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!