Michael Connelly is one of those writers' who is able to grab the reader's imagination with his first sentence: "I approached the witness stand with a warm and welcoming smile. This, of course, belied my true intent, which was to destroy the woman who sat there with her eyes fixed on mine." From this opening, Connelly's latest Mickey Haller book, THE GODS OF GUILT, weaves its way through a slalom-like plot that has Mickey and his team wending their way through multiple precarious scenarios as they build a defense for their latest client, a cyber-pimp known as Andre LaCosse.
Currently at odds with his daughter, who has distanced herself from her father following the death of a school friend and her mother at the hands of one of his clients, Mickey is experiencing more than a little personal angst over both this rift as well as the murder of a previous client named Gloria Dayton.
This is a tale brimming with a cast of dangerous players doing what they can to derail Mickey's case. It also offers an illuminating look at the mechanics of a legal system that has lawyers walking a fine line between seeking justice by finding the truth and just helping their clients "beat the rap".
While this is a realistic and perfectly pitched legal drama, never fear because there is more than enough excitement and action taking place outside the courtroom to keep the reader engrossed to the final page.
Final Observation: Defense can be a deadly sport if you're Mickey Haller and your client list is made up of the dregs of society.