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The Brass Verdict: A Novel [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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14 Oct 2008

When down-at-heel lawyer Mickey Haller gets the news that his old colleague Jerry Vincent has died, he also gets an unexpected windfall. Jerry had left instructions that Mickey should inherit all of his clients - putting Mickey's stalled career back on track at a stroke.

Not only that, but Vincent was about to go to bat for Walter Elliott, the Hollywood mogul accused of brutally slaying his wife and her lover, in a trial that promises big fees and an even bigger place in the media spotlight. If Mickey could find the magic bullet and win that one against the odds, he'd really be back in the big leagues.

The only problem is that Vincent was murdered, shot at close range in his office garage. And the detective handling the case - a certain Harry Bosch - is convinced the killer must be one of Vincent's clients. Suddenly Jerry Vincent's legacy is beginning to look more like a poisoned chalice, and Mickey is faced with the biggest challenge of his career: how to successfully defend a client who might just be planning to murder him.

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  • Hardcover: 645 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Lrg edition (14 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316024627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316024624
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,393,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
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a superb legal thriller that manages three final twists ...The labyrinthine workings of LA law, bribery and the machinations of the FBI all play a part in a scenario that soon has Mickey in fear of his life. The first line of The Brass Verdict is 'everybody lies', so there are plenty of surprises. And, of course, as a writer of fiction, Connelly proves to be a brilliant liar. (Mark Sanderson EVENING STANDARD)

While the themes of Connelly's LA crime novels are familiar (power, envy, corruption), his plotting is anything but. (ESQUIRE)

If you're a Connelly fan you'll love this. Detective Hieronymus Bosch meets Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller. The clever plot kicks off when hard-up Haller gets a boost by inheriting his old mates clients. It's all going great until Bosch decides the killer is one of Mickey's wealthy new clients. Bah! A great ending from a great writer who hasn't disappointed in his previous 19 books. (DAILY SPORT)

One of Connelly's best ever books, this is an excellently plotted courtroom drama combined with a tense thriller (MORNING STAR)

a clever plot, full of twists, to make a first-rate legal thriller. (Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Good to see that Michael Connelly, probably the best American crime writer of his generation, still knows how to raise his game. (Henry Sutton THE MIRROR)

Mickey's back in this equally accomplished sequel ... the interplay between Haller and Bosch is as sparky as one could wish for ... So who will [Connelly] feature in his next book: Haller or Bosch? Or both? Who cares if the writing is as energetic as it is here. (Barry Forshaw DAILY EXPRESS)

a riveting ride through the LA courthouse system. (TIME OUT)

a courtroom drama with only one verdict: Connelly + Bosch + Haller = genius. (DAILY RECORD)

'Connelly has proved himself the king of US police procedurals, and now his legal books are the equal of John Grisham's.' (Mark Timlin INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Michael Connelly bring together two of his best-known characters, Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch, in a novel that can't be put down. ... It's a masterstroke to unite them, and Connelly cements his reputation as a master storyteller with a plot that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. (IRISH EXAMINER)

Nothing makes my heart beat faster than a new crime novel from one of my A-list of what I call Old Dependables. These are the select band of writers who you just know are going to deliver every time. One such is Michael Connelly. (Carla McKay DAILY MAIL)

I love detective novels and Connelly never fails to deliver. (Rankin (photographer) THE INDEPENDENT) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mickeyand Harry - something of a dream team 31 Jan 2009
By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Michael Connelly has created some of the most engaging characters in detective/legal fiction and his Bosch series has consistently been well above the general mass of the genre. He has also written several one-off novels, and the last of these, The Lincoln Lawyer" featured Mickey Haller, a defence lawyer with some very "interesting" approaches to his role in the legal system.

Well, Mickey is back, as I hoped he would be, because he had the promise that his character would stand the kind of development that was given to Harry Bosch. Connelly doesn't disappoint, as we learn more and more about Haller, how he came to be a lawyer and what drives him. I have a feeling this points the way towards another long running series, and the addition of Bosch provides some fascinating possibilities.

I can't really say too much about the storyline, because I don't want to give anything away for those that haven't read it - the only thing to keep in mind is the basic premise of the tale - everybody lies. Suffice to say that this well up to Connelly's high standards. There are the usual twists, turns and misdirections, with nothing quite as it seems until the final curtain, and that shocking ending. Once you have started it, I doubt you will want to put it down until it's finished.

As to whether you can enjoy this if you haven't read the previous books, difficult to say because I have - so try to read at least "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "The Last Coyote" first so you can enjoy this to the full - you won't regret it
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 July 2009
By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Michael Connelly has created some of the most engaging characters in detective/legal fiction and his Bosch series has consistently been well above the general mass of the genre. He has also written several one-off novels, and the last of these, The Lincoln Lawyer" featured Mickey Haller, a defence lawyer with some very "interesting" approaches to his role in the legal system.

Well, Mickey is back, as I hoped he would be, because he had the promise that his character would stand the kind of development that was given to Harry Bosch. Connelly doesn't disappoint, as we learn more and more about Haller, how he came to be a lawyer and what drives him. I have a feeling this points the way towards another long running series, and the addition of Bosch provides some fascinating possibilities.

I can't really say too much about the storyline, because I don't want to give anything away for those that haven't read it - the only thing to keep in mind is the basic premise of the tale - everybody lies. Suffice to say that this well up to Connelly's high standards. There are the usual twists, turns and misdirections, with nothing quite as it seems until the final curtain, and that shocking ending. Once you have started it, I doubt you will want to put it down until it's finished.

As to whether you can enjoy this if you haven't read the previous books, difficult to say because I have - so try to read at least "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "The Last Coyote" first so you can enjoy this to the full - you won't regret it
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the end of the road for Harry Bosch? 1 Nov 2011
By D. P. Mankin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As ever Michael Connelly pulls out a tremendous page turner of a story. The novel rattles along and as ever there are a couple of twists and turns. But what struck me most about this latest story is the way in which a sense of melancholia underpins the narrative. This is not a spoiler alert. The ending is rather downbeat but this is consistent with the way in which Harry Bosch reflects on his role as a detective and a father. This is a man trying to come to terms with his own mortality (finding time to be a better father) and the extent to which he can still reconcile his own values, his personal integrity, with the values of the LAPD. As I closed the book it struck me that this could very well be the final HB novel - and there's even a hint that the baton may be passed onto the next generation in the very near future. Maybe I'm wrong but ultimately there's only so much mileage in any character. I hope I'm wrong but if not so be it.

April 2012 I'm pleased to read that I was wrong and a new HB novel, The Black Box, is due out later this year
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Regulars will enjoy the latest Bosch novel 31 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Detective Bosch is back and investigates two crimes in Connelly's latest novel : the first involves a cold case sexual crime and the second the recent apparent suicide of an influential politician's son.

This is a great novel with strong investigative elements and just the right amount of often unsavoury politics at many levels.

One of the beauties of this Connelly novel is the absence of nonsense - there are no Batmobiles and Bosch is not Superman. The story is well-written and well-constructed, with plausible scenarios throughout as Bosch identifies clue after clue in each case. Connelly does exceptionally well in keeping us interested and guessing.

I really do like Bosch as a character but, at some point, he is going to have to spend a little more time with his daughter and in developing relationships!

I am not sure the ending is how I would have liked it, but that's about the only "blemish" I could find, and blemish is probably too strong a word. Happily too, no Kindle typo or formatting problems here.

In short, another great Connelly/Bosch novel. 9/10
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