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The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller’s father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen. But Dad also passed on an important piece of advice that’s especially relevant when Mickey takes the case of a wealthy Los Angeles realtor accused of attempted murder: “The scariest client a lawyer will ever have is an innocent client. Because if you [screw] up and he goes to prison, it’ll scar you for life.”

Louis Roulet, Mickey’s “franchise client” (so-called becaue he’s able and willing to pay whatever his defense costs) seems to be the one his father warned him against, as well as being a few rungs higher on the socio-economic ladder than the drug dealers, homeboys, and motorcycle thugs who comprise Mickey’s regular case load. But as the holes in Roulet’s story tear Mickey’s theory of the case to shreds, his thoughts turn more to Jesus Menendez, a former client convicted of a similar crime who’s now languishing in San Quentin. Connelly tellingly delineates the code of legal ethics Mickey lives by: “It didn’t matter…whether the defendant ‘did it’ or not. What mattered was the evidence against him–the proof–and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt.” But by the time his client goes to trial, Mickey’s feeling a few very reasonable doubts of his own.

The View:

A W E S O M E!

I think I should just stop my review here, but for all rhymes and reasons I shall explain further. I picked this book because it was my book club’s read for the month of September. I have read a few books by Michael Connelly; but he probably failed to make a big impact because I don’t really recall too much.

When I read the book, I liked it. But I loved it after we talked about it. There were perceptions that I missed, characters that I dint see through and events that seemed trivial but were impactful. The plot gave much more to the reader than what an average legal thriller would. The beginning of the book was powerful, in the middle there were a few chapters that were drastically slow but the ending just blew me away.

The characters were lovable specially the lead. Who would not love a man who was still liked by both his ex-wives. I also loved his recollections of his successful dad. I believe that successful parents normally leave a bad taste with their children as they are forced to emulate their lives, so it was a welcome relief to see the respect there. The question they asked in the book club was “Did I think the girl was lying?”. My answer was “Yes, of course I did. No, there were no events that depicted her character negatively”.. but in my mind, I thought …. “Why not. This happens, doesn’t it? People fake attacks for money”. To my surprise only half of us thought that way. And the ones who didn’t remained as surprised as we were. 🙂

My rating for this book is “AWESOME” with a 5 on the side. My book club surely is the BEST!!!



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