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I don't think the lawyers who help me operate under any illusions. They know that 99 percent of the time, their clients are guilty of something. I don't know a single defense attorney — and I know a lot of them — who has trouble sleeping at night or feels they have sold their soul, and that's the way it should be. Now that is the reality, and I write fiction. Physical and emotional trauma in his life has brought him to the point of questioning what he does and whether he can still do it. AC: I've always admired your use of big metaphors.

Here, the biggest one is the flip side of the coin thing with Haller and Bosch; they even live on opposite sides of the Hollywood Hills, with opposing views of Los Angeles, which is great. I actually placed Haller in a house I used to live in on Fareholm Drive. My thinking was that they would have two views of the same place, because they have different views and experiences of the same justice system. Maybe that wasn't so subtle of a metaphor, but it made the process of writing the book a little more clear.

So it works for me, and maybe it will for the reader. MC: To me, Angels Flight is a detective story, but it's really a story about Bosch coming to grips with his marriage not working and coming to an end. The little incline railroad called Angels Flight, which goes up the side of Bunker Hill in downtown L. I thought that was very symbolic of two people coming to the end of a relationship. They pass by each other.

I was just thinking about Ron Carter when you mentioned him in the book. MC: I also take inspiration from the stories behind the music. Frank Morgan had to struggle to make his sound. He fought addiction and spent years and years in prison. But somehow he survived to make a difference. One of the most fulfilling things I ever did was take part in a joint lecture with him at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He played his saxophone, and we spoke to students about the creative correlation between music and writing.

It was immensely satisfying and wonderful to spend a couple of days with him. He was a good storyteller. Unfortunately, he passed away in December. The Brass Verdict is dedicated to him. MC: I pulled the reporter Jack McEvoy, from The Poet , off the shelf and am currently writing a book about him and his last days as a journalist. He gets downsized by the L. Times, and it's about the last story he writes. The working title is The Scarecrow. AC: The Brass Verdict really zips along. Did you ratchet up the speed because that's what people expect in a legal thriller? MC: I wasn't conscious about any particular legal-thriller style, but I am always conscious of velocity.

Momentum — gotta have it. I really wanted it to build momentum outside of the courtroom, [so] I tried to place as little of the stories as possible in actual courtroom settings. I thought it was safer that way since I was not a lawyer and these books would undoubtedly be compared to all the legal thrillers written by lawyers who have actually done the real work. AC: Will Bosch ever have to come to Austin to solve a murder?

If so, he would surely have to go to a club and see a band or two. Who would he go see? Jesse Sublett is an Austin-based author, freelance writer, and, coincidentally, bassist and singer for the Skunks. Got opinions about food, arts, shopping, and everything else good in Austin?

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Let your voice be heard in our annual Best of Austin ballot. Voting is open now! Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. Support the Chronicle. Michael Connelly. Time to vote! The others, all by authors well known who I will not name, were a mishmash of confusing scenes, unnecessary filler the price of having to produce a book every year?

Connelly, who crafts just as complicated a plot, does so without confusion and without extra "stuff. The rest was as good as the beginning. It is interesting to see how Connelly brings his two series characters together in this book. View all 5 comments. Dec 23, kartik narayanan rated it really liked it. The story is good - with excellent courtroom drama. Mickey Haller is turning out to be another favorite character of mine. On top of it, Harry Bosch is present in this story too. Oct 22, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-suspense-thriller , books-read Published in it seemed in part timely.

At the end of The Lincoln Lawyer Haller was seriously wounded. He became addicted to the drugs he was prescribed following surgery and has been through rehab. Now he is ready to return to work. The plan is to ease back into the job but things don't work out that way. Another attorney, Jerry Vincent, is murdered in the parking garage next to his office "Everybody lies. Another attorney, Jerry Vincent, is murdered in the parking garage next to his office building. Mickey was named co-counsel on Vincent's cases and successor in his practice.

