Why the Lincoln Lawyer Show ignores so much of book 1 (what is it based on?)

Netflix’s adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer novels by Michael Connelly ignores the first book and tells a different story. But which book adapts it?

Warning: Contains spoilers for The Lincoln Attorneys season 1.

Netflix’s The Lincoln Attorneys The TV series adapts the second Mickey Haller book, Brass judgments (2007), but why does it ignore book 1? The Lincoln Attorneys novel series starts with a book of the same name and is written by Michael Connelly, the same author behind Bosch novels. While the author and the production team claimed that the series would adapt Brass judgmentsthe truth is a little more complicated.

Detective Attorney Michael “Mickey” Haller Jr. (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) was first introduced in the 2005 novel The Lincoln Attorneys. Haller, who works as part of the legal justice system’s machine, helps clients escape unethical police work, but is also hired by a client named Louis Ross Roulet, who has been accused of brutally assaulting a sex worker named Reggie Campo. The story is linked to an old case of Haller, in which the innocent man Jesus Menendez was sent to prison on a life sentence for the murder of another sex worker, Martha Renteria.

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It is not explicitly stated why the Netflix adaptation of The Lincoln Attorneys has not adapted the original book of the same name, but there are logical reasons for the decision. 2005s The Lincoln Attorneys was already adapted into a well-received film starring Matthew McConaughey in 2011, meaning many people would already know the answers to the mysteries, and the Netflix adaptation would struggle to get out of McConaughey’s shadow. other than that Lincoln Lawyers focus on visceral descriptions of violence against women could have been an easy choice to avoid for Netflix executives hoping for something at least a little more family-friendly.



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That would have been easy for Netflix TV series of The Lincoln Attorneys to make a direct adaptation of Brass judgments, simply by acknowledging that the events of the first book had already taken place. However, the series ignores the events of the first book and replaces the damage Mickey Haller incurs at the end of The Lincoln Attorneys with a surf injury that leaves him in a similar spot. This enables Netflix’s The Lincoln Attorneys to kill any potential connections to the 2011 film and establish itself as its own narrative.

This works especially well in The Lincoln Attorneys TV series like Netflix actually mix many of the subplots from the original 2005 novel. This includes cases like Sam Scales and Harold “Hard Case” Casey, but more importantly that of Jesus Menendez. Divorced from his connection to Louis Ross Roulet in the Netflix adaptation of The Lincoln Attorneysis the Menendez case able to create The Lincoln Attorneys season 2 with a suggestion that the second season might revisit the main plot from the first book, now that the series has established its world and characters.


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The Lincoln Attorneys season 1 is now available on Netflix.

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