The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller Series #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly delivers his first legal thriller--an incendiary tale about a cynical defense attorney whose one remaining spark of integrity may cost him his life.

Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn't recognize innocence if it stood right in front of him. But what he should have been on the watch for was evil.<<p>Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend the 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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In the first-ever legal thriller by crime novelist Michael Connelly, author of the bestselling Harry Bosch saga (The Closers, The Narrows, Lost Light, et al.), ethically ambiguous defense attorney Mickey Haller's search for innocence in a high-profile case involving a young Beverly Hills playboy leads him to the ultimate evil...

A veteran defense attorney, Haller is understandably cynical about the system. ("The law was a large, rusting machine that sucked up people and lives and money. I was just a mechanic. I had become an expert at going into the machine and fixing things and extracting what I needed from it in return.") When a "franchise" case falls into his lap, one that could give him his biggest payoff ever, Haller jumps at the chance to defend a rich realtor accused of brutally beating and attempting to rape a wannabe actress with a shady background. The baby-faced realtor is vehement about his innocence, and as Haller begins to build his case, he's confident of victory -- that is, until he inadvertently discovers something that will not only overturn an old murder case but also put him and his crew in mortal peril…

Fans of Connelly's previous Harry Bosch novels will find The Lincoln Lawyer even more compelling -- since Haller happens to be Bosch's half brother and, according to sources, there is a sequel in the works that includes the maverick former LAPD detective! Like its luxury-auto namesake, The Lincoln Lawyer is a sumptuous thriller that excels in every measurable category: plot complexity, character development, pacing, intensity, etc. It is, quite possibly, Connelly's best yet. Paul Goat Allen