On the morning of Vincent's murder Mickey is summoned by the head judge and informed he suddenly has thirty plus new cases. Including the latest trial of the century. A Hollywood executive, Walter Elliott, has been accused of killing his wife and her lover. The trial is scheduled to start the following week. First Mickey must visit all of Vincent's clients and explain the situation. They have the option of staying with Mickey or changing lawyers. Among those who decide to stay with Mickey is Walter Elliott.

Naturally Mickey wants to delay the start of the trial so that he can prepare a defense. Among the complications of inheriting Vincent's caseload is the fact that his laptop and notes have disappeared. Walter Elliott however insists that there be no delay. He claims he is innocent and wants to clear his name. If Mickey can't be ready to start he will get another lawyer. The lead investigator in Jerry Vincent's murder is Harry Bosch.

Haller and Bosch first meet when Mickey goes to Vincent's office and finds Harry going through Vincent's files. He believes there might be a clue to his murderer in the files. Mickey objects citing attorney-client confidentiality. This sets up a conflict between the two. Bosch suggests that by inheriting Vincent's clients he could find that he could be in danger. It was fun to read how these two went about their jobs. Different sides of the criminal system coin. At one point Harry is on the deck at Mickey's house and comments that he has the same view but from the other side of the mountain.

I was curious about the title and it is explained at the end of the story. Michael Connelly is a terrific story teller and does not disappoint. Mickey Haller is the main protagonist but Harry Bosch has an important role. View all 8 comments. Wow what a great follow-up to "The Lincoln Lawyer". This book does not have sequel disease thank goodness, it was gripping from beginning to end. It's been a couple years since the events in "The Lincoln Lawyer" and Mickey Haller has been retired from law for a year.

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After being shot in the last book his recovery caused him to become addicted to pain pills which led to him almost losing everything. When he's called into a judge's chambers and told that he has inherited a dead lawyer's practice, j Wow what a great follow-up to "The Lincoln Lawyer". When he's called into a judge's chambers and told that he has inherited a dead lawyer's practice, just like that Haller is back in the saddle again.


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So "The Brass Verdict" focuses on Mickey doing what he can for his new clients and finding out that he might have a huge franchise case involving a Hollywood movie producer whose standing accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Just like in "The Lincoln Lawyer" not all is as it appears and it takes a lot of twists and turns to find out who's truly innocent in this one.

We also get an appearance by another one of Michael Connelly's characters Harry Bosch. Now as many of you know this year I've had a kind of grudging respect, than love, than just general annoyance with Harry Bosch. I really do think that he's an intriguing character and Connolly has allowed him to grow. But the last couple of Bosch books have not exactly thrilled me. When Haller appeared in the Bosch books I already knew about the twosomes connection so getting to read it backwards like this was actually pretty cool.

I always thought that in the Bosch books Mickey wasn't that interesting and was kind of a jerk, but when you read it from his point of view, he's actually a pretty straightforward person. So Haller and Bosch are going head-to-head because the latter is trying to investigate the murder of the lawyer who left Haller the practice. We do get welcome appearances by other characters that we've rad about from the prior books, Lorna, Mickey's second wife, and we get to see him interact more with his young daughter, and his former wife Maggie McPherson.

We also get an introduction to another investigator, Cisco, that I really liked as well. The writing was typical Connolly, you definitely know the man knows his way around a courtroom, knows how prosecutors and defense attorneys are supposed to prepare. And it was really cool to read about how juries are picked and to get to see people at trial. I thought the flow was quite good in this one and there was nothing that I could actually quibble about when it came to the writing or flow. I thought the setting of a different Los Angeles one that's kind of seedy and just not typical for people who aren't living as A list celebrities is always a nice and realistic read.

The ending definitely leaves some secrets revealed and I definitely didn't see a couple coming at all. Dec 10, RM Alwaysdaddygirl Griffin alwaysdaddyprincess rated it really liked it. Nov 25, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , read-in Lawyer Mickey Haller is back and this time he gets to share the spotlight with Connolly's L. Detective Harry Bosch.

