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The Law of Innocence (Mickey Haller Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Haller knows he's been framed and elects to defend himself.
But it isn't easy to build a defence from a cell in the Twin Towers Jail in downtown Los Angeles - as an officer of the court he is an instant target.
With the help of a handpicked team, including his half-brother Harry Bosch, Mickey races time to figure out who has plotted to destroy his life and why. And then he must go before a judge and jury to prove his own innocence.
In his highest stakes case yet, Mickey Haller fights for his life and shows why he is 'a worthy colleague of Atticus Finch . . . the front of the pack in the legal thriller game' (Los Angeles Times).
'This is unmatched crime writing at its summit' -The Australian
'The Raymond Chandler of this generation' -Associated Press
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"Connelly is without peer when it comes to police procedurals, and once again proves that he's the modern master of the form."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Night Fire"
The Night Fire offers more than a few incendiary surprises.-- "Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times"
A virtuoso performance...The Night Fire glows with the instincts and intelligence Bosch and Ballard bring to their pursuit of the truth.-- "Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times"
Breathless action...deep character studies...The Night Fire is Connelly's twenty first outing with Bosch, but the author has so much more to show us about him. Only three books in, Ballard has even more fodder for Connelly to uncover. In The Night Fire, Connelly again shows his mission: strong plots and sturdy characters.-- "Oline Cogdill, Sun Sentinel"
Connelly is the Raymond Chandler of this generation, and readers will be studying his writing methods decades from now. He has created another novel that feels authentic on every level, and the underlying theme of mortality running through the narrative makes everything in the story more urgent.--Jeff Ayers, Associated Press-- "Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times"
Connelly is without peer when it comes to police procedurals, and once again proves that he's the modern master of the form.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)-- "Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times"
Connelly manages to top himself with his latest intensely gripping thriller...He tells a superb tale with an economy of words using a no-nonsense, fly-on-the-wall style of writing...Fans of this prolific author of crime dramas and either series will find this best-seller-list-bound novel hard to put down.--Library Journal (starred review)-- "Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)"
One of the greatest crime writers of all time...Connelly continues to deliver winner after winner, year in and year out...reading one of his books is an experience unlike anything else the genre has to offer.--Ryan Steck, Crimereads-- "Collette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times"
Remarkable narrative legerdemain...Not only has Connelly created another fully formed series lead in Renée, who has her own fascinating backstory, but he has also forged a fascinating yin-and-yang relationship between the old school Harry and the unconventional loner Renèe...Master chef Connelly has once again combined familiar ingredients into a new and completely satisfying dish. Connelly is on a roll, with three consecutive number-one New York Times bestsellers. Don't bet against number four.-- "Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)"
There's something for everyone in this jam-packed plot: murder, arson, professional rivalry, salty cop talk and noisy domestic disputes that turn very ugly very quickly. Me, I go for the procedural details: who does what and how things get done from the minute the cops on shift at the Hollywood Division are sent to investigate a murder. Connelly is pretty much the current dean of procedural writers.--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review-- "Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (10 November 2020)
- Language : English
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The story is riveting and has many twists, turns and the occasional dead end. The court room descriptions seem plausible although I have little knowledge of American court protocols.
The ending is abrupt and a little implausible. There are a number of loose ends including how was the murder carried out without anyone hearing gunshots and who was behind the attempt to kill Haller.
This conclusion did not do justice to Connelly’s skill and I have just finished a more leisurely and more appreciative second read. No spoilers for the plot but what I really love about this book is the clever intertwining of people and events, both past and current, known best to dedicated Haller/Bosch readers. Chapter headings are dated from November 2019 to March 2020 which enables the real time impact of the early stages of COVID. On reflection, Connelly has always incorporated current events in his novels, but as I didn’t discover him until about 2010 and not living in the US, I did not relate to earlier events such as the LA riots, earthquake and OJ Simpson, or even the GFC, as I did to the events of 2020.
At the Zoom interview a couple of weeks ago I realised how aware Michael is of his readers’ expectations and this book perhaps panders a bit to them. However, I do always look forward to the next instalment.
