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The Law of Innocence (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel, 6) Audio CD – Unabridged, November 10, 2020
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“One of the finest legal thrillers of the last decade” —Associated Press
On the night he celebrates a big win, defense attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, who find the body of a former client in the trunk of his Lincoln. Haller is immediately charged with murder but can’t post the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge.
Mickey elects to represent himself and is forced to mount his defense from his jail cell in the Twin Towers Correctional Center in downtown Los Angeles. All the while he needs to look over his shoulder—as an officer of the court he is an instant target, and he makes few friends when he reveals a corruption plot within the jail.
But the bigger plot is the one against him. Haller knows he’s been framed, whether by a new enemy or an old one. As his trusted team, including his half-brother, Harry Bosch, investigates, Haller must use all his skills in the courtroom to counter the damning evidence against him.
Even if he can obtain a not-guilty verdict, Mickey understands that it won’t be enough. In order to be truly exonerated, he must find out who really committed the murder and why. That is the law of innocence.
In his highest stakes case yet, the Lincoln Lawyer fights for his life and proves again why he is “a worthy colleague of Atticus Finch . . . in the front of the pack in the legal thriller game” (Los Angeles Times).
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“If you’re not already addicted to Mickey, his ex-wives and his brilliant half brother, investigator Harry Bosch, this perfectly constructed legal thriller will get you there.”―People (Book of the Week)
“One of the finest legal thrillers of the last decade… Connelly’s novels have long been distinguished by his mastery of the complexities of the justice system including an ability to get police and courtroom procedures exactly right.”―Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press
“A wonderfully twisty legal thriller… As always, Connelly does a splendid job with both the courtroom drama and the suspenseful, often dangerous process behind it.”―Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
“Stellar… the action never lags... The Law of Innocence again proves Connelly is a master storyteller.”―Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun Sentinel
“Gripping… Fans are in for another treat from the blockbuster author.”―Christina Ianzito, AARP
"A tightly crafted thriller, with some nice crossover flair to boot (fans of Harry Bosch always enjoy seeing him show up in new places)."―Dwyer Murphy, Crimereads
"A fine legal thriller and a revealing character study.”―Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)
“Superlative... A supremely intelligent, well-paced courtroom thriller by a modern master.” ―Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
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- Publisher : Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (November 10, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 154912899X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549128998
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.55 x 1.55 x 5.85 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #498,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author used highly defamatory descriptions of this politician’s character to justify the novel’s leading character’s striking potential jurors. The irony of the author’s using this politician (or any living real-life person) in this way is that the novel’s plucky main character was on trial for murder, and the dishonest prosecution was continually making it difficult for the defendant to defend himself – just as the author’s use of a novel as a vehicle for defamation purposes has precluded this current-day politician from defending himself. It is disgusting, cowardly, and very disappointing.
For any liberals reading this post who feel the need to attack me for stating my views, don't bother. You have called me names and tried to shame me for over four years so I am used to anything you have to throw at me now.
I don't like negative politics introduced in my favorite fiction I read. I read to escape the negativity in the political world. I don't like it when supporters of a political candidate are singled out as being dishonest or stupid for voting for a specific candidate. That can be perceived as being divisive and insulting to readers.
I enjoyed the legal strategy in this book, just not the negative politics.
WHAT A JOKE! This is THE worst book that Connelly has written by FAR. Here’s why:
1) it’s a mystery and we don’t know who did it. Enough said.
2) Nothing Haller and his “team” did made any difference in the case. All their moves led nowhere.
3) The book ends with a heavy dose of “lawyering” and none of it is particularly clever and leads to nothing. The case is dismissed with a whimper!?!
4) Ok. This is a minor gripe, but Connelly has gotten more and more political with his recent books. This one is over the top. I realize that the publisher may be pushing this nonsense, but you would think Connelly has the gravitas to veto such blatant bias. So he is weak or he actually believes that insulting half the country is a good strategy to sell books.
5) Why was Harry Bosch even in this book? He solves crimes from 30 years ago, but just investigates around the edges when his brother is clearly framed. He’s portrayed as an impotent hanger on... Harry Bosch!?!
6) SPOILER ALERT: So many unanswered questions: Was the police officer that pulled Haller over in on it? Who knows? Why did the FBI step in at the last minute, when they could have avoided the publicity of the trial at the beginning? Why did the DA have such animosity? Seriously? What made her so confident? No gun... Haller has three cars, but chooses to drive around knowing he has a body in the trunk? He killed someone for a chance at getting $100K? Seriously? That’s a pretty thin motive.
This book is complete garbage. I can’t believe I was so excited to read it.
I’m done with The Lincoln Lawyer and since this series has turned into a platform to espouse political beliefs, I’m done with Connelly.
Like so many great artists, he appears to have gotten bored with the very thing that made him successful. Whatever this is, it isn’t close to Michael Connelly at his best (20 years ago.)
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I started reading Michael Connelly's books back in 2012 after a friend recommended Lincoln Lawyer as a good read. I think this amazing story is probably number 40 or thereabouts and I have to say that it is the best yet.
It was like a good meal which I deliberately savoured over about 5 wonderful courses, each accompanied by a beautiful glass of wine. Because I enjoyed it so much, I am leaving a big tip which is "READ THIS BOOK- IT IS AMAZING"
Connelly is best known for his long series of books featuring Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch. Formerly a long-serving detective in LAPD, and more recently retired, and acting as a private investigator. Connelly went out of his way to ensure that Bosch aged in real time, and while that helped with the books’ sense of authenticity, it meant that he had to make hard decisions about when, and how, Bosch would step down from the police force.
Connelly has also written a second, related series of novels featuring Mickey Haller, known as the ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ because for a long time he worked from the back of his chauffeur driven Town Car, rather than from a formal office. However, it gradually emerges that Haller is actually Bosch’s half-brother, and in recent years they have often worked on the same case. It is not a frictionless relationship. For one thing, Bosch’s upbringing was significantly harder than that of Haller, involving care home and intervention by social services. Bosch had also been a cop for almost all his working life, and as such had formed an intrinsic dislike (and distrust) of defence lawyers, whom he dismissed as frequently subverting, rather than upholding, justice. Over the years, however, they have established an accommodation.
As the novel opens, we learn that Haller himself is in prison, on remand and awaiting trial for murder after the body of one of his former clients was found in the boot of his car. The case appears fairly strong, and the District Attorney’s Office is pursuing their investigations zealously, feeling extra savour in the thought of perhaps convicting someone who over the years had proved such a thorn in their side. Haller has marshalled his own team, and is working vigorously on his defence from his prison cell, but knows that he is embarking on the most important case of his career.
Connelly has a fine style for crime writing. He develops his plots clearly, and the reader invariably finds themselves engrossed in the story virtually from the opening page. His characters, from either side of the law, are highly plausible, as are his plots. He never relies on spurious or contrived coincidences. Connelly began his professional life as a crime reporter, which presumably is where he perfected his sharp prose style. His writing is direct and clear. For the last few years, I have worked in the Civil Service, drafting correspondence for government ministers, and the mantra that my colleagues and I frequently cite is for the ABC of good drafting: accuracy, brevity and clarity. Michael Connelly delivers on all three counts.
Unless - also like me - you're a completist by temperament, I would save yourself twenty quid and wait for the next one, which will undoubtedly be along soon and hopefully be written by somebody else.