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Brass Verdict (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel, Book 2) (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel, 2) Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2016
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"Connelly is firing on all cylinders in this epic page-turner. The intriguing story line, the chance to view Bosch from another perspective, and Haller's reappearance as a main character add up to a fantastic read. One of the best thrillers of the year."―Jeff Ayers, Library Journal
"The answer to every Connelly fan's dream: Hieronymus Bosch meets the Lincoln Lawyer....By turns wary, competitive, complementary, cooperative and mutually predatory....Connelly brings his two sleuths together in a way that honors them both"―Kirkus Reviews
"Connelly once again hits it out of the park in the tightly written, fast-paced and sharply imagined The Brass Verdict....Connelly builds to some breathtaking twists before all comes to a close. And a more perfect end to the maze he has drawn is difficult to imagine."―Robin Vidimos, Denver Post
"If at first encounter Connelly seems primarily an exceptionally accomplished writer of crime novels, at closer examination he is also a mordant and knowing chronicler of the world in which crime takes place, i.e., our world....Aterrific ride."―Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"A beautifully executed crime thriller....Bosch might have met his match in the wily Haller, and readers will delight in their sparring."―Publishers Weekly
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 640 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1455567396
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455567393
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.13 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Connelly does his usual masterful job of adding enough layers of mystery to keep the pages turning until the very end, and along the way fleshes out Haller's character to make him an interesting, complex person. He also gets the law right...of course, excessively dramatic (otherwise, no one would read the book), but without the glaring errors which make so many courtroom dramas unreadable to those of us who actually go to court.
Mickey Haller "inherits" cases when a friend, Jerry Vincent, a fellow defense attorney, is murdered. The friend has Haller as co-counsel and if anything happened to him, then Mickey would get his cases. One of the cases is a high profile involving a movie producer, Walter Elliott, accused of the brutal murder of his trophy wife and her lover. The accused refuses to delay the trial, insisting on no continuances, even though Mickey is new to the case. Elliott is confident and secure that he will be acquitted and is refusing to take the trial seriously. Mickey is convinced that he is defending an innocent man. There are surprising twists and turns, Haller meets Harry Bosch, his half-brother.
I know the Lincoln Lawyer, the movie with McConoghay (I can't spell it, okay?) portrayed Mickey Haller in a different light than I see in these books. He reminds me more of Joe Pesci.
What is a brass verdict? Sometimes it is the only true verdict.
As for Mickey, he's just finished his rehab from the aftermath of the first novel and finds himself inheriting 30 cases from a mother lawyer who got murdered. Haller has to run that gauntlet, figure out if the murderer is after him.now, all while dealing with a high profile murder case that Can. Not. Be. Delayed. Lots of tension plays out as Mikey is hunted and as he works to outwit the prosecutor, the judge, the police, the murderer, and even his own client. I loved it.
Jerry Vincent was a prosecutor before becoming a successful criminal defense attorney after he lost a case to Mickey Haller fifteen years earlier.
Vincent has been handling high-profile cases—one such was a client named Walter Elliot. Walter was the chairman/owner of Archway Pictures and a powerful figure in Hollywood. Walter has been charged with murdering his wife and her lover in a fit of rage after discovering them together in a Malibu beach house.
The case had drawn media attention and with Vincent dead, lawyers would be clamoring to represent Walter Elliot.
According to the chief judge, Vincent filed a motion with the court naming Mickey as his second in any event Vincent became incapacitated or deceased. This means Mickey would be handling all of Vincent’s cases including Walter Elliot.
The second book in the series featuring Harry Bosch, the lead investigator on the case, and Jack McEvoy a reporter with the Times. Definitely recommend.
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In several ways Bosch the cop and Haller the defense lawyer seem like total opposites, but they also share some underlying traits (eg maverick personalities who trust themselves more than the systems in which they operate, who scrabble for some sense of justice). In The Brass Verdict, Connelly brings his two flawed heroes together, a tasty collision that delivers another exceptional crime tale.
Last time we say Haller, he had somehow managed to find justice while acting as defense counsel for spoiled rich kid Louis Roulet, at great physical and emotional cost to himself. But rather than rising triumphant from that success and kicking on to even greater courtroom paydays, Haller had muddled along for a while, before beginning a downward spiral, sucked into a painkiller addiction and worse.
