Book Review: Lincoln Lawyer

by Michael Connelly

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.

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8 Responses to Book Review: Lincoln Lawyer

  1. Now this one sounds like a thriller and one of those books where you’re not sure if everything is what it appears to be!! Excellent review of this one Margot…you’ve made me want to read it!

  2. I bought this a while ago and really need to make time to read it. Glad to see it’s so good!

  3. I have had so many people recommend this book. I just never got to it. But everyone is convinced we will love it, because we love legal thrillers. I do have a Michael Connelly book but haven’t read it yet because I don’t like to read books out of order! :–)

  4. Barbara says:

    You did it again! My list is growing by leaps and bounds.

  5. Stacy says:

    I’ve only read The Poet and really liked it. Now I need to figure out what order to read all of these other books in.

  6. Bluestocking says:

    Nice! I like this.

  7. caite says:

    I too bought this one a long time ago, after reading a review. It still sits in my TBR pile, awaiting its turn.

  8. Beth F says:

    Oh! I’m so glad you liked this. I too gave it an A. I was surprised at how much I liked the book because I’m not often attracted to legal thrillers. I need to get Brass Verdict.

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