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A stunning display of novelistic mastery - as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has called "today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature.Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn't recognize innocence if it stood right in front of him. But what he should have been on the watch for wasA stunning display of novelistic mastery - as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has called "today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature.Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn't recognize innocence if it stood right in front of him. But what he should have been on the watch for was evil. 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. The Lincoln Lawyer is a stunning display of novelistic mastery - as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has called "today';s Dostoyevsky of crime literature."...

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The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews

  • Will M.
    2018-12-29 13:53

    I don't know where I will go or what cases will be mine. I just know I will be healed and ready to stand once again in the world without truth.This is my very first 5-star rating of 2015. I've finally found a novel(in 2015) that entertained me throughout the novel. No slow moments anywhere, and the ending was superb. Characters were really likable and fully developed in the end. Mickey Haller is my favorite attorney, in novels at least.This was my very first legal-crime novel, and I am ashamed to say that. Medicine and law are my favorite professions. I am currently taking up premed, but I chose between premed and prelaw in my senior year in high school. I ended up choosing medicine, but I'm still very much interested in law. Everything about those two keeps my interest no matter what I'm reading or watching. I've seen House M.D, Miami Medical(Not known well), Suits, How To Get Away With Murder, Law & Order, NCIS, and many more. All of those include at least medicine or law related plots, and all of those are among my favorite tv shows. To talk about novels though, I've only read a lot of Patterson and some Crichton novels. I haven't ventured enough to be able to say that this is the best legal-crime novel that I've read. Clearly I've yet to try hundreds more (special mention to Grisham). For now though, I have to say that this novel was fucking amazing.Mickey Haller was completely immersing. His motherfucker-I'm-an-asshole attitude was really entertaining. Lawyers are most of the time perceived like that, and I was introduced to the asshole kind years ago. I don't want to read about a saint of a lawyer, because that would be devastatingly boring. When it comes to the law genre, the asshole is needed. He proved to be a genuine asshole, and not the pretentious trying hard kind. He knew how the system worked, and manipulation was the key. And now to talk briefly of the other characters. Roulet was the accused in this novel, and he appeared weak and loser like in the beginning, but he changed throughout the novel. He was a bit annoying, but that was necessary for the novel. To be honest I actually liked the judge a lot. She was not even a major character, but I enjoyed the scenes in the near end. Before reading this I thought that plot would be predictable and boring, but boy was I wrong. Speculations were going haywire inside my head, but none of them happened. The ending caught me completely off guard and my heartbeat was a bit faster in the last 30 pages. I was even expecting a bad ending (because I've been reading a few lately), but the ending here was amazing. Complete closure from the novel, even though this is the first book of a series. Some authors would gimmick-ly write a huge cliffhanger for the readers to continue on with the series, but Connelly didn't do that. I commend him for that, because as awesome as this first book was, there would be no problem with the continuing on with the series problem that most authors blindly give to the readers. All I can say is that get your expectations straight. This is a legal-crime novel. Don't expect to read about something else other than what the author promised. For courtroom drama fans, this would appeal to you guys. I'll repeat my statement that this was my very first legal-crime novel, so I didn't find this one predictable and reused in terms of plot. I obviously haven't read a plot similar to this before, so the result was complete satisfaction.5/5 stars. Truly deserving and I will continue on with the series soon. Courtroom drama is amazing as long as executed correctly.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-01-06 15:12

    A compulsively readable legal thriller about a cynical defense attorney who works out of his Lincoln town car (hence the title) and begins to believe he has finally found that most dreaded and improbable of all clients, an innocent man. Although this novel has its share of darkness, it is much lighter in tone than Connelly's equally absorbing Harry Bosch detective novels. I found Mickey Haller's brash personality and breezy delivery an unexpected--and welcome--change.

  • Jonetta
    2019-01-16 16:01

    Michael "Mickey" Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney with the type of clients you'd rather see him lose for in the courtroom. When he lands a "franchise" case representing Louis Roulet, a wealthy realtor, Haller feels like he's truly in the money and on the path towards more like-walleted clients. What is remarkable about this story is how vivid a picture we're given of Mickey Haller. On the surface, he's a slick, oily attorney representing the underbelly of the city. Beneath that veneer you'll find a conflicted man who's a very good lawyer who also manages to be well liked by his two ex-wives. His courtroom strategies are pretty ingenious and when his money case takes an awful turn, we get the opportunity to see Haller turn inward, getting a glimpse of the man's soul. This is an excellent start to what should be an interesting series. I wasn't all that interested in this character before reading this book and now am extremely intrigued. I'm also looking forward to seeing Haller intersect with Harry Bosch. 4.5 stars