He eventually went into rehab, and took a sabbatical from court work. As he's wondering whether to step back into the arena, a gift falls into his lap: an old colleague is killed, and has bequeathed to Haller his practice, including the upcoming trial of a Hollywood bigwig accused of double murder.
Cha-ching for Haller's moribund finances, although the gift may be a poisoned chalice. Will Jerry Vincent's killer look to bump off the replacement lawyer, Haller, too? Meanwhile, Haller has to deal with the investigations of one of LA's finest, detective Harry Bosch, who's looking into Vincent's murder and thinks the slippery Haller might know more than he's sharing. How can Haller balance protecting his new clients' rights while trying to help the cops catch his friend's killer? While trying a the biggest case to come along in years, and try to keep himself alive in the process?
For someone who had no experience writing legal thrillers until he wrote The Lincoln Lawyer, Michael Connelly sure knows how to write an absolute cracker. The Brass Verdict is a terrific read, with a propulsive storyline that sets the pages whirring, while also providing plenty of character depth and philosophical questions too. Largely told through the eyes of Haller, we get a different take on the Harry Bosch that long-time Connelly fans think they know, while also getting a deeper look at 'the Lincoln Lawyer' as he scrambles to finagle a solution from a rusty system, and survive.
For all his flaws, Haller is a family man; even if one with a broken family. His personal relationships with his ex and his daughter, along with his small cadre of close friends and staff (an overlapping group), bring to life the conflict for and within the talented lawyer. Connelly has crafted a character than on the surface would be easy to despise (a low-rent defense attorney who games the system to benefit his clients and himself), but instead is compelling, fascinating, and easy to empathise with.
A terrific novel from a terrific author.
I find the defence attorney, Mickey Haller, a likeable, human and fascinating character, Harry Bosch is harder to get to know but we see some interesting sides to him in this novel. It's a good idea to have Haller and Bosch appearing in the same novel and interacting with one another.
It was an interesting start to the novel, with the reader being taken right back to a courtroom in 1992, the early days of Mickey's career, and the opening line hooked me straight away, 'Everybody lies'.
I definitely recommend this novel if you like a good courtroom drama and enjoy pondering did he / didn't he do it!
This is Michael Connelly’s second novel featuring Mickey Haller, known as the Lincoln Lawyer because of his predilection for working from the back of his Lincoln Town Car, rather than from a conventional office. The opening chapter is set in 1992 and presents Haller acting as defence attorney for a client facing two murder charges. The prosecuting counsel is Jerry Vincent, an Assistant District Attorney well known to Haller. They have faced each other in court several times and have even occasionally socialised together. This time, although the case should really have been a slam dunk for the prosecution, Haller lights upon a convincing line of defence, and secures an astonishing acquittal. Vincent is left so devastated that he throws in the towel as a prosecutor, setting up instead as a defence attorney in his own right.
Fifteen years later, Vincent has a fairly thriving defence practice, and has come to view his embarrassing defeat at Haller’s hands as an epiphany. Indeed, not only does he hold no grudge towards Haller, but has entered into an unofficial pact whereby they both stand in for each other in case either should be indisposed. However, as he prepares for his biggest ever case, the defence of Walter Elliott, a prominent and immensely wealthy film producer accused of murdering his wife and her lover, he is murdered outside his office. As a consequence of their pact, Haller, who had been on a sabbatical for a year following the climax of his previous case in which he ended up being shot by his client, finds he has inherited Vincent’s caseload.
Initially this galvanises Haller, and he throws himself at the work with renewed vigour. As he reviews the caseload, however, he discovers certain anomalies in some of the cases, and in particular that of Walter Elliott. He also finds himself being interviewed by the detective leading the investigation in Vincent’s murder – a certain Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch.
This allows Connelly to drop into a new gear. Previously we have encountered Bosch as the protagonist of his own novels, with everything focused around him. Indeed, two of them were even narrated in the first person by him. Here we get to see him from a new perspective. Connelly handles this well, and Bosch, already decidedly plausible as a character, solidifies even further.
Connelly also shows his ability to switch sub-genres within the crime field. While there is a murder investigation wound throughout the book, it is principally a courtroom drama, and Connelly manages this with the same adroitness as John Grisham. He also manages to throw in several wholly unexpected twists, including the final resolution of the story, which I didn’t spot coming at all.
Looking forward to getting back on patrol with Bosch in the next book.