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The Law of Innocence

(Mickey Haller #7)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  28,721 ratings  ·  2,735 reviews
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Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller is back in the heartstopping new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, who find the body of a client in the trunk of his Lincoln. Haller is charged with murder and can't make the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge.

Paperback, 421 pages
Published 2020 by Orion
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Helen They are related. You definitely could enjoy this without having read the others, but you would have a better understanding of the characters and thei…moreThey are related. You definitely could enjoy this without having read the others, but you would have a better understanding of the characters and their past history if you read the earlier ones first. (less)
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David Putnam
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great read. This one is going to be my favorite of the year in the mystery/Legal Thriller category. Five and a half stars out of five. Full disclosure Connelly is one of my go-to favorites and it’s hard not to be a little biased. I like this book better than the last four or five of his Bosh novels. In this book he sets a dynamic conflict in the first few pages and initiates a great plot that never slows to give the reader a pause to take a breath. This is a mystery and not crime nov ...more
Michael Connolly brings back defence lawyer, Mickey Haller, the half brother of Harry Bosch, a Los Angeles set nail biting legal thriller, a compulsive courtroom drama that sees Haller becoming uncomfortably closely acquainted with his clients experience as he finds himself framed for murder. Haller is stopped by a police officer due to his missing rear licence plates. When the officer opens the boot of the car, there is a dead body which turns out to be a former client of Haller's, the multiple ...more
Susanne  Strong
Mickey Haller never thought in a million years that he’d have to defend himself. That day, however, has arrived.

When Mickey Haller is stopped during what appears to be a routine traffic stop, he initially thinks nothing of it, until a search of his trunk reveals the dead body of one of Haller’s former clients inside.

The next thing Haller knows, he’s in prison garb and awaiting a speedy trial. Fortunately for Haller, he has an entire team on his side including two ex-wives and his half-brother a
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors - I’m a fan of each of his main characters. This is the first time we’ve heard from Micky Haller in a while (although he’s made appearances in others of MC’s series). This time, he’s in quite a fix. He’s pulled over for a traffic stop and a body is found in the trunk of his car. He’s obviously being framed, but by whom?
The book moves at a super swift pace. With Connelly, you never know where he’s going to take you. It’s never a straight line to the
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
2 new Michael Connelly books in 2020... yes please! Especially when they both bring back characters that we haven't seen for a while. Fair Warning earlier this year saw the return of Jack McEvoy and now we have a new Mickey Haller book - who said 2020 was all bad?

The Lincoln Lawyer is back. After a night celebrating another not guilty verdict, Mickey Haller is heading home. He is soon pulled over by police for an apparent missing license plate. But the cop sees something dripping from the boot o
Lawyer up.

The Lincoln Lawyer is back and this time he’s defending himself against the most egregious of crimes, murder.

He knows he didn’t do it but can he convince others beyond a reasonable doubt?

Micky won’t be satisfied to be absolved by just a Not Guilty verdict, he wants to prove his innocence and to do that, he needs to uncover the killer. Enter conspiracy theory. Yes!

This was my first read of 2021 and I was excited to revisit an author I’ve read since Chasing the Dime in 2002. I’ve sough
Andrew Smith
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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On his way home from celebrating another case win, Mickey Haller - the Lincoln Lawyer - is stopped by an L.A. police officer. At first it seems that this is a routine pull over, his rear licence plate seems to be missing. But then the truculent cop spots something else – is that blood dripping from the boot of his car onto the asphalt? When the boot is opened the body of a man can clearly be seen, Haller’s day has turned bad.

