Book Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Gods of Guilt

Mickey Haller is the LA defense attorney who conducts most of his business in the backseat of his Lincoln Towncar. You probably know him as the Lincoln Lawyer. Ever since that movie came out, things have been tough for Mick. Now all these other attorneys are driving Lincolns, taking up his parking spaces and confusing Mick’s former and future clients.

Money is tight but Haller and Associates are still paying the bills with mortgage foreclosures and occasional defense work. Mickey’s latest client has been accused of murdering one of Mickey’s former clients, a woman who worked as an “escort.” The new client was her “online pimp.” (Yes, the whole world is online.)

Although most people look down on this new client, Mick sincerely believes he is innocent. He sets out to mount a successful defense in court, while at the same time trying to figure out who else could have killed the woman. This leads Mick into a world of dangerous people operating on both sides of the law. It’s quite deadly.

While that is going on, Mick’s personal life is not in good shape. The thing that hurts the most is the alienation of his daughter. She’s now a teenager and fully aware of what kind of people a defense attorney represents. She refuses to have anything to do with him. Mick is forced to watch her soccer practices through a set of binoculars.

This situation with his daughter is sad as is his progress with the murder case. He seems to be blocked at every turn. This is the first time I’ve really felt sorry for Mikey. He seemed to be bordering on a solid case of depression. I didn’t give up though, because I knew that once Mickey was able to get into a courtroom, he would bounce back and shine. All the legal twists and turns is what Mickey lives for and what he does best. It’s also what all his fans, like me, love about this guy.

Another thing I liked about this book was a theme that ran through it. I came from the title of the book. Gods of Guilt is a term lawyers use to refer to the jury. Basically, the jury is the group that decides guilty or not-guilty. But in this book, the term extends to other forms of guilt and those who are the gods over it. Thee author wove it in nicely and it was definitely something that made me stop and think.

If you haven’t yet discovered Michael Connelly and his Lincoln Lawyer series, do so immediately. I suggest you visit Michael Connelly’s website for the list and start in. Check your local library. Most libraries carry the books with generally a waiting list. Don’t get confused with the Harry Bosch series. That’s Mickey’s half-brother who’s a LA police detective. Those are also good, but I’m partial to Mickey Haller, so start there. Enjoy!

Books Featuring Mickey Haller linked to my review:

The Lincoln Lawyer (2005)
The Brass Verdict (2008)  Whoops – looks like I missed one. I’ll fix that soon.
The Reversal (2010)
The Fifth Witness (2011)

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The Gods of Guilt was published by Little, Brown and Co., December 2013.

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One Response to Book Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

  1. kelley says:

    I’ve got The Lincoln Lawyer on my kindle but I’ve never read it. I keep meaning too. This sounds like another good one.

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