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A murder during the US housing crisis
le 15 février 2012
This 559-page tome is about Mickey Haller, "The Lincoln Lawyer". He is the half brother of Harry Bosch, the LAPD detective who is the hero of most of Connelly's books. This courtroom drama is situated during the US mortgage crisis when tons of people lost their homes, sometimes because of fraudulent paperwork of their banks. Many bank foreclosures were farmed out to shady agencies, which quickly grew rich and powerful.
MH still practices law from the backseat of a bullet-proof Lincoln Town Car. Criminal cases dried up during the mortgage crisis, so he switched to defending people threatened to be evicted from their homes. Lisa is one such client. One from hell in MH's estimation: abandoned by her husband, fired from her job, Lisa is emotional, opinionated, hard to control. As a campaigner against banks, seen nationwide on CNN and Fox, Lisa suddenly stands accused of the premeditated murder of the man in charge of home loans of her own bank... Mickey was her council in her case against her bank and becomes her defense lawyer in the murder case.
Before Lisa's murder trial even begins, Mickey is expertly beaten up in a parking garage by two goons. Who ordered this? The trial and its preparation is a superbly-written account of Mickey and his adversary, the very bright state prosecutor Andrea and full of scheming, strategy and tactics. Andrea has enormous resources at her disposal, Mickey not.
This is a brilliantly-plotted courtroom procedural with many twists and turns, also in Mickey's personal sphere. Required reading for criminal law students and police investigators. Superbly plotted, written and researched. A final lesson concerns Facebook. Do not trust all your Facebook friends. One may be a spy and an enemy. Maybe more than one. Also, the final pages contain a devastating twist. Highly recommended.