The highlight of Mickey Haller stories are the tense exciting Court battles against an implacable hateful DA who is out to get our hero.
But this book for me has a problem which worries me. The body in the trunk and the dedicated fight to bury Mickey in jail for life did not ring true. Michael had to manufacture a motive which no DA in his right mind would pursue. As a practising lawyer trying to recover fees from a non paying client I would never contemplate killing the client and claiming from his estate whatever it is.
A letter of demand could never be construed a genuine threat of violence.
Michael’s stories always have ring of truth. In this book the bell is broken.
I love Connelly’s books and look forward to the next instalment in the Haller series.
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The author used highly defamatory descriptions of this politician’s character to justify the novel’s leading character’s striking potential jurors. The irony of the author’s using this politician (or any living real-life person) in this way is that the novel’s plucky main character was on trial for murder, and the dishonest prosecution was continually making it difficult for the defendant to defend himself – just as the author’s use of a novel as a vehicle for defamation purposes has precluded this current-day politician from defending himself. It is disgusting, cowardly, and very disappointing.
For any liberals reading this post who feel the need to attack me for stating my views, don't bother. You have called me names and tried to shame me for over four years so I am used to anything you have to throw at me now.
I don't like negative politics introduced in my favorite fiction I read. I read to escape the negativity in the political world. I don't like it when supporters of a political candidate are singled out as being dishonest or stupid for voting for a specific candidate. That can be perceived as being divisive and insulting to readers.
I enjoyed the legal strategy in this book, just not the negative politics.
I started reading Michael Connelly's books back in 2012 after a friend recommended Lincoln Lawyer as a good read. I think this amazing story is probably number 40 or thereabouts and I have to say that it is the best yet.
It was like a good meal which I deliberately savoured over about 5 wonderful courses, each accompanied by a beautiful glass of wine. Because I enjoyed it so much, I am leaving a big tip which is "READ THIS BOOK- IT IS AMAZING"
Connelly is best known for his long series of books featuring Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch. Formerly a long-serving detective in LAPD, and more recently retired, and acting as a private investigator. Connelly went out of his way to ensure that Bosch aged in real time, and while that helped with the books’ sense of authenticity, it meant that he had to make hard decisions about when, and how, Bosch would step down from the police force.
Connelly has also written a second, related series of novels featuring Mickey Haller, known as the ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ because for a long time he worked from the back of his chauffeur driven Town Car, rather than from a formal office. However, it gradually emerges that Haller is actually Bosch’s half-brother, and in recent years they have often worked on the same case. It is not a frictionless relationship. For one thing, Bosch’s upbringing was significantly harder than that of Haller, involving care home and intervention by social services. Bosch had also been a cop for almost all his working life, and as such had formed an intrinsic dislike (and distrust) of defence lawyers, whom he dismissed as frequently subverting, rather than upholding, justice. Over the years, however, they have established an accommodation.
As the novel opens, we learn that Haller himself is in prison, on remand and awaiting trial for murder after the body of one of his former clients was found in the boot of his car. The case appears fairly strong, and the District Attorney’s Office is pursuing their investigations zealously, feeling extra savour in the thought of perhaps convicting someone who over the years had proved such a thorn in their side. Haller has marshalled his own team, and is working vigorously on his defence from his prison cell, but knows that he is embarking on the most important case of his career.
Connelly has a fine style for crime writing. He develops his plots clearly, and the reader invariably finds themselves engrossed in the story virtually from the opening page. His characters, from either side of the law, are highly plausible, as are his plots. He never relies on spurious or contrived coincidences. Connelly began his professional life as a crime reporter, which presumably is where he perfected his sharp prose style. His writing is direct and clear. For the last few years, I have worked in the Civil Service, drafting correspondence for government ministers, and the mantra that my colleagues and I frequently cite is for the ABC of good drafting: accuracy, brevity and clarity. Michael Connelly delivers on all three counts.