Mickey finds himself in lock-up and more bad news quicky follows: his b
Carolyn Walsh
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Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Connelly is back with his favourite lawyer, whose office is a Lincoln that travels around the streets of Los Angeles, helping those in need. Michael ‘Mickey’ Haller has quite the reputation in his profession, though he is sure to have made some enemies. When he’s taken into custody for murder, Haller will have to use all his skills to defend himself, showing that The Law of Innocence is not just a textbook sentiment. Perfect for fans of Connelly’s loosely interconnected series, as well a ...more
Donna Skinner
I have been a huge fan of the Lincoln Lawyer series. I have waited seven years for this book only to be appalled to find that In chapter 38 then again in chapter 42 Connelly chose to include his personal political views. I don’t care which side of the aisle you support. I don’t want to read your views in your books!!!! MC are you attempting to limit your readership to only those who share your personal opinions? If so, you’ve done a good job. Don’t you think your audience has had enough of polit ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a huge fan of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series. I have not read any of his Lincoln Lawyer stories until now, “The Law of Innocence”. Defense attorney Mickey Haller is known as the Lincoln Lawyer because he does most of his work in the back seat of one of his two Lincoln Continentals. I was intrigued, because I’ve regarded Connelly as being more of a police procedural novelist, and this seemed like he went to “the dark side” in that Connelly’s protagonist is a defense attorney, who has r ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Law of Innocence is the sixth instalment in The Lincoln Lawyer series, set in Los Angeles, and featuring defence lawyer Mickey Haller, half brother to recently retired Detective Harry Bosch. This time Haller finds himself in a sticky situation; driving home after a win in court, and a subsequent celebration at the Redwood, he is pulled over in a traffic stop by a LAPD cruiser due to a missing rear license plate. Officer Milton decides to have a look in the boot of the car and discovers the b ...more
Mickey Haller is back! And this time he is defending himself...

 Michael Connelly is one of my all-time favorite authors! I love all his characters, the courtroom drama, the investigation. Mickey Holler is pulled over one night on the way home. The cop explains he is pulling him over because he does not have a back license plate, but what is that dripping out of his trunk? When i the trunk is popped open and a body is found, Mickey knows he’s been framed. But by who? And why? Finding himself in ...more
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mickey Haller is back, with his most important capital murder client yet .... Mickey Haller.

I tell you, I have loved Michael Connelly for years and when he has a SECOND new book out this year, AND I get to preview it early, it is like Christmas coming early. And though I usually prefer the Bosch books, I dare to say that this is Connelly’s best Mickey Haller book yet. I mean, is there a better setup than the police pulling over the Lincoln Lawyer only to find a body in his famous trunk? And that
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story loses a star for being overly long that subtracted from it being a better. Had excess unnecessary tortuous violence been omitted, 5 stars would have been earned. Alas, 7 of 10 stars
Not worth the wait (7 years!)

Interesting case, if you read the blurb, Haller (the good guy) was definitely setup and charged with murder. So how will he get himself out of it? This was suppose to be exciting, unfortunately "The Law of Innocence" has a very disappointing court scene with a laughable verdict. Bosch made a small cameo.

Not quite 3 stars because of the ending. Would be 3 stars if some major character got covid - that would make it more interesting.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m gonna explain why I gave this book two stars. It can be summed up in these words, Trump derangement syndrome. It’s a shame that Connelly decided to bring that out on this latest book about Mickey with Harry thrown in. Shame. I guess I’ll be honest and note that I have seen hints of idiotic liberal tendencies in a few books, like that one with renee ballard where he described the homeless crisis in LA and it was glossed over as no big whoop even tho they shit in the streets and a blight on th ...more
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
One star:

Slight Spoilers:

The novel was good until he insulted folks that supported Trump as being dumb. It a fiction novel. If I want politics, I read it. I do not give a d**# what your views are. This was the one that I felt this author just turn the knife in the back of certain readers:
Toward the end, when Haller is kicking jurors because they have a Trump bumper stickers. Haller thinks that all Trump supporters are stupid and blind(not in those words; Page 265 of hard cover-“That a person wou
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Harry Bosch fan. But, when Connelly spun-off the Lincoln Lawyer Series with Bosch’s half-brother as, Micky Haller, a defense attorney I became a fan. Besides, Bosch often did some detective work for Haller.

The book is well written. The characters are interesting and the suspense kept me up reading. In this story Haller is charged with murder and he decides to defend himself with the help of his firm and Bosch. The courtroom drama is great. If you enjoy Connelly’s writing, you definitely m
When Mickey Haller left the bar after he’d been celebrating with the defense team, he walked down toward his Lincoln in preparation for heading home. The day had been a good one; he was content as he commenced the drive. When he spotted a black and white in his rearview mirror, he pulled to the left to allow it to pass – it came with him. That was when he realized he was being pulled over by the patrolman behind him. What followed was a dreadful shock to Mickey – a body in the trunk of his car m ...more
Legal thriller at its finest.