Janet Maslin
The book is haunted by Mickey's worst nightmare: the thought of having to defend an innocent man. He starts out without the foggiest idea of what to do with someone like that. But by the end of the story an Honest Abe conscience has begun to kick in. That's when Mickey becomes a Connelly character through and through.
— The New York Times
Jonathan Yardley
Mickey Haller…is as cynical about the law as any of Grisham's lawyers, but one doesn't sense that this cynicism is drawn out of the deep well of experience that enriches Grisham's work. Still, if the best of Grisham's legal novels grade in at a solid A, The Lincoln Lawyer gets an equally solid B+, which isn't exactly bad for the first time out…It's not a pretty story, but the world in which Mickey Haller works isn't a pretty place. Michael Connelly knows it all too well and writes about it with chilling authority. He's not a "genre" novelist but the real thing, taking us into parts of the real America that most of our novelists never visit because they don't even know where, or what, they are.
—The Washington Post
Forbes
In his new book, master mystery novelist Connelly has created one of the most memorable characters in modern American literature, defense attorney Mickey Haller, who narrates this tale. Haller is cynical and ethically challenged (he describes how he bribes bail bondsmen to steer good cases his way), and a negligent (divorced) dad to his daughter from his first marriage. But he comes across as a sympathetic, multidimensional character in whom still lurk idealism, humanity, conscience and a desire to do better by his child, even while he exemplifies almost every stereotype of the ambulance-chasing, publicity-seeking, rule-bending defense lawyer.
—Steve Forbes
Publishers Weekly
Connelly's first legal thriller has gotten virtually universal raves for its courage, plotting and humor-and those qualities also make the audio version a triumph. Grupper vividly brings to life Connelly's large cast of characters: from the shrewd, hard-working criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller-whose office is the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car and who spends his advertising budget in the Yellow Pages-to the sleazy collection of biker outlaws, con artists and prostitutes who make up most of his clients. Grupper is especially subtle as he reads the words of Louis Ross Roulet, a Beverly Hills real estate agent charged with attempted murder-a character whose guilt and motives darken at every appearance. Haller distrusts Roulet almost immediately, but he also sees the man's wealthy mother as the source of the long-running financial franchise every criminal lawyer longs for. Grupper's take on Connelly's scenes between Haller and Roulet is taut and fascinating: an audio tour-de-force of the highest order. Equally compelling are Haller's scenes with his two ex-wives; his friend and investigator; and a compelling client from the past who went to prison because Mickey couldn't believe he was innocent. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 5). (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Forbes Magazine
In his new book, master mystery novelist Connelly has created one of the most memorable characters in modern American literature, defense attorney Mickey Haller, who narrates this tale. Haller is cynical and ethically challenged (he describes how he bribes bail bondsmen to steer good cases his way), and a negligent (divorced) dad to his daughter from his first marriage. But he comes across as a sympathetic, multidimensional character in whom still lurk idealism, humanity, conscience and a desire to do better by his child, even while he exemplifies almost every stereotype of the ambulance-chasing, publicity-seeking, rule-bending defense lawyer. (31 Oct 2005)
—Steve Forbes
Library Journal
Mickey Haller defends low-life criminals who seem to offend habitually. With no actual office in which to hang his law degree, he works out of the backseat of his car. When a wealthy client lands in Mickey's lap, he thinks he has found a dream case. The evidence indicates a frame, and Mickey believes he might actually be defending his first truly innocent client. While he manipulates the system to his advantage, Mickey discovers that he is being maneuvered as well. Connelly, author of the best-selling Harry Bosch police procedurals (e.g., The Closers), proves he can handle even the legal thriller genre with this intricate and cynical look into the criminal justice system. For all popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/05; see the Q&A with Connelly on p. 66.-Ed.]-Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fresh from returning Harry Bosch to the LAPD with The Closers (2005), veteran crime novelist Connelly offers intrigue and bracing twists in his first legal thriller. Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller is known as a "Lincoln lawyer" because he does business while being driven from courthouse to courthouse in his Town Car. Scraping by by defending lowlifes, some of whom offer their chauffeur services to work off Haller's fees, he stumbles across a dream client: a rich boy accused of viciously beating a woman. Most important for Haller, Louis Roulet loudly proclaims his innocence, and his family has the dough to pay top-dollar for representation. But Haller's father, J. Michael Haller (making Bosch and Haller half-brothers, Connelly's wink to longtime fans) said there was "no client as scary as an innocent man," and soon Haller is confronted with the consequences that come from the system's inevitable compromises. When Haller's investigator and friend is murdered for getting too close to the truth, he's forced to confront the cost of sacrificing ideals for pragmatism. To spill more plot detail would spoil a good deal of the considerable fun here; suffice to say the conflict sparks in Haller an epic case of cognitive dissonance. Connelly gets the legal details and maneuvers just right, and Haller is a great character-world-weary but funny and likable-he's never met an angle he couldn't play or a corner he couldn't cut. Contains everything readers have come to expect from powerhouse Connelly. Bonus: Additional installments hold the intriguing possibility of one day seeing Bosch and Haller together on the streets of L.A.
Publishers Weekly
Attorney Mickey Haller, who's making his fourth appearance in Connelly's April novel, The Fifth Witness, got his start in this 2005 legal thriller, the audio version of which is being reprised to tie in with the Lionsgate film adaptation. Its return is welcome. The book about a defense attorney who uses a Lincoln town car for an office is richly plotted, humorous, suspenseful, and full of surprisingly human touches. It's also populated by a large cast of colorful characters that allow Adam Grupper the opportunity to strut his stuff, shifting effortlessly from gruff, hardcore bikers to Beverly Hills society matrons. But he really shines during the poignant scenes involving Haller and the client whose trial he lost and the highly charged confrontation scenes between him and the homicidal socialite playboy Louis Roulet whose trial he fears he may win. A Grand Central hardcover. (Feb.)
People
Will fascinate...and dazzle.
Los Angeles Times
[This] intricate, fast-moving tale barrels along...Beware picking up THE LINCOLN LAWYER. You won't want to put it down until you've navigated its rapids to the end.
Chicago Tribune
Connelly has stepped up to the plate in the overflowing ballpark of legal thrillers and blasted a grand slam his first time at bat.
Janet Maslin
Hurtles into the realm of the legal thriller with excitingly renewed energy and a full bag of tricks. Entertaining as it is during the investigation phase, the book goes up a notch when the courtroom conniving takes over.
New York Times
USA Today
One of the best novels Connelly has written, if not the best.
Denver Post
All that Connelly readers have come to expect.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Hurtles into the realm of the legal thriller with excitingly renewed energy and a full bag of tricks. Entertaining as it is during the investigation phase, the book goes up a notch when the courtroom conniving takes over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602521889
  • Publisher: Findaway World Llc
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Mickey Haller Series , #1
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Michael  Connelly
Michael Connelly is a former journalist and has won every major prize for crime fiction. He lives in Florida.

