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La Défense Lincoln (edition 2015)

by Michael Connelly (Author)

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Title:La Défense Lincoln
Authors:Michael Connelly (Author)
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I was apprehensive about reading this book, as I don’t normally enjoy legal procedurals. (The only exception has been David Rosenfelt’s books, which I love.) Although the main character of Michael Haller isn’t a very sympathetic character in the beginning, this book turned out to be exceptional. Connelly keeps throwing out one hook after another until you’re thoroughly engrossed in the story and the characters, and you can’t turn the pages fast enough. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
I saw the movie before reading this book... nothing was spoiled by knowing how it ended.

Michael Connelly is one of those few writers that makes the reader feel that he/she is right there in the scene with the characters. You get into the head of main character, Michael Haller. You understand his concerns/triumphs/manipulations. I think if I were ever in court I would know exactly what was going on and why.

The story is about a defense lawyer who confronts his father's (a defense lawyer as well in his time) worst fear.... not recognizing that he was defending an innocent man. The book moves along at a page turning pace, logically but with puzzles along the way. Even though I watched the movie I still had a few surprises reading the book and the movie added to the story too as I had a clear visual of some of the scenes... for example the tension near the beginning when his Lincoln was surrounded by bikers as he traveled on a freeway.

I look forward to reading his series in order... he also builds a character from book to book and there are flashbacks. I started by reading his book "The Reversal" and realized this.

I gave it a well deserved 5 stars ....Two thumbs up. ( )
  Lynxear | May 7, 2017 |
Stephen and I listened to this on our trip to Maryland. Great lawyer story but tons of characters. I can't wait to see the movie based on the book to put everything together. Matthew McConaughey is playing the lawyer, Mick. Mick conducts business out of his Lincoln Continental thus the title. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
lawyers other lives out of car — takes all case to make $

Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers -- they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice.
1 vote | christinejoseph | Dec 23, 2016 |
I almost gave up on reading English. Thought I couldn't get my head to play along since it refused to do so for several weeks.
But, this book gave me back hope that my head will be alright :-)
It's been a while since I last read a legal thriller and I liked this one a lot.
Suspensefull, lots of action and a twist at the end. Liked the writing as well. A good one! ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Nov 4, 2016 |
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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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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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