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on 9 December 2013
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. The Gods of Guilt shows Connelly is never short of ideas when writing crime fiction. Past events of the district attorney makes the novel an interesting read, hence the title. Connelly is top of the game in crime fiction. The writing has reached a new level since introducing the character. He continues to impress a legion of readers. I would recommend the novel if you are looking for quality crime fiction. He is one of my favourite crime writers.
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on 30 January 2014
Mickey Haller is a likeable maverick, who still manages to remain on reasonably good terms with one ex-wife (she works for him) and her new husband. The other, while speaking to him for the sake of their daughter, was conspicuous by her absence in this story. Her involvement was minimal, except to say she is moving further away from him. But he has another love interest now, which comes about from an interview with a woman who has been subpoena'd by another lawyer..... Oh it's complicated.

This story shows a lot of groundwork before battle is drawn in the courtroom, and it tends to make you feel bogged down.. Certainly in reality the path to justice is by no means swift, but the story loses something through this phasing.. Critical points in his new relationship, for one. The cameo appearance of his half brother, Harry Bosch, is useful only to introduce an extranneous antagonist. it might have been better had he been used more thoughtfully, although - in truth - they are on opposite sides of the judicial coin, And I must say, if you read a lot of crime mystery stories you will know enough to foresee what happens at the critical point in the final witness' testimony. They didn't see that coming in the courtroom.. Should have frisked him, your honour.

I am fond enough of the characters to look forward to the next story/case, and to see what scrapes Mickey gets into then. I would like to think that the author would put Haller/Bosch in contention on a major case: a finale for Harry before retirement is forced upon him. With the two of them vying for the verdict who would stand triumphant, with the two of them both fastidious in their need for detail. It might have more going for it than this story, but on the whole it isn't bad.
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In the fifth novel based on 'Lincoln Lawyer' Mickey Haller, an escort girl is murdered, her pimp arrested and charged with the killing, and Haller is tasked with defending the accused.

Told in the first-person throughout, this is a solid and satisfying read with a tense and unpredictable courtroom finale. Haller is a good draw for the crime fiction reader, and there is an excellent supporting cast of characters to engage with one way or another. The writing style is of a high standard as you would expect from one of the most successful authors in this genre who has been at or near the top of the tree for over two decades. The one slightly weird element was the mention of how The Lincoln Lawyer (the first book in the series) was made into a film. This is arrogance on Connelly's part and a mistake that could lose him some fans I reckon. It's no secret that he went through years of wanting to break through into the Hollywood scene (in much the same way as peers such as John Grisham, James Patterson and James Ellroy) and although he has finally made it, he really doesn't need to make it a part of his fictional tales.

Anyway Gods of Guilt is still a very worthwhile read, most fans of courtroom drama will like this one.
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on 6 March 2014
My preference is for the Harry Bosch series but I have read MC's other stuff too. I watched the LL movie enjoying that and the Bosch pilot. Now these legal thriller books are a different kettle of fish; I cannot get into Grisham for instance. Somehow MC gets me past the plodding plot better than most. That said this one was more of a slog but I thought my patience would pay off, and it did.
By their very nature such books have to describe a fair bit of legal MO. Maybe to his credit MC carries this off but law to me is quite an unattractive profession, albeit an essential one. Unlike Harry who is ridden by the monkey of justice no matter what, Haller has to ride a finer line which means he is less attractive to us the reader (amongst others).
On another couple of points. HB makes a token appearance which IMHO had little point nor did the movie reference. So too I am a tad aggrieved with certain commercial allusions - is this novel "sponsored by" some fruity corporation? There is no need to specify what type of tablet nor cellphone in a work of fiction. I could not help but wonder about someone's intention here. I might suggest it weakens the cred that I think MC has kept longer than some others.
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on 1 April 2014
I love all books by Michael Connelly. I really enjoyed this book and have always liked the Micky Haller novels. Haller is representing Andre La Cosse who has been charged with the murder of Giselle Dallinger. Giselle is a high-class hooker who was a client of Haller's about ten years ago which makes Micky want to take the case even more. La Cosse is webmaster/digital pimp for Giselle who swears he is innocent. Even though Haller has heard that many times before, he believes La Cosse so he sets out to prove it.

I love the twists and turns Connelly has created in The Gods of Guilt. Micky Haller does not have an easy time of it in this story. With finding out unpleasant things about Giselle, a client he had 10 years ago and trying to prove his client is innocent, his life is not easy.

Even though I didn't always understand the legal aspects of the case, this books was so well written, it didn't matter that some parts were beyond me. Connelly has a way of writing that teaches you about the law and court system and draws you into the story.

Another fantastic Michael Connelly book that I highly recommend to anyone who likes legal suspense.
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on 7 May 2014
Mickey Haller, Attorney at Law and defender of the guilty. He got a drunk driver off on a technicality who later jumped a red light and killed mother and daughter in another car. This screwed up his life considerably and we meet him at a low ebb defending lowlifes.

His new client is a gay pimp accused of murdering one of his hookers. So far, so typical. But it begins to look as if the pimp is actually innocent (and not just waiting to be proven guilty). So was he set up by the drug cartels? Or is there a bent DEA agent involved?

The author has made a few changes. Haller seems to have got over his alcoholism. There are lots of flashbacks, as if an earlier book was missing - perhaps the author did a draft and didn't like it, so jumped over that chunk of the character's life. But apart from that quibble, I really enjoyed this book - Haller is no saint, but even if you are innocent until proved guilty, you want him on your side against the cops.
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on 22 January 2014
I am a massive fan of Michael Connelly books and have read them all so not so patiently wait between the time I finish one and he publishes the next. Out of Michael Connelly's two main characters over the course of his books I always preferred Harry Bosch. Though both main characters are flawed and we go through the challenges they face and how these affect them, I always rooted for the 'good guy' out of the two as opposed to the defence attorney who works for the bad guys (mostly). But this novel was in a different league to the other Mickey Haller stories and had a powerful message throughout and ending. Somehow Connelly makes a trial - what I always assumed to be a laborious, tedious process, exciting and tense throughout, especially when both sides fight it out.

Another brilliant page turner, full of surprises, I’m just sad it’s over! Can’t wait for the next one (as always!)…
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2013
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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on 28 November 2014
I do not normally read what I would term as mainstream fiction, but I received this in a Good reads first reads draw. I must say that I was pleasently surprised and entertained. The storytelling is smooth and polished keeping the plot moving along. The story moves along at the pace of a good film or TV series, keeping me guessing as to what would happen next.

The more I read, the more I wanted to read. It is a perfect commuter book, light reading but keeping you thinking as well as entertaining you. I believe that these stories are being turned into a TV series and I can see why.

If you are looking for an easy read that stimulates the brain cells, this will do the job well.

Ultimately I was left having enjoyed the book but then forgetting it and wondering what my next book would be.
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on 13 December 2013
I'm a lover of all books starring Mickey Haller and this one was no exception. My only 'criticism' (if you can call it that) was that Earle was killed off. I know it helped the storyline but I was so sad.
The reading of the jurors was spot on too - all juries have someone who will lead the rest. Possibly human nature - some like to lead, others like to be lead - but this lady was good at judging scripts, and if you treated the trial as a move, she would spot the flwas, gaps, etc.
Why flawed superhero? Well, he gets off the bad guys - it's what defence lawyers do for heavens sake. But this time the bad guys weren't on trial & he finally proved it. And he makees mistakes, big time. But everyone can be so wise after the event.
Read it & enjoy.
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