I am a huge fan of Michael Connely, ever since my days as an undergraduate, procrastinating with his other masterpiece (The Poet) in the middle of exam period (true story, I almost flunked BioChem-II!). Since, I had enjoyed every single one of his novels, some more than others, yet nothing managed to approach the crescendo intensity of his peak moment with the Poet. Until now that is.
It is a story about lawyer, Mickey Haller. A ruthless yet likable defense attorney with his own short-range focus code of honor, trying to carve a living and escape the long shadow of his famous father. The father may have been dead ever since Mickey was five but when he was alive he rubbed elbows with the likes of Mickey Cohen and managed to dispense a lifetime supply of advice. And a wise warning: beware of the innocent client.
Scott Turow's endorsement of "The Lincoln Lawyer" fills the back cover of the book jacket, which is appropriate, as this is the finest legal drama since Turow redefined the genre with his 1987 blockbuster "Presumed Innocent". While this may be new territory for the popular Michael Connolly, he knocks it out of the park with this authoritative, well-researched thriller.
Mickey Haller is "the Lincoln lawyer", a defense attorney who practices his trade from the back of a Lincoln in order to more efficiently cover Los Angeles' far flung legions of drug dealers, outlaw bikers, prostitutes and common criminals who've been drawn to Mick by way of his yellow pages and bus-bench-back ads. Years of dealing on the lower fringes of the LA culture have made Haller an expert, if jaded, practitioner of the local legal system, a master manipulator of the obscurities of law to the benefit of his typically less-than-desirable clientele. Haller, who is in no short supply of potential...
I "discovered" Michael Connelly last year, when I started reading "The Poet". I must confess I tried to read Concrete Blond, and for some reason just couldn't get into it.
Well, that was then, and this is now. By reading the Poet, I got excited about reading again, the way I used to when I first starting reading in my teens. I stayed up nights, because I couldn't go to sleep until I read another chapter.
Well, after reading the Poet I read the Narrows the "sequel" to the Poet, and then read Concrete Blond. My Dad, who I turned onto Michael Connelly said, "Read his books in order", and he was so right. I wish I hadn't read Concrete Blond before I read Black Echo and Black Ice, but everything he writes as far as I'm concerned is GREAT.
So when Lincoln Lawyer came out, and it was a "legal" thriller, which I do like by some authors, I thought I would not be able to like it as much as I have his other books. WRONG. Its a great book, another night of...
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