The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly Paperback Book

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Author: Michael Connelly

Narrator: Adam Grupper

Format: Unabridged-CD, Paperback, Paperback

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Published: Oct 2005

Genre: Fiction - Thrillers

Retail Price: $14.98

Discs: 10

Synopsis

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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Reviews

BookLender review by P L on 2007-08-14 00:28:29

Excellent book...wanted to drive all over town just so I could continue listening.........exciting and a thriller right to the very last page !!!

BookLender review by Sherry on 2007-05-25 16:04:35

I can't actually give a true review of this book, because I only listened to about 10 minutes of it. I heard the f-word in the first few minutes, so I shut it off. I sometimes have children within hearing, so I avoid such extreme language in what I listen to. This is to warn others in the same situation. If that isn't an issue for you, it might be a good book.

BookLender review by Tomasz on 2007-11-09 21:16:29

good book

BookLender review by Joye on 2007-10-28 18:18:44

My husband and I listened to this together. We both thought it was well written. The reader was excellent, and the plot unpredictable. A great read (listen).

BookLender review by Loretta on 2015-09-01 14:07:29

This book runs a close second to the Harry Bosch series...very good listen/read.