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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
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Nov 27, 2012

it was amazing

Connelly is in top writing form with this Mickey Haller story. The main character practices law from his Lincoln Town Car, doing a steady business of foreclosures, usually with poor customers. However, he is called upon to represent a very wealthy man who has been accused of murdering a prostitute. The case could be the one Haller has been waiting on to set him up for life. If he wins, he can make some serious money and make a name for himself as a defense attorney. The intricate plot keeps the reader enthralled as Haller learns more about his client, who appears guiltier each passing day, and more about the crime. The plot intensifies when Haller connects his current case with a case from the past, and he realizes an innocent man may be in jail. Driving Haller is a need to succeed, which stems from a desire to measure up to his famous father, a groundbreaking attorney. That need and his desire for justice cause a great deal of internal conflict, as he struggles to figure out how to do what is right without being disbarred or killed.
Connelly’s plot structure does not disappoint, keeping the reader engaged and guessing. Any reader who enjoys a great “whodunit” will love this novel. Readers do need to be aware the twists and turns can be disturbing. Haller proves to be a flawed, but lovable hero using his wits to outsmart a very cunning villain. The reader will find himself rooting for Haller in his personal life and his professional life.

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