  • Lyn
    2018-12-25 16:03

    Damn this was a great book.Michael Connelly’s 2005 introduction for veteran criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller is a first page winner. Connelly’s ability to write and this character’s natural charisma were on full display from cover to cover.The movie tagline and the hook to draw readers in is Haller’s use of a Lincoln to drive from courthouse to courthouse in and around Los Angeles, he basically works from his backseat. But this is only a groundbreaker to set the stage. Haller is a player, a criminal defense attorney who knows how to work the system, good and bad, to get results.What stayed with me the most was Haller’s use of the metaphor of a Machine as the judicial system. Haller describes himself as a mechanic, a gifted technician who knows how to operate the Machine to accomplish what he wants. This cynical allegory for our courts plays into Connelly’s illustration of who Haller is and the world where he finds himself.But Haller is complex – he can fearlessly and skillfully deal with motorcycle gangs and prosecutors alike, but he is haunted by an earlier deal that left a possibly innocent man in prison.Mickey gets a “franchise client” – a high dollar retainer all the way through to trial in the unlikely guise of a LA real estate playboy accused of brutally attacking a high priced call girl. But things are not as they seem and Haller finds himself in a complicated mess early on. Connelly plays the reader like an experienced cross-examiner, using an eye for detail and an ability to spin a great mystery into a very enjoyable novel.Reviewer Lyn likes it, what does lawyer Lyn say? I liked it. Being a small town lawyer, a lot of the big city dog-eat-dog machinations were lost on me, but it was fun to read. I can appreciate needing to hustle for fees and being one step away from disaster all the time, working through clients’ problems daily.While my dealings with the DAs is more collegial than how Connelly describes the LA county bar, I can appreciate his realistic design. The only problem I have with some prosecutors is an “us and them” attitude, like there is a distinct line between good guys and bad guys. And while I concede that there are some really bad folks out there, I’m simply an US guy.At the end of the day, Connelly tells a great story and plays it straight – the good, the bad and the ugly. Haller is a complex character, with flaws and failings and makes mistakes. Connelly shows that money wins, sad but true; time, energy and resources are needed for these kinds of cases and the writer tells that like it is. But he also sheds some light on lesser victories and a moral compass amidst a turbulent world. I’ll most definitely read more from Connelly.

  • jo
    2019-01-06 14:10

    this is my michael connelly tally so far: i have read two harry bosch and two mickey haller. i barely remember the harry bosch. the mickey haller dug a hole in my mind. this is not how things should be. harry bosch is michael connelly's hero. harry and i, though, do not connect; mickey and i are two peas in a pod. if he were real, i would very much like to be friends with mickey, though i doubt he'd want to be friends with me -- not because he wouldn't like me, but because he's the loner type and doesn't seem to like to hang out, unless it's for work, and i would have nothing to offer him. unless i were a client, which i most definitely would not want to be (it would involve either being a criminal or being someone who's unjustly accused of being one). the mickey haller legal thrillers read more like hardboiled noir than legal procedurals. even the courtroom scenes are hardboiled. hardboiled feature number one: even though he's exceedingly successful as a criminal defense lawyer, mickey is considered a sleazeball, even by himself. as he tells us repeatedly, the cops don't like him and he has incurred the wrath of judges and of the california bar more than once. we, however, see nothing of this. in the novels, mickey seems ethical to a fault. the air of bad boy lingers constantly around him and we all smell it, even if we don't know where it comes from. hardboiled feature number two: he defends shady characters and his investigative work is a key part of the action, even though in both books he farms it out to proper investigators. mickey haller may be a lawyer, but for most of the book he plays private eye.hardboiled feature number three: he's a terrible father and he apparently seriously pissed off his first wife and mother of his daughter, even though, just like in hardboiled feature number one, we have no idea what he could possibly have done to piss her off. well, we do have some idea. because, hardboiled feature number four, mickey is entirely his own guy: he does what he thinks he should be doing regardless of hours and time and social obligations. like a true hardboiled sociopath, he's solely focused on his work. i suppose that would make him an asshole if you were married to him. he'd be the husband you never see, who stands you up, who comes home at 3 AM but cannot tell you where he was.also: mickey likes to drink alone. he drinks in bars and only when life is so sucky that you really have to. he drinks a lot of coffee and has breakfasts in cafes and sandwiches in his car. and here's the clincher: mickey doesn't have an office. he spends his workdays in the back of a lincoln driven by one of his deadbeat clients who is paying off a debt by being mickey's driver, or having meetings with clients in prisons, restaurants, bars, and, rarely, homes. never his.mickey is intensely about the money. his one and only reason to practice the law is to make money. unfortunately, he's remarkably unsuccessful at it because he's, you know, nice. and ethical. and his own man. i find mickey haller one of the most simpatico characters i have encountered in mystery fiction. i never remember what simpatico means in english but in italian it means charming and fetching and cool. likeable. i like that mickey has all these theories about the law and the practice of the law and the conduct of the lawyer and, of course, life and people in general, but at the end of the day it's also a lot of facade and the guy is always treading the thin path between the "what is right" and the "what i would like to be the case." he's a big teddy bear who likes to talk big and make himself look cool, but he can take it on the chin when things go wrong and turn his failures into jokes (though he knows how to be pathetic, too, and feel sorry for himself). i like that he is so blustery and self-assured and cocky while knowing all along that he's also a big fat loser. i like that being a big fat loser and knowing it doesn't put the slightest dent in his cockiness and self-assuredness. that's the way it should be.

