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The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller #1)

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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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Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2005)
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this is my michael connelly tally so far: i have read two harry bosch and two mickey haller. i barely remember the harry bosch. the mickey haller dug a hole in my mind. this is not how things should be. harry bosch is michael connelly's hero. harry and i, though, do not connect; mickey and i are two peas in a pod. if he were real, i would very much like to be friends with mickey, though i doubt he'd want to be friends with me -- not because he wouldn't like me, but because he's the loner type an ...more
Ok, ok...I may have watched the movie before reading this book. It could be my old age or the fact that I've been working my butt off lately, but I may have watched the movie twice BEFORE even thinking about reading this book.

What can I say I like lawyer movies, and I like movies starring Matthew McConaughey, and I like movies starring Mr. McConaughey as a lawyer. I enjoyed the twists and turns the story took and wasn't sure they'd be as interesting in a book.

The thing is that while the book do
Jan 21, 2008 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to see how justice is preverted and served
Shelves: crime-fiction
"You're a sleazy defense lawyer with two ex-wifes and an eight-year-old daughter and we all love you."

That's not writing, it's a regurgitating a cliche, and this book is litter with them, like confetti at New Year's Eve. The trouble is that the over use of cliched speeches and actions obscure a page turner, a novel decked out with top flight characters and scenes place it on the top shelf of its genre. Overall, the book is worth reading, but you'll have to fight the cliche gag reflex at least a
James Thane
This is the book in which Michael Connelly introduced Michael Haller, a lawyer who works out of an "office" in the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car as he navigates the various courtrooms that dot Los Angeles County. Connelly got the idea for the character in a chance meeting at a Dodgers baseball game when he sat next to an attorney who did exactly that.

Mickey Haller is a bright guy who works all of the angles. Mostly he represents drug dealers, prostitutes and other low-lifes, but except for t
Tea Jovanović
Ova knjiga me je oduševila dok sam je čitala još u rukopisu... Bolja mi je od Hari Boš serijala... :) A i film nije loš :)
Sam Quixote
I got the idea to read this from Nicholson Baker's article against Amazon's Kindle device where he said he had to finish reading this on his Kindle (despite disliking doing so on such a shoddy device) because he had to know what happened in the end. I'm not predisposed toward legal/crime thrillers as I think they're a bit too melodramatic and sensationalist (I was thinking of John Grisham). However it's an unfair generalisation as I hadn't read any books from this genre. So I picked it up not ex ...more
Cathy DuPont
WOW! What a great read that was. Great plot; clear and interesting characters; action, something happening every page; twists and turns; did I say great plot?

To me it was one of the best books I've read in a long time and a first for me reading Michael Connelly. I've seen his name and books but never been too interested in the hyped and hightly marketed authors which I thought defined Connelly. I was just plain wrong. Connelly writes like I like and enjoy. He writes like a professional, clear a
Loved this book. It is a reread for me. I couldn't remember much of it since my copy is so old there is not even a cover picture for it on GR. lol. The first read was a few decades ago. The second time around was as good as the first time. Brilliant book: entertaining, high drama, court - thriller at its best. Believable and realistic. My kind of book.
Mike (the Paladin) I'm surprised. I like this book. I picked it up out of curiosity and frankly don't even recall what it was that caused me that curiosity. But, I've found a good book and plan to go on to the next in the series.

This book is about a man who in many ways is nothing like me. I don't like the kind of music he likes. I probably would never espouse the belief and "ethical" system he does (view spoiler). I do
Great read. But I saw the movie first, then read the novel, a process that gave away some of the plot points. Oh well. The more hapless, fatalistic Mickey Haller in print differs from the cocky, slick attorney on the silver screen. So, I ended up liking the book more, although both make for first-rate entertainment. Mr. Connelly's writing is just so smooth, and I just flowed along with the story. I like that as a reader; I admire that as a writer. I'll be reading further in the series.
Val Pearson
I chose to review the audio book and in my opinion, if you're going to read this book in any form, the audio book is the way to go. Narrated by Adam Grupper, a voice is given to Mickey Haller that is a perfect fit. Mr. Grupper transitions between characters in an eloquent and believable manner. His enunciation and the fluidity with which he speaks is simply mesmerizing. I could listen to that voice all day long.

