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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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    Jan Alpine, UT, United States 11-16-05
    Jan Alpine, UT, United States 11-16-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Fantastic!"

    I started listening to this book and was instantly hooked! It was fascinating to learn what really goes into presenting a defense case. I loved Mickey's brilliant yet fractured logic, and his conflicted feelings about his life, as well as the business of defending some of L.A.'s slimiest characters. Adam Grupper's reading was inspired, and Connelly's book had me dreaming up things to do so I could look productive while I was actually resisting turning off my overworked iPod. I haven't been so addicted to a book in a long time! Now I am in a sad state of withdrawl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Petersen Wheat Ridge, CO, United States 11-12-05
    Petersen Wheat Ridge, CO, United States 11-12-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic new direction"

    I have always enjoyed the Harry Bosch novels and look forward to many more but this new character and direction is outstanding. The book is extremely well written with tight dialog, believable characters, interesting insight into the life of defense lawyers and enough suspense for a lifetime. Don't miss this read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Fall City, WA, USA 11-12-05
    Jo Fall City, WA, USA 11-12-05
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    "Connelly is back"

    If you have liked Connelly, you will like this one. (I was skeptical after his ?Chasing the Dime?.)

    This was a good read. The reader was very good with the main character, but lacked range with supporting characters.

    All in all, I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 11-12-05
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 11-12-05 Member Since 2012
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    "take this for a spin"

    This is the first Michael Connelly book I have read, but it will not be the last. Great story that had me hooked from the start. The narrator (Adam Grupper, also a first for me) had just the right inflection to become "Mickey", the main character. I finished the book in just a few days. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Woodacre, CA, USA 11-11-05
    Larry Woodacre, CA, USA 11-11-05
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    "lincoln lawyer"

    another great one from michael connelly. there's a new "hero." he's bigger than life and deeper too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Social Circle, GA, USA 11-10-05
    Thomas Social Circle, GA, USA 11-10-05
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    "Nothing Less Than Fantastic"

    Way to go Michael. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this novel. Of course that's just my opinion. It's nice to see that Mr. Connelly has other characters at the tip of his fingers besides Harry Bosch. "The Lincoln Lawyer" has everything that is needed to keep you listening. It also has some nice surprises that will keep the headsets on for awhile. If you have never listened to (or read) Michael Connelly then now is the time to start. Enjoy, I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 11-10-05
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 11-10-05 Member Since 2010

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    "5 STAR AWESOME"

    Don't pass this one by. Way better than John Grisham. Not a "page" wasted in this book! One you can't put down. True suspense, well written, very "believable."

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    Jeffrey Chanhassen, MN, USA 11-08-05
    Jeffrey Chanhassen, MN, USA 11-08-05
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    "The narrator of the book is Key."

    I listen to several books a month and the first thing about a great book is the narrator. This one was great. The book moved very well with some twist and turns...and just when you thought where it was going...wrong.

    It was a very enjoyable listen and I would highly recommend it to anyone that likes lawyer stories that deal with today's headlines mentioned.

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    11-07-05
    11-07-05 Member Since 2014
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    "best trial courtroom book yet."

    I'm not a Connelly fan. But I've been through the collection of courtroom dramas (the Grishams, Turrows, Tom Wolfes, etc.); and this is clearly, head and shoulders above them all. Connelly either has some legal training, or a very good source. All of the elements of a courtroom jury trial are displayed in captivating detail: openning statements; direct and cross examination; legal and evidentiary issues and rulings. And, they all come with the trial tactics, subtleties and strategies behind them. It is something that even a seasoned trial lawyer (such as myself) will thouroughly enjoy, even bringing back some fond memories the same strategies and tactics used myself. It also has a great story line; gripping dialogue; and, very realistic detail all around-- the courtroom, the characters, and the LA locale as the backdrop (complete with recent legal events). It also ranks with the best of "who done its", with a "surprise" ending that will fool even the most avid of that genre (really, you won't be able to figure it out). I rarely give out a "5 star"; but indeed this one is well deserved on all fronts. Whether you are a lawyer, non-lawyer, jurror, judge, or just someone who wants to find out about how the legal system works (and how it doesn't), this book is a must read. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 11-02-05
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 11-02-05 Member Since 2013

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    "Intriguing, Suspenseful Tale!"

    The author, Connelly, conveyed the gritty and hyper-political inner workings of the criminal defense system as realistically as he has portrayed the L.A.P.D. investigative process with the detective Harry Bosch series. I enjoyed the complex mental chess match between the criminal defendant, lawyer and D.A's office. A complex and well thought out plot with some interesting twists and turns made this a great listen.

