The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1) by Michael ConnellyMickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn’t recognize innocence if it stood right in front of him. But what he should have been on the watch for was evil.
Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back seat 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.
The Lincoln Lawyer was released as a feature film in March 2011. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller, Marisa Tomei as Maggie McPherson, and Ryan Phillippe as Louis Roulet.
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Macy uncover more than just the crime. The lawyer then realizes that he has to ensure that he and his family Marisa Tomei are safe, while also protecting his law license. Directed by Brad Furman. We see a woman wearing a bra and a short, lace skirt dancing suggestively on a man's lap, with her cleavage in his face, and they have a discussion where he asks her how much it would cost for him to buy her as a prostitute. A man crudely tells another man how he had sex with a woman for money, then described how he had wiped his genitals on a towel that was later found with seminal fluid on it. On multiple occasions we hear men and women discussing how a woman is a prostitute, as well as a woman discussing in a crowded courtroom that she has sex for money.
It feels like it has been a while since we had a good, old-fashioned legal potboiler; maybe John Grisham isn't writing enough books? The problem is that the genre is a bit rusty.
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