Michael “Mickey” Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney with the type of clients you’d rather see him lose for in the courtroom. When he lands a “franchise” case representing Louis Roulet, a wealthy realtor, Haller feels like he’s truly in the money and on the path towards more like-walleted clients.
What is remarkable about this story is how vivid a picture we’re given of Mickey Haller. On the surface, he’s a slick, oily attorney representing the underbelly of the city. Beneath that veneer you’ll find a conflicted man who’s a very good lawyer who also manages to be well liked by his two ex-wives. His courtroom strategies are pretty ingenious and when his money case takes an awful turn, we get the opportunity to see Haller turn inward, getting a glimpse of the man’s soul.
This is an excellent start to what should be an interesting series. I wasn’t all that interested in this character before reading this book and now am extremely intrigued. I’m also looking forward to seeing Haller intersect with Harry Bosch.
- Release Date: October 3, 2005
- Series: Mickey Haller #1; Harry Bosch Universe #15
- Narrator: Adam Grupper
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 35 minutes
(I watched the movie a few months ago and loved it)