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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

The Lincoln Lawyer

by Michael Connelly

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Series: Mickey Haller (1), Lincoln Lawyer (1)

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I found this to be an excellent work of popular fiction -- well written with an engaging plot, and notable memorable characters. Published in 2005, it was the first of Michael Connelly's "Lincoln Lawyer" books, and offered a highly promising beginning to what was to become a successful series. The 2011 film that it spawned stayed very true to the book in style and plot, and is worth seeing as well.

Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller takes on the defense of a wealthy LA realtor named Louis Roulet, who has been accused of assault and attempted murder of a prostitute. Louis protests his innocence, and claims to have been framed by perpetrators who seek to level a multi-million dollar civil suit. But as Haller investigates, he not only finds reason to doubt his client, but to suspect that he himself is the one being set up. I won't say more as to avoid revealing the plot twists. Suffice to say that Haller not only faces ethical dilemmas (as in what to do when suspecting his own client of a terrible crime) but finds his own family to be in serious danger. The denouement is satisfying at all levels; but frankly, I found the culmination in the movie to be even more so. I highly recommend this work, and plan to read others by this talented author. ( )
1 vote danielx | Oct 26, 2018 |
Started slow and then got better and better... didn't really like the beginning. But now I can't wait to read more about Mickey Haller! ( )
  CharleyBethH | Aug 23, 2018 |
As good as I remember it

As an early Michael Connelly fan I have followed his Harry Bosch detective series from the very beginning and also first read The Lincoln Lawyer / Mickey Haller #1 when it first came out in 2005. I also reread it at the time of the Matthew McConaughey film version. When it came up as an Audible Daily Deal back in 2017, I grabbed it up on a kneejerk reaction as it is always good to have a few reliable audiobooks in reserve for long trips.

This was just as good as I remembered it and although many of the twist were known to me it was still a pleasure to follow along with Connelly's plot construction and to enjoy the outcome. The narration by Adam Grupper was excellent in his only outing in a Connelly reading. Actor Titus Welliver seems to have taken over the Bosch/Haller audiobook narrations since assuming the role of Bosch in the Amazon TV series as of 2014. ( )
  alanteder | Aug 2, 2018 |
This novel introduces a new character, Mickey Haller, to Michael Connelly’s oeuvre. He is an adept, pragmatic defence attorney working in Los Angeles, and has come to be known as the Lincoln Lawyer because of his love of Lincoln Town Cars. Indeed, in a throwaway line halfway through the book, we learn that he still has two brand new Lincolns in storage – after a high-paying windfall case, he had bought four at once in order to benefit from fleet discount rates, planning to use one at a time, selling them off to limousine chauffeur services once they had reached fifty thousand miles. While he has an office, maintained by one of his ex-wives, Haller tends to do most of his work in the spacious back of the Lincoln, and employs a former (now rehabilitated) client as his driver, who is working to pay off the legal fees that had run up during his defence.

As the novel opens he is in conference with one of his regular clients, a prominent member of one of California’s motorcycle gangs, who has been arrested for drug dealing. Haller has constructed a strong loophole defence challenging the FBI’s search of his client’s property based on a technical infringement of the warrant provisions. The client has, however, proved dilatory in servicing Haller’s fees, and they have had a Mexican stand-off in an interview room in one of California’s more harsh penitentiaries. Haller lays down an ultimatum that, if he is now paid his outstanding fees within forty-eight hours, he will withdraw from the case, leaving the client to take his chances with an unsympathetic judiciary. Such is the strength of the underground communications network that while Haller is being driven back towards LA, his car is surrounded by a group of riders from the biker gang, and the outstanding fees are paid in cash.

When he returns to LA, Haller is called by a bail bondsman with whom he has frequently done business, advising him of a potential new client. While many of his previous customers have tended to come from the ranks of habitual criminals that proliferate across the city, this new client is rather different. Louis Ross Roulet, a wealthy real estate agent working around the more prosperous areas of the city, has been arrested for the brutal attack on a woman working as an escort. Everything about the case is unusual, but first the bail bondsman, and then Haller himself, sense the massive financial allure of taking on such a case. Haller is far from flawless, but his frank explanations of the financial realities of his profession simply serve to render him an appealing character.

As always with Connelly, the plot is very robustly constructed, with rigorous testing for plausibility. It offered an intriguing new perspective on the nature of crime. His previous novels have been recounted either from the police investigator’s perspective or, in the case of Void Moon, from the viewpoint of the criminal. Seeing things from the defence attorney’s stance flags up a completely different set of priorities. Very well written, and gripping right from the start. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jul 22, 2018 |
4.5 stars

This was a really good book. Even though Michael Haller was a bit sleazy as a defense lawyer, he was honest in his dishonesty, if that makes sense. I thought the story was very suspenseful and took a turn I was not expecting. I was on the edge of my seat for the last 50 pages waiting to see how it would all play out. ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
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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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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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