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  • Roger
    Easybourne, SXE, United Kingdom
    2/12/06
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    "A Gripper by Grupper"

    This is a great story very convincingly presented by Adam Grupper. He brought the characters to life and held my attention while I was on my exercise bike preparing for the London to Brighton bike ride. I was realy sorry it had to end and found myself immediately looking for more of the same from Connelly by Grupper, sadly without success. Some more please Adam!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Maureen
    Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
    5/6/06
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    "Great story."

    At first I felt I could not get used to Adams Grupper as a narrator but the authors work makes the book irristable and Adam does free himself into the characters eventually making them come alive one by one. There are twists and turns which keep one elevated wanting to get to the finale yet not wanting to finish the book! On the down side I do feel the occassional background music [ or excuse for music ] very off putting, distracting, irritating and completely unnecessary, it does not enhance the story nor does it improve the production - 'audibly' The Lincoln Lawyer is enough of a very enjoyable experience without it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    Hunstanton, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    1/13/06
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    "Connolly gets better and better"

    Bit of a different turn to the usual Bosch novels - but once I got into it very good. Some good twists and turns. Well worth sticking with.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    cardiffUnited Kingdom
    4/24/10
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    "superb stuff"

    A superb novel by Michael Connolly, the first of a series featuring defence lawyer Mickey Haller. I understand that Michael Connolly is best known for crime novels-- though I've not read any of those so coming to this book with no idea about the author. The book is absolutely superb-- great charactors, a superb plot with lots of twists and turns. the book is also wonderfully read by Adam Grupper who, again, I've not come across before. finally, I'd like to remark what good value this book is at just under a tenner, cheeper I might add than the abridged version... what's that all about?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    4/17/09
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    "Excellent legal thriller"

    Another first class thriller from Michael Connelly, though the main character this time is not Harry Bosch who figues in so many of his excellent books.

    This is a legal thriller, rather than police procedural, with a new lead character Micky Halleck who is drawn in much the same way as HB - complicated, likeable but far from perfect. The plot is intricately constructed, with the author striking a good balance between setting the factual background, as you have to in this type of thriller, and getting on with the story; there are plenty of plausible twists and turns to rack up the tension and keep you hooked; and the book is very well written. Narration is very good, expertly paced with the characters well drawn, and sound quality is first class. Strongly recommended.

    If you do buy and enjoy this book, you might note that Michael Connelly has written another thriller featuring Micky Halleck - "Brass Verdict" which is also available on Audible. I shall be getting this next month.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sonia
    london, United Kingdom
    10/10/12
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    "Excellent book, great narration!"

    He had me hooked from the beginning and made my commute to and from work all the more bearable. There were so many twists throughout the narrator kept you guessing right to the end. Great narration, he cranked up the tension and his descriptions of each character was so detailed that you could visualse them and I think his voice suited this book very well..



    Overall very happy with my purchase would highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Walsall, United Kingdom
    11/14/10
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    "So good- they're making it into a movie in 2011"

    Just loved this! I read the other reviews before I made my choice and there is very little I can add to their plaudits, other than to say of course that I agree how terrific this is. The narration is gripping- what a pity Adam Gruppa doesn't read more Connelly novels. I also see that this is going to be released as a movie in 2011- let's just hope they do it justice?!
    (pardon the pun).

    This was my first Connelly audio novel and I have now bought 3 in just 4 weeks! Really gripping exciting stuff, intelligently written and just the thing to take your mind off all the stress and worries of getting through a day!

    Yes, I can most definitely put my name to recommending this....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gadget Girl UK
    Leeds, UK
    4/17/06
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    "Fantastic 'read'"

    A wonderful book, beautifully read. Highly recommended and enough twists and turns to keep you captivated from start to very satisfying finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Great novel that is what i think is pulp fiction"

    In the true meaning of the phrase. But this is no cheap novel, it is well written and enjoyably gripping. Really enjoy the main character and the interaction with the many bit players. BUT please Audible do not leave "link" music on your books. the music that I think marks the transition from CD to CD is left on and crops up several times through the novel spoiling the flow. I know this is not unique to this book but is noticeably loud in this case.
    Other than the music this was a great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Luton, United Kingdom
    6/8/13
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    "An unexpected treat!"

    Having never read anything by this author before, I took a risk. I was really pleased I did! This is a fast moving, well written tale. It has everything, psychopaths, manipulative lawyers and fully rounded main characters. The writer also has an excellent knowledge of the seedier side of the American legal system. You don't need to be innocent you just need to be rich.. Five stars from me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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