The Lincoln Lawyer (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)

by Michael Connelly

Paperback, 2016



Grand Central Publishing (2016), Edition: Reissue, 592 pages


Representing the system's most unsavory characters in his work as a criminal defense lawyer, jaded attorney Mickey Haller takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by sinister events that suggest the workings of a particularly evil perpetrator.

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LibraryThing member LaurieRKing
Michael has been steadily producing one intelligent and exciting book after another for years now, but this is something very special.
LibraryThing member christinejoseph
lawyers other lives out of car — takes all case to make $

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.… (more)
LibraryThing member allureofbooks
I read The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly after watching the movie. I haven’t dipped into the mystery/crime thriller genre in a long while and thought it was about time! Both the book and movie impressed me both in characterization and plot organization.

So, Mickey Haller isn’t your typical male hero that comes in to solve the crime or save the day. He is a defense attorney – he fights for the bad (*ahem* allegedly) guys. When the case of a wealthy realtor falls in his lap, he thinks things are finally going his way. He gets a case guaranteed to make him a big pile of money and he thinks – for once – his guy might even be innocent. Of course, as I’ve come to learn, in the worlds that Michael Connelly writes in things are never what they seem – you have to go through a constantly twisting and winding journey to see where Mickey’s case will eventually take him.

So, even though Mickey doesn’t come off as the type of guy you’d typically root for – I dare you not to fall under his spell just the same (and this isn’t just a Matthew McConaughey movie flashback either). He does have his own special set of ethical guidelines – and even when he is skating legal and moral corners you can’t help but be impressed by him. This man is wily. He is also a sucker for his daughter and ex-wife (sorry – make that ex-wives). He wants to be a family man but that role didn’t work out for him since his woman of choice is a prosecutor that ultimately couldn’t handle him fighting on the “wrong” side.

As for the plot – Michael Connelly certainly delivers on that front, y’all. Not only do his books keep you in a constant state of anticipation, but the mysteries are engaging. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, it would be pretty much impossible to foresee all of them. Impressive stuff.

So anyway, I read through the entire four book Mickey Haller series in a row – couldn’t get enough! Can’t wait to see where it goes next. I highly recommend both the movie and the book. I actually watched the movie first – which might have even made me appreciate the book’s intricacies (and different ending) more. Definitely worth checking out, even if it isn’t your normal genre!
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LibraryThing member theprint
A new character from Michael Connelly; this one a bit of an ass on the surface, which is partly why I like him. Failed marriages and questionable ethics are mixed with a good head for people and an open mind. It is largely this man, who carries the book from start to finish. The plot is secondary and has only a few twists and surprises along the way, so if that's what you're going for, you may be disappointed.… (more)
LibraryThing member txorig
A snippet "Darius McGinley had had only one profession since age eleven, drug dealer. He’d had only one true family, a a gang. He’d never gotten a driver’s license, though he drove a BMW. He’d never gotten married, thought he’d fathered three babies. It was the same old story and same old cycle trotted out a dozen times a day in courtrooms across the county. McGinley lived in a society that intersected mainstream America only in the courtrooms. He was just fodder for the machine. The machine needed to eat and McGinley was on the plate." Just like watching old episodes of "The Practice" This was a great introduction for me to Michael Connelly. I will definitely read more.… (more)
LibraryThing member dailyplanit
You won’t find Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly’s latest book, “The Lincoln Lawyer.€? But you won’t be disappointed as he introduces Mickey Haller, a lawyer who operates out of his Lincoln town car to represent clients who are usually unquestionably guilty. Mickey's father warned him about the dangers of representing an innocent man, as failure can haunt you for life. This has never been a problem for Mickey until he signs on to defend young real estate agent Louis Roulet against charges of assault. Mickey’s initial belief that this is a “franchise caseâ€? or easy money, quickly transforms and soon it’s a battle for his soul and his life. He is forced to make some challenging choices and re-assess the principles he has lived by.… (more)
LibraryThing member swl
I keep trying to "get" MC and I keep failing. Finally while reading this, the novel which is widely acclaimed as his best yet, I think I understand why: he doesn't write for chicks.

