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Mystery Books - Michael Connelly - The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel

The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller Novel

The Gods of Guilt
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown and Company
400 pages 2013


The Gods of Guilt is the latest Mickey Haller legal thriller by Michael Connelly.  The Lincoln Lawyer takes a case that propels him  along a journey to face the demons of his past and  present.  Kindle version  at Amazon

Hired to defend accused murderer Andre La Cosse, Haller discovers the odd phenomenon that it was La Cosse's alleged victim, one Giselle Dallinger, who sang Mickey's praises and referred La Cosse to him.  Mickey discerns that the dead woman was a prostitute and former client; a special case and success story, someone he believed he had saved from her previous life.   

Mickey is disturbed by the revelation that for years he has been deceived about her new identity and whereabouts, and now she is dead.  Could he have saved her?

Like all accused, La Cosse proclaims his innocence.  Mickey Heller must prove it in court.  An exceptional lawyer, but humanly flawed, to set La Cosse free he must appease the judicial gods of guilt, while dealing with the scope and depth of his own.

The beginning of the meticulous journey to piece the case together is perhaps a bit less compelling for this reader, who prefers Connelly's Harry Bosch novels.  However, information is expertly weaved together.  Every detail is carefully and intentionally placed, and perfectly timed for the maximum effect.  You get masterfully hooked in.  By the time The Gods of Guilt is running full throttle, it has evolved into an interesting and complex novel that you can't put down.

The courtroom scene performances are the source of real drama, where The Gods of Guilt is its most intense, revealing, and unpredictable.  Haller's strategic manoeuvring of the witnesses is no short of brilliant.

Connelly is a seasoned, talented writer who expertly draws the reader into the drama that unfolds.  Reveals, surprises, and shocks keep you riveted and entertained, wondering what will happen in the name of justice.

Fans of Michael Connelly and legal thrillers will definitely enjoy this book.

J Curran

Other Michael Connelly Reviews

Crime Beat: An interesting read for true crime fans.

The Lincoln Lawyer Audio Book Version: An excellent departure for mystery writer Michael Connelly

Echo Park: The best Michael Connelly mystery to date and that is saying a lot.

The Concrete Blonde: This third Harry Bosch mystery is solid.

The Overlook: Yet another great Harry Bosch mystery

The Overlook - Another Review: The usual solid and captivating mystery by a master.

The Brass Verdict - October 2008: A lawyer s murder brings Harry Bosch and Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller together.

The Brass Verdict - A Mickey Haller / Harry Bosch Mystery: 20th Connelly mystery brings Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch together with a bang (from a revolver)

The Black Ice - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Second in the series. Brilliant, of course.

The Scarecrow: Jack McEvoy of The Poet is back in yet another excellent Connelly mystery.

Nine Dragons - A Harry Bosch Mystery: The lesser Harry Bosch mystery.

The Reversal - October 2010: Detective Harry Bosh, Mickey Haller, and their exes on the same case.

The Fifth Witness - April 2011: A solid (of course) Mickey Haller mystery

The Fifth Witness - J. Curran Review - April 2011: Third Mickey Haller mystery. This reviewer was not as impressed as the other one was.

The Drop - J. Curran review: Although not one of Connelly’s mind blowers from start to finish, The Drop is definitely a good solid read.

The Drop - A Harry Bosch Mystery: Decent enough Connelly but not up to usual standards

Blood Work Blu-ray: Excellent movie adaptation of Connelly novel

The Black Box - A Harry Bosch mystery: This time Bosch investigates a case dating back to the L.A. riots. Good but not great.

The Burning Room: You simply cannot put it down.

The Crossing - A Harry Bosch Novel: The Crossing, the twenty-second Harry Bosch, represents a major change in the life of Connelly s foremost character.

The Wrong Side of Goodbye - A Harry Bosch Novel: Harry Bosch is hired by a billionaire to find out if he has an heir and also works for the San Fernandino PD and discovers there is a serial rapist on the loose. This being a Michael Connelly mystery it is of course excellent.

The Late Show - A Renee Ballard Mystery: There is a new kid in town. Dog lover, and surfer by day, Detective Renee Ballard is a tough, tenacious, no-nonsense loner who works the late shift in Hollywood. Due to unsubstantiated accusations thrown at a superior officer, she is not exactly on the warm and fuzzy list of her fellow officers. With limited trust running both ways, her investigations are often solo.

Two Kinds of Truth - A Harry Bosch Mystery: It is a Connelly, of course it is great

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