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The Brass Verdict: A Novel

A book by Michael Connelly

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A Courtroom Masterpiece

  • May 25, 2010
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+4

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 very impressed with the author's plot idea and the way he brought it to life for me. 
 

Consider the setting.
Most of the setting is in the courtroom, or other offices but always dealing with the court related matter at hand. 
 

Consider the story/plot.
The plot is that everybody in the courtroom, or everybody in the world for that matter, lies. And the lawyer is challenged to bring out those lies and defend a client. 
 

Consider character development.
The characters grown on you and I was able to feel as though I really knew these people. 
 

Consider themes and motifs.
The theme is courtroom drama, with a bit of self reflection thrown in there when you consider that everybody is playing a part of the ultimate goal of him showing that everybody lies. 
 

Consider literary elements used, such as metaphors
Many great metaphors are used from describing the courtroom itself to how the characters learn more about themselves and where they really come from. 
 

What was the message/purpose of the writing?
Everybody lies. 
 

Compare and contrast reading with other book types
I enjoyed this book much more than other courtroom dramas I have read because it was a very gripping plot with a great twist. 
 

Compare and contrast reading to movie adaptations.
If there is a movie, I have not seen it. 
 

Describe the illustrations (if applicable).
N/A
 

Reflect on the author.

The author is not one I have previously read, but after the Brass Verdict, I will be looking for more from Connelley. 

Nonfiction: Describe the facts and research.
Many facts about how law enforcement works, how courtroom procedures go, etc. 
 

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review by . May 19, 2010
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 …
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.
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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