Michael Connelly has taken The Lincoln Lawyer above and beyond most thrillers out th
It's been a very long time since I last read Michael Connelly. Way back
when he was virtually unknown I had somehow heard about him and loved
his first Harry Bosch novel The Black Echo. In fact, I still have a print of Hopper's famous Nighthawks on my wall, which I was inspired to buy because of that novel.

I continued to follow Bosch through a few more novels, and they began to pale for me somewhere around The Concrete Blond.

Then came a new character with The Poet, which was fantastic. There were
Stephen King recommended book and author. He says: "The Lincoln in question is one of a fleet in which Mickey Haller rides while doing business on the sleazier side of L.A. law. What's amazing about Michael Connelly is how much he continues to learn about the art of narrative from book to book. Each one is better than the last. And this one is — pardon me — a real Cadillac."

12/14/11. Finally getting around to writing a short note about my impression of this book. Seems I've been getting in a lot
Barbara Mitchell
I won The Lincoln Lawyer from Kathy at along with a movie poster since the movie just arrived in theaters starring Matthew McConaughey. This casting seems right on to me, but I don't think I'll go out of my way to see the movie.

All in all, I liked this book. My problem with it was that I just couldn't stand the major character who I hesitate to call a hero. Mickey Haller is a defense attorney who owns four Lincoln Town Cars which he bought at once when he had a big-paying c
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. Critics agree that his new character__a man who finds holes in the system to aid guilty clients and is forced to question his own moral code__is just as compelling as Bosch. In fact, notes The Oregonian, the novel "seduces us into rooting for a g

Michael Connelly's "The Lincoln Lawyer" is a terrific page-turner that serves us a palate of thrilling courtroom drama to be savoured. It is also a fitting introduction to the character of Mickey Haller, a defense attorney who, despite all his failings, is very much likeable. Despite having watched the movie starring Matthew McConaughey before, Connelly's storytelling ability held me in its sway right from start to end while helping me to understand the details of the case much better. All in al ...more
This is one of the best books that I have read in the past few years. From the very first page, the reader can identify with Mickey, the protagonist, and what he has to go through to maintain his ambulance-chasing law practice and make a living.

Connelly has a taught thriller where the tension and the stakes are constantly going up. Mickey is a clever lawyer but sometimes too clever. His Golden Goose client turns out to be more than he had in mind.

Connelly shows that he is the master of the thri
This was an amazing read. I expected to enjoy it because I'm such a fan of Connelly's other books, but since most of my series reads are law enforcement personnel, private investigators or at least amateur sleuths, I wondered how gripping this legal thriller would be. I feared I might get bogged down in courtroom scenes and testimonies, but they were fascinating and the out-of-the-courtroom scenes were incredibly suspenseful. There are some great characters and I am looking forward to the next b ...more
What can a defense lawyer do when he realizes that he has failed to recognize innocence in one of his clients? How can he sleep at night knowing that he failed that client and that he is now spending all his days and nights in San Quentin? Furthermore, what can he do when he realizes that the person really responsible for the crime for which that man was sent to prison is the person that he is currently defending on a charge of assault and battery and attempted rape? How can he begin to balance ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

Finally have the time to put my thoughts on this novel that introduces Michael Haller - the Lincoln lawyer - down. This was a very enjoyable, fast, and suspenseful; all trademarks of author, Michael Connelly. Some twists I was completely blindsided, and that is a very good thing. I enjoy this series, but my heart belongs to Harry Bosch - Haller's half brother.

Michael (Mickey) Haller is working out of his Lincoln Town car and has a fleet of them. He is getting by and waiting for that "fr
Michael Johnston
A taught, courtroom drama with a flawed anti-hero at its heart. This was an engaging page-turner. The genre and writing style remind me of Grisham, but the main character (Mickey Haller) is much more flawed than most of Grisham's characters. Connelly does a great job of creating and building suspense efficiently and then rushing to a sudden and somewhat unexpected ending.

