Another Heart-Stopping Thriller from Michael Connelly: Read our Review of The Law of Innocence

Another Heart-Stopping Thriller from Michael Connelly: Read our Review of The Law of Innocence

Michael Connelly is the megastar bestselling author of the Harry Bosch thriller series, now also on TV. His books have sold more than 74 million copies worldwide, been translated into 40 languages and have won awards all over the world. Each and every time you pick up one of his books, you know he’ll deliver. His crime novels sit atop a very strong genre. If you’re new to his work, then you have a huge backlist to discover. If you’re already a fan, you never have to wait too long for a new novel – Connelly is prolific. Earlier this year, the gripping Fair Warning was released, where stalwart journalist Jack McEvoy – the hero of The Poet and The Scarecrow – tracked a serial killer who had been operating completely under the radar.

Now, only a few months later, we’re gifted with The Law of Innocence (also featuring Harry Bosch), the next instalment of the Mickey Haller series. (Don’t worry if the various series, and instalments in those series seem confusing at first. All of Connelly’s novels read well as standalones.)

In this, Mickey Haller, a defence attorney, is pulled over by police, and the body of a client is discovered in the trunk of his Lincoln. Haller is charged with murder and can’t make the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge.

Haller knows he’s been framed and elects to defend himself.

But it isn’t easy to build a defence from a cell in the Twin Towers Jail in downtown Los Angeles – as an officer of the court he is an instant target.

With the help of a handpicked team, including his half-brother Harry Bosch, Mickey races time to figure out who has plotted to destroy his life and why. And then he must go before a judge and jury to prove his own innocence.

I was riveted by the courtroom scenes, and Connelly’s understanding of legal procedure and the US justice system is outstanding. Set just before the global pandemic truly hit, unfolding events of 2020 make a modern and realistic backdrop. Many favourite characters make an appearance, adding to their multi layers for fans, but not confusing first timers.

This is another heart-stopping new thriller from Connelly. Tightly plotted, as always, with polished prose that propels you through plenty of twists and turns. One of the great things about Connelly’s crime novels is that despite having a page-turning formula down pat, even loyal readers can’t predict what will happen.

The Law of Innocence is another brilliant read from the master of crime.

 

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Take a Sneak Peek at Michael Connelly's Heart-Stopping New Thriller The Law of Innocence

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9 November 2020

Take a Sneak Peek at Michael Connelly's Heart-Stopping New Thriller The Law of Innocence

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      Publisher details

      The Law of Innocence
      Author
      Michael Connelly
      Publisher
      Allen & Unwin
      Genre
      Crime Fiction
      Released
      10 November, 2020

      Synopsis

      The Lincoln Lawyer MICKEY HALLER is back in this heart-stopping new thriller from No. 1 bestselling author Michael Connelly. When defence attorney Mickey Haller is pulled over by police, the body of a client is discovered in the trunk of his Lincoln. Haller is charged with murder and can't make the exorbitant $5 million bail slapped on him by a vindictive judge. Haller knows he's been framed and elects to defend himself. But it isn't easy to build a defence from a cell in the Twin Towers Jail in downtown Los Angeles - as an officer of the court he is an instant target. With the help of a handpicked team, including his half-brother Harry Bosch, Mickey races time to figure out who has plotted to destroy his life and why. And then he must go before a judge and jury to prove his own innocence.

      Michael Connelly
      About the author

      Michael Connelly

      Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing - a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars.In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America.Connelly's books have been translated in 31 languages and have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Dilys, Nero, Barry, Audie, Ridley, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France), Grand Prix (France), and Premio Bancarella (Italy) awards.Michael lives with his family in Florida.Michael also makes regular appearances on the TV show Castle .

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