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Lincoln Lawyer (edition 2011)

by Michael Connelly

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Title:Lincoln Lawyer
Authors:Michael Connelly
Info:Orion (2011), Paperback, 480 pages
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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

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2005, Time Warner Audiobooks, Read by Adam Grupper

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Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn't recognize innocence if it stood in front of him. Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. From bikers to con artists to drunk drivers and drug dealers, they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. But when a Beverly Hills rich boy is arrested for brutally beating a woman, Haller has his first high-paying client in years. It's a franchise case, and he's sure it will be a slam dunk in the courtroom. For once, he may be defending a client who is actually innocent. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth, and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, Haller must use all of his skills to manipulate a system in which he no longer believes.

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As a criminal defence lawyer, Haller’s job has mostly been to see scumbags exonerated of the crimes of which they are accused (and, let’s face it, most often guilty of committing). Guilt or innocence – really no matter to the likes of the Lincoln Lawyer. But Beverly Hills pretty boy Louis Roulet has some things to teach Haller, and the lessons won’t be easily forgotten. The play back and forth between the criminal mind and the defense pro is invigorating. As is the play between guilt and innocence and pure evil. And bravo to Connelly for writing Haller in such a manner that in spite of his sleazy job and antics, I still wished him well. Two ex-wives, and an eight-year-old daughter, and they all loved him – guy could not be all bad. But is he in over his head this time?

Thoroughly enjoyed. Great job of narration by Grupper. Recommended for those who enjoy a good legal thriller. ( )
1 vote lit_chick | Apr 13, 2015 |
Excellent story, interesting characters and just the right amount of humor. This particularly appealed to me because of my (limited) work as a defense attorney. I may not have known any lawyers EXACTLY like this, but he was certainly familiar to me! The interactions with his clients were quite realistic, and I loved the way he stayed a couple of steps-- but only a couple of steps-- ahead of his enemies. Nicely evocative of a particular branch of the law that flies below the radar of most "civilians." ( )
  sharoncville3579 | Jan 24, 2015 |
"Great book! - great job Michael Connelly....A must read - saw the movie too; Matthew McConaughey was surperb as usual; but liked the book better as movie left out some cool things and a different ending. " ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
Very good LA based crime thriller. First of the Mickey Haller series. ( )
  starkravingmad | Sep 21, 2014 |
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 |
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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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