Connelly clearly had a story to tell and one of my favorite things about the book is that he proceeded with effiency and direc
THE LINCOLN LAWYER (Legal Thriller-Los Angeles-Cont) – VG
Connelly, Michael – Standalone
Little, Brown, 2005 – Hardcover
Attorney Mickey Haller does most of his work from the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car. As a defense attorney, the ideal case is a franchise case, one that will pay big. He feels he's found that with his new client, Beverly Hills realtor Louis Roulet; accused of severely beating a woman. When Haller realizes the current victim looks very similar to the victim of a case from the p
Jacob Proffitt
I really enjoyed this book. Mickey is a fantastic character and intriguing as a lawyer defending people he knows are guilty for money. It's really hard to make that character sympathetic, particularly as Connelly eschews the standard defense of "health of the system", "adversarial legal system" platitudes. Mickey is mercenary and makes no apologies for it (to himself, at least). And yet, he is deeply sympathetic as he comes face to face with a client not just guilty but actually (or at least bel ...more
Lisa Schaefer
All Michael Connelly books are great.
Faisal Habib
“I guess it’s because sometimes the line seems so thin. The line between being a criminal attorney and a Criminal attorney.” -Mickey Haller

This is the first time ive read a court room drama, other than watching a few episodes of boston legal, and now it has become one of my favorite genres.

The book centres around criminal lawyer mickey haller (or matthew Mcconaughey as i would visualize him to be).
He is clever, sharp, witty, and a shrewd defense lawyer, the envy of many eyes. Easily despised by
Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. Enjoyable, engaging, well-done legal suspense. The main character is clever and fun to read.

I enjoyed this. I was engaged throughout which surprised me. Normally I find most mysteries formulaic (slowly uncovering clues). This story felt different. I liked the process along the way. Mickey was a clever con man at times. For example, his client was worried about the press. So Mickey called over the man videotaping the courtroom process and asked what he would sell his
Mickey Haller is a lawyer who works out of the back of a Lincoln. Hence the name of the book. I’m glad I was able to clear that up for you.

He is also a defense attorney which puts him at odds with a lot of people. His ex-wife (and mother of his daughter) works in the DA’s office as a prosecutor and finds his wheeling & dealing method of getting justice reprehensible even if she does know that the criminals need representation too. The police dislike him because they feel he works to put the
Mickey Haller doesn’t have any superpowers that I’m aware of, but he does have an unorthodox office, and more than a few demons of his own. He’s strong when the pressure’s on, and he has unique contacts that serve him well. He’s a fighter without the gloves or the baggy shorts.

The plot twists are well-crafted, and the writing practically punches up off the page. It’s an in-your-face read with an in-your-face main character that doesn’t manage to let go. With a Lincoln featured prominently in the
Craig a.k.a Meatstack
I'm a middle-aged overweight guy. I know it. I know I need to exercise more and eat better. But sometimes I just get in the mood for kettle corn. And I can't stop eating it.

That, my friends, is EXACTLY what this book was like for me. It's not ground-shaking. They won't teach this text in American Literature books 50 years from now. But it's a good story, and I just couldn't stop eating it up.

It's easy to read, and anything that is outside of the common knowledge gained by a couple episodes of La
Barry Graham
I've always felt lukewarm about Michael Connelly. In the late 1990s I read his novel The Poet in one sitting, and then excitedly bought some of his Harry Bosch novels - and I still haven't finished any of them. I found nothing notably bad about them; they just didn't make me turn the page. They didn't seem like the work of the same writer who wrote The Poet.

And neither does The Lincoln Lawyer, but for the opposite reason - it's far better than The Poet. No problem turning the pages with this one
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Other Books in the Series

Mickey Haller (5 books)
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  • The Reversal (Harry Bosch, #16; Mickey Haller, #3)
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There is no client as scary as an innocent man."

J. Michael Haller, Criminal Defense Attorney, Los Angeles, 1962.”
“I view people two ways. They're either eye-for-an-eye people or they are turn-the-cheek people.” 36 likes
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