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.
This was an EXCELLENT book, I could not shut it off! Excellent legal thriller with all the twists and turns that you could want to keep you hooked. Well done!
Really opens the eyes to how the judicial system works - fast paced, lots of plot twists, and great narration. What's not to like? Highly recommended!
This is a great legal thriller and an excellent narration that often kept me in my car because I just needed to keep listening! The main character, Mickey Haller, is appealing. The first person narrative writing style was, at times, a bit drawn out. We hear practically every thought the character had. If I was reading this as a hard copy, I'd be skimming past some of this internal dialogue. On the other hand, I'd miss important elements of the character development. You get a really good sense of this character and what drives him to push himself beyond his former cynical attitude as a criminal attorney. Very skilled in the courtroom and driven soley to earn his fees, he was known amongst the small time criminals as being adept at using technicalities to exonerate his clients. A new case -- and the chance to earn a very large fee -- challenges both his talent and the ethics of the client-attorney relationship. The buildup towards the finale is tense and gripping. Don't pass this one up!