Shortest Summary Ever: Mickey Haller has really stepped in it this time. He’s accused of murder after well, a dead body is found in his trunk. Now he’s going through what his clients experience. It’s not fun.

Thoughts: What I love about Connelly is that while he has a certain style - his Bosch and McEvoy books are different from these Haller “Lincoln Lawyer” books. In this, he tests Mickey Haller to the brink. Probably every defense lawyers worst fear - being on the
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This latest legal thriller from Connelly is engaging from start to finish. So many elements propel the action at speed that this is a book that can't be put down. Haller is wrongly accused of murder, but is set up for the crime meticulously with the prosecution convinced of his guilt. He has to wear the prison suit and sleep where there is no sense of safety for him with his reputation, but this is all done with determined intent for a speedy trial. His team works hard, his daughter who is study ...more
Robert Van buhler iii
Michael Connelly just HAD TO introduce political opinion and directly insult half of the people who buy his books. He introduces Juror 68, an Afghanistan war hero's widow, who, he informs you in detail, is [ or must be!] opinionated, uninformed, ignorant stubborn and unfit to serve on a jury because Haller's unscrupulous legal technique of spying on potential jurors reveals she has a Trump bumper sticker. He lost my respect with this absolutely jarring chapter, and made me hate his protagonist a ...more
I read this novel late December 2020, and once again LOVED the experience to venture off into a new courtroom drama with Michael Connelly.

Mickey Haller, our protagonist, is a lawyer for the low-lives, the real criminals and every other personna non grata in society. Yet, he manages to remain a good citizen himself with here and there a misstep or two, which almost have him arrested or disbarred on previous occasions. This time around, a dead body is found in the trunk of his car and he's finally
Bill Lynas
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller celebtrates winning yet another case in the opening to this gripping crime novel. However, his celebrations soon come crashing down when a dead body is discovered in the trunk of his car. It's a great opening chapter & gives the book a good kick start.
Michael Connelly is an old master at writing courtroom dramas & creates plenty of tension throughout the novel. It's a nice addition to the Lincoln Lawyer series, but also works surprisingly well as a stand alone novel
Ian J Lamont
Nov 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty of Writing a Bad Book

I was so disappointed with this book. Connelly's determination to contemporize the story by inserting his own views on the election and the pandemic only undermined what was a weak and contrived plot with a weak and contrived ending. He churned this book out for all the wrong reasons and it shows. The Lincoln lawyer deserved better and so did his readers.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story loses a star for being overly long that subtracted from it being a better. Had excessive unnecessary tortuous violence been omitted, 5 stars would have been earned. Alas, 7 of 10 stars
Sheila Parise
So I have read every Michael Connelly book. I am a huge fan. That is why this review makes me so sad to write. The story is good and engaging as usual and incorporates familiar characters that add to the plot. What I take exception to is the injection of political nonsense that added nothing to the storyline. It was gratuitous, obvious, and indicates that he believes his readers are ignorant to this type of message. Mr.Connelly must know he has readers of all types. I am relieved I borrowed this ...more
Book 6 in the Mickey Haller series published 2020.

5 *****stars are inadequate but it’s the best I can do.
It’s not very often that a defence lawyers get to be the defendant and what’s more to be his own defence lawyer but that is what is about to befall Mickey Haller.
After leaving a celebration party, stone cold sober, Mickey Haller is pulled over by a traffic cop. Reason for the stop was a missing rear licence plate. On inspecting Mickey’s car the officer finds a dead body in the boot. Needless
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Michael Connelly book is the perfect escape. My favorite is his Harry Bosch series (and the Amazon Prime TV series is pretty great too). I have also enjoyed the Mickey Haller series as well as the new Renée Ballard series. If you too have immersed yourself in this reading universe, you’ll be very happy with The Law of Innocence.

Mickey Haller is out celebrating another successful not guilt verdict and while returning home, he is stopped by the police and the dead body of a former client is foun
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