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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Peter Giles Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mickey Haller Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781600244001
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Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, he is back in the courtroom.

When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent’s killer may be coming for him next.

Enter Harry Bosch. Determined to find Vincent’s killer, he is not opposed to using Haller as bait. But as danger mounts and the stakes rise, these two loners realize their only choice is to work together.

Bringing together Michael Connelly’s two most popular characters, The Brass Verdict is a blockbuster thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Brass Verdict has the sneaky metabolism of any Connelly book. It starts slowly, moves calmly, hides pertinent bits of information in plain sight, and then abruptly ratchets up its energy for the denouement…In the midst of this new story, Mickey rebounds with a vengeance…Like Harry Bosch’s mojo, Mickey Haller’s is liable to work well for a long time.”

    New York Times

  • “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…A terrific ride.”

    Washington Post

  • “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.”

    Denver Post

  • “Critics were pleased to see two of Michael Connelly’s protagonists—the relatively new Mickey Haller and world-weary homicide detective Harry Bosch—come together for the first time…Both play against each other nicely as Connelly writes at once a police procedural and a captivating legal thriller. The Washington Post called The Brass Verdict primarily entertainment, with deeper undertones—just right for Connelly fans.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Arguably this country’s best crime yarn spinner, Connelly has not only concocted an extremely clever plot for the second novel featuring Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, he has included his longtime series hero Harry Bosch as a supporting player in the who- and whydunit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A humdinger. The plot brings together the morose detective Harry Bosch and his stepbrother, Mickey Haller…Giles is proficient at marking the differences between these two opposites. He portrays Bosch as a dark, deep-thinking person while his characterization of Haller is glib. Giles’ hoarse, whispery voice crackles when he’s Bosch and is authoritative as Haller. Despite their differences, the story resolves in a way that makes listeners eager for the next installment, especially if it’s performed by Peter Giles.”

    AudioFile

  • “This is a fine legal thriller, full of both electric courtroom scenes and fascinating behind-the-scenes stuff about the business of lawyering. Connelly is justly celebrated for his characters and his ability to create mood from the sights and sounds of LA, but he’s also a terrific plotter, and that skill is in high relief here. Essential for fans; a great read for anybody.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “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.”

    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

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2009 Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • A 2009 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, December 2008

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/17/2014

    " good book, surprised me at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoy the licoln lawyer series withe the twists they put on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/13/2014

    " connelly did a great job writing this book. interesting characters and intriguing plot. surprising ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Harrison | 2/12/2014

    " Michael Connelly is always a good bet if you are looking for a mystery . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gavin Rock | 2/9/2014

    " This was another excellent book from the Mickey Haller series. I enjoy Connely's style of writing and makes for easy listen while driving to work. However, this is not as good as the Lucille lawyer, some parts of it felt a little same-y and you never really feel like his life is in danger like all the reviews said. I'll def give the next book - the reversal - a go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Mcgown | 2/8/2014

    " I really like Michael Haller and Hieronymous Bosch. They are great characters, but they don't work well together. Michael is a a defense lawyer and a good one. Bosch is a detective and a great one. They are joined when a lawyer friend of Michael's - Jerry is killed. Because of this murder - Haller is called to the chief judge and learns that he is the only heir to Jerry's will and that on the client contracts Haller is included as an co counsel. He had the same clause on his contracts with Jerry named as the co counsel. Bosch is leading the investigation into Jerry's murder and Haller can't really help him. He can't allow him access to the files (client confidentiality) and he doesn't know anything. In the cases he has inherited is one where a head of studio is accused of shooting his wife and her lover in a Malibu getaway. Things progress at a fast pace from there. Very well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I especially like the narrated aspect of it. It makes you think you are right in the middle of the action. Really, really well done. Couldn't put it down. Plus, picturing Matthew McConahey (sp?) in the role, doesn't hurt either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 1/25/2014

    " This is the second Lincoln Lawyer novel. It would be best to read the first one before reading this. This is slick mystery writing and a very entertaining, light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/16/2014

    " One of my favorite ones that I have read by Michael Connelly in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Howerton | 12/1/2013

