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The Lincoln Lawyer | [Michael Connelly]

The Lincoln Lawyer

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly delivers his first legal thriller, an incendiary tale about a cynical defense attorney whose one remaining spark of integrity may cost him his life.

Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn't recognize innocence if it stood in front of him. Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients.

From bikers to con artists to drunk drivers and drug dealers, they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. But when a Beverly Hills rich boy is arrested for brutally beating a woman, Haller has his first high-paying client in years. It's a franchise case, and he's sure it will be a slam dunk in the courtroom. For once, he may be defending a client who is actually innocent.

But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth, and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, Haller must use all of his skills to manipulate a system in which he no longer believes.

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What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Mystery/Thriller

"A fast-paced, unpredictable ride." (Bookmarks Magazine)
"[The Lincoln Lawyer] has all the right stuff: a sinuous plot, crisp dialogue, and a roster of reprehensible characters." (Booklist, starred review)

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    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 10-13-05
    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 10-13-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent book"

    Im an avid listener of Michael Connelly's books and this is his best yet. I found myself sitting in my car after my long commutes just to hear some more of this work. This book is hard to pull away, Im glad I wasn't reading this in book form I would never get any sleep.

    Im also a big grism fan and this is just as good as any of his Suspensful law novels. Connelly does a great job building characters and never disappoints with his endings

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Marilou 01-03-06
    Marilou 01-03-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent, fast paced entertainment!"

    The characters were well developed and brought to life by the excellent narrator. The book was filled with details that made it all quite believable. Nice twist towards the end. This narrator was fabulous. He doesn't just read the story...he adds passion and energy to the character's voices and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Get this book for your next trip!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Mill Valley, CA, United States 10-07-05
    Dr. Mill Valley, CA, United States 10-07-05

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent legal thriller"

    I am going to see what my attorney son thinks of this... but it was hard to stop listening since the plot has many unexpected twists and turns. Recently I have been able to predict the ending of most novels but in this case, my thoughts kept changing. Well worth the read or listen.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 11-16-05
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 11-16-05 Member Since 2013

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "I'm in love with Mickey Haller"

    This is my first Connelly book. I?m hooked. I felt like I was lost in Mickey Haller?s world. Connelly gave birth to Haller and Adam Grupper (the narrator) brought him to life. His narration of the other characters was excellent too. I felt like I was in the middle of a movie, not a book. A definite Oscar contender type of movie. His plot development was gripping from the beginning right down to the last 5 minutes of the book. A real courtroom legal mystery thriller. I wish I hadn?t heard this book already so I could start it all over again. I recommend it highly. It is very entertaining and you never know what plot twist is coming up next. You always know something is coming but you never know what. Go for it. You won?t be sorry.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-07-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story!!!!"

    Well if your looking for a book to fold into and loose sight of everything else?? This is it! Its a slow start with a roller coaster ride to the end. The narrator is outstanding....you'll love it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 01-17-06
    Amanda Waynesboro, TN, United States 01-17-06
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    "Nearly perfect"

    Connally can write and plot.

    The narrator, Adam Grupper, brings the our hero to life beautifully, with his strengths and weaknesses.

    (we'd like to have Mickey for our lawyer, but not necessarily our friend--on the other hand both his ex-wives still like him)







    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tim McKinney, TX, USA 11-21-05
    Tim McKinney, TX, USA 11-21-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Excellent!"

    I couldn't put this book away. The narrator was very smooth and easy to listen to, one of the best I've heard. I have listened to over 100 audio books and I put this one in my personal top five. There are many twists and turns that took me completely by suprise both in and out of the courtroom. If you are looking for a story with entertaining courtroom drama, clever twists and action from beginning to end, look no further!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 11-04-05
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 11-04-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Bosch is gone, thank goodness"

    I loved Harry Bosch and have read every Connelly book to date, but let's face it, Harry is getting a bit long in the tooth. Connelly's new star is attorney Mickey Haller, and the story and reader are absolutely gripping. Though the story starts a bit slow, about half way through you'll start finding excuses to keep listening, extending your run on the treadmill or taking the long way home.

    Connelly is BACK!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 10-21-05
    Randall D. Raymond Evans, GA USA 10-21-05 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Conelly"

    I have read every book Conelly has written, and I rate this as one of his top two or three. There's a great new character in this novel, lawyer Micky Haller, who, in my opinion, is a bit more likeable than Conelly's most famous creation, Harry Bosch. Harry is just too intense and sometimes a bit self-righteous, whereas this guy just seems to take himself and his job a little less seriously than Harry does. I hope we get some more Micky Haller books from MC. I didn't give 5 stars, because I didn't like the narrator in this book quite as much as Len Cariou, and, well, I just hardly ever give five stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ned Arlington, VA, USA 10-17-05
    Ned Arlington, VA, USA 10-17-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Great reader"

    We just returned from a 10.5 hour car trip and we had to listen to the last 30 minutes in the house as we could not wait to hear how it ended. A good story and the reader was excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • discoverlife
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    "Highly entertaining legal thriller"

    I was a bit skeptical about the premise at first but quickly became glued to my headphones from start to finish! One can't help developing a fondness for defense lawyer Mickey Haller as the tale unravels. It is a great legal thriller with a bit of a "hometown" feel and plenty of humerous moments as well. I think the "extra" that really made it stand out for me was the empathy that the listener feels for Haller as the moral dilemmas pile up and you wonder how on earth he is going to find his way out of it all. The story was less "heavy" than some other legal thrillers, and this suited me fine since it was extremely effective to unwind with on the train after a hard day of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Felixstowe, United Kingdom
    7/26/11
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    "Shame about rediculous music added to the story."

    Very worth while purchase. Interesting story, very well told. So what a shame that they have decided to spoil it by adding loud lift music over the end and beginning of each chapter which means that it is very difficult to hear the story at these points. Who ever had this idea should be sacked.

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  • Becki
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    7/18/11
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    "Fantastic!"

    Brilliant book! Full of suspense, intrigue and action. I found it hard to turn off. Full of twists and turns and will he won't he's - great! And well read too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    6/24/11
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    "The new John Grisham!!"

    1st review I've taken the time to write a review, it'll be short 'n' sweet. I haven't read anything by Michael Connelly before and have to say this book was awesome, I "read" it in a week, which is good going for me. I only scored it 4 stars tho as there is some very distracting and annoying music played at the end & beginning of certain chapters. Quite unnecessary and irrelevant. That said the story line is gripping and keeps you coming back for more, if you enjoy Grisham, get this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    5/29/11
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    "A modern, top quality, page turner crime mystery"

    This was my first experience of a Michael Connelly novel and I enjoyed it very much. I shall definitely be listening to more of his work.
    The story, which unfolds in the Los Angeles area of America, is well crafted with interesting twists and turns. There are plenty of satisfyingly complex characters that are easy to relate to, although in some cases they are somewhat stereotyped.The narrative is clearly written, with good turns of phrase and little profanity (except where it might reasonably arise in the story). I do not recall any cliche's, which raises Connelly's status in my eyes. This is a definite 'page-turner' and kept me awake into the small hours.
    It is a lawyer story, but it has pace and could easily have been written as a detective story, along the lines of Raymond Chandler.
    At first I thought the narrator was a little fast, but I very quickly got used to his pace, which turned out to be perfect for the story. In fact, Adam Grupper should get much credit for brinigng this story to life and I look forward to hear his interpretation of other books.
    Within its genre, this book deserves to rate very highly. I would have given it 4.5 but could not do this, so I gave it 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosanella
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    4/17/11
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    "Dynamic story and interesting plot"

    The story was gripping and could not wait to get into the car to listen to it. In fact, I would prepare lunch or dinner with my iPod in my pocket and headphones stuck on my ears.
    The story is very dynamic, far from tedious, well written and I thought the plot had interesting turns.
    The narrator, Adam Grupper, is excellent. I wish more narrators knew how to project the characters to a listener as he does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celeste
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    4/12/11
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    "Can't wait to see the movie!"

    The book was very enjoyable and easy to listen to. I have not seen the movie yet, but can understand how it can translate well as I could see the scenes in my mind's eye.
    I enjoyed the nitty gritty of the law and the explanations of the writer...having read quite a few of John Grisham's books, I must say I would recommend this book as much as his earlier works.
    Well worth downloading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    4/7/11
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    "Another five star listen"

    I love all of Michael Connelly's books. He writes a good
    story peopled by characters I like and believe in. I listen
    while I work, and when I have a Michael Connelly book to listen
    to, I work long hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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