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The Brass Verdict: A Novel

A book by Michael Connelly

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Twenty successes and still counting!

  • May 19, 2010
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It simply amazes me that Michael Connelly can produce such incredible gems, such convincing police and legal procedurals and such compelling psychological drama from such simple seed plots.

 

In "The Brass Verdict", a sole-practitioner no-name defense attorney, Jerry Vincent, has been murdered. His case load is assigned to LA lawyer, Mickey Haller, who made his Michael Connelly debut a few years ago in "The Lincoln Lawyer". A quick review of Vincent's files and case calendar reveals that top priority has to be given to the defense of Hollywood producer Walter Elliot, who's accused of the double homicide of his wife and her lover. Walter Elliot is what the legal profession lovingly calls a "franchise case", somebody who wants to pay for the best, is capable of paying top dollar for his legal services and whose case is going to require lots and lots of billable hours. In fact, this just might be one of those once-in-a-lifetime franchise cases that's capable of putting the practice and the lucky lawyer onto easy street all by itself. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is in charge of the police investigation and, as the knots in the case become more and more serpentine, as the case profile becomes higher and higher, and as the sex, celebrity and media attention gets hotter and hotter, it's hard to determine whether Haller and Bosch are working with one another, against one another or in spite of one another.

 

"The Brass Verdict" is a bit of a change of pace for Connelly. Although Bosch plays a big role in the novel, the lead in the piece falls to Mickey Haller. Instead of a police procedural, this one is much more focused on the legal manoeuvrings. Bosch's typical angst and psychological baggage takes second place to Haller's back story and the tale of his recovery from a gunshot wound, a year long sabbatical from the legal profession and dubious recovery from acknowledged addictions.

 

I'd have to say that this is one of the weaker entries in the Connelly body of work but it still makes a convincing, enjoyable read. And I'm still a fan who's more than willing to pick up the next two or three in the series without even so much as a glance at the dust jacket. Highly recommended.

 

Paul Weiss

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Quick Tip by . September 21, 2010
This is my first "quick tip" for lunch.com. I may write for relatively lightweight books that readers might enjoy to pass the time of day. Having exhausted all my other reading during a flight back from France, I bought THE BRASS VERDICT to kill three hours at the Atlanta Airport. I commend this courtroom novel to you as a study in jury tampering, a subject much earlier probed by American novelist James Fenimore Cooper in his 1850 novel, THE WAYS OF THE HOUR.
review by . May 25, 2010
What was your emotional reaction as you read? Why?   As I read this book, my emotions were never steady. There were times when I was so anxious for the plot to continue that I couldn't put it down. Then at the end, I was absolutely stunned. He did an incredible job with the twist ending and I was personally blown away to discover the truth.      Who would you recommend this reading to and why?   I would absolutely recommend this book to others because I was …
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2010
Michael Connolly is simply an engaging author
review by . December 01, 2009
Only a few of my favorite authors produce stories in which their series characters intermingle. One of my favorites was the Church of England series by Susan Howatch (as far from stodgy as it's possible to get), and now, with The Brass Verdict, Michael Connelly promises to do the same with a skillful interweaving of characters from earlier novels. This is not an easy task, but Connelly is more than up to it. Mickey Haller is back, following his introductory outing in The Lincoln Lawyer. He was pretty …
review by . August 18, 2009
Michael Connelly is the author of twenty very interesting books, all but one of which is fiction. This book reintroduces Mickey Haller who was the hero in his 2005 Lincoln Lawyer. Connelly portrays Haller as a very likable man who prefers to operate his law office out of his several Lincoln automobiles that are equipped with fax machines, an individual who had made mistakes in the past, but who is now taking hold of an opportunity that is presented to him.   An acquaintance of his, another …
review by . May 05, 2009
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 …
review by . May 02, 2009
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 …
review by . February 23, 2009
I gave this book 3 1/2 stars. Connelly brings together two of the best characters in police and courtroom thrillers - Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. I was expecting a lot more but was let down specifically because I did not see the necessity of putting Harry Bosch into the story as his role could have been filled by any no name detective. The book is totally a Mickey Haller story and is told from his perspective. Harry Bosch is a minor character without the normal Harry tenacity we have come to …
review by . January 21, 2009
The plan had been a simple one. After not being in the courtroom for two long years (addiction and other issues) defense attorney Mickey Haller was going to ease back into working at a slow pace that would safely manage the stress, the psychological temptations, and the potential for relapse. It took Judge Holder a few minutes to blow that idea right out of the water.     The death of his colleague Jerry Vincent means that Mickey Haller inherited all thirty-one of Vincent's active …
review by . November 21, 2008
Connelly consistently delivers in his novels and The Brass Verdict is no exception, LA defense attorney Mickey Haller returning to work with a vengeance after recovering from a serious wound and a stint in treatment for an addiction to pain killers. Rehabilitating his reputation, Haller gets an unexpected bonus that comes at the cost of another lawyer's life. When Jerry Vincent is shot and killed by an unknown assailant prior to a big murder trial, Haller is the beneficiary of all Vincent's cases. …
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Starred Review. Bestseller Connelly delivers one of his most intricate plots to date in his 20th book, a beautifully executed crime thriller. When L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller, last seen inThe Lincoln Lawyer(2005), inherits the practice and caseload of a fellow defense attorney, Jerry Vincent, who's been murdered, the high-profile double-homicide case against famed Hollywood producer Walter Elliot, accused of shooting his wife and her alleged lover, takes top priority. As Haller scrambles to build a defense, he butts heads with LAPD Det. Harry Bosch, the stalwart hero of Connelly's long-running series (The Black Echo, etc.), who's working Vincent's murder. When Haller realizes that the Elliot affair is bigger than simply a jealous husband killing his cheating wife, he and Bosch grudgingly agree to work together to solve what could be the biggest case in both their careers. Bosch might have met his match in the wily Haller, and readers will delight in their sparring.10-city author tour. (Oct.)
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ISBN-10: 0316166294
ISBN-13: 978-0316166294
Author: Michael Connelly
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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