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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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  • Dorothy
  • ASHLEY, PA, United States
  • 10-25-11


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  • Nathan
  • PORIRUA, New Zealand
  • 10-21-11


I loved this audiobook. The story is intriguing and moves along at a good pace. I find that some audiobooks are hard to follow because the action and settings jump around too much. That is not the case with The Lincoln Lawyer, which is both easy to follow and exciting.

I really liked the main character, Mickey Haller. He is passionate, smart, well intentioned, but also flawed (eg he has addiction issues). I also liked that his view of the world, and the criminal justice system, is not black and white. Sometimes guilty people get off, and sometimes the innocent get convicted. And even when the system gets it right and the guilty person gets convicted, this doesn't necessarily mean the outcome is fair and just. Haller (and probably Connelly) recognizes that, more often than not, criminality does not equate to 'evil'. Just because a person offends, it does not automatically mean they are 'bad' or 'evil'. Mickey Haller knows the legal system isn't perfect, but he works within the system to help those who have offended but not are necessarily bad. Occasionally, however, Haller is confronted with 'evil', and he has to deal with that too.

The Lincoln Lawyer has great characters, and is an exhilarating legal thriller.

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His best.

Well developed characters, well paced and performed to hold attention.

We listened on a cross country drive and the miles melted away.

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  • Yates
  • East Windsor, NJ, United States
  • 09-06-11

Loving that Mickey!

Keep them Mickey books a coming! I got a little out of sequence with them but what the heck! They are all terrific! Great narration too by Mr. Grupper!

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Great mystery, now a major motion picture!

This book has many suspenseful twists and turns. I read it just before the movie came out. Exciting, well-written and narrated. I only hope Matthew McConaghy (spelling?) will star in a whole series of these books, as the movie really followed the plot & brought the characters to life.

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Having not watched the movie and this being my first experience into a legal thriller, I found this book enthralling. I couldn't put it down. I certainly left home late on occasion because I wanted to listen to some more. Loved the voice of Adam Grupper with his variation of voice and intonation which added to the pace and excitement of the story. Finished the book in a few days and I was disappointed that it had ended. I hope other Michael Connelly books are as intriguing.

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  • Aaron
  • Sherman, TX, United States
  • 08-08-11

Fast-paced, enjoyable listen!

I enjoyed this book! The narrator did a GREAT job with each character's voice. When they were women, I really forgot that a man was reading their part. I might try other books that Adam Grupper has narrated; he was THAT good. As for the content of the story, I never had a bored moment. I listen to audio books when I work out, and I found myself so completely engrossed in the story that I didn't really have to worry about getting bored or tired while working out. I actually saw the movie before reading the book, and then decided to read it because I enjoyed the movie so much. It follows the book pretty well, and now I want to watch it again to compare them more closely and see it come to life again. This book isn't in my usual genre, but now I'm tempted to read other books by Connelly. There were some parts that I would have liked more ellaboration on, but then it might have made the book read slower. Overall, it was a great listen and I recommend it.

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  • Diana
  • moreno valley, CA, United States
  • 08-08-11

Well done

Good conflict, characters and the reader is superb. I definitely recommend this book--love Mickie Haller.

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  • Ken
  • Woodstock, GA, United States
  • 07-22-11

Great book

This was a great book for the author. I feel like it was his 2nd best.

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  • Carol
  • Tempe, AZ, United States
  • 06-28-11

Great Story

This is a very good book. You will not want to turn it off to sleep or go to work.
You will not know how it is going to end until the last 3 minutes.