Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is the 1st book in the Mickey Haller detective series. I wasn't far into this before realizing I'd read it before and clearly remembered it. It's a good book, though, so I went ahead and re-read it. It's been adapted for the big screen, and most of the reviews I find are for the movie. The book is one of the most-awarded mysteries.

from the book jacket:
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 back seat 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.

Princeton Book Review calls it "a fast paced book that captivates your attention early and feels real".

I've read other books by this author but none other in this series.

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