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2019-01-08 10:59

    Onvan : The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1; Harry Bosch Universe, #18) - Nevisande : Michael Connelly - ISBN : 739465511 - ISBN13 : 9780739465516 - Dar 404 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005

  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    2019-01-08 18:10

    I postponed reading The Lincoln Lawyer because I thought it was going to be a courtroom drama with excessive infodumps and tedious pacing. Boy was I ever wrong. Fortunately, my wife had the foresight to spring it on me as part of our annual must-read agreement for 2015.The law was a large, rusting machine that sucked up people and lives and money. I was just a mechanic. I had become expert at going into the machine and fixing things and extracting what I needed from it in return.Don’t misunderstand, though. This is a legal thriller, for the most part, but it also doubles quite deftly as a mystery / suspense novel. A gripping one, at that.Much of society thought of me as the devil but they were wrong. I was a greasy angel.The immediacy of first person narrative seemed to suit this story better than most. The protagonist comes across as either a sleazy defense lawyer or a loveable rogue (depending on the events being depicted at the time), but there is an enormous amount of character development as he starts questioning his own morality and reasons for doing what he does - the catalyst, of course, being the specific case that this novel deals with…It seemed so far-fetched that it might actually be true. And that bothered me.…and it is a layered one. The Lincoln Lawyer is a pretty twisty novel. It has a few curveballs up its sleeve, for each time when you finally think you know where the story is headed. It’s easy to see why this was made into a film (which, at the time of writing this review, I haven’t seen yet).A cold shiver of fear pierced my chest.This one genuinely had my stomach knotted with tension a few times. It probably won’t change the way I look at the world, but it was nigh impossible to put down and scratched that thriller itch just fine.“He’s telling us that the devil did it.”Recommended – an easy 4 and a half, without prejudiceRead as part of “have-to-read” agreement with my wife – 2015

  • Tea Jovanović
    2019-01-13 12:18

    Ova knjiga me je oduševila dok sam je čitala još u rukopisu... Bolja mi je od Hari Boš serijala... :) A i film nije loš :)

  • Diane
    2019-01-01 18:54

    The Best!!! thought provoking and captivating....everyone should read this book! (paperback!)

  • Rosie
    2018-12-31 16:14

    Mickey Haller is a defence attorney that basically works out of his car. Mickey doesn't particularly care if his client is innocent or guilty. He cares more about the money and fame a trial can bring him. This changes when he takes on Louis Roulet's case. I found the story a bit slow to get into. At first I was often wondering when things would pick up. The beginning mainly introduces a lot of cases Haller has worked on and doesn't begin to get more interesting until about a third of the way through when a twist is thrown in. Towards the end, I found it difficult to put down; the ending took me by surprise!At times I found parts of the story a bit confusing. This may be to do with all the different cases talked about and how some of them sort of related to each other. There is also one aspect of the story that I am still a bit confused about, though I won't say what that is because it would be a spoiler! I really liked Mickey, despite disagreeing with his values. I also liked his relationship with his ex-wives and other characters in the novel. I think they were all developed quite well. This wasn't a bad story, but I didn't think it was awesome. Even though it was just ok I will read the next one because I would like to see how Mickey's character develops.

