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 ...
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").
Mickey Haller, moving through heavy traffic in Los Angeles in his Lincoln Town Car, is heavily into redemption. He signs on to defend a digital pimp from the murder of one of Mickey?s former clients. However, Gloria Dayton wasn?t just a client, she was a prostitute that he thought he had rescued and helped get out of ?the business.?
The story starts out simply enough but quickly turns into a hunt for the real killer ? someone who is supposed to be protecting the public from murder and mayhem. Then the story tilts and includes a cartel gangster, a disbarred lawyer and his incompetent son/lawyer and a crooked former cop.
Mickey spends a great deal of time mulling over his past and present mistakes. I found the inclusion of a missing story thread strange. The book mentions that Haller has recently lost his bid for DA of Los Angeles, mostly due to a scandal ? he?d helped free a client who subsequently killed 2 people close to his daughter). This problem, plus the loss of communication with his daughter, adds to Haller?s angst.
The best part of the story was the addition of the ?Legal Eagle? ? a retired and very ill former attorney who serves as a mentor and sounding board for Haller. He helps Mickey address some of the mistakes that are hounding his peace of mind.
I found the plot to be too convoluted; it simply didn?t seem realistic ? just dramatic. I enjoy Haller in court and the constant referral to his former wife and daughter seemed to be off-task. After awhile, it was competing with the murder case. The book seemed too plot-heavy; this is no ?he shot her? kind of case. Then Haller finds a new love interest. Whew! That?s a lot of action for one book.
Haller has emerged from his sleazy-lawyer persona to become a ?top of the game? lawyer. In court, Haller can?t be beat; but the plots and subplots dragged things down.
Jan 31, 2014
mickey haller is super
I loved it. Always adored his books and this is one of his best.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-10-14 Edgar-winner Connelly's fifth novel featuring Mickey Haller (aka "the Lincoln Lawyer"), the L.A. defense attorney who uses a Lincoln town car as a mobile office, opens with a brilliantly staged bit of legal maneuvering, but the real action begins in chapter three: 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. The case is fishy, and Haller's crew goes to work: investigator Cisco Wojciechowski, case manager Lorna Taylor, associate Jennifer Aronson, and driver Earl Briggs. Haller's strategy is not to uncover the truth but to develop a credible alternative theory of the crime, and the investigation that follows is like a police procedural seen from the other side of the criminal justice world. In the climactic courtroom scene, Haller appeals directly to the members of the jury, "the gods of guilt" of the title. While readers will learn little that is new about Haller's complex backstory (mostly involving his estranged daughter), they will find plenty of drama, danger, and suspense in this gem of a legal thriller. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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