The Lincoln Lawyer

I listened to this book on audio. I read it about six years ago. But I decided that I wanted to reread it and I am glad I did. I had been in the mood for a good legal thriller. The Lincoln Lawyer fits that bill.

Michael (Mickey) Haller is a criminal defense attorney. He doesn’t have a traditional office. His office is the back seat of a fleet of Lincoln Towncars he owns. He has a former client who is trying to work off his fee as a driver.

Through a bail bondsman, Mickey gets hooked up with a “franchise” client. Louis Roulet has been accused of beating and trying to rape a woman. He wants Mickey to defend him. Mickey agrees. Roulet has money. He will pay more than $100,000 for his defense. That is a franchise client. Rare in the criminal defense world.

Louis swears he’s innocent. He says he was set up by the woman, who, it turns out, is a prostitute. Mickey believes him – until things start lining up to make Mickey wonder whether Louis is, indeed, innocent.

I don’t want to say too much more about the plot because I don’t want to ruin it for the three or four people who don’t know the book. I love this book. While not an attorney, Michael Connelly knows the law. He writes really good courtroom scenes. But more than good, they are accurate. And that is what I love most about this book. It is a well-written, tightly woven legal thriller.

If you like legal thrillers or just a really good book, I recommend this one.

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