Grand Central Publishing, 2005
My Rating: A
Mickey Haller is what everyone loves to hate – a defense attorney for society’s criminals. His clients are drug dealers, thieves, prostitutes, etc. He doesn’t need a fancy office. He owns several Lincoln Town Cars and conducts a lot of his business there. He runs between the courthouses of Los Angeles County helping all those guilty people.
The hardest thing for Mickey to figure out is an innocent client. Since most of his clients claim to be innocent Mickey has become jaded. He wonders if he will be able to recognize a truly innocent person when meets one.
And then, one day, he gets a client who can be a franchise client. That’s one who’s rich enough to pay for a long trial with lots of billable hours and big bonuses. This guy has been accused of assault with intent to rape and murder. But he’s a Beverly Hills realtor who has never been in trouble with the law. The guy appears to be that rare innocent man. Or is he just plain evil?
Lincoln Lawyer is a fast-paced look at our justice system through the eyes of a fictional defense attorney. This guy is smart, manipulative and knows how to play all the angles to get his clients as much as possible. It was impossible to dislike this guy. In fact, I was pulling for him long before the middle of the book.
The character of Mickey Haller was well developed and should be a franchise character for author Michael Connelly. I liked other characters as well, particularly his first ex-wife and his investigator. I first met Mickey Haller last year when I read Nine Dragons. He played a small part in that book. Next my plan is to read Brass Verdict which features Mickey Haller and his half-brother, Harry Bosch. If you haven’t met either one of them, I can highly recommend a Michael Connelly character to you.
Check your local library for Lincoln Lawyer. It’s also available on Amazon.