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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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  • Michele
  • Santa Clarita, CA, United States
  • 08-26-09

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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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.

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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.

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  • Charles
  • Monterey, CA, USA
  • 11-24-08

Same High Standard

Connelly never disappoints. Great characters, plausible behavior, tightly-constructed plots that make sense in retrospect, but are mystifying beforehand. One of the best authors in the genre.

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  • Julie
  • Glen Burnie, MD, USA
  • 11-17-08

Good Story but..

As usual, Michael Connelly has written an interesting tale. He nicely engages two of his primary characters from prior books into one story. I had two particular problems with this book: (1) there is a lot of it that you can skip and miss nothing (2) the narrator of the audiobook has a gravelly voice that I found a little irritating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A New Dream Team is Born

Brass Verdict is an unabashed winner. Putting Bosch and Haller together was a true stroke of genius. As with every Connelly offering, the action starts on page one and never quits. The personality of all of our favorite Lincoln Lawyer characters jumps through the words and off the page, triggering the emotional juices that made it impossible to quit listening. Giles offers a great depiction of Mickey Haller, but only a fair and somewhat disappointing rendition of Harry Bosch. Vocal stylings didn't alter enough from one character to another, and consequently, at times it was difficult to know who was speaking. That does not however diminish the engaging story telling and adventure.

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  • Susan
  • Dalkeith W. AustraliaAustralia
  • 10-27-08

The Brass Verdict

I have been fond of Connelly's books in the past but this one is disappointing. Characters are thin as is the plot. It feels like he just sort of slapped this one together.

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Narrator ruins it

I am a longtime fan of Connlley's books. Dick Hill is THE voice of Harry Bosch. Even when I read the books I hear his voice. And Dick Hill does a great job with the other character voices also.
Unfortunately, the narrator of this book is only reading the story. He has no character voice changes at all and drones on and on without any excitement or drama. Plus it is quite impossible to tell who is speaking. I couldn't even listen past the 1st 15mins. I tried to skip around to see if anywhere else it got better but it didn't. What a shame.
I will just have to buy the book and read it with Dick Hills voice in my head.
This was a waste of time and money.

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  • Cynthia
  • Monrovia, California, United States
  • 05-25-13

When Legends Meet

Audible dangled a tempting “First in a Series” reduced rate book for “The Lincoln Lawyer”, the first in Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series. Haller is a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles county, my stomping grounds as a civil litigator. I don’t end up in the same courtrooms that the fictional Haller does, but I frequently end up in the same courthouses. I really like Los Angeles fiction (Walter Mosley‘s Easy Rawlins series, set in Los Angeles in the fifties and sixties is a favorite), so I thought I would give it a try.

I liked “The Lincoln Lawyer” so much that I immediately went onto “The Brass Verdict”, ignoring several other books I had waiting. In this second-in-the-series, Haller’s taken a sabbatical to sober up after an unfortunate detour into Hillbilly Heroin (oxycontin). The presiding judge of the Los Angeles Criminal Courts calls him in to take over the caseload of a murdered colleague, Jerry Vincent. Haller inherits a first degree murder case, and his new client insists the case must be tried in three weeks. No continuances. Cases like this make Monster Energy Drinks an attorney’s best friend.

While he’s preparing for trial, Haller needs to cooperate with Los Angeles Detective Harry Bosch, who is investigating Vincent’s unsolved murder. Over the years, I’ve read at least half of Connelly’s Bosch series. I like the Bosch character, but I haven‘t followed it closely.

Bosch and Haller have to carefully navigate Bosch’s need to find Vincent’s killer, while Haller has to protect his clients’ confidentiality - even though Bosch strongly suspects one of those clients is Vincent’s killer. The relationship between Bosch and Haller is tightly drawn and tense as Haller learns to trust Bosch and Bosch’s instincts. Bosch never quite trusts Haller, and for good reason - Haller still skirts legal ethics in an endless quest for paying clients.

Although “The Brass Verdict” is listed in both the Bosch and Haller series, it is written entirely from Haller’s point of view.

I like the descriptions of the procedures and rhythm of a trial, because Connelly describes them as a storyteller. Connelly makes routine work interesting, and discusses the reasoning behind Haller’s strategic and tactical decisions.

I’m still stuck a bit by some operational issues I noticed in “The Lincoln Lawyer”. This time, it’s the Court hours. In Los Angeles County, courtrooms are open from 8:30 to noon, and 1:30 to 4:30. Having different hours is a major issue because of bailiff and clerk union rules. So, Haller talking about noon appearances or starting at 1 in the afternoon is jarring for a Los Angeles litigator, but for someone who hasn’t been frustrated by having to stop in the middle of jury voir dire because it‘s 4:30 pm, its not an issue.

I liked Peter Giles narration of “The Brass Verdict” much more than Adam Grupper’s narration of “The Lincoln Lawyer”. Grupper’s Haller would stand out as an outsider in Southern California, but Giles’ Haller would blend right in. Both narrators had the same story telling rhythm, so the transition worked.

“The Brass Verdict” sealed my fate on the series: I immediately purchased the rest of the (too short) series, and listened on. This is my Mickey Haller review, 2 of 4.

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Couldn't put it down...

I admit that I enjoy everything that Michael Connelley writes, but I was so engrossed in this book in just the first five minutes that I had to buy the hardcover just to keep up when I wasn't in the car. Great narrator, quick-paced and clever plot that kept you guessing...and reading.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful