The Brass Verdict - Michael Connelly Another engaging novel from Mr. Connelly, driven by plot twists and featuring a haunted hero. I read this, the 2nd book in the Micker Haller series, out of sequence, having read the fourth book, The Fifth Witness first. Doing so, I think, diminished my enjoyment of The Brass Verdict because the courtroom descriptions were already familiar ground, and I already knew what happens in the back story about Haller's life and co-workers. But still, I found this a worthwhile read, particularly in the deft manner that the author mixes in subtle clues and red herrrings, while building to the expected surprise ending.