    " Good intro to the Harry Bosch character. I don't find him as interesting as the Haller character, but will give one of the Bosch books a shot and see how I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 11/20/2013

    " Another great Mickey Haller read. I'm not familiar with Connelly's other hero, Harry Bosch, so this was my introduction to him. The surprise at the end was a treat. I'm looking forward the next Haller installment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/19/2013

    " Another great read by Michael Connelly! LOVED this one too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Judkins | 10/7/2013

    " Not as good as the Lincoln Lawyer but good quality thriller nevertheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnvano | 10/2/2013

    " Bosch meets Mickey Haller. Nice twists in legal thriller about Hollywood producer on trial for wife's murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bunni | 9/5/2013

    " So far I think this is better than the Lincoln Lawyer. Connelly stuck something in there that I never expected....that's all I will say :-) Lots of twists & turns. fun, fun, fun. No sex! A handful of bad words, can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/16/2013

    " What a cracking read and who would have thought of an ending like that, new family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya | 7/24/2013

    " I like Mickey Haller's voice and demeanor. Good summer stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerie Parish | 2/22/2013

    " I am a big fan of Michael Connelly's books and this one does not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/10/2013

    " Love the book! Love the title! Connelly has a winner with Mickey Haller. Haller and Bosch is a good, if overwhelming combination. Maybe Haller needs his own LAPD detective? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 12/28/2012

    " This was even better than the first one. I literally could not put this down. It is well written and moves quickly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stormy | 12/11/2012

    " I defiantly liked this book better then the other Mickey Haller book I read. I think the reason for this was because even though it wasn't from his perspective it had Harry Bosch in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Isaac Friedman | 11/24/2012

    " Fun read. Action and page turning writing style. This is my second Mickey Haller book and I'm beginning to see a forumula that will be repeated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Jensen | 10/26/2012

    " Very solid read. Adding iconic detective Harry Bosch to the mix made this better than the Lincoln Lawyer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/7/2012

    " Another good book. Liked the first one better but has filled in some holes from Boot 1 and Book 4. Will start book 3 momentarily :).....Connelly does a great job making you feel like you are in the court room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lenorek | 6/30/2012

    " Again, Michael Connelly did not disappoint. I quite enjoy reading these fast-paced crime stories. I really like the Lincoln Lawyer - Mickey Haller. His is human, flawed, but a (mostly) honest defense lawyer who cares. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 2/28/2012

    " Good read. Slower on this side than with Bosch. Surprising end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 8/14/2011

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 7/6/2011

    " I love Mickey Haller. A lawyer is killer. Mickey is assigned his cases by a judge. Mickey is just recovering from drug addiction. Mickey finds out that he is in the middle of a crooked systems to fix trails. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LA | 5/23/2011

    " I appreciated the damaged nature of each character set alongside their obvious strengths. The storyline held my interest and surprised me aufficiently, not one of those books in which I see the next step coming. Connelly tells a good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/18/2011

    " Enjoyable. I like Haller better than Bosch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rain | 5/12/2011

    " " Kept me awake for two nights straight... can't put it down when I started reading it... now I'm off to The Reversal..." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 5/9/2011

    " Iy was an exciting book, very much like Lincoln Laywer... Same attorney Haller and same detective Bosch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcus | 5/9/2011

    " The story was an improvement over the Lincoln Lawyer. Still the reason to read it is the for Micky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisha Z | 5/7/2011

    " i am so impressed with how well michael connelly can write courtroom drama. i think it would be a hard thing to write and i can't wait to read the book! it is easy yet not repetitive or condescending---it is just plain fun. new favorite "fun" author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/4/2011

    " I really like the Mickey Haller character in Connelly's stories...this was a great tie in to Harry Bosch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 5/3/2011

    " Another good Mickey Haller novel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/3/2011

    " Love Mickey haller lawyer stories. Great follow up to the Lincoln lawyer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 5/1/2011

    " Enjoyed it as much as Lincoln Lawyer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/29/2011

    " Not "thriller" quality, but certainly a page-turner with several surprise plot twists that I didn't suspect were coming. A good read. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrator

Peter Giles, a film, television, and voice actor, is best known in the audiobook industry for his superb narration of Michael Connelly's thrillers.