THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. It is very well written and it holds your interest from page 1 to the end. The plot moves fluidly. The ending packs a huge punch that you don't quite expect but you know the main character, Haller, is working on setting something up throughout. The foreshadowing pulls you through the book. A definite must read !!
This book is not the typical Michael Connelly book, but I enjoyed it even more. I love the other books that he wrote, but this one is just outstanding. I could not put it down and the ending is unbelievable! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good, well written book.
Criminal defense attorney who operates out of his Lincoln Town Car, hence the title -- Lincoln Lawyer. A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar hires him....
As good as Connelly gets. Plot moves easily and quickly to the climatic finish. If you like Michael Connelly you'll love this book.
Looks like I'm the black sheep of The Lincoln Lawyer reviewers. The book was good, though a bit cheesy in parts - typical Michael Connelly style. It was, of course, predictable about 1/4 way through, but the story and characters were sufficiently interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this book, but it makes a great swapper!
First Line: The morning air off the Mojave in late winter is as clean and crisp as you'll ever breathe in Los Angeles County.
I overdosed on legal thrillers years ago, when John Grisham and Scott Turow were at the very top of their game. Although the plots were still complex and dazzling, I'd begun to feel claustrophobic for some reason, and I stopped reading them. I needed to get out of the courtroom.
If there's one author whom I can't ignore, it's Michael Connelly. When The Lincoln Lawyer came out, I couldn't believe it. One of my favorite authors had written a legal thriller! I studiously ignored the book until The Brass Verdict appeared. Once I realized that Mickey Haller, the Lincoln lawyer himself, was going to be appearing with my beloved Harry Bosch, I knew I'd have to bite the bullet and read up on what makes Mickey Haller tick.
I should've bitten that bullet a long time ago.
Defense attorney Mickey Haller does a lot of his business from the back of his Lincoln. In fact, he has a whole fleet of the automobiles. By the time I met Mickey, he had all the appearance of a completely jaded legal hack:
"I didn't deal in guilt and innocence, because everybody was guilty. Of something. But it didn't matter, because every case I took on was a house built on a foundation poured by overworked and underpaid laborers. They cut corners. They made mistakes. And then they painted over the mistakes with lies. My job was to peel away the paint and find the cracks. To work my fingers and tools into those cracks and widen them. To make them so big that either the house fell down or, failing that, my client slipped through."
For all his world-weary talk of everyone being guilty of something, Haller is also pointing the finger at himself. He feels that he didn't do everything possible when he defended Jesus Menendez, who's now looking life without parole straight in the eyes from the "comfort" of San Quentin. Regardless of how he may be perceived outwardly, Haller is a good guy who remains on very good terms with both ex-wives, and who secretly longs to be presented with a truly innocent man to defend. (He worries that, after all this time, he won't be able to recognize innocence when he sees it.)
Then Louis Roulet is charged with assault and attempted murder. This is what Haller calls a "franchise case" because Roulet's mother will pay any amount of money to see her son declared innocent. But the more Haller and his investigator Raul Levin work on this case, the more things don't add up. Haller finds himself caught in a deadly web, and it's going to take every speck of his smarts to work his way out of it intact.
Connelly worked his magic on me once again. Within a few pages, I was fascinated with the character of Mickey Haller. For all his quiet, matter-of-fact posturing and pronouncements, he still retains a remarkable degree of gullibility. The pacing is perfect throughout the book, gathering speed with each successive chapter. When Haller realizes the trap he's fallen into, the plan he puts together to extricate himself is brilliant and almost guaranteed to keep readers glued to the page.
Since I had such a great reading experience with Lawyer Haller, am I going to add legal thrillers to my reading diet once more? No, but I certainly am ready for The Brass Verdict!
I think I have found a new favorite author..although I have many. This was the first book that I read by Connelly and I was just blown away. The way he not only developed the character but the setting as well. I was hooked on this book from the very beginning, through some wicked twists and a great ending. An excellent read!
This is my first Michael Connelly novel and I really enjoyed it. The character of Mickey Haller is well written. The ending was very surprising. I'm looking forward to read his next installment The Brass Verdict.
This book (after I read it) has been the Gold Standard for any legal mystery/thriller I have read since (I read an earlier book, not the movie tie-in). It's that good. Now, I obviously haven't read every available legal procedural out there. But I have read over 400 books in the last three years, almost all in the mystery/thriller genre. So, while still just my opinion, I do have several other books to compare it to. And this has always been the best in that genre and in the top five of all books read.
The characters are all well liked (if and when Connelly intended) and well fleshed out. There are of course many scenes of court room drama, but this is where the book excels. I don't usually spend a lot of time in a review telling what the book is about, but rather, how well it is done. Even the best authors throw out the occasional stinker.
Everything you would hope to have in a book, this one has in spades. Pace, plotting, ending, twists (probably the most surprises I have come across in a novel), turns, suspense, accuracy and realism. There is also subtle humor which is something I prefer, though some don't. Everything just flows, it just works itself into such a pleasure that it may take a while to read a book that isn't somewhat disappointing by comparison. We all know how that is.
So now that I have built this up, I hope you aren't let down! I find that the more media hype sometimes, you're expectations are sooo overblown that you focus more on the hype than actually enjoying the read. Don't do it!
I don't plan on seeing the movie. I have never personally seen a movie that could touch the depth of a novel. I won't take that away from this book.
Very good. This book is by the same author as the Harry Bosch police detective series. It tells the story from the opposite angle,that of the lawyer rather than the police.
The main character, Mickey Haller, is a down and out lawyer who has made a mess of his life. He's a very likeable guy, not half as bad as he would like people to think. Mickey takes a high profile case that he hopes will get him back on top and in the money. Of course nothing and no one is what it seems at first glance. Lots of twists and turns,hard to put it down. It's much less grim than the Bosch series and just as enjoyable.
I read THE LINCOLN LAWYER for this month's "Book-to-Movie" theme in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
The opening really engaged me. Michael Connelly's writing was sharp, and I really felt like I was riding around L.A. with busy defense attorney Mickey Haller in the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car going from courthouse to courthouse. And it's a great behind-the-scenes look at the legal system from the defense perspective.
By the middle, the pacing slowed. A lot. And I found myself able to skim through lots of pages without missing much.
The ending was unexpected, but since my interest level had wained with the slow in pace, it wasn't jaw-droppingly so. B-