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The Lincoln Lawyer

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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  217,881 ratings  ·  6,480 reviews
Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn’t recognize innocence if it stood right in front of him. But what he should have been on the watch for was evil.

Haller is the Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. He travels between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clie
Paperback, 404 pages
Published 2005 by Little, Brown
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Rob "Known" as a smoker is Louis Roulet. Judge Fullbright hid it from the public.…more"Known" as a smoker is Louis Roulet. Judge Fullbright hid it from the public.(less)
Maria Rose Roulet knew that Haller had defended Menendez, and by making him accept the guilty plea for the crime he never committed, Roulet wanted to maintain a …moreRoulet knew that Haller had defended Menendez, and by making him accept the guilty plea for the crime he never committed, Roulet wanted to maintain a hold over Haller, in case Haller found out, which he did. What Roulet wasn't expecting was the strong moral standard that Haller had when he realized that he let an innocent man go to jail, while the actual criminal was right in front of him, flaunting how he was going to get away with murder once more.(less)

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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
Bill Kerwin
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it

A compulsively readable legal thriller about a cynical defense attorney who works out of his Lincoln town car (hence the title) and begins to believe he has finally found that most dreaded and improbable of all clients, an innocent man.

Although this novel has its share of darkness, it is much lighter in tone than Connelly's equally absorbing Harry Bosch detective novels. I found Mickey Haller's brash personality and breezy delivery an unexpected--and welcome--change.
Will M.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where I will go or what cases will be mine. I just know I will be healed and ready to stand once again in the world without truth.

This is my very first 5-star rating of 2015. I've finally found a novel(in 2015) that entertained me throughout the novel. No slow moments anywhere, and the ending was superb. Characters were really likable and fully developed in the end. Mickey Haller is my favorite attorney, in novels at least.

This was my very first legal-crime novel, and
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Damn this was a great book.

Michael Connelly’s 2005 introduction for veteran criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller is a first page winner. Connelly’s ability to write and this character’s natural charisma were on full display from cover to cover.

The movie tagline and the hook to draw readers in is Haller’s use of a Lincoln to drive from courthouse to courthouse in and around Los Angeles, he basically works from his backseat. But this is only a groundbreaker to set the stage. Haller is a player, a
Michael "Mickey" Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney with the type of clients you'd rather see him lose for in the courtroom. When he lands a "franchise" case representing Louis Roulet, a wealthy realtor, Haller feels like he's truly in the money and on the path towards more like-walleted clients.

What is remarkable about this story is how vivid a picture we're given of Mickey Haller. On the surface, he's a slick, oily attorney representing the underbelly of the city. Beneath that
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
Jun 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Connelly novel, so late to the party I guess. After enjoying the series on Netflix this seemed like a good place to start. Usually I prefer to read the book first, but many times now I find the series & movies I enjoy the most are based on books. The characters in the series were quite well defined so I did picture the actors while reading. It was pleasant, escapist, police procedural. A little break from all the true crime stories.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, favourites
The book proved to be equally as exciting as the novel, though reading it was partially spoiled by seeing the movie, as I could predict where things were headed.

This was my first Connelly book, but will not be my last. A great mix of Grisham and some quirky Cannell, I was pulled in by the second chapters. I love legal thrillers, especially when the main character can be a little off centre in his life and tactics. Connelly laid out both believable and potential scenes as he works with a very spi
Dirk Grobbelaar
I postponed reading The Lincoln Lawyer because I thought it was going to be a courtroom drama with excessive infodumps and tedious pacing. Boy was I ever wrong. Fortunately, my wife had the foresight to spring it on me as part of our annual must-read agreement for 2015.

The law was a large, rusting machine that sucked up people and lives and money. I was just a mechanic. I had become expert at going into the machine and fixing things and extracting what I needed from it in return.

Don’t misunderst
It's extra exciting when you read a book you enjoy and know that there's plenty more from whence it came (read: it's part of a series). Thus, I'm pretty darn pleased to have made the acquaintance of the eponymous Lincoln-riding lawyer, Mickey Haller.

Haller is a defense attorney of the “Better Call Saul” variety. Criminals need lawyers, and if their money's green… He's a likable guy—so likable, in fact, that neither of his ex-wives (prosecutor/baby mama Maggie McFierce, and super secret
For over a year now a lot of us have been working from home, and now I feel like a real rube because what I should have done was get a Lincoln and have somebody drive me around all day while I did my job.

Mick Haller is a defense attorney who uses his car as an office as he shuttles between courts and jails seeing various clients. While not not completely crooked, Mick is certainly bent, and he has no problem using every trick he knows to keep his clients out of prison. When a wealthy young man
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mickey Haller is a defence attorney that basically works out of his car. Mickey doesn't particularly care if his client is innocent or guilty. He cares more about the money and fame a trial can bring him. This changes when he takes on Louis Roulet's case.

