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*