Mickey Haller has been a feature of previous Bosch thrillers as the go to man for legal issues as Harry Bosch, his half-brother, often becomes involved with his cases in a deeper than ever expected manner, frequently running close to the wind on the legal side of things. But what happens when Haller becomes the victim, the suspect in a case where a body is found in the boot of his car and not just any body, but the body of a well-known con man, Sam Smailes.
As always with Connolly thrillers the plot is complex, well researched and constructed giving the storyline a massive acceptability as the cases are often those close to real life somewhere, adding a layer of authenticity that novel after novel keeps the much loved characters alive on the pages.
Taking a slightly different turn, being based predominantly in the Courtroom and jail, makes a change from the far roaming geography of previous works and as it is set at the beginning of 2020, the fact that there is a rumour of a virus that is going to change the way the world operates, builds in the reality of the timeframe.
But how is Hallett, who is pretty good at finding a way through the legal morass, going to work his way out or what is becoming more and more like a set up. As he is a lawyer and not all that well loved by members of the Judiciary, he is finding that trying to mount a defence from his jail cell, somewhat challenging.
He calls on the help of Bosch, Maggie, Cisco and other close friends to do the leg work for him and as always once the real digging begins, what is uncovered is explosive. But the question still remains, why he was framed.
Fast moving, entertaining and compelling The Law of Innocence is a must read over the summer months as in a slight twist, this time it is Haller narrating his story, with Bosch as a secondary character, which in an interesting concept.
|Publisher||Allen & Unwin|
|Distributor||Allen & Unwin|