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The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller 5) [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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21 Nov 2013 Mickey Haller 5

Mickey Haller gets the text, 'Call me ASAP - 187', and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409134342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409134343
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 14.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
The Black Ice
The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons

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Smart-talking defence attorney Mickey Haller is the second of the masterful creations of the 57-year-old Connelly - after his unforgettable Detective Hieronymus 'Harry' Bosch.Haller first appeared in 2005 and this is his fifth incarnation. It underlines the fact that Connelly is one of the great crime writers, a novelist who creates a fictional world so succinctly, and inhabits it so purposefully, that you are convinced it must be real. His mastery of place and character, his ease with dialogue, his control of plot gives his books a subtlety that is irresistible. (DAILY MAIL 2013-11-15)

Connelly's fifth novel to feature roguish defence lawyer Mickey Haller is even better than last year's The Black Box (MAIL ON SUNDAY EVENT MAGAZINE 2013-12-01)

Connelly tells his story in the taut, driven, journalistic style that has become his trademark as an author over the course of two decades and 26 novels. The result is a propulsive, intricately plotted and emotionally involving tale, but The Gods of Guilt also marks the emergence of Mickey Haller ... to become a complex and fascinating character in his own right. (IRISH TIMES 2014-02-08)

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The 'Lincoln Lawyer' grapples with a haunting case in this gripping thriller from bestselling author Michael Connelly.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
The Gods of Guilt marks the fifth appearance of straight-talking defence lawyer Mickey Haller. He is the half-brother of LAPD officer Harry Bosch, who appears in previous novel "Black Box". The author rotates the characters well.It is interesting to find out how the characters differ in terms of personality. The approach of handling cases is interesting to explore.The Gods of Guilt involves a new case for the Lincoln Lawyer. The client has been accused of murder. Mickey has to handle difficult cases where the stakes are high. Winning tends to strongly favour the other side when handling criminal cases. Can this be proved wrong? There is a twist added to the plot. The victim in question was a former client of the attorney. The past haunts Mickey. It becomes clear, as it is linked to a previous case. The events leading to the present build up well and reach a thrilling climax. It would be not right for me to comment too much on the plot details, as it would act as a spoiler for readers and affect enjoyment. The latest offering shows how skillful he is as a crime fiction writer. The novel is meticulously researched and richly insightful particularly the court scenes. Being a former crime reporter, adds real credibility and authenticity to the story. Connelly draws us well to the characters. We learn a lot about Mickey Haller surfacing as a district attorney and on an unhappy family life. There is a personal touch to Mickey Haller's character, as he is trying to build a bonding with the daughter. We get to learn about the client and victim in question. The background of the characters paint a sinister and dark picture. The plot is gripping, enthralling and compelling throughout. It kept me glued. There is an element of surprise when least expected to the plot. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it rather than loved it 22 Dec 2013
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I am a fan of Michael Connelly's books both the Harry Bosch and the Mickey Haller series. I prefer the Mickey Haller series as I feel he has written some of his best work in the courtroom setting. However, the fifth book in the Mickey Haller series doesn't live up to expectations.

For some reason, I get a rushed feeling about the book, especially as there were a number of spelling mistakes and the odd missing word.

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In addition, I found Connelly's need to refer to the Lincoln Lawyer movie within the novel irritating as well as the necessity for the two half brothers to have some brief encounter.

The story in general is quite good and kept me interested for the most part. However, the ending left me feeling apathetic. I had been hoping for a twist or something big to finish off the book. But unfortunately it just petered out.
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Overall, if you are a Michael Connelly fan, you will more than likely like this book, but not be blown away by it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but flawed 22 Aug 2014
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Another winner from Michael Connelly. Tense and gripping throughout. Loses a star for the numerous in character references to the film "The Lincoln Lawyer". Why authors do this is beyond me as it's unnecessary and spoils a pefectly good story. In Four Weddings and a Funeral when Andie MacDowell says, "Is it still raining, I hadn't noticed?", that one line ruins what had been, up to that point, a largely flawless film. It's a bit like that.

Clive Cussler went further and actually put himself in some of his Dirk Pitt stories. Cock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The series goes from strength to strength 5 Aug 2014
Connelly can be a frustrating writer. His Bosch series and other books can be really good and sometimes really bad
In the Lincoln Lawyer he has obviously got a fresh impetus. This is the 5th in the series and once again challenges you both with how far one can push the American legal system but also challenges you to think of the hero as being moral.
this is a good read and keeps you intrigued to the end - In Haller Connelly has created an anti hero that you grudgingly admire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Haller novel yet 27 Sep 2014
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The Mickey Haller series (this is number 5) is a cracking read, with this one being the best so far. No Bosch in this one (except a fleeting pass in the courthouse), but the usual characters.

Here he is defending a man accused of murder but claiming innocence, a case that takes him into dangerous territory and looks to his past relationship with the murder victim.

Like a John Grisham or Mark Giminez in story, the first person narrative lends itself to weaving in Haller's personal life that gives it a different dimension. The fact he is a recurring lead makes you really get into the character.

If you've never read any of the Haller series, then you can read this as a stand alone novel. However each book refers to events in others, so you may want to start with the first one - The Lincoln Lawyer. They're all good!

Read this as a stand alone, or
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 28 Aug 2014
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Initially I wasn't particularly keen on Mickey Haller as a character but I changed my mind after reading The Fifth Witness and The Gods Of Guilt. He may be a bit brash and economical with the truth sometimes but his heart is in the right place and his gives a great performance in the courthouse. Normally I'm not very fond of 1st person narrative as it can make a book rather one sided but in this case I think it works as you get all Mickey's reactions to events and his scheming is mostly laid bare. This is a great read and I loved the plot, a digital pimp (read the book for a definition) is accused of the murder of one of Mickey's ex clients, a prostitute he had a soft spot for. The team uncovers all sorts of skulduggery and it is great fun to see it all unfold.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
Another cracker from Connelly!! Was expecting another twist towards the end but still a stunning read and refreshing to get into after so much other tosh out there. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read again
very very good read, goes at a cracking pace and has a few surprises
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A good read, if you like Michael Conneally you will like this book as one of the better ones
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Published 8 days ago by R
2.0 out of 5 stars Could do better
I couldn't finish it. I got two thirds of the way through and I'd had enough; I could not suspend my disbelief. How could a supposedly sharp, savvy, lawyer be so stupid? So callow? Read more
Published 8 days ago by PHanson
5.0 out of 5 stars superb!
I thoroughly enjoyed this, another enthralling read from the king of the court room! Roll on Mickey Haller 6, can't wait!
Published 8 days ago by Lel19
5.0 out of 5 stars The gods of guilt
excellent story as usual-I dont miss reading any of his books & indeed have all of them!
Published 9 days ago by Mrs Pamela M.Holland
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