Biography

Best known for his dark police procedurals featuring the tough, complex and emotionally scarred LAPD detective, Hieronymous "Harry" Bosch, Michael Connelly has been called "infernally ingenious" (The New York Times), "one of those masters...who can keep driving the story forward in runaway locomotive style" (USA Today) and "the top rank of a new generation of crime writers" (The Los Angeles Times).

Consistently exquisite prose and engrossing storylines play an integral role in his swelling success. However, Connelly believes that solid character development is the most important key. As he explained to MagnaCumMurder.com, "I think books with weak or translucent plots can survive if the character being drawn along the path is rich, interesting and multi-faceted. The opposite is not true."

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Connelly attended the University of Florida; there he discovered the works of Raymond Chandler -- author of many classic Los Angeles-based noir dramas such as The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, and Farewell, My Lovely. The cases of Philip Marlowe inspired Connelly to be a crime novelist -- and by studying journalism, he put himself in the perfect position. "I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about -- police and criminals, the criminal justice system," he told MagnaCumMurder.com.

After graduation, Connelly worked the crime beat for two Florida newspapers. When a story he and a colleague wrote about the disastrous 1985 crash of Delta Flight 191 was short-listed for the Pulitzer, Connelly landed a gig in Marlowe's backyard, covering crime for one of the nation's largest newspapers -- The Los Angeles Times. Three years later, Harry Bosch was introduced in The Black Echo, which earned Connelly the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Connelly has since won every major mystery honor, including the Anthony (The Poet, Blood Work) and the Macavity Award (Blood Work).

While Connelly has written stand-alone novels that don't feature his tragic protagonist Harry Bosch, he is best identified by his rigid, contentious and fiery -- but also immensely skilled and compassionate -- detective. According to The Boston Globe, the Bosch series "raises the hard-boiled detective novel to a new level...adding substance and depth to modern crime fiction."

Called "one of the most compelling, complex protagonists in recent crime fiction" (Newsweek) and "a terrific...wonderful, old-fashioned hero who isn't afraid to walk through the flames -- and suffer the pain for the rest of us" (The New York Times Book Review), Bosch faces unforgettable horrors every day -- either on the street or in his own mind. "Bosch is making up for wrongs done to him when he rights wrongs as a homicide detective," Connelly explained in an interview with his publisher. "In a way, he is an avenging angel."

Bosch is clearly a product of his deadly, unforgiving environment. "The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote that when you look into the darkness of the abyss the abyss looks into you. Probably no other line or thought more inspires or informs my work," said Connelly in the same interview. With each passing novel, Bosch looks deeper and deeper into the abyss; and readers continue to return to see just how far he will gaze.

Good To Know

  • Michael Connelly received a huge career boost in 1994 when then President Bill Clinton was photographed walking out of a Washington bookstore with a copy of The Concrete Blonde under his arm. Connelly remarked to USA Today, "In the six years I've been writing books, that is the biggest thrill I've had."

  • Real events have always inspired Connelly's plots. His novel Blood Work was inspired by a friend who underwent transplant surgery and was coping with survivor's guilt, knowing someone had died in order for him to live. The book was later developed into a feature film starring Clint Eastwood, Angelica Huston, and Jeff Daniels.

  • One of Connelly's writing professors at the University of Florida was cult novelist Harry Crews.

  • Connelly named his most famous character after the 15th Century Dutch painter, Hieronymous Bosch. As he told Bookends UK in an interview, Bosch "created richly detailed landscapes of debauchery and violence and human defilement. There is a ‘world gone mad' feel to many of his works, including one called ‘Hell' -- of which a print hangs on the wall over the computer where I write." Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Connelly:

    "I wrote a mystery story as a class paper in high school. It was called The Perfect Murder. The protagonist's named was McEvoy, a name I later used for the protagonist in The Poet. Being a witness to a crime when I was 16 was what made me interested in crime novels and mystery stories."

