The Gods of Guilt

by Michael Connelly

Hardcover, 2013

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Little, Brown and Company (2013), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages


" 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)"--… (more)

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LibraryThing member librarian1204
Michael Connelly is one of the few authors who can add a new book to an established series and not rewrite the same book over and over. Mickey Haller is as fresh as day one in this new book. He wrestles with his past cases , get the NG verdict for the defendant, even when it isn't the right verdict for the rest of us. The title, Gods of a Guilt refers to the Jury.
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.
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LibraryThing member exfed
Another great Michael Connelly book, this time featuring "the Lincoln lawyer" Mikey Haller. Haller is much more subdued in this story, having lost an election for district attorney, divorced by latest wife, and a with daughter that wants nothing to do with him. Haller is approached by an e-pimp, who has just been indicted on the killing on of his prostitute. The odd thing is, the pimp says that Haller was recommended by the dead woman. As Haller builds his case, things don't seem to add up. The bad guy pimp seems to be innocent; while the good guy DEA agent seems to be the evil one. While I at first missed Harry Bosch, this book's courtroom drama quickly pulled me in to make for a page-turner. A must-read for Connelly fans.… (more)
LibraryThing member waldhaus1
Another great addition to the Connelly cannon
LibraryThing member everfresh1
I found 'Lincoln Lawyer' installment a little slow at times, especially when it goes into main character's personal life. The whole premise of working from the car - after almost winning attorney-general's election and basically becoming a celebrity - doesn't seem adequate anymore. Still, everything related to the trial is fast moving and fascinating.… (more)
LibraryThing member rufusraider
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly is a legal thriller featuring Mickey Haller (i.e. The Lincoln Lawyer). Mickey Haller is hired by a digital pimp to defend him in a murder trial. He is accused of murdering a prostitute who Haller had defended years early. One he had represented numerous times within the legal system. Haller had thought he had gotten her to go straight after his last dealings with years earlier.

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.
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LibraryThing member CheryleFisher
Very good character development, excellent story. Michael Connelly is TOP NOTCH!!
LibraryThing member skinglist
Gods of Guilt was back to Haller's "Glory Days", and I don't just mean the return of his old client, Gloria Dayton. I found this book to be a stronger one then Fifth Witness. The character development was better and you got to know more of Mickey Haller through his reactions to the loss of two close to him. With the way some of the foreshadowing was going, I feared he was going to lose more,
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.
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LibraryThing member she_climber
I continue to love this series. It's my favorite of all various Connelly series/books. Connelly pulls the reader through this book with such a fascinating tale of conspiracy and danger that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Haller's gets a new client charged with the murder of a former regular client/prostitute who Haller actually believes is innocent and stops at nothing and no one to prove it. Sadly, it's over and I have to wait for the next installment.… (more)
LibraryThing member bookappeal
The main appeal of Connelly's series featuring Mickey Haller is the main character and the legal detail. Mickey is a down-to-earth guy. He isn't perfect (though, in this case, he doesn't make a single mistake!) and his personal life is often a mess. "The Gods of Guilt" refers to the members of the jury but also to Mickey's personal demons. His choices have had unintended consequences and driven a wedge between Mickey and his daughter. And now he's been hired by someone convicted of killing one of Mickey's former clients. The workings of Mickey's ragtag legal team are interesting, as are the courtroom details, which are many. The timeline and multitude of characters make this a slightly more challenging read but Mickey's complicated personality wins out.… (more)
LibraryThing member buffalogr
The final book in the Lincoln Lawyer series,it's great Connally! No plot, but this is the story of a pimp/webmaster. Aren't all web masters sorta pimp-like? Exciting ending kept me on my toes. This is the last of the series, I hope that Connelly writes another Lincoln Lawyer.
LibraryThing member Twink
The Gods of Guilt is the fifth entry in Michael Connelly's 'Lincoln Lawyer' series featuring Mickey Haller.