I don't consider myself a "girlie" reader in the least. I think my list, if anything, skews male. I like tough, I like gritty, I like dark, I like conflict.

BUT women readers (and, ahem, I would think, any thinking reader) require their heroes and heroines to be either 1)good or 2)more interesting - on their way to good, but with excellent motivation for all the reasons why they have been bad in the past.

We love flawed heroes! Give us a Greg Iles character, whose vices never let him rest. Or Elvis Cole, whose brooding solitude makes us want to comfort and fix him. Even Dexter (as in Darkly Dreaming): can't get much screwier than a killer hero, but we get *why* he does what he does, and move on.

BUT - in the Lincoln Lawyer, the hero has a 9year old daughter who he treats like a mildly-interesting pet, tossing a bit of kibble her way when the urge strikes him. And his ex, a woman with a demanding career of her own, is not only sort of okay with this but lets him into her bed and - incredibly - allows the child to crawl in and discover her daddy's sleeping over. HELLLLLLOOOO! I'm bellowing here! No mom I know is going to pick this book up and get past this scene with a shred of affection for the character.

Well, enough of my temper tantrum. That aside, I'm still trying to figure out the big draw. I find the dialog a little stilted (let me introduce you to my friend, Mr. Contraction) and the cast of characters oddly unlikeable all the way around.

MC seems determined never to write a cliffhanging chapter ending. They're not compulsory, of course, but that doesn't mean they need to end in a crashing halt; lines like "I opened the car door and got out to go inside once again" just don't make me want to turn the page.

Fans of courtroom drama will be pleased - the court scenes are very nicely done, credible, and don't drag. However, the "shocking ending" seems anything but; rather it sort of putters out in a predictable denoument.

The theme seems to be roughly: good man worn down to mediocrity and moral ambivalence by events beyond his control, confronted with innocence and spurred to act. Well, no complaints there, it's juicy, and MC does a convincing job with his cast. I guess. Though it's hard to reconcile his occasional bursts of self-righteousness (shame in putting Jesus away; his "handshake rule"; the lunch-time lofty argument with the cop) with his determined indifference.

