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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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    Steven Huntington Beach, CA, USA 10-19-05
    Steven Huntington Beach, CA, USA 10-19-05
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    "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"

    A taut legal thriller from Conelley, whose gritty crime style translates well to the world of his new character: criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. This guy is REAL. The L.A. locale is real and accurate. The dialogue is crisp, authentic and economical. The reader: Adam Grupper is fantastic. He truly brought Mickey Haller to life. I cannot recommend this title highly enough. I have only found three other books on Audible read by Adam Grupper (only one a novel). I will check them all out, and hope to see his name on more novels in the future.

    56 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Rajashree Leesburg, VA, USA 01-18-06
    Rajashree Leesburg, VA, USA 01-18-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Harry Bosch watch out"

    I am a huge Connelly fan and love all the Harry Bosch stories. So when I found out The Lincoln Lawyer did not have Harry, I was worried. But, I am here to tell you that there is nothing to worry about...Connelly is first and foremost an excellent story teller. I LOVED this book. My husband, brother and I listened to this book on a road trip. We reached our destination before the book was complete...so we did what only seemed right, we listened to the remainder of the story while sitting in the vehicle (in the driveway)!
    In summary - HIGHLY recommended

    40 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Vishruth BangaloreIndia 06-18-08
    Vishruth BangaloreIndia 06-18-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Narration"

    The book is a fast paced fiction. I would like to comment on the narration in this review. The narration is just fantastic. The narrator puts on different accents which some times almost sounds like it's multiple people narrating. Listening to this audio book was almost like watching a movie without removing the imagination part that a movie takes away from a book.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 10-07-05
    Ruth 10-07-05
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    "He's Done It Again!"

    Michael Connelly is a darn good writer who shines in this genre. This is not a Harry Bosch story, but new protagonist Micky Haller is not as dark or flawed as Bosch, and seems to have given Connelly a new enthusiasm for writing. This is better crafted than many of the author's recent works and though more free-wheeling, is sophisticated and tight-- as 'concrete' as ever. Bravo! Great Audio!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-22-08
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 07-22-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Thriller That is Engaging Yet a Bit Crude"

    This story is well read and will hold your interest. I enjoyed all of it with the exception of some crude language and situations.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 11-20-08
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 11-20-08

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Fast Paced Well Written Legal Thriller"

    My title pretty much says it all. This is great fiction that will keep you riveted with its terrific plot, excellent production, (a teensy bit too much music at key narration points. A good narrator, like this book's, doesn't need a "soundtrack" to pump up the drama, it is already in his voice.) Great courtroom dramas give you a peek into a world that is alien to most of us. Defense attorneys are the likely the most misunderstood people (we all know some people are railroaded, due to the pure politics and to placate community outrage.) This story gives an understanding of how an excellent defense lawyer operates, the courtroom and the procedures are fascinating. Once hooked, nearly instantly, you won't want to stop listening. FYI: The title "Lincoln Lawyer" has *nothing* to do with the president if that angle interests you. Although our protagonist is a truly admirable hero - he has nothing to do with that president of the Civil War era. The setting is modern L.A. Stories about great detectives or prosecutors are far more common which is what makes this book so rare that it almost rates my 5th star saved "classics" or "must reads" in one way or another.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mullen Waukesha, WI 10-15-05
    Paul Mullen Waukesha, WI 10-15-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Better than Grisham"

    I couldn't put it away. Among the most gripping stories I've "read" in a long time. This story made me see John Grisham's novels (which I really like) seem simple and contrived by comparison.

    36 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    jb Boston, MA 10-18-05
    jb Boston, MA 10-18-05 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding--I could not stop listening!"

    This is one of the most riveting novels I have heard since joining Audible almost a year ago. It is a very well-written and superbly read novel of intrigue. I honestly could not put it down.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Pitcock 01-16-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Connelly"

    He takes us through the city, shows us the best and the worst of it, maybe the best and worst of ourselves. The "justice" system is a convoluted and dark place to be trapped. Either innocent or guilty. It would be nice if the innocent are all free and the guilty all get their just dessrts, but sadly, that will never by. Connelly shows us how innocent the guilty can be and how poorly the system really works. I loved it.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 12-26-05
    Rebecca 12-26-05
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    "Terrific"

    I am a big fan of Harry Bosch, but I thoroughly enjoyed this stand-alone book and its intriguing new protagonist, Mickey Haller, a "bottom feeding" defense attorney. He is quite different than Bosch but not as unprincipled as he would have us believe. Connolly delivers a tightly-crafted, complex plot. I think I enjoyed this more than my most recent Connolly listen, "The Closers".

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    1/25/12
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becki
    United Kingdom
    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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