Friday, July 1, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: The Lincoln Lawyer
Author: Michael Connelly
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: June 2011
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 defence attorney who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, travelling 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 defence 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.
A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of the Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers. Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is his first legal thriller - and the first book in a new series featuring Mickey Haller. Mickey is a criminal defence lawyer whose office is the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. He is cynical, shrewd, hard-working, and ethically challenged, but he also has a hidden shred of integrity left.
Mickey Haller is a great hero - or maybe antihero is a better word. Although his methods are legally and morally questionable, and he definitely makes mistakes, I couldn’t help rooting for Mickey. He’s a complex, sympathetic character whose job affords him almost no respect from others. The conflicts he faces are truly gut-wrenching - nightmare situations that actually made me tear up a couple of times. But Mickey takes on every obstacle using his devious intellect and skilful manipulations.
This is another well written and fast paced story by Connelly and will be sure to keep his fans happy.