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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling legal thriller - and CBS TV series - has charismatic defense attorney Mickey Haller taking on a slam-dunk court case involving a Beverly Hills playboy - but as it spirals into a nightmare, he finds himself in a fight for his life.

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. 

©2005 Hieronymus, Inc. All Rights Reserved (P)2005 Time Warner AudioBooks

What the critics say

 

  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Mystery/Thriller

"A fast-paced, unpredictable ride." (Bookmarks Magazine)

"[The Lincoln Lawyer] has all the right stuff: a sinuous plot, crisp dialogue, and a roster of reprehensible characters." (Booklist, starred review) 

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Started with Bosch

#Audible1 started listening with Harry Bosch and moved to other Michael Connelly books. Great listen.

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Riveting

Narrator was awesome. The story was also really good but I thought the ending was a little bit of a let down. It was exciting enough but could have used a little extra oomph.

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Couldn't Quit Listening

Great story and narration. I've got to see if there are more of this author / narrator combination audio books. I was hooked from the start and it didn't let go until the end.

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A great story!

Michael Connelly is a darn good writer, and this is a great example of his abilities. I have enjoyed his Bosch series, and this book adds to his list of great reads/listens.

The narration by Adam Grupper adds a lot to the enjoyment of this story.

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The Lincoln lawyer

Great story kept me on edge the whole time. I will definitely read more from this author

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Worth a listen

wonderfully narrated and engagingly written! The narrator does a great job to make sure there is life in the telling of the story. Michael Connelly does a great job capturing the nuances of the legal system. I would highly recommend.

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great story best performance

Great plot, and best performance. strongly recommend. wish Adam Grupper narrate all Michael Connelly books.

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STRANGE MUSIC

Great story but there was strange music at the end of most chapters that was not needed and was very odd.

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Wish Grupper could narrate all the books!

What a ride! Some annoying music because it is too loud but it happens seldom. I binge listened.

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Wow, what a ride!

You want a good read that’ll keep you on the edge with a kaboom climax? Try this book!

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  • Vishruth
  • 2008-06-18

Great Narration

The book is a fast paced fiction. I would like to comment on the narration in this review. The narration is just fantastic. The narrator puts on different accents which some times almost sounds like it's multiple people narrating. Listening to this audio book was almost like watching a movie without removing the imagination part that a movie takes away from a book.

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  • Steven
  • 2005-10-19

Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader

A taut legal thriller from Conelley, whose gritty crime style translates well to the world of his new character: criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. This guy is REAL. The L.A. locale is real and accurate. The dialogue is crisp, authentic and economical. The reader: Adam Grupper is fantastic. He truly brought Mickey Haller to life. I cannot recommend this title highly enough. I have only found three other books on Audible read by Adam Grupper (only one a novel). I will check them all out, and hope to see his name on more novels in the future.

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  • Ruth
  • 2005-10-07

He's Done It Again!

Michael Connelly is a darn good writer who shines in this genre. This is not a Harry Bosch story, but new protagonist Micky Haller is not as dark or flawed as Bosch, and seems to have given Connelly a new enthusiasm for writing. This is better crafted than many of the author's recent works and though more free-wheeling, is sophisticated and tight-- as 'concrete' as ever. Bravo! Great Audio!

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  • Rajashree
  • 2006-01-18

Harry Bosch watch out

I am a huge Connelly fan and love all the Harry Bosch stories. So when I found out The Lincoln Lawyer did not have Harry, I was worried. But, I am here to tell you that there is nothing to worry about...Connelly is first and foremost an excellent story teller. I LOVED this book. My husband, brother and I listened to this book on a road trip. We reached our destination before the book was complete...so we did what only seemed right, we listened to the remainder of the story while sitting in the vehicle (in the driveway)!
In summary - HIGHLY recommended

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  • Scott
  • 2008-11-20

Fast Paced Well Written Legal Thriller

My title pretty much says it all. This is great fiction that will keep you riveted with its terrific plot, excellent production, (a teensy bit too much music at key narration points. A good narrator, like this book's, doesn't need a "soundtrack" to pump up the drama, it is already in his voice.) Great courtroom dramas give you a peek into a world that is alien to most of us. Defense attorneys are the likely the most misunderstood people (we all know some people are railroaded, due to the pure politics and to placate community outrage.) This story gives an understanding of how an excellent defense lawyer operates, the courtroom and the procedures are fascinating. Once hooked, nearly instantly, you won't want to stop listening. FYI: The title "Lincoln Lawyer" has *nothing* to do with the president if that angle interests you. Although our protagonist is a truly admirable hero - he has nothing to do with that president of the Civil War era. The setting is modern L.A. Stories about great detectives or prosecutors are far more common which is what makes this book so rare that it almost rates my 5th star saved "classics" or "must reads" in one way or another.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2005-12-26

Terrific

I am a big fan of Harry Bosch, but I thoroughly enjoyed this stand-alone book and its intriguing new protagonist, Mickey Haller, a "bottom feeding" defense attorney. He is quite different than Bosch but not as unprincipled as he would have us believe. Connolly delivers a tightly-crafted, complex plot. I think I enjoyed this more than my most recent Connolly listen, "The Closers".

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  • Ted
  • 2012-09-18

Serious fun!

Read a lot of Connelly and grew tired of Harry Bosch. Went to Michael Haller fora break. Totally happy about it. I' a born again Connelly fan. Will go back to Harry again. I'd you like Connelly, this will really please you.

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  • cristina
  • 2011-03-28

Fun, fun, fun

I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did -- even after having read all the other rave reviews. The book was flawless. Sheer entertainment. I have read Connelly before but don't remember liking his previous books as much as this one. Will now go back and see if I find another one.

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  • Scott
  • 2005-10-13

Excellent book

Im an avid listener of Michael Connelly's books and this is his best yet. I found myself sitting in my car after my long commutes just to hear some more of this work. This book is hard to pull away, Im glad I wasn't reading this in book form I would never get any sleep.

Im also a big grism fan and this is just as good as any of his Suspensful law novels. Connelly does a great job building characters and never disappoints with his endings

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  • Sherry Pitcock
  • 2006-01-16

Typical Connelly

He takes us through the city, shows us the best and the worst of it, maybe the best and worst of ourselves. The "justice" system is a convoluted and dark place to be trapped. Either innocent or guilty. It would be nice if the innocent are all free and the guilty all get their just dessrts, but sadly, that will never by. Connelly shows us how innocent the guilty can be and how poorly the system really works. I loved it.

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