The Lincoln Lawyer is based on a series of books written by Michael Connelly, and each season of the series is based on a different novel focusing on a particular case.
Michael Connelly published ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ in 2005, introducing Mickey Haller, and that book was subsequently adapted into a feature film of the same name starring Mathew McConaughey in 2011.
The second book in the series, ‘The Brass Verdict’ became the basis for the Netflix series starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller with the series originally ordered for production by CBS in 2019 before being dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Netflix picked it up again in 2021 and the first season premiered on May 13, 2022. Season 2 of the series sees Mickey defend Lisa Trammell in the murder of Mitchell Bondurant.
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Season 2 largely adapts the same central arc which is the murder of Mitchel Bondurant with Lisa as the primary suspect. In the book, Lisa is Mickey’s client for a while already, and in the show, she meets him more recently.
One of the biggest deviations from the books is that Mickey’s driver was changed from a man named Patrick to Izzy in the series, although they had vaguely similar backstories.
Another major change is the presence of Harry Bosch, an LAPD detective who is also Mickey’s half-brother. Since another series exists with Bosch as the subject on Prime Video, rights issues make it difficult for them to appear on the same show.
Lisa is guilty of killing her husband in the book as well, but Mickey also announces that he is running for LA district attorney too. In the show, Mickey has no designs on being DA yet and instead has to shift his attention to the murder of Glory Days.