Thursday, May 5, 2011
Book Review: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
This book was recommended to me repeatedly when it first came out, by independent bookstore manager and owners, as a mystery that even non-mystery readers should read. I agree. Luckily my step-mother was fooled by the movie tie-in art and rebought the book they already owned.
Mickey Haller is a moderately successful defense attorney in L.A. who works out of his Lincoln and doesn't have an office. With a wide-ranging practice, he handles everything from drugs to hookers to the occasional murder. But he's always just keeping his head above water, financially. When a potentially very lucrative murder case comes his way, it seems as if his luck has taken a turn for the better. Naturally, that's not exactly how things turn out.
For the first 100 pages or so, I was interested but not captivated. I was chugging along happily, but figured I'd take a week or so to read this. The next night, I was hooked. I read until well past my bed time, put the book down very reluctantly, and picked it up immediately the next morning, reading straight through to finish by lunch time.
Mr. Haller is a nice change of pace for a legal thriller protagonist - twice-married, yes, but with excellent relationships with both ex-wives. Also he has a house and a daughter and no drinking problem. I found him to be a realistic and interesting character who I did root for throughout. His office is unique, but his practice is probably fairly typical, again atypical of most fictional lawyers, and it's nice that we get to see that mundane, daily life of a defense lawyer before the real action starts, showing us just what is stake for Haller with this rich client.
Quite a few twists and turns are to be had. It was thrilling and even had me gasping at a couple of points. I thoroughly enjoyed it - a legal thriller at its best. I picked up the next Mickey Haller book in the series, and the third comes out this month I believe. I've not seen the movie yet, but I do plan to, although I might wait for the DVD.
I borrowed this book from my step-mother.