Book Review: The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly

Book: The Lincoln Lawyer

Author: Michael Connelly

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Michael Connelly BookIs anyone truly innocent?  Michael Connelly’s  Lincoln Lawyer, which is the first book in his Mickey Haller series, explores this question in-depth.  But don’t worry it’s not some existential philosophical piece.  No.  Far from it.  If anything, Connelly takes that question and weaves around it an intricate tale full of murder, mystery, action and suspense.  A tale that will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the night and questioning the innocence of human nature.  But, I’ll admit, this wasn’t a book I wanted to read at first glance.

Mickey Haller, a lawyer who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, fears he’s been in the business so long he may not recognize innocence anymore.  Now he’s handed the case of a lifetime.  A rich kid from Beverly Hills is accused of savagely beating a woman and leaving her for dead and for once, Haller believes his client is innocent.  That is until he starts getting too close to the truth.  And when an investigator turns up murdered, Haller realizes he may have to pay the ultimate price unless he can figure out how to manipulate the system.  A system in which he no longer believes.  Can it be done or will Haller pay the ultimate price?

The first time I read the description it didn’t really grab me.  I figured it was another book labeled as a thriller filled with legalese, drab details and a David vs. Goliath premise.  Plus, I work in the legal field so I don’t want to go home and read a book filled with the same crap I’ve been reading all day.  But dear reader… I was wrong.  Oh so wrong.  This book grabbed me from the beginning and didn’t let go till the very end.

Why was it so good?  Well, aside from the fast paced writing, a believable protagonist, Mickey Haller, who’s faults make him seem all the more human and how the book makes you question the very essence of the legal system, the development of the killer really sold it.  He’s a cunning, complex, multifaceted character and just when you think you have him figured out Connelly throws in a twist.  Twists that will have you questioning his innocence right along with Haller.  And let me just say, the ending was fabulous.

So do I have any complaints about this book?  Ummm… well… okay just one.  I hate the name Mickey.  For me it conjures up images of a skinny greasy slime-ball salesman with a crooked nose and bad teeth that you run into at a dive bar who can’t take no for an answer.  And he’s probably someone who will slip you a mickey too.  But when they cast Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller for the movie, that cleared up those misconceptions.  Now when I read the books I have a delicious mental image to enjoy.  No complaints here!

So go out and get your copy today or if you’re an e reader download your copy a-sap.  If you’re saying, oh I saw the movie what’s the point of the book?  I’d say take the yummy eye candy and conjure it up when you read the book, because the book is ten times better than the movie.  This is one you don’t want to miss!

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