It's been over a year since the events of "The Lincoln Lawyer" and Haller is looking to get back into the world of lawyering. He gets to do so in a big way, when a fellow lawyer is killed and leaves his practice to Haller. At stake are 30 or so cases, including a big one where a Hollywood movie mogul is accused of killing his wife and her lover. Circumstantial evidence and a kille Lawyer Mickey Haller is back and this time he gets to share the spotlight with Connolly's L. Circumstantial evidence and a killer no pun intended pre-nuptual agreement put the husband firmly as the prime suspect, but Haller figures his old friend had a "magic bullet" that was the key to the case.

The only problem is his old friend was killed by an unknown attacker and had his laptop stolen. As Haller begins to work on the case, he makes one alarming discovery after another. He crosses paths with Bosch, looking into the murder of the lawyer and Bosch drops hints that the FBI may be interested in both the murder and the big case. For a while, Haller can't figure out why but slowly begins to connect the pieces and find out the bigger picture. Connelly is no stranger to creating good mysteries with an element of suspense to keep the pages turning.

In "The Brass Verdict," he raises his game to the next level, creating a lot of plot threads that come together in a satisfying way. As the various plots and conspiracies unfolded, I found myself more and more intrigued by what was happening and curious as to where Conelly would take me next. And when he delivers the final twists and turns of the novels last pages, they are easily some of the most satisfying of any mystery novel I've read in a long while.

Probably second only to this year's "Careless in Red" by Elizabeth George.

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A lot of this can be credited to Connelly's decision to bring back Haller. Haller is an extremely flawed protagonist. He's not a perfect man and Connelly wisely doesn't portray him as such. He's haunted by demons from his past and driven by the desire to be a better man and laywer now. This comes into conflict each time he meets with his client, who is obviously hiding a lot of things from Haller, including just how far he'll go to retain his freedom.

Haller's slow whittling away to the truth is compelling and fascinating. The only part I didn't like is that, at the end of the story, we get a force family connection between Haller and Bosch and the story strongly suggests this is the end of Haller's career.

I know we sort of had that at the end of "The Lincoln Lawyer" and we saw Haller come back here. Hopefully Connelly will find another story worthy of Haller's return in the future. Oct 25, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it really liked it Shelves: all-fiction , cops-and-pee-eyes , lawyer-fiction , four-star-fiction. Another winner from Michael Connelly. I always have to ration myself when I get one of his new books so I don't go through it too fast and then have to wait forever for the next one.

I think I managed to make this one last a whole five days. Mickey is the main character and narrator in the story, but Bosch appears at all the right moments with his cleverness and wel Another winner from Michael Connelly. Mickey is the main character and narrator in the story, but Bosch appears at all the right moments with his cleverness and well-earned cynicism.

This is mostly a lawyer story, not so much a police procedural. I think the basic storyline is covered well enough by other reviews, but I will mention that if you read this book, be sure to pay attention to little details and seemingly unimportant characters as you're reading. As things fall into place in the story's conclusion, some of these little things become important and it might be hard to follow if you've forgotten the details.

As always, Connelly provides a satisfying conclusion full of unexpected curveballs and solutions. Michael Connelly is one of those authors who throws in little treats for his long-time readers. I call them "Easter eggs" because you never know where you'll find them. They're just little things related to previous novels that aren't essential to the story but give you the satisfied little smirk of an insider.

There's an especially good Easter egg in this book. I figured it out at the beginning, but it was fun to have it confirmed at the end. Jun 07, HBalikov rated it really liked it. Do you remember the Lincoln Lawyer? He's back after some time off for bad behavior. Harry Bosch is around as well, but in this novel he is definitely second fiddle and it would severely challenge Titus Welliver to play him with nuance. Where is this all going? Haller is handed some cases when his friend is murdered. Has Mickey climbed back on the wagon sufficiently to represent a rich client in L.

