s. I don¿t consider myself a whodunit solving master, but I figured out the culprits and the motive about halfway through the book. After so many good books, I guess Connelly is entitled to a turkey. Give this one a pardon.
dbeveridge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great to be back with Michael Connelly. Nice resolution.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Can't believe it'd just been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Couldn't turn the pages fast enough and luckily I was on vacation and could just enjoy. I sure hope that Mickey Haller comes back for more and I'd love to see more with he and Bosch teaming up.
Georg.Miggel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you can't decide if you prefer Mickey Haller or Harry Bosch - I like both of them - you should read The Brass Verdict. Buy one, get two (or even three if you count Jack McEvoy, too). It's like a family meeting (literally), and it doesn't last long until you think you're part of this family. The story is intelligently designed with a lot of suspense, a big surprise at the end of the book and the solution is absolutely plausible and logical. For me there is only one open question after reading the Verdict: As a colleague of Mickey's and as a European lawyer I cannot quite understand his scruples with (allegedly) guilty clients. On the one hand he points out several times that the guilty client needs a good defender too and that he doesn't want to know of his client is guilty or not, but Mickey doesn't stick to his own rules without explaining why.
rolyaty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story, throws you right into the middle of the action and the pace and characters are great, the plot is good too, although unfortunately I guessed it pretty early on, but the ride was still enjoyable. This was my first Connelly book, and now I"m backtracking through some of the others because I enjoyed his style.
mikedraper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Brass Verdict" returns Michey Haller who was last seen in "The Lincoln Lawyer." As the action begins, Mickey is recovering from a gunshot wound. He is a criminal defense lawyer and is summoned to the office of Judge Mary Townes Holder where he learns that his old courthouse competitor and friend, Jerry Vincent, has been murdered. Jerry's laptop is also stolen.Jerry named Haller in his legal documents as his successor in all legal matters, in event of Jerry's death.The judge determines that Haller is fit to work after his injury. He promises the judge to give weekly updates on his progress.The biggest and most lucerative case is that of Walter Elliot, a movie studio owner, who is scheduled to go to trial for the killing of his wife and her lover, in one week.Haller must put together an administrative team, research the case and find a way to defend the wealthy and unlikable client.Along the way, Haller also takes the case of a down and out prior surfer who becomes Haller's driver in order to pay his legal fee.The court scenes are believable and cleverly depicted. It is fun to be reacquainted with Det. Bosh from previous Connelly novels. Bosh is in charge of the murder investigation and believes that the killer will now go after Haller because of what he knows.The characters are well drawn and having Haller's young daughter witness her father's achievements in court adds warmth to the plot.
debavp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get Matthew McConaughey's voice out of my head while reading this and it made it a really trying read. That's why I hate it when authors big screen their work mid series--if the casting is wrong (nothing against McConaughey ,I think he's a great actor just not right for this character) then it can't help but affect the books that come after. Moving on, the story was interesting, but Connelly should have made a book about Haller's fall from grace as it were, instead of just piecing it in this story. I think it would have been quite an interesting book. No spoilers here, but a very surprise twist at the end makes you wonder about not one but two characters futures.
ctfrench on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After two years recuperating from a gunshot wound and subsequent addiction to pain pills, defense attorney Mickey Haller thinks he¿s ready for work, although he intends to take things slow and easy. When his colleague Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller, as Vincent¿s surrogate, inherits his active cases, one of which is garnering much media attention. Hollywood producer Walter Elliott has been accused of murdering his wife and her lover, and his trial¿s coming up within days. Elliott refuses to allow a continuance and Haller¿s scrambling to prepare for trial while butting heads with Harry Bosch, the detective investigating Vincent¿s murder. As the case moves forward, Haller delves deeper into the case file, revealing secrets that will place his own life in danger and forever change his views of the judicial system.The Brass Verdict, the second in the Mickey Haller series, pits Haller against Connelly¿s popular series character, Harry Bosch. The two, although antagonistic toward one another, are more alike than not and make for an interesting combination. Connelly gives the reader a good mystery to solve, surrounded by characters supportive of Haller who look out for him. The plot moves at a fast pace and readers will enjoy ¿seeing¿ Bosch through another character¿s eyes.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: Everybody lies.Mickey Haller is just about to make his courtroom conduct when fellow defense attorney and friend Jerry Vincent is murdered. Vincent names Haller as the attorney he wants to take over any open cases he may have, and Vincent has one case that could put Mickey on Easy Street: the defense of Walter Elliott, a Hollywood studio head accused of murdering his wife and her lover.As Haller prepares for this case, he learns that certain facts aren't adding up, and Vincent's killer may be after him, too. The person determined to find Vincent's killer is one LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, who has to fight his natural distrust of lawyers when dealing with Mickey. Bosch thinks nothing of using Haller as bait, but it doesn't take long for the two of them to realize that they are going to have to work together. "That's my job, to forge the blade. To sharpen it. To use it without mercy or conscience. To be the truth in a place where everybody lies."Haller's belief that "everybody lies" has the same ring to it as Bosch's "Everybody counts, or nobody counts." For years Haller has wanted just one thing: to defend a client who is really innocent. Walter Elliott may be that innocent client.I enjoyed Connelly's intricate plotting of the book, of the way Haller took over a dead man's cases, made sense of everything, and began putting together his defense for his new clients. His handling of the egomaniacal studio head was classic at times, since Elliott was used to being the one who called all the shots. Haller didn't let him get away with anything.I always have been-- and always will be-- a Harry Bosch fan, and there just wasn't enough of Harry in this book. He seemed to be brought in more for the shock value at the end than anything else. But setting aside the insufficient time with one of my favorite characters, The Brass Verdict is a smooth, brilliant legal thriller that shouldn't be missed.
writestuff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Defense attorney Mickey Haller unexpectedly gets thrust back into the legal arena (after a year recovering from prescription drug addiction) when his colleague Jerry Vincent is found murdered in a parking garage. Vincent¿s entire caseload - including accused double murderer Walter Elliot (a famous movie studio executive) - is transferred to Haller in Vincent¿s will. Haller eagerly steps into Vincent¿s shoes, but quickly discovers that nothing is as it seems¿and Vincent¿s killer may be one of his own clients. Detective Harry Bosch is the lead investigator on the case and is himself somewhat of an enigma. Before the novel comes to a close, both Bosch and Haller will need to cooperate from both sides of the law in order to catch the killer.Michael Connelly¿s novel is fast-paced and gripping, with twist and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the end. This book is a continuation of Connelly¿s previous novels (which I have yet to read). But it is not necessary to have read Connelly¿s work beforehand in order to enjoy The Brass Verdict.Connelly has a firm grasp of the legal system and creates memorable (and believeable) characters who are not always predictable. His dialogue is tight and compelling.For readers who love suspenseful legal thrillers, The Brass Verdict is one they will enjoy. This was my first Connelly novel, but I would not hesitate to pick up another of his books. The Brass Verdict was released October 14th through Little, Brown and Company. Connelly¿s previous novels include The Lincoln Lawyer, Chasing the Dime, Void Moon, Blood Work, and The Poet. For more information about the author, visit his website.Recommended.
TallyDi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story in this book is told in the first person by Mickey Haller, who unravels layer upon layer of deceit within and around a murder trial. Michael Connelly's books are consistently written to high standards, and this one is no exception.