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 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 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.
My Thoughts: This is the first Michael Connelly book I have ever read. I read the book because of all the hype about the movie. However, I always like reading the book before I view a movie. I probably won't see this movie until it is shown on TV.
It is a crime thriller, and a page turner. It is 508 pages, but I read it in two days. It got my attention from page one. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to my friends, if they like lawyer/crime thrillers.
I read this for my "Just For Fun Reading Challenge" for April. I gave it 4**** because I liked it.
This book belongs to me, so I guess I own it.
P.S. On December 18, 2011, I finally got around to watching the movie, and I enjoyed it. It followed the book pretty closely.