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BOOK REVIEW: THE LINCOLN LAWYER
BY MICHAEL CONNELLY

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Since 1995, when the "dream team" succeeded in achieving a not guilty verdict in the trial for murder of O J Simpson, followed in recent years by the acquittal of Robert Blake on similar charges, defense lawyers have come in for more than their share of bad press. The concept that unlimited funds and a phalanx of well trained attorneys can get any guilty party a "get out of jail free card" does not sit well with much of the public. In his latest book, Michael Connelly presents defense attorney Michael Haller, working in Los Angeles without the benefit of a formal office, conducting his practice instead from the back seat of a Lincoln town car, with a hired driver, a message service, a cell phone, and an ad in the LA yellow pages.

Haller is a cynical officer of the court and when the only son of a wealthy, controlling woman contacts him to mount a defense in an assault case, Haller can only see the financial gain to be achieved. But as the case develops and Haller learns more about the personality of his client - he finds himself the target in a very nasty game of cat and mouse.

The physical safety of those near and dear to Haller is in jeopardy. At least one major character is found shot to death, and Haller discoveres that the ethics of his entire career are under challenge from within his own soul.

Connelly is one of the best writers working today. Although his many loyal readers are always eager for another installment in the Harry Bosch series, THE LINCOLN LAWYER is a welcome addition to Connelly's body of work.

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