  • Mara
    2019-01-12 11:57

    It's extra exciting when you read a book you enjoy and know that there's plenty more from whence it came (read: it's part of a series). Thus, I'm pretty darn pleased to have made the acquaintance of the eponymous Lincoln-riding lawyer, Mickey Haller. Haller is a defense attorney of the “Better Call Saul” variety. Criminals need lawyers, and if their money's green… He's a likable guy—so likable, in fact, that neither of his ex-wives (prosecutor/baby mama Maggie McFierce, and super secretary Lorna Taylor) treat him with the contempt typically associated with broken marriages. Heck, they're downright helpful.The case at hand involves wealthy Los Angelean and potential “franchise”/big money client, Louis Roulet (rhymes with Robert Goulet). Roulet is on the hook for the assault of a working girl, and, of course, he's innocent. Right? It's hard to describe much without risking spoiler-ing (the first four paragraphs of James' review do a damn fine job of it). Since there's an overbearing mother, and a switchblade involved, and because I'm oh so predictable, I'll leave you with this.

  • James Thane
    2019-01-20 19:05

    This is the book in which Michael Connelly introduced Michael Haller, a lawyer who works out of an "office" in the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car as he navigates the various courtrooms that dot Los Angeles County. Connelly got the idea for the character in a chance meeting at a Dodgers baseball game when he sat next to an attorney who did exactly that.Mickey Haller is a bright guy who works all of the angles. Mostly he represents drug dealers, prostitutes and other low-lifes, but except for the very occasional pro bono case, he takes only those clients who can afford the price of his services. And like all criminal attorneys, he has his eye out for the "franchise" case--the one that can pay him humongous fees.He believes he's found such a case when he's asked to defend Louis Roulet, the son of a wealthy family and of a mother who will do anything--and pay anything--to save her son from jail. Roulet is accused of assaulting a woman he met at a bar. Like all of Mickey's clients, he claims to be innocent. Specifically, he claims that the victim hit him over the head, beat herself up (or had someone else do it) and then planted evidence that would point the finger at Roulet so that after the criminal trial she could sue him for big bucks in civil court.The case quickly turns into something much more complicated and sinister than it originally appeared. Haller suddenly understands that genuine evil is present in this case, and he finds himself in an impossible situation. Watching him confront the case and attempt to produce a satisfactory conclusion is great fun. Haller, who has two ex-wives and a small daughter, all of whom still love him, is a very appealing character, which is doubtless why Connelly has turned him into a series character and why Hollywood jumped at the chance to make a movie of the book. Connelly proves himself to be as adept at writing legal thrillers as he is at writing more traditional crime fiction, and it's hard to imagine that any reader who likes either would not enjoy this book.*SPOILER ALERT* Do not read beyond this point if you want to read the book or see the movie without knowing the ending in advance.I first read this book several years ago when it was initially released, and I wanted to read it again before seeing the movie. Although Matthew McConaughey does not look remotely like the Mickey Haller I imagined in the book, he's very good in the role and after watching the movie for forty-five minutes or so, I readily accepted him as Mickey Haller. In fact, everyone in the movie is very good, particularly Marisa Tomei who plays one of Haller's ex-wives. The movie is as much fun as the book. I don't remember my initial reaction to the book's ending but while it's very exciting, both in the book and on the screen, it's hopelessly implausible and really makes no sense at all.Essentially what has happened is that Haller discovers that his client, Roulet, is actually guilty of the murder of a woman who was killed some years earlier. Haller defended the man accused of the murder and the evidence was stacked so heavily against him that Haller convinced the client to plead guilty to the crime as a way of getting a life sentence instead of the death penalty. Haller is furious when he discovers the truth and rigs the situation so that he gets Roulet acquitted on the assault charge but sets him up to be arrested for the original murder, thus freeing the former client from San Quentin.How he manages to do this makes great theater, but in the real world it couldn't possibly happen. The fact is that the police and the D.A. have a killer in prison who has confessed to the murder and who had a mountain of evidence that proved his guilt. The thought that they would ignore all of that and arrest and prosecute Roulet for the crime is laughable, especially based upon the flimsy evidence against Roulet that Haller has uncovered. One wishes that the justice system would work that fairly--that in a case like this the police and prosecutors would recognize their mistake and repair it--but sadly that's not the way the world works. All too often you read about some poor schmuck who's been railroaded into prison for a crime he probably did not commit--as often as not after a coerced confession--and then later someone else comes along and actually confesses to the crime. Even in such an extreme case, it practically takes an act of God to get the first guy exonerated, and often it doesn't ever happen. The thought that the police and D.A. would turn on a dime and act as they do at the end of this book and movie makes you shake your head.Some other equally implausible things happen at the end of the book and especially at the end of the movie, but still, if you can suspend disbelief, both are fun rides. I've enjoyed the subsequent Mickey Haller books, and I would happily see another Mickey Haller movie if it were done as well as this one.

