Friday, June 1

Book Review: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Author: Michael Connelly
Title: The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller #1)
Genre: Mystery & Fiction
Pages: 404
Expected Publishing: 2005
Where I Got It: My shelf (Used Book Store)

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. 

This has been collecting dust on my shelf since 2011 (I checked Goodreads - so it could've been there longer). I've been meaning to read this book since I heard such good things and the movie was a hit. Never watched the movie, but I wanted to after reading this. Now I'm meh. 

I am so bummed with this. This is normally up my alley, but I had to DNF it. I got to a certain part and put it down. It is rare I give up a book, but I am trying to do better with just letting go. 

Everything seemed to be going okay. Sloooowwwww, but okay. I was neutral about the characters, but I had some hopes about our lawyer, but after a certain part made me shake my head and not want to read forward. I'm fine with flawed characters...those are the best normally, but I wanted to smack him. I couldn't move forward. I just could not get over his thoughts and feelings.

Maybe he would've redeemed himself later on...but nothing else had me captured enough to keep going. The story was moving at a snail's pace and I wasn't intrigued by the mystery. 

Not for me sadly. Everyone seems to like has high reviews, but it wasn't for me. Maybe someday I'll return and give it another go. 


Blodeuedd said...

Ha, I remember you wanting us to read this one

Carole Rae said...

LOL good thing it didn't get picked, eh?