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The Brass Verdict: Mickey Haller, Book 2 | [Michael Connelly]

The Brass Verdict: Mickey Haller, Book 2

When down-at-heel lawyer Mickey Haller gets the news that his old colleague Jerry Vincent has died, he also gets an unexpected windfall. Jerry had left instructions that Mickey should inherit all of his clients - putting Mickey's stalled career back on track at a stroke. Not only that, but Vincent was about to go to bat for Walter Elliot, the Hollywood mogul accused of brutally slaying his wife and her lover, in a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight.
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When down-at-heel lawyer Mickey Haller gets the news that his old colleague Jerry Vincent has died, he also gets an unexpected windfall. Jerry had left instructions that Mickey should inherit all of his clients - putting Mickey's stalled career back on track at a stroke.

Not only that, but Vincent was about to go to bat for Walter Elliot, the Hollywood mogul accused of brutally slaying his wife and her lover, in a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight. If Mickey could find the magic bullet and win that one against the odds, he'd really be back in the big leagues.

The only problem is that Vincent was murdered, shot at close range in his office garage, and the detective handling the case - a certain Harry Bosch - is convinced the killer must be one of Vincent's clients. Suddenly Jerry Vincent's legacy is beginning to look more like a poisoned chalice, and Mickey is faced with the biggest challenge of his career: how to successfully defend a client who might just be planning to murder him.

©2008 Hieronymus, Inc.; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-13-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-13-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Another Winner"

    The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly is his twentieth book and I have read them all. This book brings together Connelly's two famous characters: Detective Harry Bosch and attorney Mickey Haller. Haller returns to the courtroom after a long absence to take on the case of a Hollywood mogul accused of murder. The mogul's first attorney turns up dead, and Haller is assigned to the case. But it gets a bit sticky when it looks like the killer is now after Haller, and Det. Bosch shows up to "protect" Haller, even if it means botching up his case. I've never read any of Connelly's books before, and I'm not normally a fan of this type of fiction, but Connelly sucked me in from the first page with his masterful dialogue and action scenes. Haller is a compelling character full of hard-won wisdom and surrounded by intriguing characters. Bosch is a bit of a jerk, to say the least, but I couldn't help liking him as well. Connelly creates terrific scenes with tightly plotted suspense.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 03-26-14
    ozgribbo Australia 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Cynical saviour"

    I really liked the first in this series (The Lincoln Lawyer) and I was not disappointed with this sequel. The main character, a world-weary defence lawyer, is not without character flaws, but he holds your attention and has many good points. Not giving too much of the plot away, he is becoming a bit disillusioned about saving guilty clients from jail terms - but needs the money. A good crime novel, seen from a slightly different perspective. Narrator does a really good job as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 11-15-12
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    "Good story, awful performance dude"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is very good, but I could not get past the performance. It sounded like it was being read by a teenage mutant ninja turtle or Keanu Reeves in point break - Just awful for the story being told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an intriguing tale, like The Lincoln Lawyer it had twists and turns and a few good laughs and kept me interested.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In every way - there was no redeeming quality


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, yes


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book should be re recorded with a different performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-30-12
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-30-12
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    "Another great book for Michael Connelly."

    The second book of the Mickey Haller Series is almost as good as the first. I have already downloaded another book from Michael Connelly. I think anyone considering this book should listen or read the The Lincoln Lawyer first.

    I almost skipped this book due to bad reviews in relation to the Narrator and while in my opinion he is not as good as Adam Grupper, the narrator of the first book in the series 'The Lincoln Lawyer' , he is still quite good and I did not find his voice annoying at all. His deeper voice suited the portrayal of some of the characters nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alberto carballoSpain 02-04-09
    Alberto carballoSpain 02-04-09
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    "A simple way to spoil an excellent book"

    Unfortunately the narrator seems to speak with a peg in his nose;terrible accent.I could not listen the book for more than 5 minutes.Nevertheless I must say this book was an excellent read.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    7/2/09
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    "Another excellent Michael Connelly thriller"

    This is a follow-on from "the Lincoln Lawyer", the main character being the defence lawyer Micky Haller, but this time the author also weaves in his long time protaganist, Harry Bosch - this works very well. More generally, the book is right up to Michael Connelly's high standard - meticulous plotting, clever storyline and denouement, well written, and well drawn characters and plenty of pace - excellent stuff.

    I've not heard the narrator before; he's not as good as the excellent Jeff Harding who has narrated a lot of Connelly books, but he does a perfectly decent job - good sense of pace and tone, good characterisation - perhaps at times a little over-dramatic.

    Overall strongly recommended, particularly if you are already a Michael Connelly fan.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Newbridge, Ireland
    1/31/09
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    "Extremely enjoyable listen"

    Pacey, keeps your interest, not a moment too long. A thorougly good listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    2/6/10
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    "Excellent story and brilliant vocalisation"

    A clever and engaging story, with good dramatic turns.

    Clues to events were present but well masked at times, and the whole book was a well planned and composed one.

    The reading was very well done, with the characterisations clear and differentiated but not overdone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Pencoed Bridgend, Mid Glam, United Kingdom
    5/26/10
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    "brass verdict"

    mickey haller another great character from the pen of mr connelly

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Newport, United Kingdom
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    "Another compelling legal drama"

    I really enjoyed the Lincoln Lawyer and this was almost as good, with the added bonus of a guest appearance by Harry Bosch. It was interesting to find out what had happened to Mickey Haller since the end of the last book, and the effect of his years away from the legal profession. The plot was interesting, although some of the long courtroom sections did drag a little, and the characterisation was excellent.
    The narrator is also good, bringing just the right tone to the court scenes and the internal monologues. I'm off to download the next in the series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay
    BLAENAVON, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "worth reading AND worth listening to"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Brass Verdict to be better than the print version?

    i think i enjoyed the audio version better than when i read it as the characters really came to life and i didn't skip bits get to the end


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way it sits within its back story and the clues it gives you as to the relationships that are revealed at the end. i completely missed these when i first read it.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Giles’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    i am listening to one now as i have purchased another Michael Connelly Mickey Haller book and i am enjoying him all over again. he gives a measured performance, good characters including women and does not try to usurp the writing he compliments it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i would hate to be so alone that i listened tin one sitting. i enjoy the serial aspect of having listening times. i like the company of a book and this is good company.


    Any additional comments?

    good book and narration a read again and enjoy type of book rather than a whizz through and forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Dursley, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "An interesting court room drama"

    Along the lines of a John Grisham novel, this court room drama romped along nicely. Good narrator too

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Skipton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "For courtroom drama fans!"

    I love Mickey Haller books - great plots with lots of twists and turns. This one is really well read - Peter Giles has a great voice for it and I couldn't wait to get back in the car for the next instalment! (Even had to sit in the car park at work once or twice to get to the next bit). You do have to suspend disbelief occasionally - the judge sometimes seems to let him get away with murder, but just enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    5/22/12
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    "A first rate novel"

    This is another first rate novel by Michael Connelly. Well written and well read. The characters are believable and there are sufficient twists and turns in the story to keep you guessing. Very entertaining, I recommend this to those who like this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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