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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
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Nov 20, 12

bookshelves: 2012-2013
Read in October, 2012

Kevin Lin 11/19/12
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The Lincoln Lawyer Hachette Book Group, 2005,404 pages, $13.99
Michael Connelly ISBN 0-316-73493-4
Living from paycheck to paycheck is definitely not the way most people would wish to live, but Mickey Haller does that and now he has to defend a psychotic suspect for a rape case who will harm his family if things don’t go his way. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is an incredibly intense book that is a battle of wits between the protagonist Mickey Haller and the man he is defending, Louis Roulet. As a defense attorney, Mickey Haller tries to protect all his clients from the wrath of the law even if they really are criminals who have committed countless sins. Now, he can either defend this new rich client or his family and friends will be brutally slaughtered.
This book starts in modern day in California and goes all over California describing its scenic environment vividly. Mickey Haller the protagonist has never really cared about any of his cases after he realized the industry he works in is like selling your soul to the devil just for cash that he needs to survive. He has put a few innocent men in jail and has only slept well because of money, but with the light of a new case radiating in his life, he has to review an old case and speculate whether or not he transgressed the biggest law a lawyer has to follow. The law of not condemning innocence when it is present in a lawyer’s work. As mickey tries to find the truth of an old case, this new case proves to be quite the challenge as his long-time friend is brutally killed with a gun that Mickey himself owns. As the plot thickens, one cannot tell where the road of the story leads because of the myriad of twist weaved into the story. An important theme that is shown in this story is that even if you are engulfed in your work, seeking justice is essential when you know that injustice is being done. This is shown when Mickey tries to save a convicted rapist from a crime he didn’t commit after he condemns him to a life in prison and he goes to all lengths to put the garbage that landed his old client in the slammer in jail.
Novels like this that have strong themes in them and discuss a lot about what justice is and how important it is in such a depraved, incorrigible society. Although Mickey’s methods were definitely unorthodox, they saved a man’s life from festering in a jail cell even though he did spend a few years in jail. I cannot recommend this book to all ages, but if you desrie a good mystery book that is serious and mature in its nature, this is without a shadow of a doubt, a book to read. A novel like The Lincoln Lawyer really reiterates to this modern-day period that although justice may have an extremely high cost in all senses, it has to be delivered in order to defeat injustice.
Again, this book is recommended for a mature audience, but if you do not mind, by all means, envelop yourself in this book. This book also kind of reflects that maybe in the everyday chaos or monotony of life and work, we have to really stop and think about the morality of our actions. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” is what the late, but great Martin Luther King Jr. said and definitely embodies what is in this book.
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