The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller Series #5)

The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller Series #5)

by Michael Connelly
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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
After pulling one of his patented courtroom “stunts” to get one of his “guilty” clients off, Mickey is handed a murder case involving an internet “pimp.” Andre La Cosse is a designer of web-sites for call girl. Andre also helps set up their “meets” and collects a fee for the service. Andre is accused of murdering a call girl (Gloria Dayton) that used to be a client of Mickey some 10 years ago. This should cause a conflict but Mickey agrees to take the case because he is convinced of Andre’s innocence and Gloria herself had recommended Mickey to Andre, should he ever need a lawyer. Mickey must vacate his Lincoln “office” and gather his troops led by Cisco and a sharp young lawyer named Julie Aronson and gather at a makeshift office in a building being rented out by a rock band. As the prosecution has strong evidence tying Andre to the murder, Mickey and his team try to find an alternate killer to tie to Gloria’s murder. The more they investigate they find that everything may be tied to a Mexican drug lord sitting in prison that Gloria had helped to put away ten years prior. As they approach that angle other elements emerge and they find themselves in danger from those who want their investigation to cease. Written with Connelly’s amazing style, the narrative draws readers in from the start and has the usual incredible courtroom exchanges that transport the reader right into the fray. The courtroom scenes are fairly intense and we get to see how when faced with an “innocent” client, Mickey gets more determined to succeed at all costs. As an aside in the tale, Mickey is struggling with trying to re-kindle his relationship with his estranged daughter who has cast Mickey aside because of someone he defended. His attempts to win her back go on throughout the tale and help bring some “humanity” to Mickey’s sometimes devious character. This is not the best Lincoln Lawyer tale but is a very good one.
Dinia More than 1 year ago
I've read every book by this author and generally prefer the Harry Boesch series.  However, this book provides what so few do these days.  This novel has an ending.  A real ending.    Mickey Haller's  summation at the end not only brought everything together, but he makes the reader feel.  It is like he's looking out a window at his life as he narrates what has happened since the trial and how it has changed him and those around him.  These characters aren't the two dimensional variety of so many authors today.  The ending just blew me away with Mickey's reflections.w
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading it now...awesome! Crminal defense law in L doesn't get much grittier than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have religiously and immediately bought Connelly's books since the first one I read. I read them all. This one seemed formulaic and not exciting. Pages were filled with much technical detail about court procedure which didn't interest me as a lawyer. The metaphor the Gods of guilt was laboriously dragged up far too many times. Once was enough. Sadly, 2 stars for this. Would like another Bosch, but hope it can feel less like he's churning out a new title in time for Christmas!
San42 More than 1 year ago
I am always a fan of Michael Connelly, and this character, Micky Haller, is always someone I look forward to reading. This book did not disappoint and I loved the story line and where it all went. Must reading for the couch-detective.
Reader4Lyf More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book.  I like the fact that Mickey is flawed.  Too often the protagonist in a book is painted as a saint which can get really irritating.  The story moves along at a nice pace with a few twists and turns.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, I loved this book. Only I stayed up way too late because I couldn't put it down. Great story and great writing. I love the gods of guilt theme through out the book and tie-up at the end. It gave me something to think about as to how it might apply to myself.
MsDanii More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors - he never disappoints!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read strong ending however, after such a long wait, really expected to be blown away. Will continue to anticipate next novel from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mickey takes a case that turns out to be the Holy Grail of defense attorneys...a truely innocent man! Accused of killing one of his girls, an e-pimp proclsims his innocence and soon Mickey believes he's telling the truth. But if he didn't do it, why does every bit of evidence point in his direction? Was it sloppy police work or something more sinister? Before long, Mickey's life is on the line as well as that of his meager staff. Connelly, as usual, makes his characters come alive and weaves a tight, seamless plot. You see how it's going to turn out, but you rrally don't know how he'll get there. Well worth the read!
cathieag More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say but it was average. There are so many crime drama stories out there and this one was fine but nothing new. It was overly descriptive and highly predictable and left nothing to the imagination or for the brain to consider. So, I'm indifferent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this series but I do like the Harry Bosch series better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great concept for a book. I enjoyed reading this book.I think its one of his best.
LU97 More than 1 year ago
If you ever have to spend 13 hours on a car trip by yourself you cannot imagine a better companion than the unabridged version of this book on disk. Great story and the miles just rolled by. Actually enjoyed this one more than earlier books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mickey Haller is a great character and I hope the author continues to write more books featuring him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done again
Engineer-Pilot-Bob More than 1 year ago
Not the most likable character, but different from your super-upstanding citizen. Keeps your attention, even if a few scenes are a bit rougher and more graphic than I would prefer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like reading about the law and how it works, you must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was nice to check in on Mickey to see what is new in his life. Another death of a close associate really saddens me. I have begun to view these people as friends....which I think attests to his skill as a writer. Waiting for the next one and interested to see what his cousin is involved in as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who likes court cases and verdict guessing will love this.
Sandra-Gale More than 1 year ago
Not Connelly's best but good.
diana60yranserfon More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed Michael Connelly's books. They keep you guessing up to the end.
Rebel-reader More than 1 year ago
While not my favorite Mickey Haller novel, it is still worth reading.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
I love the Mickey Haller mysteries, but this one seemed a little bit like lazy writing to me.  Though I did enjoy this book, I think much of my enjoyment was based on memories of earlier books, plus the expert trail scenes. Connelly definitely is an expert on handling the inner workings of the courtroom, and the thought processes of the lawyers actions and motivations in handling clients and witnesses.  It's hard to state my problems with this book without giving away parts of he story.  I disliked Connelly's choice to write out one of his characters.  I also felt he missed out on the emotions and connections to his family as he handled them in this book.  Essentially, a past case has come back to haunt him as he is called upon to defend an accused murderer of one of his old prostitute clients.  Haller focuses much of his thoughts and actions on his affect on the jury--the Gods go Guilt--as twelve inexpert people decide each defendant's fate in every trail. Having said all this, I will definitely be amongst the first fans to read the next Mickey Haller book!