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The Gods of Guilt a book

A Mickey Haller Lincoln Lawyer courtroom thriller by Michael Connelly

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Can Mickey Save an Innocent Man?

  • Oct 1, 2013

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.

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October 28, 2013
Lots of drama!
October 03, 2013
they need to make a series of this one...I started reading the Lincoln Lawyer and I am liking it
October 03, 2013
They made a film out of the first book. Interestingly, this book (it is the fifth Lincoln Lawyer book) refers to that film several times.
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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).
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