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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.

©2005 Hieronymus, Inc. All Rights Reserved; (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

  • 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
  • Galax, VA, United States
  • 11-04-05

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ned
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • 10-17-05

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • 10-14-05

Great Narrator !!!!

One of the better books I've listened to this year. Adam Grupper
really brings this story to life.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Waynesboro, TN, United States
  • 01-17-06

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)







10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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What's not to like

This is a non-stop narrative from Mickey Hallier, defense attorney, that finds himself in a real bad place with his new client. He's used to dealing with bad guys, but almost meets his match with this one. The story is very involved from the beginning, with quick character development, so you do care about what's going on in their lives, when they become threatened. Mickey has to be on the top of his game to save himself and his family, so put the earbuds on a go for a ride in the big black Lincoln.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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If you like Grisham, you will love this book.

This is the first Michael Connelly book that I have read but it will not be the last. If you like John Grisham books, you will love this. Great legal thriller that kept me riveted. I have never had much faith in the legal system because of how they treat people. Guilty until proven innocent. This shows in the side story. I enjoyed the drama and the emotions that are beautifully portrayed. The ending had me on pins and needles and I kept looking at the screen that showed the amount of time left. I kept thinking about how much had to happen in the time left and would it be tied up or would this be one of those books that left me hanging for a sequel. Happily it wasn’t.
The narrator, Adam Grupper, was great. I always knew which character I was listening to and the emotions of the situations came through. That is how I rate a great narrator. The narrator makes all the difference

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ella
  • toronto,, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-16-05

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.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • W.
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 02-05-15

The Lincoln Lawyer

Undoubtedly this is a very good author, however this book had a little too much profanity for me.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 03-02-14

Glad I Gave Connelly Another Chance

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, for the same reason I recommended it to myself. I didn't really care for the first Michael Connelly book I listened to. But when asked if I would give him another try, my answer was yes. I felt that my problems with that particular book were specific to that book, that despite those problems, the writing and the characterization were strong enough to give Connelly another chance. Especially, since that book was dated, something more recent or, as in the case of this book, something more reliant on characterization and less hampered by technology. Glad I did -- The Lincoln Lawyer was not necessarily great, but it was good, perhaps especially as an audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mickey Haller, the title character, the main character. Gotta love a principled man who is determined to stay true to himself, and still finds a way to get the proper outcome. That's what makes The Lincoln Lawyer satisfying. As a defense attorney, Haller feels that he must work for the best interest of his client. But how do you do that when he's clearly evil, he may have done or may yet do further evil to you and your family and your friends, and there's an innocent man you helped put in jail whose freedom hinges on your client's guilt?

Which character โ€“ as performed by Adam Grupper โ€“ was your favorite?

Haller has to be everyone's favorite character in general because he's the good guy, he's the sympathetic protagonist. But whereas Grupper performs the book from Haller's point of view in a straightforward reading, he gives character to the voices of some of the other people. Louis Roulet gets an appropriately sanguine vocalization, but my favorite is the rough and gruff voice of Raul Levin, Mickey's Mexican-Jewish friend and investigator.

Could you see The Lincoln Lawyer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It came to me in a flash -- Matt McConaughy as Mickey, Ryan Phillipe as Roulet, Marisa Tomei as Maggie McFierce and Bill Macy as Levin. (I'm sure I'm not the first reviewer to do that.)<br/><br/>Seriously, though, since the movie was already made, and there is a series of Mickey Haller books, let's imagine a TV show. I can't see McConaughy reprising the role of Mickey, even though he is excellent in True Detective. I never pictured him as Mickey while listening to the book even though I had seen the movie previously (maybe because I'm now seeing him as a totally different personality in True Detective). Thinking of someone principled and determined, I'm wondering what happened Matthew Fox, who played Jack Shephard in Lost? He hasn't done much since. He'd be perfect, no? <br/><br/>By the same logic, I don't see his Lost co-star and love interest Evangeline Lilly as Maggie. Too ephemeral -- she can play a Tolkien elf, not an L.A. prosecutor. How about another J.J. Abrams series alum who has really had a hit-or-miss career since her series ended nearly a decade ago, Jennifer Garner? Time for her to get off the tabloid covers and back on TV.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful