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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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A thriller that's both classic and modern

What made the experience of listening to The Lincoln Lawyer the most enjoyable?

The narrator had a good grasp of the character, of his often wry tone, his attachment to the law. Believable voices of various types and ethnicities, without being distracting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Quite liked getting to know the main character, a lawyer to represents often unloveable clients because he believes in the system. (While making sure he sees the money up front.)

Which scene was your favorite?

Some of the final court scenes, when you are both rooting for the lawyer's strategy and worried that he'll succeed.

Any additional comments?

Nice to be able to start a series that has a classical gumshoe feel without finding yourself stuck in a 1970s haze of smoke and misogyny. Look! cell phones and recent legal issues.

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  • Aliza
  • Rural New Hampshire
  • 06-19-13

Phenomenal Ride

Would you listen to The Lincoln Lawyer again? Why?

I will most certainly listen to this again - in fact, as soon as I finished it, I listened to the last hour for the sheer satisfaction of hearing the conclusion of the story all over again.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot is excellently paced, and fueled by sharp observations as well as action.

What does Adam Grupper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Adam Grupper was perfect for the narration - bringing a rough edge to Mickey Haller's voice as tension mounts, and a fine characterization of the other characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The book was perfect for me in that it was engaging enough to listen to for as much time as I had available at any given time, but satisfying enough to savor what I'd read and think over it when I had to stop.

Any additional comments?

This was my first legal thriller, and now I'm looking forward to checking out Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books. Highly recommended.

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  • Lisa
  • Celina, TN, United States
  • 06-13-13

5 Stars

Could not put this book down. I was making every excuse to have to listen to the book. Great story line, a lot of twists and turns, unexpected ending. I want to watch the movie now. Highly recommend if you like suspense and drama.

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  • L
  • 06-12-13

Good story, annoying music at end of EVERY chapter

What made the experience of listening to The Lincoln Lawyer the most enjoyable?

Good suspenseful story. Narrator did great job.

Any additional comments?

Did not like having musical background towards end of every single chapter. It was enough of a distraction that if it is on next book in series, I will not purchase it.

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Perhaps the best performance I have ever heard

A great story carefully crafted which never slows down. But what stood out to me was the incredible performance of the narrator. While the movie was great, it paled in comparison to this audio book. I am about to see if the narrator has other audio books out there as he is worth the cost of admission eveen without a great story.

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Fast-paced

Where does The Lincoln Lawyer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a true-blue legal thriller!

What did you like best about this story?

The tension that is built up.

What does Adam Grupper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Amazing narration and voice changes.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me choke up.

Any additional comments?

A really good 'listen': the pace is racy and the plot plausible. The menace in the criminal's demeanor is conveyed very effectively by Adam Grupper.

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  • Amy
  • ROCKWALL, TX, United States
  • 06-01-13

Good read

If you could sum up The Lincoln Lawyer in three words, what would they be?

Decent criminal story

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lincoln Lawyer?

The main character 's depth, relationships and intelligence.

What does Adam Grupper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Almost.

Any additional comments?

This was the first I read in this series and I will read another.

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Excellent!

Riveting, intense, well written and full of twists and turns. Well worth reading. The narrator was excellent and seemed to catch all the nuances of the story. I'm now moving on to my next "Lincoln Lawyer" book. Can't wait!

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  • george
  • United States
  • 05-26-13

83 out of 100

Overall the story is above average, and I might have given it 90 out of 100 except for a couple of problems. First, I find it difficult that a prosecuting attorney is that stupid, even if it is his first time running a case solo. Second, the police detectives have a lot of animosity towards defense attorneys. I'm guessing by the time you make detective, you're probably jaded by the whole thing. I've read only a dozen legal thriller type books, and this was the first in which the Police seemed surprise that a defense attorney might want to mount a vigorous defense. There are a few more books in the Lincoln Lawyer series, but I don't anticipating me buying them.

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  • Y.
  • Madison, MS, United States
  • 05-23-13

Awesome Reader

If you could sum up The Lincoln Lawyer in three words, what would they be?

Convincing thrillingly awesome

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the storyline and the characters were so convincing and true to life, the suspense and drama keep you waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Have you listened to any of Adam Grupper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this is my first time. He is an awesome storyteller. I loved how he emphasized each character. He drew the listener in with his tone and dramatization of event.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, when it got to the last few chapters, I just could not stop. The whole trial scene kept me in suspense and of course, the end was a complete shocker!!!

Any additional comments?

Hats off to Michael Connelly and Adam Grupper. This was a great and awesome thriller and reader. Excellent storyline. Takes you on a virtual suspenseful journey with the narrator.. I loved it that Haller was able to maintain a good relationship with his 2 exes, loved his daughter and actually had a conscience. Adam Grupper's voice and narration was so good, he really put you in touch with the characters. Loved it!!! Great job to all!!! Will have to check-out more works by this author and reader.