  • Lori
    2019-01-10 14:53

    I'm afraid the movie stole a lot of his thunder for me. Still, it's a good read!

  • Robin
    2019-01-06 19:11

    Defense Attorney Mickey Haller is busy interviewing clients and appearing at hearings. Instead of an office, he works out of his fleet of Lincoln Town Cars. He feels very lucky when he gets a call about Louis Roulet, a rich Real Estate Broker accused of assault. Mickey sees this as a "franchise" case, a big case that will last months where he'll be able to maximize his billable hours. But his luck isn't holding out. When a friend helping him with the case is murdered, Mickey is conflicted by his ethics and conscience. This is the first book in Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller series. I liked the way Mickey was always thinking of an angle to get his clients off the hook. We got to meet several of his clients early in the book. At first I thought these short introductions were just taking us away from the real story, but they do end up playing into the overall mystery. I look forward to reading more books in this series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.

  • Tony
    2019-01-14 11:06

    "You're a sleazy defense lawyer with two ex-wifes and an eight-year-old daughter and we all love you."That's not writing, it's a regurgitating a cliche, and this book is litter with them, like confetti at New Year's Eve. The trouble is that the over use of cliched speeches and actions obscure a page turner, a novel decked out with top flight characters and scenes place it on the top shelf of its genre. Overall, the book is worth reading, but you'll have to fight the cliche gag reflex at least a few times.Connelly pushes the novel along at a brisk pace, unfurling a solid mystery and introducing of to a goodly number of minor characters, who are well drawn and captivating. Even if the minor characters don't add to the plot, they fill in the details of what life must be like for a criminal defense lawyer who dreams of living the good life but finds himself stuck cutting deals for drug dealers. Those characters have a way of grounding the novel, setting it in seamy L.A., a subculture hopefully far away from most people's lives. In this, etchings from the justice scene in L.A., Connelly gets the details right, largely due to his ability to make the minor characters and their actions reflect the time and place, and more importantly give some depth to the main character. Well done there Connelly, well done.Telling of Connelly's strength as a writer is his ability to make his leading character, criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, seem likable even in the face of so many cops pointing out how Haller perverts the loopholes in the system to free clients, most of whom are guilty, guilty, guilty. Of course, Connelly does this by refusing to shine the good light on anyone who draws their salary from the state, the sole exception there being his ex-wife, a prosecutor who plays by the rules and pays for it by losing promotions to lesser qualified colleagues. There's a lesson there and you don't have to look hard to figure out what it is.Connelly uses the framework of a court room procedural to background his story, a similar to the police procedural formula that's worked well for Ed McBain and his 87th Precinct series. Yes, the story does build up to a big a courtroom trial, and yes Virginia, there are couple nice twists at end that reward the reader for putting up with a phrase or two that's a stale as yesterday's meatloaf.These more than enough here to mark me down as a Connelly fan, even if he falls into that "nobody understands how important defense lawyers are for the wheels of justice to turn evenly and fairly" claptrap. It's the only thing that drags the book down, but if crime is your genre, don't let this one get away.

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-02 18:54

    Ok, ok...I may have watched the movie before reading this book. It could be my old age or the fact that I've been working my butt off lately, but I may have watched the movie twice BEFORE even thinking about reading this book. What can I say I like lawyer movies, and I like movies starring Matthew McConaughey, and I like movies starring Mr. McConaughey as a lawyer. I enjoyed the twists and turns the story took and wasn't sure they'd be as interesting in a book.The thing is that while the book doesn't move as fast as the movie...and, the movie doesn't move fast at all...there are so many pluses to reading this book. #1 CharacterizationI like how Connelly writes Mickey Haller just as much as I like how McConaughey plays him. This guy is a truly flawed character who has his ex working for him and a tiny list of true friends to contrast his large Christmas list. I like that the book goes into detail about how guilty Haller feels about his failed marriage, failed relationships, failed relationship with his daughter and his guilt about being a lawyer who gets his money from living in the gray.#2 Setting From the car to the court house Connelly sets the scene so well that I understand how a Lincoln can be an office, I felt the Los Angeles heat and I was there in the courtroom and in the jail cells.#3 Believable StoryIn the end of this book not everything is tied up and Haller must struggle with the fact that doing good weighs more on his conscious than pretending good.I liked this book and am glad that I have found another serial novelist to sink my teeth into on those nights when I should be grading or writing lesson plans.The Lincoln Lawyer was my first Michael Connelly book, I look forward to reading more.I suppose I should start with the first one.I like when I read a book after watching the movie and the book, while it has a different feel than the movie, is just as enjoyable. This is definitely one of those books. I'll be reading more Connelly in the near future.

