The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is most famous for his Harry Bosch series of LA Detective novels, and rightly so as they are well written exemplars of the genre with a fascinating protagonist, well plotted stories, surprising yet plausible twists, vile villains and thrills aplenty. This book is not a Harry Bosch mystery, instead it is Michael Connelly venturing into Grisham territory – a courtroom drama, though laced with action that would be familiar to fans of his other work. However that is its downfall. It feels like a cheap substitute for a Harry Bosch novel. It is Harry Bosch but with an anonymous lawyer substituted for Harry. Ultimately it fails because the central character is not as sympathetic or as well rounded as Harry, yet the plot and action (while suitably clever) feel lifted from one of his stories. Read one of them instead.

Rating 2.5/5

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~ by Doug Newdick on February 14, 2008.

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