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 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.
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.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I loved the novel. It has a splendid display of criminal defense system. Being a law student myself, the story seemed real. Many a times legal thrillers don’t stick to the small technicalities, which ultimately destroys its legitimacy. This book was different.
The character of Mickey Haller is best example of my earlier statement. He has flaws. He is cynical and manipulative whose ethics are questionable but his grasp on law is strong. He is complicated, someone who has made mistakes, grave ones, but he keeps going on. Connelly did not aim for a perfect, smooth lawyer like we see on TV shows, which makes it real. Legitimate.
Other characters, Haller’s ex-wife, a successful prosecutor, his assistant (who is also his ex-wife) and private detective are well-developed. As for the defendant, all I can say is you won’t forget him.
The best part was the story line. I couldn’t keep it down once I started reading. I could not see the end coming. Connelly did not rush the trial. He showed the steps, he showed how much time a court case takes. He did not skimp on details. It is another example of its legitimacy.
I will give it a 4. To be honest there is no downside, but this is the first book in the series and bar is set so high. I will be reading the next ones and I hope it will out do this, so saving a 5 for it.