This was my first Michael Connelly book and I enjoyed it immensely. I love John Grisham but I found this much more enjoyable than some of his books because it was a "page turner", full of intrigue and quick moving plot. I also thought the narrator was very good. I listened to it driving in the car, while doing chores and before I went to bed. It only took me three days to finish it. I'm quite disappointed it is finished but I look forward to listening to more from this author.
In true Michael Connelly fashion, this book is awesome. The twists and turns keep you totally captivated. The narrator and author make for a perfect audible book.
The story moved along well, but the middle became a little murky, and although it built to a climax, the end did not pack the punch that I had hoped. Somewhat of a surprise, it was a bit watered down and resulted in the "wow" factor dribbling out rather than being an all-at-once "in your face" revelation. The dramatized narration was what kept it interesting for me.
I'm a lawyer who has done his turn as a prosecutor, and an avid audiobook suspense "reader." I have to say this one was satisfying on every level. Haller is funny and real- a composite of some of the better criminal defense lawyers I've met. Great story, well read. It grabbed me from the first sentence and never let go. If this were my first audiobook it would set the bar so high I would be disappointed most of the time.
I stumbled across this book when doing a search on "Michael Crichton." I was well into the reading before I detected the error. This book has the same feel as you find in Crichton and at times you would think you were reading Grisham. This first Legal novel by Connelly is creative, action-packed, with multiple story lines occuring simultaneously challenging one's attention to the main theme. The outcome cannot be predicted and is somewhat shocking. This was truly one those jewels you just can't put down. My orginal blunder has enabled me to add another favorite author to my short list. My only criticism of the book is the often used profanity. I know its use reflects real world drama. I just think the story could be told with less raw dialog. It's still a Five in my book.