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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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This book is exceptional in the complexity of its plot, its radiating theme and depth of characters. Utterly cerebral. ( )
  BenjaminThomas | Mar 16, 2018 |
By the second page, I really liked this complex character.Two ex-wives, one he's still in love with and one he married on the rebound who still works for him and a complex case makes this a great, absorbing novel. ( )
  Renee202 | Feb 5, 2018 |
Had this recommended to me by a patron. I can see why people that enjoy mysteries and thrillers would like this, but this genre is definitely not my cup of tea. ( )
  EllAreBee | Nov 26, 2017 |
Had this recommended to me by a patron. I can see why people that enjoy mysteries and thrillers would like this, but this genre is definitely not my cup of tea. ( )
  EllAreBee | Nov 26, 2017 |
I had no idea when I began reading The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly that it was such a highly regarded mystery novel. I had heard of the movie starring Matthew McMcConaughey, so when the ebook went on sale for $2.99 I figured it was a pretty safe bet to be entertaining. It was all that and more. It's no wonder that in 2006 it was awarded the Shamus Award and the Macavity Award for best mystery novel and, in 2010 was nominated for the Best Mystery Novel of the Decade.

The central character is defense attorney Mickey Haller, whose office is a Lincoln Town Car driven around L.A. by a former client who owes him legal fees. When Haller takes on a wealthy client who is accused of sexual assault and attempted murder, what begins as an easy case turns into something much more twisted and sinister.

The Lincoln Lawyer takes the reader into the morally complex world of the defense attorney, and Connelly does an admirable job of immersing the reader into Haller's life.

I enjoyed the book immensely and couldn't put it down. It's definitely gritty and dark, but it also has strong character development, compelling courtroom drama, and enough plot twists to keep you guessing until the very end.

Fans of Michael Connelly probably already know this, but Mickey Haller is related to Connelly's other major character, Harry Bosch. If The Lincoln Lawyer is representative of Connelly's other novels, then I'll definitely be looking to read more of his books. ( )
  nsenger | Nov 12, 2017 |
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There is no client as scary as an innocent man. — J. Michael Haller, criminal defense attorney, Los Angeles, 1962
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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