Connelly’s novels have long been distinguished by his mastery of the complexities of the justice system including an ability to get police and courtroom procedures exactly right. Combine this with a cast of well-drawn characters, writing as precise as a Patek Philippe watch, and a propulsive plot, and the result is one of the finest legal thrillers of the last decade.
The law of innocence is simple — and complicated — as Michael Connelly shows in his 35th novel.The Law of Innocence moves at a brisk clip, working as a legal thriller, a police procedural and a character study of Mickey ... The action never lags, even though the majority of scenes take place either in the prison or the courtroom, two claustrophobic settings ... Connelly invests deeply in his characters, using each novel to explore their psyches.With the story taking place primarily in early 2020, The Law of Innocence offers a new challenge to Connelly’s affinity for zeroing in on contemporary issues. As Connelly builds tension, he weaves in rumors of a spreading virus; people begin wearing masks and chaos erupts at the supermarket.
Intelligently plotted, The Law of Innocence again proves Connelly is a master storyteller.
Connelly has always displayed great ability to write courtroom scenes, combining thrust-and-parry exchanges between defense and prosecution with a look at the personal motives driving all the players (including the judge). He does all that here, too, but the extended focus on the pretrial discovery process ... This is a fine legal thriller and a revealing character study, as we watch Haller lose a little bluster at the prospect of life behind bars; there’s also the matter of a strange virus in Wuhan, China, just starting to make headlines as Haller’s case goes to trial.