Book: The Lincoln Lawyer | Author: Michael Connelly | Started: 3/6/14 | Finished: 3/8/14 | Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers — they’re all on Mickey Haller’s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it’s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it’s even about justice.
A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney’s dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal — this time to save his own life
My review: Michael Connelly has been one of my favourite authors for a few months now, but I was only reading Harry Bosch books. This was my first Mickey Haller book, and it will definitely not be my last.
Going into this book, I knew Haller was a lawyer and supposedly a good lawyer, but I didn’t quite now how captivating a character he was until I started reading this book. I just got done reading Rage of Angels which is also about a hot shot defense attorney, but Haller is in a whole different ball park. I know I mention in a few other reviews that it’s hard to put the book down, but this one was seriously impossible. I took it with me in the car everywhere (sorry boyfriend). I read it as much as I possibly could. I wanted to read it when I couldn’t. I could not get enough of Mickey Haller.
I already knew that Connelly could write characters extremely well because I was hooked on Harry Bosch from the first book, but Haller may be better written than Bosch is. I should really dislike Haller because most defense attorneys are jerks (he is) and cocky (he is) but I couldn’t help rooting for him to win cases. I couldn’t help but pull for him when he didn’t do so well.
I love books that are set in courtrooms. This one is no different. There is one big plot of him defending someone but to keep the book going when court isn’t in session, he goes to court on other cases along with seeing what he does when he’s not in court. We get to meet both of his ex wives and many of the other people that are in his life. The characters are written so well in this book and the story is a great one and makes it easy to follow along.
This book isn’t a typical mystery/thriller, but the plot twists and turns would have fooled me. There were times that I had to set the book down and just think “What. Just. Happened.” and I love that in a book. Seriously, I wish more people read this book (and I may even watch the movie.)
Memorable quote: “There is nothing like the start of a season, before all the one-run losses, pitching breakdowns and missed opportunities. Before reality sets in.” (This quote isn’t even part of the story but he’s talking about baseball and it resonated with me.)
Things I took away from this book: Mickey Haller needs more books and I need to read all of the other ones. I wish I could be a lawyer.