Saturday, 18 September 2010

Book Review - The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defence attorney who operates out of the back of a Lincoln car, taking whatever cases the system throws in his path.  When a Beverley Hills rich boy is arrested for brutally beating a woman, Haller has his first high paying client in years.  What's more, Haller might even be in the rare position of defending a client who is actually innocent.  But then the case starts to fall apart.
There are similarities with Michael Connelly's heroes Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller.  Both bereft of a parent in childhood, in Haller's case the death of his defence lawyer father when Mickey was only five years old.  Single having been divorced with a child, a girl.  There the similarities end.  Harry Bosch is a detective and Haller a defence lawyer.  You get the picture.  The majority of Haller's client's have gone down on drugs charges but this time he gets a rapist who he thinks may be the innocent man.  As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that this client is not that man, but a convicted client Menendez who Haller persuaded to agree to charges to get a reduced sentence is the innocent man.  After his discovery Haller takes the decision to get Menendez aquitted after several years in jail.  It becomes a dangerous journey and Haller's investigative agent is killed and his ex wife and child are under threat.  Pacy and a read you might take on holiday.  I have had a run of Connelly's books recently and I have to say I am in no rush to read any more.  3*

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