The Lincoln Lawyer

 , a novel by Michael Connelly

The Lincoln Lawyer Editorial Reviews

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The New York Times

Harry Bosch is the hard-boiled, world-weary cop at the center of many of Michael Connelly's crime novels. He is tough, brooding and dogged, an appealing noir character. So Harry has always looked like a hard act to follow. He'll look that way until "The Lincoln Lawyer" introduces the bottom-feeding attorney Mickey Haller to Connelly's devotees. (...)

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Washington Post

Michael Connelly is as scary as any of the plots he devises, which is saying something. In mid-May of this year, he published The Closer, the latest novel in his continuing series about LAPD detective Harry Bosch, 400 pages of intelligent, scrupulously researched, witty and smoothly written drama from which it was almost impossible to tear oneself away. Now here it is the second Sunday in October, and, incredibly, Connelly is back, with another 400 pages of exactly the same as above, except that this time around he's writing - for the first time - about lawyers, which, as it turns out, he does almost as well as John Grisham does. (...)

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Book Reporter

Michael Connelly is best known for his breakout novel The Poet and his hard-driving police procedurals starring Harry Bosch. But the latest addition to his ever-growing body of work is neither a police procedural nor a classic psychological thriller. Rather, it is a departure that introduces a whole new venue: a legal suspense tale titled The Lincoln Lawyer. Here he introduces readers to Michael "Mickey" Haller, a defense attorney who is always looking for the "franchise client" who will change his life. (...)

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Entertainment Weekly

Connelly centers his first legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, on a crackerjack new hero: Mickey Haller, a criminal defense attorney who works out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car, shuttling between various Los Angeles courthouses while calling in to ex-wife No. 2, his business manager who runs credit checks on potential clients, and sparring with ex-wife No. 1, a city prosecutor. (...)

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Guardian Unlimited Books

Connelly has risen to the challenge of reinvigorating the legal thriller in this, probably his best book since The Poet. Mickey Haller is a a third-division lawyer who works out of his car, picking up clients through his network of contacts among bail bondsmen and bribed court officials. (...)

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Publishers Weekly

Connelly's first legal thriller has gotten virtually universal raves for its courage, plotting and humor-and those qualities also make the audio version a triumph. Grupper vividly brings to life Connelly's large cast of characters: from the shrewd, hard-working criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller-whose office is the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car and who spends his advertising budget in the Yellow Pages-to the sleazy collection of biker outlaws, con artists and prostitutes who make up most of his clients. (...)

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Library Journal

Mickey Haller defends low-life criminals who seem to offend habitually. With no actual office in which to hang his law degree, he works out of the backseat of his car. When a wealthy client lands in Mickey's lap, he thinks he has found a dream case. (...)

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Publishers Weekly

Veteran bestseller Connelly enters the crowded legal thriller field with flash and panache. Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller regularly represents lowlifes, but he's no slickster trolling for loopholes in the ethics laws. He's haunted by how he mishandled the case of (probably innocent) Jesus Menendez, and, though twice divorced, he's on good terms with his ex-wives; one of them manages his office, and the other, an ambitious assistant DA, occasionally tumbles back into bed with him. (...)

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The Barnes & Noble

In the first-ever legal thriller by crime novelist Michael Connelly, author of the bestselling Harry Bosch saga (The Closers, The Narrows, Lost Light, et al.), ethically ambiguous defense attorney Mickey Haller's search for innocence in a high-profile case involving a young Beverly Hills playboy leads him to the ultimate evil. (...)

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San Francisco Chronicle

Is there nothing Michael Connelly can't do? After taking ownership of police procedurals with his Harry Bosch series, Connelly tries his hand at a Scott Turow-style legal thriller. And he nails it. The Lincoln Lawyer focuses on Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the system, especially as they pertain to his cash flow. (...)

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Amazon.com

Best-selling author Michael Connelly, whose character-driven literary mysteries have earned him a wide following, breaks from the gate in the over-crowded field of legal thrillers and leaves every other contender from Grisham to Turow in the dust with this tightly plotted, brilliantly paced, impossible-to-put-down novel. (...)

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Amazon.co.uk

It's always good to welcome a Michael Connelly novel, and The Lincoln Lawyer is a strong addition to the Connelly bookshelf. This stand-alone legal thriller has all the adroit plotting and no-nonsense prose that are Connelly's trademarks, with a particularly strong protagonist. (...)

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AudioFile

It's appropriate that this audio publisher chose a new voice for Connelly's latest character, criminal lawyer Mickey Haller. Adam Grupper turns in a supercharged performance as Haller, who conducts most of his business from the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. He's called upon to defend a rich woman's playboy son, who is arrested for brutally beating a prostitute. (...)

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Booklist

Defending deadbeats is a way of life for Los Angeles attorney Michael "Mickey" Haller. Operating out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car (hence the moniker, "Lincoln Lawyer"), Haller takes on the case of Louis Ross Roulet, a rich, young Beverly Hills realtor accused of beating a prostitute. Roulet's guilt or innocence is of little concern to Haller, who sees him as nothing more than a "franchise," a client who can make him a lot of money over an extended period of time. (...)

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Fantastic Fiction

New York Times bestselling 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. (...)

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Chicago Sun-Times

After 15 highly regarded novels, in which the protagonists generally were assigned the white cowboy hats, reporter-turned-novelist Michael Connelly has invented a character who works the other side of the legal fence and would find a black Stetson a better fit. Indeed, criminal attorney Mickey Haller has attained success defending just the kind of vermin Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb and Kizmin Rider wouldn't hesitate killing if they resisted arrest and the situation called for swift and extreme justice. (...)

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Lincoln Lawyer, a legal thriller, departs both in character and genre from Connelly's crime-fiction series starring Harry Bosch. As it turns out, Bosch and Haller are half brothers-a convenient device to link the novel to Connelly's popular series. (...)

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Curled Up

Best known for his Heironymous Harry Bosch series of books (The Closers, Trunk Music, The Narrows, The Black Echo, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde) Michael Connelly dips his toes into legal thriller waters with The Lincoln Lawyer. (...)

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By Hallie Ephron: A charming con artist for the defense.

"The Lincoln Lawyer" conjures images of Honest Abe, all gravitas and wisdom. Michael Connelly's Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, Mickey Haller, has earned the sobriquet because his office is a Lincoln Town Car, chauffeured by a former client working off legal bills. (...)

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twbooks.co.uk

"I hate being inside a jail. I am not sure why. I guess it's because sometimes the line seems so thin. The fine between being a criminal attorney and a criminal attorney. Sometimes I'm not sure which side of the bars I'm on. To me it's always a dead bang miracle that I get to walk out the way I walked in." (...)

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Crime Time

Roll over John Grisham and tell Scott Turow the news! There's a new player on the legal thriller street, and it's Connelly, whose tale of the always for hire at the right price Mickey Haller marks a change of pace for one of the very best detective story writers, into the kind of territory that promises acres of airport space and megastar movie deals. It's all eminently deserved, because Connelly not only has created a character very much different from his usual protagonists, whether they be Harry Bosch, Terry McCaleb, or whomever, but he's also switched smoothly to the other side of the fence, as it were, dealing less with the crime than the aftermath, the repercussions from it. (...)

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