    "I wrote my first real murder story as a journalist for the Daytona Beach News Journal in 1980. It was about a body found in the woods. Later, the murder was linked to a serial killer who was later caught and executed for his crimes."

    "Everything I want people to know about me is in my books."

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      1. Hometown:
        Sarasota, Florida
      1. Date of Birth:
        July 21, 1956
      2. Place of Birth:
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      1. Education:
        B.A. in Journalism, University of Florida, 1980
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    The Lincoln Lawyer


    By Michael Connelly

    Little, Brown

    Copyright © 2005 Hieronymus, Inc.
    All right reserved.

    ISBN: 0-316-73493-4


    Chapter One

    Monday, March 7

    The morning air off the Mojave in late winter is as clean and crisp as you'll ever breathe in Los Angeles County. It carries the taste of promise on it. When it starts blowing in like that I like to keep a window open in my office. There are a few people who know this routine of mine, people like Fernando Valenzuela. The bondsman, not the baseball pitcher. He called me as I was coming into Lancaster for a nine o'clock calendar call. He must have heard the wind whistling in my cell phone.

    "Mick," he said, "you up north this morning?"

    "At the moment," I said as I put the window up to hear him better. "You got something?"

    "Yeah, I got something. I think I got a franchise player here. But his first appearance is at eleven. Can you make it back down in time?"

    Valenzuela has a storefront office on Van Nuys Boulevard a block from the civic center, which includes two courthouses and the Van Nuys jail. He calls his business Liberty Bail Bonds. His phone number, in red neon on the roof of his establishment, can be seen from the high-power wing on the third floor of the jail. His number is scratched into the paint on the wall next to every pay phone on every other ward in the jail.

    You could say his name is also permanently scratched onto my Christmas list. At the end of the year I give a can of salted nuts to everybody on it. Planters holiday mix. Each can has a ribbon and bow on it. But no nuts inside. Just cash. I have a lot of bail bondsmen on my Christmas list. I eat holiday mix out of Tupperware well into spring. Since my last divorce, it is sometimes all I get for dinner.

    Before answering Valenzuela's question I thought about the calendar call I was headed to. My client was named Harold Casey. If the docket was handled alphabetically I could make an eleven o'clock hearing down in Van Nuys, no problem. But Judge Orton Powell was in his last term on the bench. He was retiring. That meant he no longer faced reelection pressures, like those from the private bar. To demonstrate his freedom-and possibly as a form of payback to those he had been politically beholden to for twelve years-he liked to mix things up in his courtroom. Sometimes the calendar went alphabetical, sometimes reverse alphabetical, sometimes by filing date. You never knew how the call would go until you got there. Often lawyers cooled their heels for better than an hour in Powell's courtroom. The judge liked that.

    "I think I can make eleven," I said, without knowing for sure. "What's the case?"

    "Guy's gotta be big money. Beverly Hills address, family lawyer waltzing in here first thing. This is the real thing, Mick. They booked him on a half mil and his mother's lawyer came in here today ready to sign over property in Malibu to secure it. Didn't even ask about getting it lowered first. I guess they aren't too worried about him running."

    "Booked for what?" I asked.

    I kept my voice even. The scent of money in the water often leads to a feeding frenzy but I had taken care of Valenzuela on enough Christmases to know I had him on the hook exclusively. I could play it cool.

    "The cops booked him for ag-assault, GBI and attempted rape for starters," the bondsman answered. "The DA hasn't filed yet as far as I know."

    The police usually overbooked the charges. What mattered was what the prosecutors finally filed and took to court. I always say cases go in like a lion and come out like a lamb. A case going in as attempted rape and aggravated assault with great bodily injury could easily come out as simple battery. It wouldn't surprise me and it wouldn't make for much of a franchise case. Still, if I could get to the client and make a fee agreement based on the announced charges, I could look good when the DA later knocked them down.

    "You got any of the details?" I asked.

    "He was booked last night. It sounds like a bar pickup gone bad. The family lawyer said the woman's in it for the money. You know, the civil suit to follow the criminal case. But I'm not so sure. She got beat up pretty good from what I heard."

    "What's the family lawyer's name?"

    "Hold on a sec. I've got his card here somewhere."