Bosch hangs around and both scares and annoys Haller as the case marches ahead. This may really be a 3 star effort from Connelly but I loved both the audiobook narration and the meticulous description of courtroom tactics and backroom strategy for the criminal defense. If you stick around through some wooden dialogue, I think you will be surprised by the conclusion and some plot revelations.

Sep 23, Bettie rated it it was ok Shelves: published , abandoned , autumn , mystery-thriller , north-americas. ETA - having trawled back through, it seems that I mark courtroom dramas rather low, so it's probably a genre I should steer clear of. Nov 19, Kellie rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-thrillers , series , mickey-haller-series , reads. Connelly has some of the best quotes in his books. This was a fantastic read! Mickey Haller is taking a break from the law. After being injured, and becoming addicted to pain pills, he is planning on getting back into his practice gradually.

When one of his colleagues, Jerry Vincent, is murdered, Haller has suddenly found himself back in the game. With 31 Connelly has some of the best quotes in his books. With 31 clients. Jerry Vincent had Mickey appointed to take over his practice if anything was to happen to him. Now Haller has inherited one of the most high profile cases of the day. Walter Elliot is a prominent producer in Hollywood and is accused of killing his wife and her lover.

Harry is in charge of the Vincent murder and he thinks Haller knows more than he does. I thought Connelly was great at writing from the prospective of a LA homicide detective. He does an equally great job writing as a defence attorney. I can't wait to see what Connelly does next! May 28, Robin rated it it was amazing Shelves: legal-thriller , Attorney Mickey Haller is just getting back to work when a judge calls him for a meeting.

She informs him that his friend, Defense Attorney Jerry Vincent, was found murdered. Mickey has just inherited all of Vincent's active cases, including the high profile defense of Hollywood Producer Walter Elliot, who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Mickey sees this murder case as a case that could make him a household name. Detective Harry Bosch contacts Mickey to talk about Vincent's cases Attorney Mickey Haller is just getting back to work when a judge calls him for a meeting.

Detective Harry Bosch contacts Mickey to talk about Vincent's cases. He believes there is something in one of those cases that could explain Vincent's murder. He is also worried that Mickey may be the next target. This book is a nice combination of two murder mysteries. Mickey is trying to get his client off of a murder wrap, even though the client keeps lying about exactly what happened the night of the murder. We also have Harry Bosch investigating the death of Jerry Vincent.

Why was he killed? Did it have something to do with the Walter Elliot case? I thought this was a very entertaining story. I was very surprised by the end of the story. I really like having both of Connelly's popular characters in the same book. My rating: 4. Dec 01, Salymar rated it really liked it Shelves: owned-books , favorite , read. I was strolling around a book store looking for new books to read and I came across a table full of half-priced best-sellers. And guess what? From the original price of Php I, of course, didn't let go of the chance.

That moment was one of the precious moments of my life and yes, I'm over-reacting. I recently learned that his recent works have been translated into 36 languages and have garnered him a lot of awards too including this novel which won the "Best Novel" award. Ooh, and interestingly, Connelly was once the President of the Mystery Writers of America back from to Got this information from his official website. Okaaay, enough about Michael Connelly and his achievements. In the first few chapters, those two were immature enough to work together but they found out that they didn't have any choice if they want to save their asses immediately.

Their team work was perfect in solving one of the intriguing cases of the century. I would love to try some of his books a lot more. Oct 14, Jeanne rated it really liked it. I found this story kept me guessing. It was taking different twists and turns, then just when you think you have it all figured out, it goes a different way. There is an interesting reveal near the end of the story and I really enjoyed that the title, "The Brass Verdict", has meaning in the legal community! Not keen at all on Haller. He has so little integrity.

Bosch, however, is a man on a mission of truth and justice, a super-man. Dec 19, Kurt rated it really liked it. I have read all four Mickey Haller books, and while I think this is my least favorite, Michael Connelly is still my guilty pleasure author of choice, and even a disappointing Mickey Haller book is still one that I want to read. On its own, there's nothing all that special about this book.

