Review: The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly


Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; January 10, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455500240
ISBN-13: 978-1455500246
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Mickey Haller – Defense Attorney.
Mary Windsor – Louis’ Mother.
Louis Ross Roulet – Client
Cecil C. Dobbs – Windsor Family Lawyer.
Fernando Valenzuela – Bail Bondsman.
Margaret McPherson – Deputy District Attorney, Haller’s Ex Wife.
Raul Levin – Private Investigator.
Lorna Taylor – Mickey’s assistant and 2nd Ex Wife.


A man is acccused by a woman of savagely attacking her. The man claims he’s innocent and hires defense attorney Mickey Haller to handle his case. Mickey runs into problems with his client’s honesty, pressure from the man’s family, uncoooperative police, and a district attorney who may not be on the level.


This was my first time reading Michael Connelly’s books. I liked the story, and there were enough twists to keep my interest. The characters were well developed, and there was a nice balance between plot and story. There were subplots of 2 or 3 other cases, and conflict from not one but two ex wives.

There is also conflict in whether or not his client is innocent? Haller struggles emotionally over cases he’s lost. This really adds depth to his character, and you can see him grow from what seems like an ambulance chaser at the beginning, to a lawyer who cares by the end.

I have a feeling though, that those changes will be short lived.

There were some strong situations, and language. But overall nothing you wouldn’t expect from a thriller, and it was an interesting story from beginning to end, and raised some questions about our justice system while entertaining you.

If you get the chance, pick it up. It’s still early in the series. Book 3 is soon to be released, and book 2, The Brass Verdict is in stores now.

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One Response to “Review: The Lincoln Lawyer – Michael Connelly”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    Thanks for the excellent review, I just bought this book and I am now looking forward to reading it in the future.