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Grisham, Baldacci, Tannenbaum - look out! Connelly's here!

  • Nov 13, 2010
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Criminal defense attorney, Mickey Haller, is thrilled to find himself in the position of defending Louis Ross Roulet against a charge of attempted rape and aggravated sexual assault with grievous bodily injury for his alleged attack of Reggie Campeau, a hooker with a past. Roulet is what experienced attorneys call a "franchise" client - he's willing to be billed full schedule A top dollar legal fare, he's got the money to pay and he wants to go the distance in his own defense. But Roulet's compelling intensity and the story he tells disturbs and frightens Haller because, despite his rock solid prohibition against asking his client whether he did it or not, Haller becomes convinced of his client's innocence. He recalls his deceased father's advice to other lawyers, "The scariest client a lawyer will ever have is an innocent client." Haller knows that mistakes could result in a lethal injection and the execution of an innocent man.

It's only when Haller recognizes the startling similarities in appearance between the victim, Campeau, and Martha Rentoria, the victim of Jesus Menendez, one of Haller's former clients (who is now cooling his heels for life in San Quentin for that particular murder) that Haller begins to scratch his head and investigate Roulet's case more deeply. All is not as it seems as Haller not only wrestles with legal ethical dilemmas but even finds himself in the disturbing position of being investigated as a suspect for the very assault for which he is defending Roulet. Even his family has been threatened and Haller must take action to protect his daughter and ex-wife, to resolve his ethical legal dilemmas, to clear his own name as a suspect, to free Menendez from what he now knows is an unjust conviction and, in the bargain, to snag the mastermind behind the whole twisted mess! A tall order indeed but Connelly has proven that he is up to the task. He's also tossed in a beautiful plot twist at the very point where a reader would be convinced all was in hand.

It's difficult to expect much more out of any crackerjack suspense novel.

Characters are marvelously developed - the baddie in the piece is portrayed as truly evil and abhorrent (in fact, you can almost feel the shivers going up and down your back when Haller recoils from his simple touch); Fernando Valenzuela, the bail bondsman, and Raul Levin, Haller's crack investigator, are wonderfully down to earth and realistic; Maggie McPherson, Haller's ex-wife, is portrayed as a skilled competent prosecutor but also frequently lapses into a man's stereotypical bitchy ex-wife. Even Teddy Vogel, a top lieutenant in the Road Saints motorcycle gang is colourfully portrayed and jumps completely alive off the page! Dialogue is realistic and credible. Connelly's expertise in the legal field is obvious as he gives us an extraordinary insider's look at the procedural machinations of both the defense and prosecution sides of the law system as well as the official police and unofficial defense investigation of a crime.

Grisham, Baldacci, Tannenbaum - look to your laurels! There is a new star in the firmament of legal thrillers and his name is Michael Connelly. It will be a sad day indeed if Connelly doesn't reach the decision to bring Haller and his team back again for our enjoyment.

Paul Weiss

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November 13, 2010
I read this some time ago and thought it was good, tho Haller is sometimes not a sympathetic character!
 
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Best-selling author Michael Connelly, whose character-driven literary mysteries have earned him a wide following, breaks from the gate in the over-crowded field of legal thrillers and leaves every other contender from Grisham to Turow in the dust with this tightly plotted, brilliantly paced, impossible-to-put-down novel.

Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller's father was a legendary lawyer whose clients included gangster Mickey Cohen (in a nice twist, Cohen's gun, given to Dad then bequeathed to his son, plays a key role in the plot). 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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0739458922
ISBN-13: 978-0739458921
Author: Michael Connelly
Publisher: Orion

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