I found the story a bit slow to get into. At first I was often wondering when things would pick up. The beginning mainly introduces a lot of cases Haller has worked on and doesn't begin to get more interesting until about a third of the way thr
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm afraid the movie stole a lot of his thunder for me. Still, it's a good read! ...more
5 stars. 🇺🇸🤙
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, legal-thriller
Defense Attorney Mickey Haller is busy interviewing clients and appearing at hearings. Instead of an office, he works out of his fleet of Lincoln Town Cars. He feels very lucky when he gets a call about Louis Roulet, a rich Real Estate Broker accused of assault. Mickey sees this as a "franchise" case, a big case that will last months where he'll be able to maximize his billable hours. But his luck isn't holding out. When a friend helping him with the case is murdered, Mickey is conflicted by his ...more
Apollo Hesiod
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started out slow, but man it turned out to be very good, will definitely read more books from this author....EXCELLENT RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE.
Jan 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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
Jack Heath
5 Stars. Mickey Haller grows on you - with two former wives, Maggie and Lorna, both who love him and an adoring eight-year-old daughter who can't get enough of him. He practices criminal law from his Lincoln Town Car, of which he has several. As an aside, don't lose track of those cars. It's not that he's rich, far from it, but he has considered going into business ferrying celebrities around LA if the local bar association expels him for questionable tactics. More like when. We follow the story ...more
Rohit Enghakat
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-thriller
Simply superb book. When I first watched the movie, I couldn't understand the plot. The camera print also did not help much. So not sure if the movie is better than the book or vice-versa. Mickey Haller is an interesting character. The way he trounces the DA's attorney, Ted Minton in the court is absolutely wonderful.

Louis Roulet, a rich estate agent is arrested and charged with sexual assault and battery. He hires Mick Haller to defend him. The courtroom drama is engaging and hooks you. But th
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
2014 - I couldn't get into this book at all. I did 200 pages and it just didn't grab me

2022 - LOVED the Netflix show - maybe I need to try reading again!
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** Starting my read and review of Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller books **

Connelly’s 16th book and first outing with Mickey Haller - “The Lincoln Lawyer” - was first published back in 2005. Mickey is the son of Michael Haller, a famous defense attorney in the Los Angeles area back in the sixties and seventies. Mickey himself is a somewhat successful criminal defense attorney operating in Los Angeles County. Unlike his father, his office is a Lincoln Town Car, and his clients are primarily drug
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man." -J. Michael Haller, Criminal Defense Attorney, Los Angeles, 1962.”

“Well, did he do it?" She always asked the irrelevant question. It didn't matter in terms of the strategy of the case whether the defendant "did it" or not. What mattered was the evidence against him -- the proof -- and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt.”

“The law was not abo
I confess - I watched the show on Netflix, then realized it was a book so backtracked to read. Better than the tv series and I thought the tv series was really good!!
I have been so busy that no new books have grabbed me. I have tried a few and abandoned them all. I finally picked this book up in order to finally move off the BL space that I have been on for I think 3 weeks now. I am so glad that I read the first book in the Mickey Haller series. This book is fire. I loved every part of it and it was just what I needed right now.

Mickey Haller is a defense attorney in Los Angeles. He has not had much luck in getting what he calls a "franchise" case these days
Terence M
Finished 3 October 2018 and 4🌟🌟🌟🌟! Review comments tomorrow.

How good it is to re-read a book and see (listen to) it through older, wiser, probably less jaundiced eyes (ears)! Reading some Gr friends' reviews of "The Lincoln Lawyer", I was quickly made aware that my 3 stars rating in 2009 or 2011 or whenever it was, might well have misjudged Michael Connelly's first Mickey Haller novel. Listening to the audiobook this week, I remembered barely a word of my first reading (except that his office wa
Paul Ataua
Dec 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mickey Haller is a defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Town car. His enthusiasm for the job is waning but he is still obsessed with the idea of an innocent client. His latest case is one that appears to be just that—an innocent man, but things aren’t as simple as they at first seem. Connelly is always worth reading, and a good 'go to' when you are beginning to suffer from reader’s block. Good but it didn’t grab me as much as much of his other work. Solid! ...more
Brian Fagan
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun. The Lincoln Lawyer is one of the most enjoyable crime books I've read. It begins Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller series, and was written in 2005. Mickey Haller does the marvelous narration, and he proves to be a flawed and compelling person. I'm not sure his crack about a fat woman would fly in 2021:

"... a large woman in a deputy's uniform came into the waiting area and collected me. I knew that she had not gotten into the sheriff's department with her current dimensions. She was at least
Sam Quixote
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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