The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

Infobox Book
name = The Lincoln Lawyer
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author = Michael Connelly
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country = USA
language = English
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genre = crime fiction, mystery
publisher = Little, Brown (USA), Orion (UK)
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english_release_date = October 3, 2005
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 404
isbn = ISBN 0-316-73493-4
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"The Lincoln Lawyer" is the 16th novel by American crime writer Michael Connelly, and the first featuring the Los Angeles attorney Mickey Haller (the half-brother of Connelly's mainstay detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch).

Plot summary

Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller's father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen. Dad passed on an important piece of advice that's especially relevant when Mickey takes the case of a wealthy Los Angeles realtor accused of attempted murder: "The scariest client a lawyer will ever have is an innocent client. Because if you [screw] up and he goes to prison, it'll scar you for life." Louis Roulet, Mickey's "franchise client," seems to be the one his father warned him against, as well as being a few rungs higher on the socio-economic ladder than the drug dealers, homeboys, and motorcycle thugs who comprise Mickey's regular case load. But as the holes in Roulet's story tear Mickey's theory of the case to shreds, his thoughts turn more to Jesus Menendez, a former client convicted of a similar crime who's now languishing in San Quentin State Prison. While Mickey's courtroom pyrotechnics dazzle, his behind-the-scenes machinations and manipulations are even more incendiary. In the end, Haller is able to outmaneuver Roulet, without violating his ethical obligations, and to free Menendez.


* Mickey Haller - criminal defense lawyer
* Margaret McPherson - Haller's ex-wife, prosecuting attorney
* Louis Ross Roulet - the accused
* Ted Minton - the prosecutor in Roulet's case
* Jesus Menendez - A former client of Haller
* Dwayne Corliss - jailhouse snitch
* Reggie Campo - Alleged victim of Roulet
* Martha Renteria - Menendez's alleged murder victim


The title of the book, "The Lincoln Lawyer," is derived from the fact that Haller carries out most of his work from the back of his car, a Lincoln.

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