Michael Connelly

Gods of Guilt

"Gods of Guilt’ is a definite must read."


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, 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.

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Connelly brings back Mickey Haller, the unconventional defence lawyer who uses many a trick to ensure that he wins for his clients, regardless of their guilt. Haller is the half-brother to Connelly's Harry Bosch, a detective for the LAPD. Haller though is in my opinion the better protagonist but this could be due to my preference of a legal thriller. Haller's latest client, Andre La Cosse is a business associate of a woman he has previously defended. Here La Cosse is being tried for her murder. Connelly has a great insight into the American legal system, and this, together with his fantastic ability to write an exciting plot brings together a book that simply can't be put down. Some regular characters from previous books are also featured in 'Gods Of Guilt', which develops these characters and the relationships between them. All work well together and bring a familiarity for the reader. Haller, although successful as a lawyer, has not had such success in his personal life. And although he is flawed, does have a certain something that makes him impossible to dislike. I have also found myself in his corner even when he is defending the guilty. The plot keeps you engrossed until the very end and 'Gods of Guilt' is a definite must read.

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