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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
It was an intriguing tale, like The Lincoln Lawyer it had twists and turns and a few good laughs and kept me interested.
In every way - there was no redeeming quality
I think the book should be re recorded with a different performer.
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.
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.
"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.
"Extremely enjoyable listen"
Pacey, keeps your interest, not a moment too long. A thorougly good listen.
"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.
"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...
"worth reading AND worth listening to"
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
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.
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
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.
good book and narration a read again and enjoy type of book rather than a whizz through and forget.
mickey haller another great character from the pen of mr connelly
The Mickey Haller stories are fun and I am sure the procedural details are basically accurate, given the author's background.
This one is good, but one of the minor characters is supposed to be a female Londoner, and she has an Australian accent ( I think - anyway, it's not English) and sounds like a man. It's the only real criticism I would make.
Not so much of Bosch in here but interesting twist at the end. I love how Michael Connely managed to connect strands from throughout his series of books into his current novel. A great read.
"An interesting court room drama"
Along the lines of a John Grisham novel, this court room drama romped along nicely. Good narrator too
"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!
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