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Publisher's Summary

The most important case of his life.

Only this time the defendant is himself.

The law of innocence is unwritten. It will not be found in a leather-bound code book. It will never be argued in a courtroom. In nature, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the law of innocence, for every man not guilty of a crime there is a man out there who is. And to prove true innocence the guilty man must be found and exposed to the world.

Heading home after winning his latest case, Defence Attorney Mickey Haller - the Lincoln Lawyer - is pulled over by the police. They open the trunk of his car to find the body of a former client.

Haller knows the law inside out. He will be charged with murder. He will have to build his case from behind bars. And the trial will be the trial of his life.

Because Mickey Haller will defend himself in court.

With watertight evidence stacked against him, Haller will need every trick in the book to prove he was framed.

But a not-guilty verdict isn't enough. In order to truly walk free, Haller knows he must find the real killer - that is the law of innocence....

Crime doesn't come better than Connelly.

©2020 Michael Connelly (P)2020 Orion

Critic Reviews

"One of the very best writers working today." (Sunday Telegraph)

"A master." (Stephen King)

"Crime thriller writing of the highest order." (Guardian)

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Michael Connelly At His Best

I have listened and enjoyed every Michael Connelly book at this one did not disappoint.
Mikey Haller is the victim of the perfect frame. Can he wiggle out? Of course, the listner is not really worried. After all, the Lincoln Lawyer must triumph to keep the series going. Yet the plot is weaved so skillfully that the suspense never lets down. Then there is the gallery of characters we know so well, nail biting court drama and a satisfactory ending which leaves you smiling and waiting for the next book .

Because Mickey Haller will defend himself in court.



With watertight evidence stacked against him, Haller will need every trick in the book to prove he was framed.

But a not-guilty verdict isn't enough. In order to truly walk free, Haller knows he must find the real killer - that is the law of innocence....

Crime doesn't come better than Connelly. Certainly a re-listen for me

Peter Giles was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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Good, but to much politics

I liked it. but was it really necessary to criticise Donald Trump and Fox News? it didn't make a difference to the story.

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Excellent Book

The narration couldn’t be improved on. Really did bring the characters alive. First rate. Very good story too. I couldn’t wait to listen to the next installment.Mickey Haller and Bosch. Like to read more of this combination. I really enjoy the Lincoln Lawyer series. Would like to have heard how Bishop ended up. More could have been made of his involvement in plot. Thoroughly good listen.

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So-so story ruined

Melodramatic narrator spoils a mediocre story line. The final reveal is anti-climactic. For fans only.

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Another great Lincoln Lawyer story

I enjoyed the book. It's a tricky law case, the story is fast moving, just complicated enough, and set in Michael Connelly's great LA universe. It helps that Harry Bosch appears. Didn't give it 5 stars mainly because the narrator reads everything in the same exaggerated intense manner. He's got a good voice for mystery books, but emphasis becomes pointless when every sentence is emphasised.

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Another brilliant Connelly story.

Fantastic and engaging story that fkows great in typical Michael Connelly style with sensational narration. You won't be disappointed by this one. Highly recommended.

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After a few bad ones, finally a good book by MC

Haller's return is excellent. The book grabs us by the throat from the first action and holds it almost to the end. This time the main accused is Haller himself, and each action gives the impression of increasing pressure and the passing time. In addition, an experienced prosecutor stands in front of him, and she wants to be successful at all costs. This combination of characters and action gives us a really dynamic mix and draws us into the story. The reader is excellent and makes the atmosphere. The solution leaves room for a sequel, and we'll probably see it sometime.

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Be careful, Mr Conelly

Before I comment on the book itself, I need to say this: I am a long time lover of Mr Connelly's work. Bosch, Haller, Jennifer and Ballard are some of my favourite characters in fiction. The stories are always cohesive and engaging. This book is no exception. However Mr Connelly risks alienating a large part of his readership by engaging in politics. In this book he makes a number of references to the Trump presidency as if he believes his readers agree with him and the Hollywood elites and Big Tech. Around 50% of us don't, and history is rapidly coming down on the side that says Trump did NOT lie, as alleged in this book.
History may also recall the Wuhan virus differently than the way Mr Connelly seems to see things.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, But making flagrant claims, hidden in this case as being the opinions of Mr Haller, is fraught. I have pretty much every book you ever wrote, Mr Connelly, so I guess you already have my money, but I'll bet I'm not the only one who thinks introducing your political views is not in your best interest. I won't be discontinuing my reading of your novels, as Audible allows me to return them if I'm not pleased. BTW, I live in Australia, so my position on POTUS doesn't matter, but my position on TRUTH does.
Now, the book. Once again we have a court room drama, a genre in which Connelly excels. So nice to see Haller, Bosch, Cisco, Maggie, Lorna, Jennifer, and the two girls playing a big part in this one. Of all my Connelly characters, I reckon Mickey is my fave. Bosch is great but so focussed. Haller brings doubt to the legal process in Calif, something which is needed. John Lescroart Does this with his Dismass Hardy character ( check it out ), but Connelly does it better..
In the past I have always given this author's books a five. I would'd love to do so this time, but I do not like being talked at as if an alternative opinion does not matter.
Don't get so rich that you believe you are "elite", Mr Connelly. Life is not that long.

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An excellent Mickey Haller addition

For those who like the Mickey Haller series read by Peter Giles, this does not disappoint.
The story is well crafted and brings together elements from Mickeys past.
There is a review lamenting the politics of this book, but while contemporary to the period of its setting, I struggled to find ANY reference to either Fox News or Trump.
This is a bitter battle between the DA and an innocent man, leaving you feeling lucky that that man is Mickey Haller. Enjoy.