Also the "Dad I never knew" invisible guidepost seemed sort of silly. But now I'm looking for nits to pick, so I'll stop.
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LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
This starts off as what appears to be a pretty ho-hum fairly regular court drama story about a lawyer, Mickey Haller, who has been corrupted by the system and his client, Louis Ross Roulet, who on the surface of things appears to be innocent. Making a bit of a change for Haller, he usually is the defendant for known criminals. As the case progresses he appears to be less and less innocent and then he starts threatening Haller and his family, things start going downhill.
Filled with tension and some interesting moments musing about the role of the defence in legal trials.
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LibraryThing member LizzySiddal
A hotshot lawyer’s ethics are turned upside down when he encounters innocence for the first time in his career. Tremendous legal thriller – don’t let the fact that it’s an R&J title put you off.
LibraryThing member grundoon
I like Michael Connelly in general, but the Harry Bosch books can be pretty sad and dark. This one, on the other hand, is a hoot. Almost as wacky as Carl Hiassen in his prime.
LibraryThing member TigerLMS
Mickey Haller is a criminal defense attorney whose ethics are just one step ahead of the bar association. His newest case promises to be that rare dream case-- not an innocent client, but one with the resources to pay the A list fees during a long, drawn-out trial. Author Michael Connelly spends more time with the courtroom legal dealings of the law in this novel than he typically does in his books about detective Harry Bosch, and Haller's humanity, gullibility, and flaws produce a richly complex, if not somewhat likeable, character. The twists and turns are many, and I found myself thinking that this novel is a strange combination of Stephen King and Dean Koontz meet John Grisham and Scott Turrow. I've liked the Bosch books, but I think I like this title-- and specifically this character-- even more. Definitely recommended for anyone who has at one time liked legal thrillers.… (more)
LibraryThing member jmcclain19
A new addition to the Michael Connelly world of Southern California. Connelly does an excellent job in this book with his protagonist - Mickey Haller. How he makes this high powered defense attorney, who is essentially a dead beat dad and a lousy husband (thus him having an ex-wife who gives him far too much slack) is quite impressive. It might not be too clear about the connection - but Haller shares a common bond with Harry Bosch - they both have the same father. The trial sections are as good if not better than anything Grisham has ever penned, and in typical Connelly fashion he sets you up seemingly forever on how you think the story will end only to have him flip it at the last moment. Connelly did state on his website that more Mickey Haller books are in the hopper so I'm looking forward to more in this series.… (more)
LibraryThing member mrtall
Michael Connelly's most recent foray into non-Harry Bosch novels is The Lincoln Lawyer, and it's a success. Mickey Haller is a defense lawyer who works out of the back seat of the eponymous automobile. He's pretty rough around the edges, and isn't a totally admirable sort of guy. But this adds to the credibility and appeal of the story, which involves Haller's defense of his biggest nightmare: a totally innocent man. There's a nifty tie-in with the Harry Bosch series, too, for its fans.… (more)
LibraryThing member Kathy89
Gritty legal storyline with underworld characters. Lawyer helps police catch career murderer. Ending was a surprise.
LibraryThing member edwardsgt
A new direction, a new hero, but Michael Connelly hasn't lost his touch with this superb legal thriller, as usual set in Los Angeles and peopled by very believable characters and authentic locations. Micky Haller is a criminal defence lawyer who works out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car and thinks he has landed on his feet with a new rich Hollywood client, but as always, things aren't as clear-cut as they seem. Highly recommended.… (more)
LibraryThing member debavp
Michael Connelly writing for the defense? Harry Bosch must be having a fit somewhere :)! I was impressed withConnelly's take on the legal thriller. Fast moving, even if it was a bit predictable, but still enough twists and turns to keep you interested until the end. Mickey Haller is the funniest character of Connelly's to date and I wouldn't mind reading a few more of his cases.… (more)
LibraryThing member meghayden
Excellent characters, unique spin on the tired lawyer story
LibraryThing member marient
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 criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln.
LibraryThing member Gary10
Above average who-done it that focuses on the life of a somewhat unscrupulous lawyer.
LibraryThing member emhromp2
This was a good thriller. I can imagine other writers are inspired by Connelly. I must admit I was so curious about the ending that I read the last page when I was halfway through the book.
The only drawback is that there were too many names in the first chapter to be reading comfortably. So I kept a list.
In short, I can imagine why Connelly is many people's favourite writer. I still prefer Coben.
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LibraryThing member JSJStein
A fast paced read. Connelly is among the best for this genre I think
LibraryThing member ccayne
This is my first Michael Connelly book and I loved it. It was fast paced, good characters and a great plot. There was a bit of romance and a good dose of evil.
LibraryThing member neddludd
I came late to Connelly's Harry Bosch, his L.A. detective hero. I was also late for Mickey Haller, his new legal star. But I have to say that reading Connelly is a study in propulsive narrative. He makes edge-of-your-seat mystery seem so effortless. This work unites Connelly's detective and Haller, a sharp, cynical, successful lawyer who does much of his business in his Lincoln town car (hence the title). Connelly's books won't change your life, but they make living it a bit more enjoyable.… (more)
LibraryThing member TheBentley
A surprising page-turner that turns out to be a better _mystery_ than I ever expected. The weakness is Connelly's diction, especially in the dialog. While he does a pretty good job with the voice of his first-person narrator, he has some difficulty differentiating the voices of the other characters in the book. Still, a book that kept me turning pages and looking forward to getting back to it when I had to put it down.… (more)
LibraryThing member Djupstrom
I like Michael Connelly's writing. He is not great literature, but a good, fun read. Lincoln Lawyer got a bit too much like Grisham for my taste, but still enjoyable. I think I prefer his Harry Bosch books.




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