Title: The Law of Innocence
Author: Michael Connelly
Date of publication: Nov 10th 2020
Genre: Legal Thriller
Format reviewed: e-ARC
Number of pages: 403
Heading home after winning his latest case, defense 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..
The Law of Innocence is the most well-executed legal thriller I have read.
I could end my review here with a “buy it now” as I believe I will not do the book justice, but I’ll do my best to build my case.
Legal thrillers, or courtroom dramas, are tricky puzzles only the sharpest minds can create. They cut bits, they shape corners, they play with the colors so well that what you get is a box of characters, a strong plot, and no clue what the final picture will be. The amateur sleuth in me loves it. I find minds that can navigate the law fascinating, and when they make a door appear for me to enter the world of the law in a way that is both mesmerizing and entertaining, I am in awe. Michael Connelly has written my favorite courtroom thriller.
The book contains the legalese I love to read, an intricate, too-smart-for-me main character that never makes me feel I’m an idiot, but rather takes me with him on a wild chase for a verdict, and a cast of secondary characters that acts both as a connection to the rest of the world, and the humanity trials sometimes lack. Even when a jury is present, the Law is presented facts and judges upon them, which makes all the protagonists necessary to make room for feelings, emotions, and breathing, between boxes of paperwork.
This was my first Mickey Haller book and I was not expecting him to be arrested so quickly! A lawyer behind bars is never good. Okay, some may deserve it, but there was never a doubt in my mind that Mickey was not one of them. Yet, everything pointed to him, and within a few pages, I was scared for his life. The worry was gnawing at me. I could feel the weight of the evidence against Mickey and no way out. But I am no lawyer, nor am I in the clever percentage of people who can actually make sense of those situations. I don’t want to be. I enjoy sitting on the bench and watch.
I watched. I also got adrenaline rushes and hot flushes. Nothing boring in The Law of Innocence. A defense attorney is being framed (or so he says) and decides to defend himself, preparing his trial from prison. Okay, just writing this, I got a thrill. And it’s only the premise.
The plot is tight, tighter than the tie of a corporate lawyer meeting a billionaire client. Everything seems to be against Mickey but his brain, and those of his team, work in such a way that it almost seems easy to turn bad news into an advantage. Now I would not want you to believe it’s an easy ride and read. The fact Mickey’s fate hangs in the balance is always at the front of the mind, and time is also a key player. Mickey doesn’t wait acquittal. He wants a non-guilty verdict, and this made me think. Those things really are different, but it takes courage to go all the way to defend oneself and one’s reputation. Would have I the balls? Pardon my French. I don’t know the answer to this, but it was exciting to see Mickey put his faith in himself, his team, and the system. He definitely knows how to play!
I really enjoyed the bits and bobs about his personal life, and I am curious enough to go and check the previous books in the series!
I recommend The Innocence of Law to all courtroom drama readers. The writing is addictive, and the plot wraps itself around you and doesn’t let go until a finish that is, if not explosive, completely real, raw, and reflects so well how the US system works.
Grab your copy!
Thank you to Orion and Tracy Fenton for having me on the tour and providing me with a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.
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