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Excellent story but irritating narration.

Excellent plot and believable characters. Spoilt by the narration. The narrator emphasises random words, seemingly without taking meaning into account.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-20-20

Incredible

Michael connelly has done it AGAIN! Another sensational story with a great performance from Peter Giles. I have certainly missed the Lincoln Lawyer and I can’t wait to hear about his next case! Highly recommended this book.

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  • Ms. S. Roux
  • 12-12-20

Gripping from beginning to End

I was disappointed (for the 1st time ever) with Michael Connelly’s last novel, Fair Warning, but what a come back The Law of Innocence is !
I literally could not stop listening. A gripping tale told with consummate skill by the narrator. Highly recommended.

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  • AlanM
  • 02-11-21

Immersive

Personally, I enjoy The Lincoln Lawyer stories almost as much as the Harry Bosch series and for me this was no exception. I wasn't too sure about the narrator at first but after a chapter or two I began to appreciate the performance more and more.

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  • robert skidmore
  • 12-27-20

Gripping storyline

Another excellent Lincoln Lawyer story, I have yet to find a Michael Connelly story that disappoints. Always enjoy it when the brothers work together even in a small part of the story. Highly recommended. With mention of Wuhan to show how up to date it is.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 07-23-21

Not my favourite

This was a well constructed novel, and I did enjoy it, somehow I didn't find it as good as previous in this series. Still worth a credit though.

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  • Sophie White
  • 01-04-22

Absolutely brilliant

A truly brilliant book superbly crafted, twisting & turning in the best Michael Connely style. Fantastic to have Mickey Haller back & I hope the wait isn’t long for his next appearance

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  • Nina Couser
  • 09-01-21

Very entertaining

Very enjoyable, true to form. Hours and hours of entertainment. You won't be disappointed. Having said that it took me a while to get used to the narrator (every line was given equal dramatic importance). Good pacing and likeable characters. I recommend

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  • Gareth Chapman
  • 08-18-21

Good story

This is a good story and well narrated. I marked it down because of the author trying foist his political views on me. I have no interest in American politics but the obvious dislike of Trump was sad to hear. So after this book that’s the last Connelly I will purchase, and I have read or listened to all of the Bosch books and several Haller offerings. Keep your politics to yourself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-21

amazing!

one of the best audio books I have listened to!

couldn't stop listening

perfect

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-21

Connelly never disappoints

My first audible book and a fantastic experience the narrator did an absolutely brilliant job.

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  • Noelle N.
  • 11-16-20

Faultless as always

Great storyline excellent narration .

please never change the narrator.

Sorry I have to wait ages for another book.

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  • kamalesh
  • 07-29-21

most unpleasant main character

Have enjoyed the Harry Bosch books. Despite Bosch being dour and unsmiling, he is authentic, ethical and intelligent. I have often found that I can like a series by an author but not others [eg L.J Ryan, Robert Dugoni, Gretta Mulrooney]/ Unfortunately with while Law of Innocence has an ok plot, the main character is a most unpleasant individual, limited, arrogant and selfish and the narrator makes him even worse. wouldn't have minded a very different outcome for the character!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-10-20

t The Gangs All Here

Typical Micky Haller. This story is well performed but slightly too formulaic. Connelly seems to have worked very hard to inject a lot of the characters we have met in the past. The prosecutor seems to be immune from sanctions and only has to apologize before she continues on her unethical/illegal way.

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  • Lee
  • 06-04-21

He can write a page turner, but has run out of good ideas to resolve the story.

Like Grisham, Connelly has many classics of the genre under his belt. He knows how to hook you and keep you turning the pages. Unfortunately, just like Grisham, Connelly seems to have run out of ideas on how to close out a story. The resolution of his recent books rely more on chance than as a result of good detective work or court room drama - the ride leading up to the resolution, though entertaining, proves to be largely irrelevant.
I’ll keep reading Connelly but I’m losing patience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

The Law of Innocence

You have done it agin Michael Connelly, you keep you writing full of suspense and the narrator was excellent. His deep moody voice added to the main character and made listening all the more enjoyable.

Thanks you all that work on this.

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  • Melle
  • 01-04-21

Gripping and Excellent

Like others, my only complaint is this book was so absorbing , I felt compelled to consume it all within two days. Michael Connelly knows how to start such a book, with the first paragraphs you're well and truly underway with a gripping story that will have you hooked. He has well established characters which enables him to keep the story moving along without providing a lot of setup and background.

This was a fascinating story, I never had any idea where things were going. There is genuine tension and a lot of fascinating insights into courtroom law and procedure. The author knows how to communicate to the audience without overwhelming with jargon or detail, and it feels believable. He cleverly but respectfully introduced the threads of the looming pandemic.

Overall an excellent book, delivered by an excellent narrator. I particularly like that whilst he changes his voice for the female characters, it is subtle and does not sound like bad pantomime or fallesto.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-22

A let down

Not a bad story unfortunately the end was a disappointment and a little unbelievable anticlimactic at best

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-22

Great story

Great book, I didn't love the narrator as much but still enjoyed it. He was good for the main chatacter only.

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  • John
  • 12-06-21

another solid edition to the series

Another good listen and I enjoyed from start to finish. Although I do prefer the books where Bosch is the main character and there is really one engrossing plot line.

You might notice that I seem to only ever give 4 or 5 star reviews. It is not that I am overly generous . There are many books that I have listened to that I have not particularly liked - I just don't write a review for those books.

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  • Freddy
  • 09-25-21

I guess Connelly's dinner was ready that day.

Perhaps Connelly got sick of the story himself, The ending could have gone on page 1 saving me 12 hours. What a let down.