Initially, this story struck me as a light read- funny, entertaining, and just what I was looking for to fill the football void of Summer. However, myInitially, this story struck me as a light read- funny, entertaining, and just what I was looking for to fill the football void of Summer. However, my assumptions were premature as I discovered about halfway through the book. Although still consistently funny and entertaining throughout, Jackson imparts far more as his football story unfolds. Jackson adds value not simply within the elements unique to his experience, but rather in the glimpses of the NFL underbelly he reveals by pulling away the sacred grid iron curtain.
The writing is clever and engaging; the humor is dark and self deprecating, but not depressing. However sad the big picture really is, Jackson avoids the pitiful, responsibility shirking route of the victim and instead, shares insight into the motivations- aside from mere dollar signs or fame, which drive athletes like himself to subject their bodies to such torture and abuse over and over again. Further, he invites the reader into his mind to listen to his own self-talk as it sings the praises of a passionate love affair with the game while simultaneously spitting vitriol for the institutions which have ruined it.
Moreover, the peppering of irony throughout this tale (told in hindsight) is so bitingly humorous, I almost felt guilty for laughing as it was always at Jackson's expense. This is the story of a horrific shit sandwich, thinly veiled in the guise of happy football dreams served on a golden tray; happily devoured day after day for over six years. This is well-written, funny, and extremely entertaining. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy sports tales, especially in the football genre. However, I must warn that this is not a story of triumph and glory in which you can live vicariously through the golden boy football hero- no, this is the cold, harsh story told from the bottom of the pile....more
Lincoln Lawyer is the first Michael Connelly book I have read and I can happily report, it will not be my last. I cannot remember the last time I readLincoln Lawyer is the first Michael Connelly book I have read and I can happily report, it will not be my last. I cannot remember the last time I read something that was so hard to put down. Not only is Connelly a superb writer and storyteller, but his construction and organization of the story is like nothing I have ever experienced. There is absolutely no fluff or filler here. Every single character, event and conversation is an essential part of the story and the ultimate conclusion. He eliminates anything and everything that is unnecessary to the story without creating a rushed feeling and most importantly, still manages to create believable, three-dimensional characters that the reader can be passionate about. Further, I appreciate the respect he gives the reader by using realistic legal terms and situations instead of wasting time dissecting or simplifying terminology. The story moves along at a fast pace without sacrificing anticipation or quality in building towards the climax and crafting the resolution.
In contrast to the perspectives of other reviewers, I do not find the main character, Mickey Haller to be an anti-hero or even less so, unsympathetic in any way. Obviously, opinions are relative to one's view of the legal profession and also one's understanding of how the system works. A criminal defense attorney's job is not to seek out the innocent person to defend, nor is it to prove innocence; rather, his job is to defend his client to the best of his abilities and to ensure his rights are not violated. Guilt or innocence is irrelevant and should have no influence on how a defense attorney defends his client. That said, I think Connelly does a brilliant job ingratiating Mickey to the reader- he is a sincere character, with weaknesses and strengths like the rest of us. Yes, he is a criminal defense attorney with unsavory clients who makes his living [indirectly] from their misdeeds. Yes, he defends scumbags- but somebody has to, right?
I highly recommend this to any readers of mysteries and thrillers- you will not be disappointed. I especially recommend it to those who are students of the law or are simply intrigued by the legal system. Now, I am off to read the next one!...more