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The Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly

The Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly. Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller's father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen. But Dad also 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" (so-called becaue he's able and willing to pay whatever his defense costs) 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. Connelly tellingly delineates the code of legal ethics Mickey lives by: "It didn't matter...whether the defendant 'did it' or not. What mattered was the evidence against him--the proof--and if and how it could be neutralized. My job was to bury the proof, to color the proof a shade of gray. Gray was the color of reasonable doubt." But by the time his client goes to trial, Mickey's feeling a few very reasonable doubts of his own. Goodreads

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  • Virginia M.

    Good book, good company. I have to agree with others that the venue was difficult to talk with everyone. Yummy food though.

    February 11, 2013

  • Maria T.

    Good book. I'e going to read the two others in thid series.

    February 11, 2013

  • Maris

    Enjoyed the book.Wished the venue permitted a more comfortable discussion.

    February 8, 2013

  • Deborah

    Noisy but the food was good. Great conversation about the book. All sorts of angles explored.

    February 8, 2013

  • Virginia M.

    I'm looking forward to it. Thank you.

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm recovering from flu and not well. Will really miss the discussion as I very much enjoyed the book.

    February 6, 2013

  • toni l.

    this is the first time I have done this, so any info is appreciated

    January 11, 2013

  • Malik S.

    Those in power corrupt, weak in heart.

    January 7, 2013

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