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The Brass Verdict: A Novel | [Michael Connelly]

The Brass Verdict: A 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.
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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.

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

©2008 Hachette Audio; ©2008 Michael Connelly

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    Andrew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-29-08
    Andrew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-29-08 Member Since 2004

    Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.

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    "The Best Michael Connelly"

    Michael Connelly's writing has evolved from outstanding detective novels to outstanding legal novels - way better than Grisham.

    The Brass Verdict ties into previous Harry Bosch novels (nice surprise there), and is written from the perspective of one of Harry's "rivals".

    Superb story. Entertaining and engaging. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-08-08
    Holly Helscher Cincinnati 11-08-08 Member Since 2008

    Holly

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    "Lots of Filler"

    The Lincoln Lawyer returns in The Brass Verdict. In a "come back" Haller suddenly has a full case load when his barrister friend, Jerry Vincent is murdered and bequeaths his practice to Haller. So begins the book's action as Haller teams with Bosch to find Vincent's killer. The defense and trial of a major Hollywood movie producer is the vehicle by which this is done. The plot is entertaining, but Michael Connelly puts lots of filler in the book. He constantly repeats what has gone before as if the reader can't remember from one chapter to the next. There is no need for this except that without it the book would be half as long. For those readers who purchase the book expecting, and hoping, for a plot that centers around Bosch, expect to be disappointed. Bosch is simply a supporting character. The book is told from the POV of Haller, and Haller is center stage 95% of the time. Nevertheless, the action moves along and the mystery has sufficient twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. The "moral of the story" ending is a little annoying. I'm not sure if Connelly does this so that Haller remains likable or if he does it because he does not intend for Haller to return in future books. It's hard to say.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 10-20-08
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 10-20-08 Member Since 2000
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    "really good"

    This one features Mickey Holler, with some appearances by Harry Bosch. I would say that it is as good as Lincoln Lawyer, which means it is excellent in this genre. Connelly writes so very well and I thought the narrator was quite good. I would say that Connelly is writing real literature in his novels. However he is getting the insight, I thought that he captured the way lawyers think about as well as anyone ever has. Just excellent all around.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jenna Gardiner, ME, United States 10-24-08
    Jenna Gardiner, ME, United States 10-24-08
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    "Good, not great"

    I have never read Michael Connelly prior to this novel. I'm usually not interested in court dramas, too confusing. I was pleasantly surprised to find it flowed nicely. The narrator was very lackluster. Keeping up between characters was more diffictult than understanding legal jargon. The main character was likeable. The bulk of the story was entertaining, the twists at the end were good. Nothing I would consider jaw-dropping, but overall it was a nice way to end the story.

    I think the next Connelly I try will be abridged. I think I could have given this four stars if it had moved at a faster pace.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 10-19-08
    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 10-19-08 Member Since 2005
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    "another great novel"

    This novel pulled me out of an audio book slump. Most Authors Suspense/Thriller novels have some super human main character which makes the story unbelievable.

    Connelly always does a good job making his characters believable and this book is no different. Bosch and the new lawyer character Mickey have flaws and behave like normal humans. Connelly detective and Law stories are rich in detail and plot.

    It was especially interesting how Connelly intertwined the story of Criminal Defense Lawyer with his Nemises a Police detective. It was even better when that Detective was Harry Bosch.

    The Narator did a good job playing the different characters so you can tell them apart in the story. It was difficult getting into the Harry Bosch narations if you have listened to a lot of his previous stories which Dick Hill did a great Job. If Dick Hill did just the Harry Bosch narrations I would have given this audio book 5 stars.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 12-11-11
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2008

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "SHOOT THE MESSENGER, PLEASE!"

    The Haller character has never impressed, the idiotic trappings like the Lincolns would have driven most serious readers away immediately.
    I struggled to get through this based mainly on the readers adolescent voice and style. Simply the worst in memory.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-08-11
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 12-08-11 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "GOT ADDICTED TO THIS WRITER!"
    Where does The Brass Verdict rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This was a surprise for me, since I don't care for fiction crime books. I think I bought this months ago in a $4.95 sale and only listened to it because I had nothing else in my library. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and I have to rank this as above average in the almost 300 audio books that I've purchased in the past few years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall storyline had riveting twists and turns which kept me on the edge of my seat. This was the first of NINETEEN books that I ended up buying by this author - back to back! I loved the main character, Mickey Haller. I hadn't seen the movie


    What aspect of Peter Giles???s performance would you have changed?

    Since this was my first Connelly audiobook, I thought Giles was pretty good. But compared to the narrators in the Harry Bosch novels, Len Cariou and Dick Hill, this narrator was a close third behind Hill.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 08-26-09
    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Another reliable novel from Michael Connelly"

    Michael Connelly's books are always well written and fast paced. They do a good job of keeping your attention. This is another shining example of his excellent writing. Peter Giles did a fantastic job of narrating, voicing the various characters without sounding like a caricature (tough on audio books!).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Rael 05-22-09
    Jesse Rael 05-22-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Second time"

    A listen the second time around revealed many details that I had passed on the first listen. The story only became more intricate and detailed. I also had the opportunity to discuss this book with my friend a lawyer who also absolutely loved this book. He loved the accurate and revealing depiction of a defense attorneys strategy and the issues that such individuals need to face in order to get ready for the court room. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark E. Young Oralndo, FL 12-02-08
    Mark E. Young Oralndo, FL 12-02-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Best legal thriller I've read"

    Edge of your seat action. The character is from the Lincoln Lawyer which I am reading now. Enthralling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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