The Lincoln Lawyer – the book and the movie


I always wonder if the movie version of a book I’ve read will be a good one. You never know how the two are going to match up, so I was happy to see how well the 2011 film of The Lincoln Lawyer matched the book of the same name by Michael Connelly.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Matthew McConaughey plays the lead, but the cast is full of well-knowns, including Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy and Bryan Cranston. The story revolves around Mickey Haller, an LA defense attorney whose office is the back of a Lincoln Continental. Haller faces his greatest fear when takes on a wealthy client who has been arrested for assaulting a woman: is his client telling the truth? The words of his famous lawyer father echo in his brain, “There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”

Both the book and the movie tell a swift-moving and entertaining legal crime story. I like Michael Connelly’s writing and enjoyed seeing his characters on-screen. The book, of course, provides a lot more detail and back story, including the connection between Haller and Connelly’s other famous character, Harry Bosch (the two are half-brothers).

I recommend both, but read the book first so you can get the full story in your mind. The movie is pure entertainment!

Click here for a full review of the book.

Want to know more about the movie? See the whole cast and crew on

And to reward you for reading to the bottom of this post, here’s a nice pic of McConaughey.

Image: Popsugar

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15 thoughts on “The Lincoln Lawyer – the book and the movie

  1. I enjoyed this movie, but I haven’t read the book yet. I’ve only read one of Connelly’s books. It was one he signed for me at ThrillerFest. I’d like to read more of them though.

  2. I haven’t seen this movie or read the book…how did I miss them? Oh gosh, now you have me thinking of Matthew in that Grisham movie. I can’t remember the name, but it took place in the South and he was all hot and sweaty for most of the movie…LOL! Oh, A TIME TO KILL. 🙂

    1. Yes, I had been trying to watch this for about six months. My kids had seen it and recommended it and since I had just read the book, the fit was perfect. Unfortunately, it took me forever to get to it – I checked it out several times at the library before I actually watched it!

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