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.
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LibraryThing member dazzyj
Yet another bracingly effective and realistic courtroom thriller from the masterly Michael Connelly.
LibraryThing member selinalynn69
Another winner from the Defense bench. I was gasping at the events towards the end of the story. I look forward to more Mickey, and Bosch (soon, I hope)
LibraryThing member bjkelley
How good a writer is Michael Connelly, well he can make me read a book about a lawyer (which I should have no interest in) and become so invested in the story that I would read another in the series.
LibraryThing member JudithDCollins
As a huge fan of the Mickey Haller *5 series (Lincoln Lawyer) – I really enjoyed Michael’s Connelly’s thriller--The Gods of Guilt! Michael is a brilliant writer and knows how to keep the suspense building.

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!
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LibraryThing member Pmaurer
Repeats a lot from earlier stories. Nothing new here.
LibraryThing member Marc_Williams
An entertaining read. 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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LibraryThing member SimonLarsen
Defintely one of the better books by Michael Connelly. Well written, but a bit predictable at times.
LibraryThing member mikedraper
Mickey Heller, the Lincoln Lawyer, is contacted to be the defender of a man accused of murdering a whore who he was her internet pimp. The woman, Gloria Dayton, was a former client of Mickey who he thought he had gotten to change her life.

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.
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LibraryThing member Clifford.Terry
Great characters and a riveting story that is the mark of a Michael Connelly book and this one delivers on all accounts.
LibraryThing member phoenixcomet
I read the Lincoln Lawyer because it's ok reading. I much prefer Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch character over Mickey Haller, but I guess that's the point. Nobody likes the lawyer for the defense. In this case, Mickey's former client, Gloria Dayton is killed as part of a large coverup. The guy arrested is in prison, but he is innocent and it's Mickey's job to win the trial. Nothing outstanding about the writing or the storyline - it's readable and that's about it.… (more)
LibraryThing member DinoReader
I keep looking for Connelly's writing to get sloppy or see him start to phone it in, as has happened with other writers when the money pours in, but it isn't happening. This is the best thing I've read by him.
LibraryThing member Carol420
Mickey is always on the lookout for cases with the highest stakes and biggest paybacks and the top of the line are murder cases. One day Andre La Cosse, an internet "pimp" who designs and manages websites for call girls, asks Mickey to defend him on a murder charge. This case is different because the victim, Gloria Dayton, was a former client, a prostitute Mickey thought he had rescued and put on a straight and narrow path - but unknown to him she was back on the game. It is also different because just before Gloria's death she had told Andre he should contact Haller if he ever needed legal assistance.

The case quickly brings back the ghosts of Mickey's past which can have a serious impact on his professional and personal future.

Michael Connelly always pulls off a top notch thriller with any of his characters. Mickey Haller has quickly become one of my personal favorites. To begin with I was only going to give this one 3 stars, good but not the usual fantastic I have come to expect. But then in Part III we come to the trial itself. Early on, we knew what parts each of these people played but the trial was a "nail biting" experience. You wanted so badly to help Mickey spring the trap on the bad guys. The suspense alone earned this book 4 stars.
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LibraryThing member Olivermagnus
A high-priced prostitute has been found murdered and the escort's on-line pimp has been arrested for her murder. Still working from the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, Mickey Haller takes on the case. It turns out the victim was a former client, now with a new name. It's not long before things get twisted and mysterious. "The Gods of Guilt" are jurors. It seems Mickey's father (also a lawyer) told him that that the gods of guilt are judging us every day of our lives and in every move we make.

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.

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LibraryThing member gmmartz
I've been very critical of Michael Connelly's recent work, but The Gods of Guilt is a very strong comeback. The story is well-plotted and believable, the writing clear and direct, and the dialogue much improved over his last few. The characters are well-developed, with Mickey Haller being particularly strong and the various members of the supporting cast credible and necessary. I really liked the insights into what happens on the defense side in a murder trial, and the courtroom action was very believable. My only gripe is that I didn't particularly like the ending, but it was certainly a possible outcome based on how the story was playing out.

I hope Connelly is back for good!
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