From No. 1 bestselling author Michael Connelly: Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller is back, and he's taken on another long-shot case. The chance of winning is one in a million...
Defence attorney Mickey Haller has agreed to represent a woman who is in prison for killing her husband, a sheriff's deputy, and Haller enlists his half-brother, retired LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, as investigator. Even after four years in prison, his new client maintains her innocence.
Reviewing the case, Bosch sees something that doesn't add up and senses the sheriff's department close ranks as he pursues the truth.
The path to true justice is, for both the lawyer and his investigator, fraught with danger from those who don't want the case reopened. And their opponents will stop at nothing to keep the Haller–Bosch dream team from uncovering what the deputy's killing was really about.
'Connelly is the Raymond Chandler of this generation' —Associated Press
'Superb crime writing from a master' —The Australian
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Michael Connelly, the master of the legal thriller, returns with the seventh instalment in the gripping Mickey Haller series. In Resurrection Walk, the Lincoln Lawyer is on a mission to prove the innocence of Lucinda Sanz, a woman wrongfully convicted of killing her ex-husband, a respected sheriff’s deputy. Connelly’s other leading man—Haller’s half-brother, Harry Bosch—plays a pivotal role in investigating the case, and there’s an entertaining dynamic between the two. It’s a refreshing twist in the series that this time the legal battle is to prove someone’s innocence, rather than their guilt. As the challenges mount and the crucial evidence remains elusive, Connelly’s sharp writing style remains as compelling as ever. Resurrection Walk is a must-read for fans of the series and anyone who appreciates well-crafted, hard-boiled American dramas.
Bestseller Connelly's paint-by-numbers seventh legal thriller featuring Mickey Haller (after 2020's The Law of Innocence) again teams the L.A. defense attorney with his half-brother, ex-LAPD officer Harry Bosch, who holds down his own Connelly series. After freeing a man wrongly convicted of murder with Bosch's help, Haller has launched a pro bono "in-house innocence project" to investigate questionable convictions, with Bosch vetting potential clients. Bosch recommends Haller look into the case of Lucinda Sanz, who pled no contest to manslaughter five years earlier for fatally shooting her ex-husband Roberto, an L.A. County sheriff's deputy. Sanz now claims she was innocent and entered the plea to avoid the risk of a life sentence after a trial. As the case never went to a jury, the records are sparse, but the investigative partners find enough question marks—including a key witness who admits that his statements were coerced—to pursue a federal claim that Sanz has been unlawfully imprisoned. Meanwhile, the powers that be, including some shadowy figures in the LAPD, will do everything they can to keep the case closed. Connelly is on autopilot here: the courtroom theatrics are bog standard, and much of the dialogue lands with a thud. This disappoints.
Going through the (legal) motions
The author is an American journalist turned mega-selling author in the crime genre, best known as the creator of irascible, and apparently immortal, LA detective Hieronymus “ Harry” Bosch, and his criminal defence attorney half-brother Michael “Mickey” (is that the cue for a song?) Haller, aka The Lincoln Lawyer.
This time, Mickey’s front and centre, along with his office manager (and ex-wife) Lorna and his ex-bikie investigator Diego, who is also Lorna’s current husband. However, Bosch features prominently too. Bosch’s daughter Maddie (also a cop), current sleuthing partner Detective Renee Ballard, and ex-wife assistant district attorney Maggie “McFierce” McPherson also make appearances. (While we’re talking song cues, how about “Hey, Hey, The Gang’s All Here.”)
After our boy had a wrongful conviction overturned in a previous Lincoln Lawyer instalment (the titular walk is what the wrongly incarcerated do when they get out of jail), he was deluged with mail from other hopefuls and their relatives. Mickey has an epiphany of sorts, fancying himself as a sort of free-lance innocence project, the sort that gets to pocket a third of subsequent compensation payout by the State.
He also arranges for Harry Bosch to undergo experimental therapy (with Lu-177, no less) for the leukaemia that might have resulted from radiation exposure on the job: a case involving stolen radioisotopes, ironically. Chronic myeloid leukaemia is mentioned. Myelodysplasia seems more likely to me, perhaps mixed myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative syndrome. Just sayin’. It’s not material to the plot.
Speaking of which. In return for his brother-in-law’s help with his health problem, Harry screens the letters Mickey receives, looking for candidates he considers worthy of further investigation. They settle on a case of the Latina ex of what (inevitably) turns out to be a bent cop. The chick was jailed for 12 years after pleading nolo contendre (Latin for “I do not wish to contend”, no contest in simple terms) when charged with his manslaughter. Our heroes think that’s odd. Me too. I thought nolo contendre was Mexican food. Not really. I did two years of Latin back in the day. Teacher by the name of Cicero. That came in handy when Mickey sued for habeas corpus, because I knew he wasn’t ordering breakfast. But I digress. Again.
The narrative includes (in no particular order) legal wrangling, clamouring press, courtroom scenes written with Mr Connelly’s mates at Amazon Prime Video in mind (i.e. high on melodrama), multiple setbacks including a night in jail for contempt for our hero, gangs inside and outside the police force, and Mexican cartels (of course). Our boy gets to curate another resurrection walk, from the courtroom rather than the jail this time. And Harry’s leukaemia goes into remission, meaning he’s available for Bosch #865, or something like that. I’ve lost count.
Mr C’s prose is as slick as ever, but there can’t be many genre tropes he has not already explored, which is why so much of this feels familiar.
Lincoln Lawyer n Bosch
This was a great book with mixing two of my favourite characters into one book! A great read and insight into the characters.
Connelly at his very best
I have been fortunate enough to read all of Connelly’s efforts. This would have to, IMO be one of the best - although they are all very, very good. Twists and turns, believable characters- in depth research all combine to produce a 5* read. Recommended