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The Lincoln Lawyer

by Michael Connelly

Key Porter Books | August 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback |

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Best-selling author Michael Connelly, whose character-driven literary mysteries have earned him a wide following, breaks from the gate in the over-crowded field of legal thrillers and leaves every other contender from Grisham to Turow in the dust with this tightly plotted, brilliantly paced, impossible-to-put-down novel.Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller''s father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen (in a nice twist, Cohen''s gun, given to Dad then bequeathed to his son, plays a key role in the plot). But Dad also passed on an important piece of advice that''s especially relevant when Mickey takes the case of a wealthy Los Angeles realtor accused of attempted murder:"The scariest client a lawyer will ever have is an innocent client. Because if you [screw] up and he goes to prison, it''ll scar you for life."Louis Roulet, Mickey''s "franchise client" (so-called becaue he''s able and willing to pay whatever his defense costs) seems to be the one his father warned him against, as well as being a few rungs higher on the socio-economic ladder than the drug dealers, homeboys, and motorcycle thugs who comprise Mickey''s regular case load. But as the holes in Roulet''s story tear Mickey''s theory of the case to shreds, his thoughts turn more to Jesus Menendez, a former client convicted of a similar crime who''s now languishing in San Quentin. Connelly tellingly delineates the code of legal ethics Mickey lives by: "It didn''t matter...whether the defendant ''did it'' or not. What mattered was the evidence against him--the proof--and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt." But by the time his client goes to trial, Mickey''s feeling a few very reasonable doubts of his own. While Mickey''s courtroom pyrotechnics dazzle, his behind-the-scenes machinations and manipulations are even more incendiary in this taut, gripping novel, which showcases all of Connelly''s literary gifts. There''s not an excess sentence or padded paragraph in it--what there is, happily, is a character who, like Harry Bosch, deserves a franchise series of his own. --Jane Adams

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: August 1, 2007

Publisher: Key Porter Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316734934

ISBN - 13: 9780316734936

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The Lincoln Lawyer

by Michael Connelly

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.18 in

Published: August 1, 2007

Publisher: Key Porter Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316734934

ISBN - 13: 9780316734936

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Best-selling author Michael Connelly, whose character-driven literary mysteries have earned him a wide following, breaks from the gate in the over-crowded field of legal thrillers and leaves every other contender from Grisham to Turow in the dust with this tightly plotted, brilliantly paced, impossible-to-put-down novel.Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller''s father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen (in a nice twist, Cohen''s gun, given to Dad then bequeathed to his son, plays a key role in the plot). But Dad also passed on an important piece of advice that''s especially relevant when Mickey takes the case of a wealthy Los Angeles realtor accused of attempted murder:"The scariest client a lawyer will ever have is an innocent client. Because if you [screw] up and he goes to prison, it''ll scar you for life."Louis Roulet, Mickey''s "franchise client" (so-called becaue he''s able and willing to pay whatever his defense costs) seems to be the one his father warned him against, as well as being a few rungs higher on the socio-economic ladder than the drug dealers, homeboys, and motorcycle thugs who comprise Mickey''s regular case load. But as the holes in Roulet''s story tear Mickey''s theory of the case to shreds, his thoughts turn more to Jesus Menendez, a former client convicted of a similar crime who''s now languishing in San Quentin. Connelly tellingly delineates the code of legal ethics Mickey lives by: "It didn''t matter...whether the defendant ''did it'' or not. What mattered was the evidence against him--the proof--and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt." But by the time his client goes to trial, Mickey''s feeling a few very reasonable doubts of his own. While Mickey''s courtroom pyrotechnics dazzle, his behind-the-scenes machinations and manipulations are even more incendiary in this taut, gripping novel, which showcases all of Connelly''s literary gifts. There''s not an excess sentence or padded paragraph in it--what there is, happily, is a character who, like Harry Bosch, deserves a franchise series of his own. --Jane Adams

About the Author

Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American author of detective novels, notably those featuring Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch. Bosch, named after the Dutch painter of the same name, is the protagonist of a series of Connelly''s novels. The character is an LAPD detective. The Black Echo, the first book featuring Bosch, won the Mystery Writers of America''s Edgar Award for Best First Novel of 1992. Connelly has written other books outside the Bosch series, including Blood Work, which was made into a 2002 movie directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. In 2006, The Lincoln Lawyer was selected as one of ten books to feature in Richard and Judy''s televised book club. Connelly is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelors degree in journalism. In addition to his books, Connelly has written for television.

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Why we love it
Michael Connelly already dominates the world of police procedurals with his hugely popular character LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch. Now, with The Lincoln Lawyer, the king of crime writing has set his sights on the legal system and introduces readers to likable defense lawyer Mickey Haller, a cynical, ethically ambiguous, sharp and funny character who conducts his business of representing low-lives out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town car. When the chance for a big money, high profile case comes along, Mickey rushes to represent a rich realtor from Beverly Hills accused of assault and attempted rape. What starts out as a dream job turns into a full-blown nightmare, putting Mickey's morality and life on the line. Michael Connelly writes a tightly-plotted, well-researched, can't-put-it-down legal tale, once again proving that there is no genre out of his reach.

Further recommendations
For more legal thrillers that are electric in and out of the courtroom, try:
  1. Double Tap by Steve Martini
  2. The Motive by John Lescroart
  3. Blood of Angels by Reed Arvin


Quick Facts
  1. The film rights for The Lincoln Lawyer were purchased by Lakeshore Entertainment, the company that produced the Oscar-winning movie Million Dollar Baby.
  2. The best-selling author has won numerous mystery awards including the Edgar, the Anthony and the Macavity awards.
  3. The Lincoln Lawyer is Michael Connelly's 16th book.

Editorial Reviews

"...Connelly presents a fascinating look at how defense lawyers below the Johnnie Cochran level operate-as well as a compelling mystery that has more sudden turns than Mulholland Drive."
- Entertainment Weekly
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