Several months ago, my husband and I listened to this book on tape as we drove down south to Florida, from the northeast. It was a great book to listen to while driving. The pace was fast and the action constant. It always kept us guessing. In the book, Haller, the lawyer who uses an old Lincoln as his office, drinks too much and is pretty much down and out, but well connected with the underground world of petty criminals and those involved with them, bailbondsmen and such. His driver is working off his debt because Haller represented him pro bono. He is portrayed a bit sleazier in the book than in the newly released movie, but the movie sticks pretty much to the basic ideas of the novel.
Them main themes, in both the book and the movie, seem to be the dilemma between innocence and guilt, in the justice system. Does innocence matter or does the plea deal matter more? Is it so hard to prove your innocence because evidence is tampered with, butchered and/or manipulated or is it simply a matter of chance and the jury that is picked? Do the guilty often really go free, while the innocent become the victims of the system? Are there a great many miscarriages of justice because of our evidentiary rules and/or because of less than ethical lawyers who consider that the end justifies the means even if the outcome is not justified or even fair. Can anyone really receive a fair trial?
Are only the innocent entitled to the right to have a fair trial? Are the lawyers who represent the criminals less worthy or are they merely doing the job required of them, declaring their client’s innocence until proven guilty?
The book was good but the movie was even better. It isn’t a classic but it will keep you interested and in your seat.