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A Novel

A-LincolnLawyerLos Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller represents the lowlifes of the world. He’s not above advertising on bus benches, delivering cash payoffs, relying on his two ex-wives, and running his business from his Lincoln Town Car. Then Haller takes his first high-stakes case from Beverly Hills real estate agent Louis Roulet, accused of assaulting a prostitute. At first Haller sees the case as nothing more than limitless billable hours and his client as nothing but innocent. But when he recalls a former client convicted of a similar crime, the case starts to test his sense of ethics and morality.
Little, Brown. 408 pages. $26.95. ISBN: 0316734934

Denver Post 4 of 5 Stars
"The Lincoln Lawyer is all that Connelly readers have come to expect, fast-moving with unexpected twists. But where his series character, Bosch, is stoic in his dogged pursuit of justice, Haller is a cynic who makes his living exploiting the chinks in the armor of our legal system." Robin Vidimos

Los Angeles Times 4 of 5 Stars
"You won’t want to put it down until you’ve navigated its rapids to the end. … Just as in life, as the curtain closes, some questions remain open. Who’s to complain?" Eugen Weber

Seattle Times 4 of 5 Stars
"It’s Connelly at the top of his game, with a plot as solid as cast iron and a crew of lively characters headed by a compelling narrator. … In addition to its steamroller plot, The Lincoln Lawyer boasts plenty of lively anecdotes and smooth prose; a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Connelly knows a lot about nailing details, creating colorful characters and writing clear sentences." Adam Woog

South FL Sun-Sentinel 4 of 5 Stars
"Connelly also works in the tenets of evil and a character study of a man forced to face his own inadequacies as well as his moral code. … Connelly makes you feel he has been writing about this character for years, although the author certainly leaves room to further explore Mickey." Oline H. Cogdill

USA Today 4 of 5 Stars
"The Lincoln Lawyer is Connelly’s first legal thriller and is one of the best novels he has written, if not the best." Carol Memmott

Oregonian 3.5 of 5 Stars
"Although The Lincoln Lawyer is fast-paced with hefty doses of doubt, peril and noir kinks in the plot, its main purpose is the study of Haller. … By the time we recognize Haller as a genuine human rather than a cliché bogeyman, we also understand why a lawyer constantly defending the probably guilty would be haunted by such a specter." Katherine Dunn

Critical Summary

The Lincoln Lawyer, a legal thriller, departs both in character and genre from Connelly’s crime-fiction series starring Harry Bosch. As it turns out, Bosch and Haller are half brothers—a convenient device to link the novel to Connelly’s popular series. Critics agree that his new character—a man who finds holes in the system to aid guilty clients and is forced to question his own moral code—is just as compelling as Bosch. In fact, notes The Oregonian, the novel "seduces us into rooting for a guy we detest." As usual, Connelly paints a convincingly shady world of flawed heroes, prostitutes, real estate agents, drug dealers, and cops, all the while delving into legal ethics, court procedures, and media issues. It’s a fast-paced, unpredictable ride.