" Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case in the gripping new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. 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. The Gods of Guilt shows once again why "Michael Connelly excels, easily surpassing John Grisham in the building of courtroom suspense" (Los Angeles Times)"--
Haller always has to play to in order to get his desired outcome. Well done as usual. Courtroom shenanigans are always fun to read about.
The pimp claims he did not kill the woman. Haller after an initial investigation believes his client did not kill the woman. The story then takes us through the pretrial period and through the trial. There story revolves around who had the motive to kill the woman. The primary suspect is a DEA agent who had used the woman as a snitch to set up a drug cartel boss.
There is plenty of suspense throughout the novel and just enough twists and turns to keep you interested in the story. If you like John Grisham novels, you will like The Gods of Guilt.
I liked the focus on Legal Siegel and what he brings to the depth of Haller. I think Haller's alliance with Kendal is going to spell trouble ** and I miss Maggie McFierce. I thought it was interesting that Connelly chose to skip over the run for the DA, etc. and wonder if I'll come across it in the Harry Bosch series.
** if there are more Lincoln Lawyer novels. His "closing arguments" seemed to wrap up a lot of loose ends and made me wonder if we've seen the end of the Lincoln Lawyer, like we've seen the car's end.
Mickey Haller is a lawyer who doesn't have a bricks and mortar office - instead he works out of his Lincoln town car.
Haller's life is on the downswing - his bid for District Attorney blew up in his face, his daughter won't see him or speak to him and he's hurting for money.
Mickey gets a call from the jail from an Andre - he's been told to call Haller if he ever needs a lawyer. Andre is accused of killing 'Glory Days' - a prostitute from Mick's past - one he thought he had saved from 'the life'. The kicker? It's Gloria who told Andre to call Haller. Andre is adamant he didn't kill Gloria and Haller takes the case - out of a sense of guilt.
Connelly turns in another solid legal thriller. Haller in the courtroom is great fun as are his somewhat questionable methods. Likable recurring character make an appearance, with one making a final bow. Connelly expands on Mickey's personal life that makes the character all the more real.
I pick up every Connelly knowing I'm going to enjoy it. The one thing I didn't like in this novel was Haller referencing the movie made about him. I would have liked to keep reality and fiction separate. Other than that The Gods of Guilt was eminently readable and definitely entertaining.
I read the Lincoln Lawyer and loved it, so I went on to read a few other books in the series. When the Haller/Bosch books started to intersect to the point where I felt I might have to read all the Bosch books to stay caught up, I gave up on the series. I was just not THAT invested. I picked up this book because it received some positive reviews on several sites. I cannot say that I did like this book, I did. It had the prerequisite and well-done courtroom antics I enjoy. However, considering I pretty much read the first book, one or two in the middle and this, the latest in the series I would have expected the characters to have developed a little more. Not so. I didn’t feel like I missed anything by not reading the other “in between” books. For me to invest some reading time in a series I have to enjoy revisiting the characters to find out what went on in their lives while we were apart. In this case the answer was … not much! I don’t think I’ll be picking up another one.
Loved connecting with all the characters and hoping there will be a movie based on the book (with McConaughey, of course)!
I always buy the audio version as Peter Giles is a great performer and ideal for the storyline and characters. As usual, Mickey Haller is in the middle of one of the highest stake murder case---he is either always at the top or at the bottom (wow, this guy can preserve!).
When Mickey learns the victim was his own former client, a prostitute (which we learned about in his former books) – he is haunted by ghosts of the past and works diligently to solve the case.
Andre La Cosse, a high-tech pimp, is charged with murdering one of his clients, Giselle Dallinger, a prostitute who turns out to be known to Haller as Gloria Dayton, from 2005's The Lincoln Lawyer.
As usual, Halley can smell trouble and he and his staff pulls out all the stops --Cisco and Lorna Taylor, as well as associate Jennifer and of course driver Earl. Haller's strategy is not to uncover the truth but to develop a credible alternative theory of the crime—of course, there is always high level of drama in the courtroom----as Haller appeals directly to the members of the jury, "the gods of guilt".
You will be able to catch up with his ex-wives, and his estranged daughter --- of the title. Brilliantly written to make the legal system proud-- Michael Connelly is at the top of his game!
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.
As Mickey is investigating this case, he gets a subpoena about a man in jail seeking a new trial. This man claims that Gloria Dayton may have worked with a crooked DEA agent to hide a gun in his room so when it was searched, the man received a life sentence.
Mickey plans to work on both cases and thinks that by showing Gloria was involved with the DEA agent, maybe someone else wanted her dead.
Connelly draws his characters with finesse. He gives enough information so the reader becomes interested in the character and the character becomes more real, not just a name on a piece of paper.
The courtroom scenes were well portrayed and real. Mickey is a flawed character who sometimes manipulates people to get a better deal for his own clients. But if you're one of his clients, you know you have one of the best defense attorneys.
Once we are introduced to the accused, the story takes a little time getting set up and establishing the characters. Once you are familiar with them the author quickly gets you into the intricacies of the plot. Mickey Haller comes across as a regular guy with his own shortcomings doing the best he can at what he does best. This is a tale brimming with a cast of dangerous players doing what they can to derail Mickey's case. It also offers an enlightening look at 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".
The story arc and pacing, the investigative phase and courtroom drama, the relationships between lawyers and clients, and the tension and drama between the prosecutors and the defense attorneys was realistically done.
I prefer the Harry Bosch series that Connelly writes but this was still an enjoyable legal thriller.