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The Lincoln Lawyer [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Michael Connelly , Adam Grupper
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Nov. 13 2007 Mickey Haller
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 a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat 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 justice.


A 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 career.


Then 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 life.


The Lincoln Lawyer is a stunning display of novelistic mastery - as human, as gripping, and as whiplash-surprising as any novel yet from the writer Publishers Weekly has called "today's Dostoyevsky of crime literature."

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Connelly's first legal thriller has gotten virtually universal raves for its courage, plotting and humor—and those qualities also make the audio version a triumph. Grupper vividly brings to life Connelly's large cast of characters: from the shrewd, hard-working criminal defense lawyer Mickey Haller—whose office is the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car and who spends his advertising budget in the Yellow Pages—to the sleazy collection of biker outlaws, con artists and prostitutes who make up most of his clients. Grupper is especially subtle as he reads the words of Louis Ross Roulet, a Beverly Hills real estate agent charged with attempted murder—a character whose guilt and motives darken at every appearance. Haller distrusts Roulet almost immediately, but he also sees the man's wealthy mother as the source of the long-running financial franchise every criminal lawyer longs for. Grupper's take on Connelly's scenes between Haller and Roulet is taut and fascinating: an audio tour-de-force of the highest order. Equally compelling are Haller's scenes with his two ex-wives; his friend and investigator; and a compelling client from the past who went to prison because Mickey couldn't believe he was innocent.
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*Starred Review* Defending deadbeats is a way of life for Los Angeles attorney Michael "Mickey" Haller. Operating out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car (hence the moniker, "Lincoln Lawyer"), Haller takes on the case of Louis Ross Roulet, a rich, young Beverly Hills realtor accused of beating a prostitute. Roulet's guilt or innocence is of little concern to Haller, who sees him as nothing more than a "franchise," a client who can make him a lot of money over an extended period of time. But the deeper Haller digs, the more he suspects Roulet might have been framed. Links to a past case, which landed a client on Death Row, prompt the jaded lawyer to reassess his professional M.O. This is the first legal thriller for Connelly, author of the best-selling series featuring Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch and winner of every major prize in crime fiction. It has all the right stuff: a sinuous plot, crisp dialogue, and a roster of reprehensible characters (including a marijuana- and crystal meth-dealing biker and an internet con artist who steals credit card numbers through a tsunami relief fund). As the trial progresses, Mickey ponders the words of his late lawyer father, who knew the most frightening client of all was an innocent man. "If . . . he goes to prison, it'll scar you for life." Allison Block
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner June 9 2011
By AEL
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first crime book I've ever read. It really pulled me in. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Roulet (the man convicted of brutally raping and assaulting a women.) I found myself reading chapter after chapter. It was interesting to get into the mind of a defense lawyer. I also felt like I could never be that person. The person to defend a killer. However Mickey Haller ( the main character, who you fall in love with based on his cool, and confident personalty) makes a good point saying everyone deserves to testify against the crime they are committed of. A defense lawyer just provides the evidence to do so. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because I felt like it lacked a little something. It was almost there but not quite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not convinced April 18 2011
By mocha
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with other reviewers that say "The Lincoln Lawyer" is a page turner. I have never read anything else by Michael Connelly so I cannot compare it with his other novels. There is constant "action", and that is what I object to. There are too many "goings on" to be believable in my view. (I normally read non fiction.) There are enough twists and turns for more than one novel. Other reviewers have outlined the story so I will refrain from doing so. This is one instance in which I think the movie will be better than the book. The movie can eliminate the "clutter", and focus on developing those things that the Director deems most important to the storyline, making for a more realistic experience. Sometimes less is more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good character June 16 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Connelly created a very good and interesting character, Michael Haller the LA County based criminal attorney who advertises his services to blacks and hispanics on bus stop benches in the most crime infested neighbourhoods.

