This latest entry in the Lincoln Lawyer series introduces an interesting concept: It brings the Oldest Profession into the Digital Age. The defendant in Mickey Haller’s latest murder defense case is a web designer who came up with a gimmick. He designed and managed web sites for prostitutes, managing their bookings, clearing customers, and then sharing the fees. Unfortunately, one night the customer was a no show, and the woman claimed she did not get paid. So the digital pimp, Andre La Cosse, went to her home and ended up bring arrested for her murder.
The victim was a former client of Haller, and she had previously recommended to La Cosse that if he ever needed a lawyer, Mickey was the man. Always skeptical, Mickey soon comes to believe his client really is innocent of the crime. Just go prove it! So once again, readers are treated to the combination of a murder trial with the Haller “team” trying to uncover information to exonerate the client.
The title really is a two-fold reference. On the one hand, it refers to the twelve jurors and two alternates who decide the guilt or innocence of the defendant. On the other hand, these are the various persons haunting Haller for actions and events in his past that continue to haunt him, like his questionable relationship with his daughter and others whom he either loved or hurt. While the novel reads well, and the plot is tight, it seems not as robust as past novels in the series. Missing are the wisecracks and off-beat humor seen in previous Lincoln Lawyer stories. Let’s hope Mr. Connelly is not tiring of the character. That said, the novel is recommended....Continua