The Lincoln Lawyer

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The Lincoln Lawyer
Author Michael Connelly
CountryUnited States
Genre Crime fiction, mystery
PublisherLittle, Brown (USA), Orion (UK)
Published in English
October 3, 2005
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-316-73493-4
OCLC 60311867
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3553.O51165 L56 2005
Preceded by The Closers  
Followed by Echo Park  

The Lincoln Lawyer is a 2005 novel, the 16th by American crime writer Michael Connelly. It introduces Los Angeles attorney Mickey Haller, half-brother of Connelly's mainstay character Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch.


It was adapted as a 2011 film of the same name, starring Matthew McConaughey.


Moderately successful criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller operates around Los Angeles County out of a Lincoln Town Car (hence the title) driven by a former client working off his legal fees. While most clients are drug dealers and gangsters, the story focuses on an unusually important case of wealthy Los Angeles realtor Louis Roulet, accused of assault and attempted murder. At first, he appears to be innocent and set up by the female "victim".

Roulet's lies and many surprising revelations change Haller's original case theory. He reconsiders the situation of Jesus Menendez, a former client serving time in San Quentin State Prison after pleading guilty to a similar and mysteriously related crime.

Haller outmaneuvers Roulet (revealed to be a rapist and murderer) without violating ethical obligations, frees the innocent Menendez, and continues in legal practice. He also conducts much self-examination and acquires some emotional baggage.



The New York Times wrote: "Mastering the [legal thriller] on his first try, Connelly delivers a powerhouse drama fueled by cynicism and driven by a criminal defense lawyer named Michael Haller ('People call me Mickey') who works for the scum of the earth and makes no apologies." [1]

In other media

Film adaptation

The novel was adapted as a 2011 of the same name, starring Matthew McConaughey as Haller and Marisa Tomei as Maggie McPherson. The film was directed by Brad Furman from a screenplay by John Romano, and produced by Stone Village Pictures. Lionsgate holds the US distribution rights, and Lakeshore Entertainment holds international rights. [2] [3]

Television series adaptation

On June 25, 2019, it was announced that David E. Kelley had developed and written a television series based on the Haller series with a commitment from CBS. [4] Episodes had been order for 2020. [5] However, on May 2, 2020 it was announced that the pilot would not be moving forward. [6] Netflix subsequently picked up the series and ordered a 10-episode series of The Lincoln Lawyer, with Kelley, on January 11, 2021. Despite the same name of the eponymous novel, the series is based Connelly's second Mickey Haller novel, The Brass Verdict . [6] [7] Filming for the series began on March 31, 2021. [8]


The novel received much attention from the mystery community. It won the 2006 Shamus Award and Macavity Award for "Best Novel". [9] [10] It was also nominated in the 2006 Anthony Awards for the same honor. [11]

Additionally, in 2010 it was nominated in the "Best Mystery Novel of the Decade" category of the Barry Awards, although it lost to Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . [12]

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