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. 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 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 veneer you ll find a conflicted man who s a very good lawyer who also manages to be well liked by his two ex wives His courtroom strategies are pretty ingenious and when his money case takes an awful turn, we get the opportunity to see Haller turn inward, getting a glimpse of the man s soul This is an excellent start to what should be an interesting series I wasn t all that interested in this character before reading this book and now am extremely intrigued I m also looking forward to seeing Haller intersect with Harry Bosch 4.5 stars 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 truthThis 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 I am ashamed to say that Medicine and law are my favorite professions I am currently taking up premed, but I chose between premed and prelaw in my senior year in high school I ended up choosing medicine, but I m still very much interested in law Everything about those two keeps my interest no matter what I m reading or watching I ve seen House M.D, Miami Medical Not known well , Suits, How To Get Away With Murder, Law Order, NCIS, and many All of those include at least medicine or law related plots, and all of those are among my favorite tv shows To talk about novels though, I ve only read a lot of Patterson and some Crichton novels I haven t ventured enough to be able to say that this is the best legal crime novel that I ve read Clearly I ve yet to try hundreds special mention to Grisham For now though, I have to say that this novel was fucking amazing.Mickey Haller was completely immersing His motherfucker I m an asshole attitude was really entertaining Lawyers are most of the time perceived like that, and I was introduced to the asshole kind years ago I don t want to read about a saint of a lawyer, because that would be devastatingly boring When it comes to the law genre, the asshole is needed He proved to be a genuine asshole, and not the pretentious trying hard kind He knew how the system worked, and manipulation was the key And now to talk briefly of the other characters Roulet was the accused in this novel, and he appeared weak and loser like in the beginning, but he changed throughout the novel He was a bit annoying, but that was necessary for the novel To be honest I actually liked the judge a lot She was not even a major character, but I enjoyed the scenes in the near end Before reading this I thought that plot would be predictable and boring, but boy was I wrong Speculations were going haywire inside my head, but none of them happened The ending caught me completely off guard and my heartbeat was a bit faster in the last 30 pages I was even expecting a bad ending because I ve been reading a few lately , but the ending here was amazing Complete closure from the novel, even though this is the first book of a series Some authors would gimmick ly write a huge cliffhanger for the readers to continue on with the series, but Connelly didn t do that I commend him for that, because as awesome as this first book was, there would be no problem with the continuing on with the series problem that most authors blindly give to the readers All I can say is that get your expectations straight This is a legal crime novel Don t expect to read about something else other than what the author promised For courtroom drama fans, this would appeal to you guys I ll repeat my statement that this was my very first legal crime novel, so I didn t find this one predictable and reused in terms of plot I obviously haven t read a plot similar to this before, so the result was complete satisfaction.5 5 stars Truly deserving and I will continue on with the series soon Courtroom drama is amazing as long as executed correctly. 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 criminal defense attorney who knows how to work the system, good and bad, to get results.What stayed with me the most was Haller s use of the metaphor of a Machine as the judicial system Haller describes himself as a mechanic, a gifted technician who knows how to operate the Machine to accomplish what he wants This cynical allegory for our courts plays into Connelly s illustration of who Haller is and the world where he finds himself.But Haller is complex he can fearlessly and skillfully deal with motorcycle gangs and prosecutors alike, but he is haunted by an earlier deal that left a possibly innocent man in prison.Mickey gets a franchise client a high dollar retainer all the way through to trial in the unlikely guise of a LA real estate playboy accused of brutally attacking a high priced call girl But things are not as they seem and Haller finds himself in a complicated mess early on Connelly plays the reader like an experienced cross examiner, using an eye for detail and an ability to spin a great mystery into a very enjoyable novel.Reviewer Lyn likes it, what does lawyer Lyn say I liked it Being a small town lawyer, a lot of the big city dog eat dog machinations were lost on me, but it was fun to read I can appreciate needing to hustle for fees and being one step away from disaster all the time, working through clients problems daily.While my dealings with the DAs is collegial than how Connelly describes the LA county bar, I can appreciate his realistic design The only problem I have with some prosecutors is an us and them attitude, like there is a distinct line between good guys and bad guys And while I concede that there are some really bad folks out there, I m simply an US guy.At the end of the day, Connelly tells a great story and plays it straight the good, the bad and the ugly Haller is a complex character, with flaws and failings and makes mistakes Connelly shows that money wins, sad but true time, energy and resources are needed for these kinds of cases and the writer tells that like it is But he also sheds some light on lesser victories and a moral compass amidst a turbulent world I ll most definitely read from Connelly. 