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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
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Mar 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, suspense, novel
Read in September, 2006

I used to think I was a widely read person, but then I keep getting introduced to these really popular books that I would have never thought to read. Luckily I'm not opposed to being a bit of a genre slut, because I absolutely loved this captivating mystery by Michael Connelly. The Lincoln Lawyer gets its name from the fact that defense attorney Mickey Haller does the bulk of his work from the backseat of his Lincoln town car. Haller is used to defending drug dealers, prostitutes, gangsters, and other unsavory characters, so taking the case of a successful high-end realtor ovbiously brings some changes in Mickey's practice, only not the ones he expected.

Connelly manages to write a thrilling, character driven tale, keeping reader's guessing by revealing just enough about people to make them interesting, but not enough to give the whole plot away. But really, what am I doing trying to describe a well-written mystery? Even when I thought I would grow up to be a writer, I knew that I was never clever enough to write mysteries, which is probably why I enjoy them. I am almost always completely taken in by them. I'm just too straightforward to plan my moves that far in advance, so it's really hard for me to see when someone else is. But it's also why I sometimes feel betrayed by them. I don't like being tricked, because I wouldn't do that to someone else. In The Lincoln Lawyer, Haller feels the same indigination when he realizes he's being played, so I was eager to empathize with him & cheer him on as he managed to double-cross the double-crosser.
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Lesley Me Too!! Lesley

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