I’ve heard of Michael Connelly but don’t remember reading any of his stuff, so I thought I’d pick this up.
Stats: 404 pages, 10 discs
Published in 2005
Genre: Crime novel
Blurb: (Goodreads) Mickey 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
What I liked: I’m going to mention the narrator right off the bat. Adam Grupper did an excellent job with the different characters. In fact, I thought at least one of them was done by someone else, but that is not the case. The story itself was also very good. Very good dialogue, believable characters – even the bad guy was not so bad you didn’t belief he was real. Good story line and ending. What’s not to like?
What I didn’t like: Not much. If I had to pick something, it was that in one of story lines, the bad guy was overtaken by a woman when he had a knife to her throat, . I suppose it’s possible, but unlikely. The ending was also predictable – meaning you knew it would all be okay in the end – but Connelly did put in a small switch-a-roo at the end, though not much of one.