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 misunderstand, though This is a legal thriller, for the most part, but it also doubles quite deftly as a mystery suspense novel A gripping one, at that Much of society thought of me as the devil but they were wrong I was a greasy angel.The immediacy of first person narrative seemed to suit this story better than most The protagonist comes across as either a sleazy defense lawyer or a loveable rogue depending on the events being depicted at the time , but there is an enormous amount of character development as he starts questioning his own morality and reasons for doing what he does the catalyst, of course, being the specific case that this novel deals with It seemed so far fetched that it might actually be true And that bothered me. and it is a layered one The Lincoln Lawyer is a pretty twisty novel It has a few curveballs up its sleeve, for each time when you finally think you know where the story is headed It s easy to see why this was made into a film which, at the time of writing this review, I haven t seen yet A cold shiver of fear pierced my chest.This one genuinely had my stomach knotted with tension a few times It probably won t change the way I look at the world, but it was nigh impossible to put down and scratched that thriller itch just fineHe s telling us that the devil did it Recommended an easy 4 and a half, without prejudice Read as part of have to read agreement with my wife 2015 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 and doesn t seem to like to hang out, unless it s for work, and i would have nothing to offer him unless i were a client, which i most definitely would not want to be it would involve either being a criminal or being someone who s unjustly accused of being one the mickey haller legal thrillers read like hardboiled noir than legal procedurals even the courtroom scenes are hardboiled hardboiled feature number one even though he s exceedingly successful as a criminal defense lawyer, mickey is considered a sleazeball, even by himself as he tells us repeatedly, the cops don t like him and he has incurred the wrath of judges and of the california bar than once we, however, see nothing of this in the novels, mickey seems ethical to a fault the air of bad boy lingers constantly around him and we all smell it, even if we don t know where it comes from hardboiled feature number two he defends shady characters and his investigative work is a key part of the action, even though in both books he farms it out to proper investigators mickey haller may be a lawyer, but for most of the book he plays private eye.hardboiled feature number three he s a terrible father and he apparently seriously pissed off his first wife and mother of his daughter, even though, just like in hardboiled feature number one, we have no idea what he could possibly have done to piss her off well, we do have some idea because, hardboiled feature number four, mickey is entirely his own guy he does what he thinks he should be doing regardless of hours and time and social obligations like a true hardboiled sociopath, he s solely focused on his work i suppose that would make him an asshole if you were married to him he d be the husband you never see, who stands you up, who comes home at 3 AM but cannot tell you where he was.also mickey likes to drink alone he drinks in bars and only when life is so sucky that you really have to he drinks a lot of coffee and has breakfasts in cafes and sandwiches in his car and here s the clincher mickey doesn t have an office he spends his workdays in the back of a lincoln driven by one of his deadbeat clients who is paying off a debt by being mickey s driver, or having meetings with clients in prisons, restaurants, bars, and, rarely, homes never his.mickey is intensely about the money his one and only reason to practice the law is to make money unfortunately, he s remarkably unsuccessful at it because he s, you know, nice and ethical and his own man i find mickey haller one of the most simpatico characters i have encountered in mystery fiction i never remember what simpatico means in english but in italian it means charming and fetching and cool likeable i like that mickey has all these theories about the law and the practice of the law and the conduct of the lawyer and, of course, life and people in general, but at the end of the day it s also a lot of facade and the guy is always treading the thin path between the what is right and the what i would like to be the case he s a big teddy bear who likes to talk big and make himself look cool, but he can take it on the chin when things go wrong and turn his failures into jokes though he knows how to be pathetic, too, and feel sorry for himself i like that he is so blustery and self assured and cocky while knowing all along that he s also a big fat loser i like that being a big fat loser and knowing it doesn t put the slightest dent in his cockiness and self assuredness that s the way it should be. 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 spineless defendant Mick must do both his job and yet keep his own morals on the high ground, which he is able to do, but with some challenges along the way.Anyone wanting a great page turner need look no further than this book I am hooked on Connelly and hope the rest of the collection is as powerful I m afraid the movie stole a lot of his thunder for me Still, it s a good read 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 EvilHaller Is A Lincoln Lawyer, A Criminal Defense Attorney Who Operates Out Of The Back Seat Of His Lincoln Town Car, Traveling Between The Far Flung Courthouses Of Los Angeles To Defend Clients Of Every Kind Bikers, Con Artists, Drunk Drivers, Drug Dealers They Re All On Mickey Haller S Client List For Him, The Law Is Rarely About Guilt Or Innocence It S About Negotiation And Manipulation Sometimes It S Even About JusticeA Beverly Hills Playboy Arrested For Attacking A Woman He Picked Up In A Bar Chooses Haller To Defend Him, And Mickey Has His First High Paying Client In Years It Is A Defense Attorney S Dream, What They Call A Franchise Case And As The Evidence Stacks Up, Haller Comes To Believe This May Be The Easiest Case Of His CareerThen Someone Close To Him Is Murdered And Haller Discovers That His Search For Innocence Has Brought Him Face To Face With Evil As Pure As A Flame To Escape Without Being Burned, He Must Deploy Every Tactic, Feint, And Instinct In His Arsenal This Time To Save His Own LifeThe Lincoln Lawyer Was Released As A Feature Film In March The Movie Stars Matthew McConaughey As Mickey Haller, Marisa Tomei As Maggie McPherson, And Ryan Phillippe As Louis Roulet 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 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 interesting until about a third of the way through when a twist is thrown in Towards the end, I found it difficult to put down the ending took me by surprise At times I found parts of the story a bit confusing This may be to do with all the different cases talked about and how some of them sort of related to each other There is also one aspect of the story that I am still a bit confused about, though I won t say what that is because it would be a spoiler I really liked Mickey, despite disagreeing with his values I also liked his relationship with his ex wives and other characters in the novel I think they were all developed quite well This wasn t a bad story, but I didn t think it was awesome Even though it was just ok I will read the next one because I would like to see how Mickey s character develops.