I completely enjoyed this story. I never understood the narrator focus, until now. This narrator contributed to my pleasure. I am an attorney who currently does not practice. This story reminded me why.
This book would've gotten 5 stars from me if the narrator's whiny inflection and style hadn't been so distracting. Excellent storyline, though.
CAUTION: Mild spoiler. I've enjoyed Michael Connelly's books for many years, especially the Harry Bosch novels, but this one just didn't hit the mark. I'm not a big fan of Peter Giles as narrator, but the quality of Connelly's writing generally outshines the narration. In this instance, the two combine for a novel that's uneven and just not believable. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't believe that the courtroom hijinks that Michael Haller employs would be allowed for a minute. Not only that, I really don't think the big bomb that he drops near the end was the deus ex machina it was set out to be. It seemed like there needed to be more to the defense to really make it convincing. To be honest, I felt that the entire book was hastily thrown together. Hopefully, we'll see something better in the near future as I am definitely a Michael Connelly fan.
Connelly is one of my favorite writers, but this isn't an interesting book. Usually he writes police procedurals, but this is a courtroom drama without the "drama." Halfway through the book, nothing of interest about the murder had been revealed. Huge portions of this book could be cut in order to move the plot more quickly and have something actually happen. For example, we have pages of testimony by the crime scene technicians et al. This produces nothing of interest at all. Haller himself doesn't seem very interesting here either. Watch an hour of police TV drama and get the same thing, but faster. Disappointing.
Best Haller story so far. Loved the Matthew McConaughey reference. I just have to rebut the bad narrator reviews. What recording were you listening to? Peter Giles is excellent and I wish he also did the Bosch books so that Harry could sound less like Archie Bunker as he does with that other reader. You know who I mean.
I have read/listened to every Connelly book. I love them all but some are better than others. Truly this one tops them all. It is believable, tightly constructed and perfectly paced. It never gets boring and I found it virtually impossible to hit stop on my iPod. If you are familiar with the character in The Lincoln Lawyer you are sure to love this one. Bravo!
I found it hard to get into the book because of the droning, biting monotone of Peter Giles. His voice cast a deadly pall over the novel.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
Love Michael Connelly. Not impressed with plot. Narrator sounds like he's announcing the trailer to an epic movie throughout the book. I feel like there's going to be dun dun dunnnn sound effect after I hear "And then he ate some fruit loops" What happened to the previous narrator for the Lincoln Lawyer.. The plot... A movie deal connected to a housing foreclosure. Really. This isn't even the balloon boy. Uhhhh!
Spell bound! Loved it! This was my first Michael Connelly book and as soon as it was over I scrambled to download another. I like the way the truth was right in front of you all alone.