The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

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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  • Jessica @ Book Sake September 2, 2011, 11:26 am

    Wow, guess once you get started on this series you just have to keep going. I love books like that!
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  • April Books&Wine September 2, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Love that I bought this after talking with you about it. I plan on watching the movie tonight as well.

    Congrats, you are my favorite book pusher ever, even when it’s subtle book pushing.
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  • Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) September 3, 2011, 1:39 pm

    Love, love, LOVED these books! I just discovered them too and spent most of July and August with my head stuck in a Michael Connelly book. As for the plot twist at the end of the last book – super excited about that. I can’t wait to see what Connelly does with Mickey next. Have you read any of the Harry Bosch or Jack McEvoy books? Some of those are pretty good too.
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  • Nick September 6, 2011, 5:37 pm

    I really liked this character. If anything can be said is that he deffinetly gives Grisham and Turow a run for thier money when it comes to writing about trial lawyers.
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  • brandyn June 11, 2012, 9:22 am

    Woohoo! Someone else who reads the occasional mystery/crime thriller. I love my contemporary YA, dystopian, post apocalyptic, and chicklit novels, but sometimes I like to mix it up.

    I think what makes me LOVE Mickey Haller is that he is SMART. I’ll forgive a lot for smart. Also not a fan of Bosch (give me Davenport any day) but love McEvoy.
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