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Michael Connelly
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13 Mar 2014 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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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (13 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409149080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409149088
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,135 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.

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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
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The 'Lincoln Lawyer' returns with a haunting case in the gripping new thriller from bestselling author Michael Connelly.

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30 of 31 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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9 of 10 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Guilty of being average 7 Aug 2014
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I was hoping the Haller novels were going to take a different direction for a time following the end of The Fifth Witness and Mickey's decision to run for the District Attorney post (as he puts it "his new destiny"). So it was somewhat jarring to start on The Gods of Guilt and find that this has all been unceremoniously shelved - he lost the race, and even worse is the sketchy description of events between novels to explain it all.

Connelly resets everything. Haller is back in the Lincoln, his ex-wife and daughter hate him more than ever and he is struggling to make ends meet. This is pretty much the template for the previous four books and The Gods of Guilt is largely formulaic from that point on.

I really struggled with the first half of the book as I just didn't care about the people involved. Connelly likes to present Mickey Haller as perhaps misunderstood, a lone crusader in criminal defence who can't catch a break in his relationships and is perceived as bad by most around him but really he's not. It's pretty clichéd and to be honest a lot of the time it doesn't work. It's all wearing a little thin now.

The Bosch novels had this predicament a while back but have, in my opinion at least, picked up in recent years. Connelly needs to do something with Haller, this particular book is largely pointless. The plot is uninvolving and has a couple of reasonable twists (particularly Mickey and his team setting up their straw man defence, which becomes more real than they initially suspected) but it isn't terribly new and the book mostly fizzles out into a predictable ending (apart from one slightly bizarre incident), which isn't something I would normally accuse the author of.
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You will always get a good story from this author, whether it be with the Harry Bosch series or, as now, with book 5 featuring Mickey Haller. The two people are quite different as is the format for the storylines. For me, Bosch is the better protagonist, though one or two stories have been a bit tired.

In this one, Haller is on home ground, still in the back seat of his Lincoln.

I did find it strange why the author needed to push this aspect of Haller's credo. The film of the same name is mentioned....and mentioned. Then we have a plethora of lawyers in Lincolns parked outside the Court House. What sort of guy jumps into a Lincoln without realising he's in the wrong car - all very strange. In previous books, Haller has had his bad luck episodes and life doesn't run smoothly in this book either.

The problem with this series is that Haller either wins or he loses otherwise no book 6, so it's worth working out what events will befall him to justify book 6.

We have the usual family background which is another fine mess, the man spends $54000 before he's a quarterway through the case and then wondrously keeps the firm going with his own (oops, daughter's college) money; he doesn't strike me a safe pair of hands.

However and nonetheless, I enjoyed the book up to 4 stars. Connelly has a well crafted court room scenario which pans out well. His staff remain loyal - which is just as well and there's a glimmer of hope on the home front, too.

I note Harry Bosch is back later this year; certainly a 'must have' for me. As for book 6, time will tell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but flawed
Another winner from Michael Connelly. Tense and gripping throughout. Loses a star for the numerous in character references to the film "The Lincoln Lawyer". Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Brian Trousers
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I loved it, it was a great book! Looking forward to many many more Micky Haller books. Fab fab fab
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely enjoyable
As always Michael Connelly sets the scene well, he then builds up the story to a fast pace with the expected twists. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly
The book was well written, as ever with this author, and an enjoyable read. I also like Mickey Haller, as he's quite a good character, with layers and contradictions like a real... Read more
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Published 3 days ago by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars you will love this. Utterly compelling
If you are a fan of Michael Connelly and of Mickey Haller, you will love this. Utterly compelling. If this is your first Michael Connelly book, and you like crime/justice books in... Read more
Published 4 days ago by joan gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars another triumph
i really enjoyed reading this and went through it pretty rapidly. great story wifh interesting characters and well written . Read more
Published 4 days ago by Reader 117
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book
Really enjoyed the book. Connelly never disappoints his fans. Hope there will be another film made with Matthew Mcconaughey playing Mickey Haller.
Published 4 days ago by mrs l l crompton
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