    I looked out the window while waiting for Valenzuela to find the business card. I was two minutes from the Lancaster courthouse and twelve minutes from calendar call. I needed at least three of those minutes in between to confer with my client and give him the bad news.

    "Okay, here it is," Valenzuela said. "Guy's name is Cecil C. Dobbs, Esquire. Out of Century City. See, I told you. Money."

    Valenzuela was right. But it wasn't the lawyer's Century City address that said money. It was the name. I knew of C. C. Dobbs by reputation and guessed that there wouldn't be more than one or two names on his entire client list that didn't have a Bel-Air or Holmby Hills address. His kind of client went home to the places where the stars seemed to reach down at night to touch the anointed.

    "Give me the client's name," I said.

    "That would be Louis Ross Roulet."

    He spelled it and I wrote it down on a legal pad.

    "Almost like the spinning wheel but you pronounce it Roo-lay," he said. "You going to be here, Mick?"

    Before responding I wrote the name C. C. Dobbs on the pad. I then answered Valenzuela with a question.

    "Why me?" I asked. "Was I asked for? Or did you suggest me?"

    I had to be careful with this. I had to assume Dobbs was the kind of lawyer who would go to the California bar in a heartbeat if he came across a criminal defense attorney paying off bondsmen for client referrals. In fact, I started wondering if the whole thing might be a bar sting operation that Valenzuela hadn't picked up on. I wasn't one of the bar's favorite sons. They had come at me before. More than once.

    "I asked Roulet if he had a lawyer, you know? A criminal defense lawyer, and he said no. I told him about you. I didn't push it. I just said you were good. Soft sell, you know?"

    "Was this before or after Dobbs came into it?"

    "No, before. Roulet called me this morning from the jail. They got him up on high power and he saw the sign, I guess. Dobbs showed up after that. I told him you were in, gave him your pedigree, and he was cool with it. He'll be there at eleven. You'll see how he is."

    I didn't speak for a long moment. I wondered how truthful Valenzuela was being with me. A guy like Dobbs would have had his own man. If it wasn't his own forte, then he'd have had a criminal specialist in the firm or, at least, on standby. But Valenzuela's story seemed to contradict this. Roulet came to him empty-handed. It told me that there was more to this case I didn't know than what I did.

    "Hey, Mick, you there?" Valenzuela prompted.

    I made a decision. It was a decision that would eventually lead me back to Jesus Menendez and that I would in many ways come to regret. But at the moment it was made, it was just another choice made of necessity and routine.

    "I'll be there," I said into the phone. "I'll see you at eleven."

    I was about to close the phone when I heard Valenzuela's voice come back at me.

    "And you'll take care of me for this, right, Mick? I mean, you know, if this is the franchise."

    It was the first time Valenzuela had ever sought assurance of a payback from me. It played further into my paranoia and I carefully constructed an answer that would satisfy him and the bar-if it was listening.

    "Don't worry, Val. You're on my Christmas list."

    I closed the phone before he could say anything else and told my driver to drop me off at the employee entrance to the courthouse. The line at the metal detector would be shorter and quicker there and the security men usually didn't mind the lawyers-the regulars-sneaking through so they could make court on time.

    As I thought about Louis Ross Roulet and the case and the possible riches and dangers that waited for me, I put the window back down so I could enjoy the morning's last minute of clean, fresh air. It still carried the taste of promise.

    (Continues...)



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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 6, 2008

      Don't drown all the lawyers!

      The Lincoln Lawyer is a tightly plotted novel of intrigue and suspense. It's fast reading that keeps you engrossed with no false twists or convenient endings. I liked it a lot.

      8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 7, 2008

      Great Book - Great Suspense!

      Everytime I do a review of a Connelly book, I say the same thing - this man is not capable of writing a boring or bad novel. Like Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller is definitely flawed, but knows and learns life's lessons along the way. Haller going through the trial and playing the 'cat and mouse' game was great. I thorougly enjoyed Mickey's character and can't wait to buy 'Brass Verdict'. I've read all Connelley's books - he never disappoints.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 23, 2011

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      Michael Connelly has not just one new fan -- he has the staff in my office, now, too!

      Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite

      Defense attorney Mickey Haller represents the scum of the earth, the forlorn and the disparaged. Once in a while, he catches a break and gets an a-lister as a client. Things that seem too good to be true are usually like this case. It isn't long before Mickey Haller finds himself in a web of deceit that only gets darker and closer to home. Soon he finds himself in a race to get ahead of the game, no matter what the stakes.

      Michael Connelly has done an amazing job creating a story that is so life-like that in a matter of moments I found myself completely enthralled in the next twist. Only after I had listened to the entire 10 cd audio book did I learn that the author has created a series with Mickey Haller. I was overjoyed!

      Adam Grupper's voice comes through the speakers so true to character - you know, the one with the dark coat and hat who takes no flack. As he assumes other characters, he does so just enough to make the distinction but not distract from the story.

      Not only did I listen to this every moment I was in the car, I brought it in to work with my laptop and listened while doing simple paperwork. The days went by so quickly, my co-workers turning now and then to see why I was chuckling at the great one-liners or sucking in air in surprise.

      Michael Connelly has not just one new fan -- he has the staff in my office, now, too!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 25, 2010

      Fantastic listen

      A great story was made all the more enjoyable by Grupper's inspired read. Although at times I thought Connelly was telegraphing his punches, he still caught me off guard at the right moments. You will not be disappointed.

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    • Posted October 31, 2008

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      a good legal thriller

      Connelly really brings the characters to life. The farther into you get, the faster you want to turn the pages.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 15, 2008

      Lincoln Lawyer

      This was my first time reading Michael Connelly. A good quick read - with good twists and turns that aren't overdone. I grew attached to the characters and look forward to reading the next one...definitely going to check out his Harry Bosch series.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 22, 2008

      Great Read

      This is another winner by Michael Connelly, I loved it, hard to put down once I was a third of the way in, highly recommend it

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 8, 2008

      EXCELLENT BOOK

      This was my very first Connelly book and I liked it very much. It's fast paced. The characters are flawed and sympathetic. The action never stops and it's so hard to put it down. Great story.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 21, 2007

      A reviewer

      This book is spellbinding. It is nearly impossible to lay down unfinished. The best Michael Connelly book that I have read. I can't wait until I can get his next piece of work.

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    • Posted February 2, 2009

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      TOP FLIGHT READING OF A FIRST-RATE THRILLER

      Just when some thought the estimable Michael Connelly had peaked with his popular Harry Bosch series and might just retire to a tropical isle (his own, of course), he introduces lawyer Mickey Haller in a SUSPENSE driven novel 'The Lincoln Lawyer.' It must be a thrill for a voice performer to have first crack at interpreting a character's vocal patterns, especially a character that's sure to be as well received as Haller. They couldn't have chosen a better reader than Broadway and film actor Adam Grupper. His crisp, powerful delivery heightens the drama in this dynamite thriller and does justice to Connelly's incomparable dialogue. Haller's a lawyer who operates out of his car - he runs a sizable ad in the local yellow pages and attracts clients with his bus stop painted touts. He long ago shed any idealistic notions about the law - well aware that it's about '...negotiation, amelioration, manipulation...' His Dad was a famous attorney, but Haller didn't know him very well. With two marriages behind him he sees the world through jaundiced eyes. Problem is most of his clients are low-lifes - drug dealers, and the like. Then, he gets a call. Louis Roulet appears to be a long awaited jackpot. He's a well-to-do Beverly Hills realtor accused of bludgeoning and raping a call girl. But, just as Haller's feeling a hefty fee's on the way, he discovers some things about Roulet that cause him to rethink the realtor's defense. A top flight reading of a first-rate thriller - enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 27, 2005

      Connelly Does It Again

      I love Harry Bosch so much, I didn't think I could embrace another character so fully - buy Michael 'Mick' Haller is wonderful. Leave it to Michael Connelly to draw someone so completely AND tell a nail-biting page turner like this one. The high praise for this book on this site is warranted - you will not be disappointed.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 22, 2005

      Ultimately predictable, but lots of fun getting there

      Michael Connelly is one of the authors that I search when looking for new books. His most recent effort (Lincoln Lawyer) is thoroughly enjoyable and I recommend it without reservation. It is a great story, and while a tad predicatble towards the end, it was a lot of fun getting there. Great story & entertaining. Just what well written fiction should be.

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