Mickey Haller seems to be a good man. Like anyone, he has his flaws and he does what he can to make a living as a defense attorney. At one point, he confides that his father, who was also an attorney, had a place in his heart to help the less fortunate. Many of these clients were women who resorted to prostitution as a desperate choice to survive. Mickey tries to follow his father's worthy example.
Mickey does much of his work from the back seat of his Lincoln. His driver, Earl, is working off his fee for Mickey's successful defense of a case against him.
As the story progresses, Mickey is asked to defend the wealthy Louis Roulet from the accusation of aggravated assault and attempted rape against Reggie Campo, a woman he had met in a bar.
From the start, Mickey is skeptical of Roulet when he catches the man in a number of lies about his past. Then, when Mickey sees a photo of Reggie, she bears a close resemblance to a woman that Mickey's former client Jesus Mendez, was sent to prison for killing.
Mendez maintained his innocence and now Mickey wonders if Mendez could really be innocent. Mickey visits Mendez in jail and brings a number of photos, one of which is Roulet. What Mickey learns is that he is now dealing with a truly evil person.
The novel proceeds as the author, Michael Connelly, sets the parts in motion as if he is directing a play. Roulet is able to create a special reason for Mickey to win the case and set him free but he also admits his past. Since there is attorney client privilege, Mickey cannot use this against Roulet.
To say the novel was well done is an understatement. The reader becomes involved in the story as it goes to trial as if the reader was sitting in the jury. We watch Mickey master the case breathlessly move on, wondering how he will provide justice to Roulet, a man he is defending.
This is a can't put down novel that has just opened as a movie.
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