The Lincoln Lawyer is the first of Michael Connelly’s novels in the series featuring Mickey Haller.
This book was released on October 3, 2005 and was subsequently made into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey.
The story also won both the Macavity Award and Shamus Award for best novel the year after its release.
The Lincoln Lawyer book description
Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat 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.