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The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel (Mickey Haller) (edition 2005)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel (Mickey Haller)
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2005), Kindle Edition, 528 pages
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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

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I enjoyed this book for 2 reasons.

The lawyer is slimy and KNOWS that he is slimy and in the end uses that for good.
It shows that "normal" people do not have to use the F word 15 times in every conversation. Considering the type of people this guy is dealing with, I was pleasant surprised about that. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Jul 5, 2014 |
First Michael Connelly novel I've read. Very procedure driven, which sometimes didn't make for great reading, but I enjoyed it overall. ( )
  GingerCrinkle | Jul 4, 2014 |
Excellent book! Always kept me interested and guessing. Would recommend to anyone! ( )
  pigeon_racer | May 25, 2014 |
Fluffy, but entertaining. This is the first Connelly book that I've read. I'm pretty sure he would make a pretty good defense attorney.

It's not the most well written novel that I've ever read, but like I said, it's fluff. If you have a long airplane ride or a day at the beach, try it out. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
Book to movie - hard ending. ( )
  amandamac42 | Feb 16, 2014 |
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There is no client as scary as an innocent man. — J. Michael Haller, criminal defense attorney, Los Angeles, 1962
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This is for Daniel F. Daly and Roger O. Mills
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The morning air off the Mojave in late winter is as clean and crisp as you'll ever breathe in Los Angeles County.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316734934, Hardcover)

Best-selling author Michael Connelly, whose character-driven literary mysteries have earned him a wide following, breaks from the gate in the over-crowded field of legal thrillers and leaves every other contender from Grisham to Turow in the dust with this tightly plotted, brilliantly paced, impossible-to-put-down novel.

Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller's father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen (in a nice twist, Cohen's gun, given to Dad then bequeathed to his son, plays a key role in the plot). But Dad also passed on an important piece of advice that's especially relevant when Mickey takes the case of a wealthy Los Angeles realtor accused of attempted murder: "The scariest client a lawyer will ever have is an innocent client. Because if you [screw] up and he goes to prison, it'll scar you for life."

Louis Roulet, Mickey's "franchise client" (so-called becaue he's able and willing to pay whatever his defense costs) seems to be the one his father warned him against, as well as being a few rungs higher on the socio-economic ladder than the drug dealers, homeboys, and motorcycle thugs who comprise Mickey's regular case load. But as the holes in Roulet's story tear Mickey's theory of the case to shreds, his thoughts turn more to Jesus Menendez, a former client convicted of a similar crime who's now languishing in San Quentin. Connelly tellingly delineates the code of legal ethics Mickey lives by: "It didn't matter...whether the defendant 'did it' or not. What mattered was the evidence against him--the proof--and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt." But by the time his client goes to trial, Mickey's feeling a few very reasonable doubts of his own.

While Mickey's courtroom pyrotechnics dazzle, his behind-the-scenes machinations and manipulations are even more incendiary in this taut, gripping novel, which showcases all of Connelly's literary gifts. There's not an excess sentence or padded paragraph in it--what there is, happily, is a character who, like Harry Bosch, deserves a franchise series of his own. --Jane Adams

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Representing the system's most unsavory characters in his work as a criminal defense lawyer, jaded attorney Mickey Haller takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by sinister events that suggest the workings of a particularly evil perpetrator.… (more)

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