There's a mystery when someone murders one of Haller's former professional acquaintances "friends" is a little too strong a word - these are lawyers, after all , and Haller inherits the dead man's caseload, inc I have read all four Mickey Haller books, and while I think this is my least favorite, Michael Connelly is still my guilty pleasure author of choice, and even a disappointing Mickey Haller book is still one that I want to read.

There's a mystery when someone murders one of Haller's former professional acquaintances "friends" is a little too strong a word - these are lawyers, after all , and Haller inherits the dead man's caseload, including a high-pressure murder trial with a difficult client. The overarching mystery is not much of a whodunit, as the culprit is pretty obvious from the person's first few appearances, but there's a gritty satisfaction as the reader waits for Haller himself to catch up. The courtroom scenes are engaging and relatively plausible and, really, the main reason I love the Mickey Haller books , with crazy jury antics and surprise strategic moves that I didn't see coming.

The great characters from the first book return for this one, and we get the welcome new addition of Dr. Shami Arslanian, the kind of expert witness every defense attorney dreams of finding. This book, standing alone, is a perfectly good legal thriller, of the kind you can find in any airport bookstore. What intrigues me, though, is the way that Connelly works with this book in connection with his other novels.

This was only my second Connelly novel between reading it and writing this review, I've followed with five more, though , and I was utterly impressed by his ability to let his characters grow and mature satisfying returning readers without spoiling any of the best surprises of their earlier adventures satisfying new readers. For example, Haller brings up injuries that he sustained in The Lincoln Lawyer because they have an effect physically and psychologically on how he pursues the mysteries in this book, but Connelly doesn't slip up and reveal who gave him the injuries, so a reader who tries this book and likes the characters can go back and enjoy the earlier story.

Also, Connelly uses this book to connect his two most popular characters Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch , and I didn't feel like I had missed out by my lack of familiarity with Bosch. I did feel like the last-minute revelation of a deep connection between the two men felt arbitrary and silly, but in context it was actually wonderful. Now, instead of being irritated by a new twist, I'm responding with admiration for the way Connelly held back his information for nearly two Mickey Haller books before bringing new readers up to speed.

Apr 11, Quinn Barrett rated it really liked it.

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This is the second book in the series and while I think it's a good read, the story didn't captivate me as much as the first book's action-packed plot. We come to find Mickey Haller acclimating back into his role as lawyer after a protracted struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, followed by a lengthy stay in rehab. As he tries to decide if he even wants to practice law anymore, a col "The Brass Verdict" was released in , but I only recently got around to reading The Lincoln Lawyer Series.


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As he tries to decide if he even wants to practice law anymore, a colleague is murdered, but has left instructions which appoints Mickey to take over his practice and the money that goes along with it. Mickey's back in business and getting the band back together to boot his ex-wife and girl Friday, Lorna because one of his newly inherited clients just happens to be the head of a major Hollywood studio. What a lucky break! Mickey has one chance to win over the tinsel town big wig and, what do you know, he pulls it off -- but not without two key restrictions.

First, must be on the only attorney so he can't hire anyone else to assist him. Very suspicious. More important, Mickey must guarantee no trial delays, giving him only a couple weeks to get up to speed for a murder one case. Okay, that's just crazy. Good news, though; Mickey's no dummy and these incredible requests are major red flags to our protagonist who now has the dual task to defend his client while investigating the death of his friend and colleague, knowing he is probably in the line of fire.

Mickey wonders if the two cases are linked so he proceeds with caution, not just for fear of his life, but also another addictive relapse. The novel starts a little slower than I would have liked, but Connelly is giving us the backstory to what happened after the first novel. The Brass Verdict reads more like a psychological thriller, but is back ended with a lot of turmoil for you action junkies. Michael Connelly might not be my favorite author, but he's pretty damn good.

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