The story is neither original nor particularly good, but Mickey Haller is interesting character.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest legal thrillers out there Oct. 3 2005
Format:Hardcover
When I learned that Michael Connelly had determined to pen a legal thriller, I was more than a little worried. Here was the author who had brought us Harry Bosch novels like The Closers, now stepping onto ground trodden nearly lifeless by the likes of Grisham and Martini.
To my delight, The Lincoln Lawyer turned out to be an excellent, gritty and powerful novel. Twice divorced and haunted by ghosts of lost cases past, cynical and ethically indistinct criminal lawyer Mickey Haller is a fine invention, at once fascinating, witty and sympathetic. I rather hope this unique character becomes Connelly's next Harry Bosch. (Promisingly, Haller is Bosch's half brother.)
The writing here is equal to or perhaps even better than Connelly's previous works, at times lyrical and nearly poetic, yet never encumbering superb storytelling. Mickey Haller's behind-the-scenes manipulations add sparkle to the courtroom drama, and a highly inventive twist is The Lincoln Lawyer's piece de resistance.
If you enjoy the richly researched detail and beautiful prose spun around the fabulous pageturner that is The Lincoln Lawyer, I also highly recommend Connelly's The Closers and The Poet as well as Mute by Canadian newcomer Brad Steel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connelly is The master! Oct. 8 2005
Format:Hardcover
I have loved the Harry Bosch books over the years. This time Connelly takes a break from the Bosche character, but comes up with another classic anti hero in attorney Micky Haller. "The Lincoln Lawyer" is about the eccentric Haller, who operates in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, and instead of an office he does business out of his Lincoln Town car. Mickey does not follow accepted legal ethics operating on the outskirts of the law, which puts him at odds with the establishment. Micky's courtroom scenes are when the fireworks really fly! And his behind the scenes manipulations make for a great page turner. Connelly has a gift for developing characters which make his books more interesting to read then the typical thriller. If you like the Harry Bosche books then should like "the Lincoln Lawyer!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars A clever theme, and a great piece of writing. April 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When reading this terrific book, The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, I felt like I was right there - in on the action and enjoying it all the way. Connelly has a wonderful facility for creating real characters that take on life and make unexpected moves. It was a lot of fun and I strongly recommend you don't miss out on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that is very hard to close! Oct. 29 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I opened the first page and became slothful. I spent two days with the Lincoln Lawyer. What a wonderful read. Twists and turns. Really well written! ...and I am so thrilled to know that the authour is continuing with more books using this set of characters! Michael Connelly has gone in a new direction and it works!!! Just loved the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a great thriller June 12 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mickey Haller is a sleaze-bag lawyer or is he?. Haller represents clients like prostitutes, drug dealers and motorcycle thugs. He won't proceed with a case unless he knows he will be paid. When Louis Roulet is charged with the brutal beating and rape of a woman, Haller finally has his 'franchise' case. A case where he will make a ton of money. Roulet comes from a wealthy Beverly Hills family and his mother will do anything to keep him out of jail.

Haller has 2 ex-wives and a little girl and they all love him as the reader slowly does by the end of the book. Haller is brilliant as he unravels this case. And the ending is exactly why they made this book into a movie.

I have read many of the Harry Bosch books and loved the character but I think I like Haller even better. Haller does not care one whit about rules and breaks them willy nilly. But he still cares for right vs wrong and is willing to make things right. This book also helped me to understand the role of the defense attorney in court proceedings
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to put it down
This is the first in a series of stories that revolve around lawyer Michael (Mickey) Haller. Mickey lives and works in Los Angeles, though his doesn't have a traditional office,... Read more
Published on June 1 2011 by Heather Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lincoln Lawyer
Wow saw the movie first and really enjoyed that. Got the book and did they follow it closely. A few changes in the movie, but in total a great storyline. Bravo.
Published on April 21 2011 by GloWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lincoln lawyer
I absolutely loved this book.Really keeps you wanting to turn the pages as it gets better and better with more twists and turns then a tornado!
Published on March 24 2011 by ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, fun read
From the first pages, Connelly demonstrates that he has the characterization of Mickey Haller completely fleshed out in his mind and the translation to paper is uniquely cynical... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2011 by Rich Cain
4.0 out of 5 stars A legal thriller that stands out
Connelly delivers a masterful thriller here, getting us into the grey areas of the law and such while using the conventions of the thriller genre judiciously to maximum... Read more
Published on May 17 2010 by Rodge
5.0 out of 5 stars A DIRECTED VERDICT OF EXCELLENCE!
I am a huge fan of Michael Connely, ever since my days as an undergraduate, procrastinating with his other masterpiece (The Poet) in the middle of exam period (true story, I almost... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2009 by NeuroSplicer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Read it in one sitting. The New Yorker article about Kindle (a few weeks ago) talked about this book so I picked it up.
Glad I did.
Published on Sept. 3 2009 by Russ Martin
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