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4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns...and trips, 26 July 2006
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I'd never even heard of Michael Connelly before reading the much-applauded The Lincoln Lawyer. I'd been drawn to it by a half-price offer, not knowing the author but finding the blurb to be enticing enough to fork out the 5 for the book. What a buy.

The reviews I've read since enjoying the book have all given the book dues on the basis of the twists and turns in its plot. For me, this was not the greatest feature of the book. Yes, it twists and turns more than a Salsa dancer but what I picked out as being the best part was the character you got to know by reading the book. Mickey Haller is such a genuine character, built upon even more so by the fact that the book is written in first person, and you know him inside-out by the end of the book. Only in hindsight, having since read The Black Echo by the same author, am I able to confirm that Haller is a much better developed character than Bosch in my opinion, with more to him than the 'hard-done-by, take-no-crap' Bosch. Because of this, the book is a good read for someone who doesn't want to be dragged under by the depth of the forensics and criminology aspect, as was the case in The Black Echo, but wants to read about how a man grows through the case he is pursuing. Interestingly, it was this aside which kept me holding onto the book.

The case does have its turns, unquestionably, but the last 200 pages are simply an ambling pretext to an easily anticipatable ending. I won't spoil it but, if you get to page 400 and think you've figured it out then, well, you probably have. However, the plot was hard to make too unpredictable given its nature and thats where Connelly truly shines as a fine writer. He gives so much attention to Haller's life outside of the case that it affords the reader the ability to 'relax' away from the case without putting the book down. You can read the book for the crime, or for the character, but each are linked so well you won't put it down for wanting more of either.

So, despite tripping up slightly in dizzying us amongst the twist and turns of the plot, Connelly has here a solid gold read which one can immerse themself in as much as they wish. It's an easy beach-read for someone wanting a nice, flowing story and, by the same token, it's a tough grind for someone wanting an intense criminology story. Haller's got you for the summer.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2009 11:58:48 GMT
Lovely review, thank you.
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