  • Margitte
    2019-01-06 18:00

    Loved this book. It is a reread for me. I couldn't remember much of it since my copy is so old there is not even a cover picture for it on GR. lol. The first read was a few decades ago. The second time around was as good as the first time. Brilliant book: entertaining, high drama, court - thriller at its best. Believable and realistic. My kind of book.

  • Matt
    2019-01-04 19:07

    The book proved to be equally as exciting as the novel, though reading it was partially spoiled by seeing the movie, as I could predict where things were headed.This was my first Connelly book, but will not be my last. A great mix of Grisham and some quirky Cannell, I was pulled in by the second chapters. I love legal thrillers, especially when the main character can be a little off centre in his life and tactics. Connelly laid out both believable and potential scenes as he works with a very spineless defendant. Mick must do both his job and yet keep his own morals on the high ground, which he is able to do, but with some challenges along the way.Anyone wanting a great page turner need look no further than this book. I am hooked on Connelly and hope the rest of the collection is as powerful!

  • Magdalena
    2019-01-17 13:17

    "The Lincoln Lawyer" is a gripping, character driven thriller, full of twists and turns that kept me interested right till the end. Haller is one of those characters that you cannot help but like. He is full of attitude, charisma and charm that allows him to use and manipulate the system just enough to make money and keep clients knocking on his door. With Haller it is not so much about justice as making the system work in your favour. And then that one case lands in his lap, the case that makes things personal. Haller must throw everything he knows and learnt over the years to save himself, in more ways than one. I have to say I loved how well Connelly wrote that story, it is not perfect, there are some flaws in plot but it is a great story and definitely worth reading.

  • Obsidian
    2019-01-19 12:21

    I have been so busy that no new books have grabbed me. I have tried a few and abandoned them all. I finally picked this book up in order to finally move off the BL space that I have been on for I think 3 weeks now. I am so glad that I read the first book in the Mickey Haller series. This book is fire. I loved every part of it and it was just what I needed right now. Mickey Haller is a defense attorney in Los Angeles. He has not had much luck in getting what he calls a "franchise" case these days. Meaning he is trying to get a client that is going to mean big money to him down the line. When he is unexpectedly called to handle a very rich client who is accused of attempted rape and assault, he wonders if he finally found what he is looking for. However, not is all that it appears, and then Haller has to think about justice and what you would do to make sure the innocent don't pay for what others have done.I loved Haller as a character. Very complicated and not similar to Harry Bosch at all. We find out that Haller's father died when he was five and was a world famous defense attorney. With two failed marriages behind him, and a nine year old daughter he wants to get close to, he is doing what he can to track down his white whale, his franchise client that will put him over the top. I liked that Connelly took a look at defense attorneys. Haller has a lot of crap spewed his way by the prosecutors and cops he goes up against in this book. And honestly, I liked his point of view. He is there to do what he can for the best of his clients. Even though we may not like that people get defended for all matters of things, I like a book that made the point that everyone should be treated the same under the law, even if they are guilty as sin. If the prosecutor or cops mess up, there are repercussions to that. With many cases in the news right now that are disheartening to me as a citizen, it made me feel good that we just had Haller out there swinging away to make sure he did what he was supposed to do in his branch of the justice system. We also get a look at some other characters that I managed to like in such a short time. Haller's two ex-wives are total opposites, but both definitely still care/love him. He doesn't have a terrible relationship with women at all it seems. He respects them and I loved how he was not here for his one ex and her disparaging going out of his way to keep helping a troubled prostitute that he saw sliding away into a life she was never going to get out of. There's a throw away line there about Haller doing what he can to help these women like his father did which is a nice callback to a Bosch novel. I won't spoil anything for readers who haven't read a Bosch book, but when I read "The Brass Verdict" I will happily spoil away. We have a tightly constructed plot that I don't want to give too much away about, but ultimately Haller realizes that he is in between a rock and a hard place according to the law. And I loved how Connelly resolves the whole thing. I don't know if it would be true to life, but whatever, I loved the ending. The writing was really good and I think the story being told from Haller's POV is what made the story pop for me. Also doesn't hurt that I kept imagining Matthew Mcconaughey talking the whole time in my head. The flow was excellent from beginning to end. I loved how little legal tidbits got included in what Haller was saying to you the whole time. And a look at some of his cases was pretty great too. Cannot wait for the next book!Bank: April 15: $20April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00. May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00. May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00May 19: $56. Read "The Witches: Salem, 1692" 384 ebook; $3.00May 30: $59. Read "The Good Earth" 372 pages ebook: $3.00June 4: $62. Read "The Wind in the Willows" paperback edition, 256 pages: $3.00June 27: $67. Read "The Lincoln Lawyer" kindle edition, 528 pages: $5.00.

