Law of Innocence (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel, 6) - book cover
Thrillers & Suspense
  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company; First Edition
  • Published : 10 Nov 2020
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN-10 : 0316485624
  • ISBN-13 : 9780316485623
  • Language : English

Law of Innocence (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel, 6)

Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller is back on the job in this heart-stopping thriller from a renowned #1 New York Times bestselling author.

"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).

A CBS The Doctors Book Club Pick
People Book of the Week Selection

Editorial Reviews

"The so-called Lincoln Lawyer... turns in another dazzling courtroom performance."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"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)

Readers Top Reviews

W. J. MacgregorHelen
I like these stories as an occasional diversion from the Bosch series, as they are generally well written and researched. I have read a couple of these stories in the past and they have been on the whole a reasonable holiday read, with a possible TV movie script in them, this one was different. It left me with the question Why? It started off fine enough, but I lost patience and some measure of credibility with the procedural stuff not jibing at all about half way through, with the sinister FBI agents and the outrageous zealot of a prosecutor being the bad guys, left me wondering how this story had ended up in print. Does this novel move the Mickey Haller story along? Yes it does a bit. Is his character trading on past glories? Yes that too. The ending scene itself is dramatic enough for television but led me to question the whole storyline. Perhaps the next offering with have a better story line that passes the credibility threshold by some margin rather than the lip service this one pays it. Come back Bosch, please....
When Mickey Haller is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he decides to defend himself with a little help from his friends. And off we go on one of the best courtroom dramas I have ever read. Michael Connelly at his very best.
James Brydon
I am amazed at how prolific a writer Michael Connelly is. This is the second novel he has published during 2020, and he had produced at least one book a year for the last twenty years or so. What is more, that productivity is not achieved at the cost of quality; this latest offering is up to his customary high standard. 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. M...

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