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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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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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  • Steven
  • Huntington Beach, CA, USA
  • 10-19-05

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.

127 of 127 people found this review helpful

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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.

96 of 96 people found this review helpful

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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!

43 of 43 people found this review helpful

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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 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

72 of 74 people found this review helpful

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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".

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 03-28-11

Fun, fun, fun

I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did -- even after having read all the other rave reviews. The book was flawless. Sheer entertainment. I have read Connelly before but don't remember liking his previous books as much as this one. Will now go back and see if I find another one.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Roseville, CA, United States
  • 11-20-08

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.

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

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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.

26 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • jb
  • Boston, MA
  • 10-18-05

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.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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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.

50 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • 02-12-06

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!

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  • Maureen
  • 05-06-06

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

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  • Jill
  • 01-13-06

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

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  • Steven
  • 04-24-10

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?

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  • Tom
  • 04-17-09

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

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  • sonia
  • 10-10-12

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

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  • Christine
  • 11-14-10

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?!
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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....

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  • Gadget Girl UK
  • 04-17-06

Fantastic 'read'

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

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  • Gavingks
  • 01-20-14

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

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  • M
  • 06-08-13

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!

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  • 06-11-17

Great story and great performance.

Shame about the music played between chapters; very annoying, unnecessary and tacky. Otherwise all round good listening.

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  • Rob Moore
  • 05-17-15

Seen the movie? Now listen to the book!

Before Matthew McConaughey nailed his Oscar for 'Dallas Buyers Club' and great critical acclaim for his role in the HBO series, 'True Detective', he gave a fantastic performance as Mickey Haller in the somewhat underrated film, 'Lincoln Lawyer'. Before the film came the excellent, slow-burning, legal thriller novel of the same name by Michael Connelly. The first in a series about defence attorney Haller, Connelly's novel engages from chapter one. Adam Grupper's narration is also thoroughly engaging, with effective character voices typified by his excellent interpretation of Haller as the 1st person narrator. If you know the film but not the book, you should definitely check this out. I did it in that order and enjoyed every minute of the 11+ hours on offer here. Fans of John Grisham would be wise to add this one to their Audible collection too.- 5 stars.

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  • wendy
  • 10-22-14

this story builds, worth sticking with

not sure this is a genre I adore. I almost gave up until about 1/3 of the way through, but was glad I stayed with was good story. not sure I would invest in the series.