  • Rohit Enghakat
    2019-01-15 16:59

    Simply superb book. When I first watched the movie, I couldn't understand the plot. The camera print also did not help much. So not sure if the movie is better than the book or vice-versa. Mickey Haller is an interesting character. The way he trounces the DA's attorney, Ted Minton in the court is absolutely wonderful. Louis Roulet, a rich estate agent is arrested and charged with sexual assault and battery. He hires Mick Haller to defend him. The courtroom drama is engaging and hooks you. But there is an interesting twist in the plot, which culminates in a superb climax.For all thriller aficionados, go for it !

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-01-02 16:04

    I got the idea to read this from Nicholson Baker's article against Amazon's Kindle device where he said he had to finish reading this on his Kindle (despite disliking doing so on such a shoddy device) because he had to know what happened in the end. I'm not predisposed toward legal/crime thrillers as I think they're a bit too melodramatic and sensationalist (I was thinking of John Grisham). However it's an unfair generalisation as I hadn't read any books from this genre. So I picked it up not expecting much, probably giving up after the court room scene where the lawyer does a Pacino and spouts on to the jury about how the system is corrupt, etc. Yawn, snooze. What can I say? Pleasantly surprised? No, in fact utterly gobsmacked! What had I been missing! Who was this writer?! Michael Connelly... the name was one of those you see in charity shelves alongside James Patterson and Andy McNab, an ubiquitous author, bound to be overpraised. I'd say "The Lincoln Lawyer" is the best novel I've read in a year. I can't complain about any aspect of the book - the characters were solid, the main character utterly likeable, believable and real, the plot compelling, the dialogue and descriptions, right down to the legal speak seemed authoritative and right (I'm not a lawyer so I can only say it sounded like he'd done his research). The whole setup of a lawyer in a lincoln town car, the pro with years of experience dealing with judges and bikers with complete confidence, was new to me and rich in story. Even Nicholson Baker's claim that he read the last hundred pages at a gallop in one sitting turned out true - actually for me it was more like the last 150 pages in one enjoyable sunny Sunday afternoon. I cannot recommend this book more. I'm not one for legal thrillers but this was a fantastic novel. I'm already deep into the sequel "The Brass Verdict" and have ordered Connelly's latest "The Scarecrow". I urge you to check this guy out, the man knows how to write.

  • Carol
    2019-01-16 14:00

    Great book, but was disappointed in the movie.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-01-18 14:13 I'm surprised. I like this book. I picked it up out of curiosity and frankly don't even recall what it was that caused me that curiosity. But, I've found a good book and plan to go on to the next in the series.This book is about a man who in many ways is nothing like me. I don't like the kind of music he likes. I probably would never espouse the belief and "ethical" system he does (view spoiler)[ though he does find himself rethinking parts of it later in the book (hide spoiler)]. I do however sympathize in some ways and agree with his take on his family, or at least the take on it he's coming to here.Mike Haller is a lawyer who mostly works from the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. His only office is in his (heavily mortgaged) home and his associate who screens his calls and does a thousand other things is his "2nd ex-wife who works from an office in her home." Haller's clients vary but mostly seem to be of the "rougher" and "repeat" sort.Of course here things take...a turn. And the story of the case that turn involves is what makes up this book. I find I have always liked "good" courtroom dramas and this is that with a lot more to it.I can I find with some slight reservations recommend this one. Try drew me in and held my interest. Enjoy.

  • Ed
    2018-12-23 17:09

    Great read. But I saw the movie first, then read the novel, a process that gave away some of the plot points. Oh well. The more hapless, fatalistic Mickey Haller in print differs from the cocky, slick attorney on the silver screen. So, I ended up liking the book more, although both make for first-rate entertainment. Mr. Connelly's writing is just so smooth, and I just flowed along with the story. I like that as a reader; I admire that as a writer. I'll be reading further in the series.

  • Cathy DuPont
    2018-12-28 19:01

    WOW! What a great read that was. Great plot; clear and interesting characters; action, something happening every page; twists and turns; did I say great plot? To me it was one of the best books I've read in a long time and a first for me reading Michael Connelly. I've seen his name and books but never been too interested in the hyped and hightly marketed authors which I thought defined Connelly. I was just plain wrong. Connelly writes like I like and enjoy. He writes like a professional, clear and clean. So I'm now on the Connelly band wagon. This new character, Michael "Mickey" Haller is a defense attorney and apparently the step brother to another established character who Connelly has been writing about for quite some time. A guy by the name of Bosch. I caught this right since I like reading from the beginning rather than starting a series in the middle. Most of Haller's clients appear to be guilty and he just 'finds a crack' which opens up a gray area of doubt which keeps them from prison. He's troubled that he may not recognize innocence when he sees it and he carries that as a very heavy burden. Having the 'perfect' client who can move him finanically to the top, the client quickly becomes a burden and places Haller in a untenable situation. Great book, skillful writing and a pleasure to read. Could hardly put the book down and looking forward to reading more of Connelly, hyped or not. I think not. He's too good so it's not hype.

  • HBalikov
    2019-01-13 14:07

    If you enjoyed the gritty L.A. described by Walter Mosely in his Easy Rawlins novels, I think you will appreciate what Michael Connelly is doing. His lawyer, Mickey Haller, is deep into the dark side of this sprawling county. His philosophic perspective matches the world he sees:"There was nothing about the law that I cherished anymore. The law school notions about the virtue of the adversarial system, of the system's checks and balances, of the search for truth, had long since eroded like the faces of the statues from other civilizations. The law was not about truth. It was about negotiation, amelioration, manipulation. 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."

  • Mark
    2018-12-31 13:07

    I admit having seen the movie with Mathew M. quite some time ago and finding it an enjoyable movie, a bit surprised there has not been a sequel as there are more books out there with the same character. That said the movie version was a much slicker person as the book person, and I enjoyed the book better than the movie.This is one of those books you want to keep reading even if you are aware that you have important stuff to do, you keep reading on. I have seen the movie but forgot most of the plot so the book kept me guessing. Having read some of the Bosch novels I was somewhat aware about the writing-skill and abilties of the writer who did not let me down with this new series. Of which I am quite sure I will read the sequels hoping that they like the Bosch novels will remain their quality.A very enjoyable hard-to-lay-down-novel of a writer I have enjoyed since I got the book "the Poet" from my mother after her visit to the USA.

  • Jim
    2018-12-26 11:17

    This has to be one of Connelly's best books ever simply for Haller's characterization. He's a defense attorney who is all about the money at the start & that changes for a variety of reasons over the course of the book. A: What's the difference between a catfish and a lawyer? Q: One's a slimy scum-sucking bottom-dwelling scavenger; the other is a fish.An old joke that's told several times. It's even used by Haller to great effect. I disliked him at the beginning of the book. By the end, I can't say that I liked him, but I was rooting for him & even respected him. Great, twisty mystery & well read.

  • Bill
    2018-12-31 10:58

    It's been a very long time since I last read Michael Connelly. Way backwhen he was virtually unknown I had somehow heard about him and lovedhis first Harry Bosch novel The Black Echo. In fact, I still have a print of Hopper's famous Nighthawks on my wall, which I was inspired to buy because of that novel.I continued to follow Bosch through a few more novels, and they began to pale for me somewhere around The Concrete Blond.Then came a new character with The Poet, which was fantastic. There were waves of unease that continued long after I had finished it. A few years after that, I read The Narrows, which was a follow-up to The Poet and it kind of fell flat for me.So now comes another new character with The Lincoln Lawyer. I was pretty excited to get into this one as it was well received by reviewers and a movie with considerable buzz had been made from it.What I liked the most about this novel was the lead character. I didn'tnecessarily like him, but the fact that he was unabashedly in it for the money was a refreshing change from the squeaky clean defense lawyers we've come to expect from legal thrillers. Mickey Haller does have some conscience, though: his worst clients are the ones who you know are innocent. These are cases you cannot lose for fear of seeing an innocent person sent to prison. But for Haller, winning a case for an innocent client is also a loss. It's a loss of the gravy train. Haller's bread and butter is the "franchise" client: he's guilty, and if he's well off, the payday can roll out through investigations, pre-trial, trial, and appeals.So, yeah...a very cool basis for a character.Unfortunately for me, this story didn't deliver the punch-in-the-gut I like to receive from legal thrillers. The story was pretty good, it certainly kept me engaged, but for the most part it was a pretty light read, and to be honest, a too easy effort from a writer I expect bigger things from.I'm glad I read it, but I'm not inclined to read more of him.