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Mark’s #16 – The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

This book marks the third legal thriller I’ve read this year, and the first Michael Connelly book I’ve ever read. Though I enjoyed the first two legal thrillers, by Randy Singer and John Grisham, I have to say that this is the best,  most believable, well-written, most suspenseful of the three.

Since it is a thriller/mystery, I don’t like to go into too much plot detail. Briefly put, the story is a first person account of  defense laywer Mickey Haller, aka- The Lincoln Lawyers.  Traveling in his Lincoln through Los Angeles’ rougher neighborhoods to meet with various clients who are criminals and convicts, Mickey is a shrewd lawyer and businessman.  Like most defense lawyers, Mickey spends most of his time either working out suitable plea deals, or trying to expose the cracks and flaws of the prosecutions case against his clients.

Connelly does well to lead the reader to have uncomfortable feelings about, what many would consider, a sleazy defense lawyer, while still drawing the reader into wanting him to succeed.

As a defense lawyer for some of the worst criminals in southern California, Mickey realizes the vast majority of his clients are guilty as charged – but he’s not concerned with that.

What scares Mickey the most, and where the plot thickens, is the possibility of representing an innocent client and losing the case.

There were a few weak spots in the plot such as Mickey’s amicable relationship with his two ex-wives, who work as prosecutors.

What made me pull the trigger and buy this book was the high reviews on amazon, many of them claiming, “Connelly’s book puts Grisham to shame when it comes to writing legal thrillers.”

I think I agree with that sentiment, and if you read this book you may as well.

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Mark’s #15 – The Associate by John Grisham (422 pages)

The Associate is a fast-paced lawyer/spy novel in classic Grisham style.  After reading East of Eden by Steinbeck, the difference between good literature and ‘mind candy’ could not be more striking.  This book certainly isn’t going to make you think deeply about life… but it was fun, intriguing, and fast-paced nonetheless.

In this novel, Grisham paints quite a picture of what it would look like to begin work as an associate in one of the largest law firms in New York City… In a word – miserable.  The fast-paced, overworked greed machine that is corporate law firms devour their new associates with 100 hour work weeks, constant pressure to “bill more hours”, and bilk the Fortune 500 clients.

Kyle McAvoy, the main character, has no desire to live such a life, but he’s forced to through blackmail from an incident in his early college days.  The person blackmailing Kyle is seeking military secrets from a company the firm Kyle is forced to work for and spy on against his will.

The story line is intriguing throughout the book and it keeps one’s attention… I kind of felt like I was reading a mix between a David Baldacci spy thriller and a typical Grisham lawyer novel… ***spoiler alert*** my only complaint  was the ending… I felt like it had potential to end with a bang, but instead seemed to fizzle out…

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Mark’s #1 – The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

The Hangman’s Daughter is mystery/thriller and historical fiction set in the Bavarian town of Schongau Germany in the early 1600′s.  This is an interesting and different story, with some fascinating insights into that often brutal world.  As the reader, you get the sense that the setting and background for the book is very well researched.  Indeed, the author has ancestors who were part of the hangman heritage, and in the epilogue you can read about his research for the book.

Though perhaps a bit long, the story managed to keep my attention throughout.  If you’re looking for something different, with an engaging storyline and compelling characters, I would recommend this book.  If you have a kindle, you can get it here for $3.99

If you have a kindle and would like to ‘borrow’ the book from me, email me and I’ll send it to you (it stays for two weeks on your kindle).

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