Friday, June 1, 2012

Book Review - The Lincoln Lawyer

Title: The Lincoln Lawyer.
Author: Michael Connelly.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 432.
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Court-room Drama.
Blurb: Here.

I had never heard of the author Michael Connelly, for that matter there are so many great authors whose works are still alien to me. :|| until one day one of my school friends suggested another book by the same author 'The Poet' (which by the way is in 'to-read' list). So I did a little digging around and found that this book was  made into a major motion picture starring none other than the  unbelievably gorgeous & stunning Matthew Mcconaughey. :L

My Thoughts:

'There is no client as scary as an innocent man'

I had seen the trailor of the movie version and I kinda got the idea. The plot in a nut shell would be sleazy/anti hero lawyer, an assault/rape, a victim-Reggie Campo, a suspect-Louis Roulet. The twist- the readers are unsure who is the victim and who is the suspect.
The protagonist, Mickey Haller, defense attorney is juggling with his professional life and personal life when he hits the jackpot, a franchise client Louis Roulet.Initially the case looks like a clear win for Mickey until he starts noticing glitches in the stories of both Louis Roulet and Reggie Campo. Add to the current mess,Mickey is haunted by an old case-similar in many grounds, in which he made his client(Jesus Menendez) plead guilty in order to avoid death sentence. Now he feels he is face to face with his biggest fear-not recognizing an innocent client about which his father had written in many of his books. From there its a roller coaster ride. By the middle of the book the readers would know who did what but the question remains how will Mickey escape from the trap which he himself set.
Even though Mickey is portrayed as a corrupt lawyer who defends just about anybody who is willing to pay him, the readers would more likely be drawn to him. His charm and his quick tongue is  almost irresistible! The fact that he buys 4 Lincoln cars with the money he got from winning some old case and thinking about using it as limo service, he still being cordial with both of his ex wives and finding time to mend ways with his daughter is quite endearing.
What particularly marveled me was the vast knowledge about legal affairs by the author(which obviously shows how good a researcher he is). Not just the rules and regulations but the shady deals too which makes the plot more realistic. Loads of twists and turns leaving the readers almost breathless. The book was aptly paced, suspense increasing by each page leaving me tempted to flip pages and read the ending.
I was a tad bit disappointed with the climax, it seemed a little filmy. Other than that, an impressive read.
As per R the movie is just okay. I am looking forward to watch the movie though!

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