The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
(Mickey Haller)

80%

39 Critic Reviews

..."The Gods of Guilt" is first and foremost a propulsive, engaging legal thriller that for sheer courtroom drama surpasses the bestselling "The Fifth Witness," which earned Connelly the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction.
-LA Times

Synopsis


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).
 

About Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
 
Published December 2, 2013 by Little, Brown and Company. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Gods of Guilt
All: 39 | Positive: 35 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average
on Nov 03 2013

Pretty quickly, it becomes plain who the good guys and bad guys are...with few surprises along the way. There is also a perfunctory romance, a few issues on the table and some plot developments that suggest that this isn’t the end of the series. Not much of a thriller or a mystery, but illuminating about the ways in which the law works and doesn’t.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 14 2013

While readers will learn little that is new about Haller's complex backstory...they will find plenty of drama, danger, and suspense in this gem of a legal thriller.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Dec 08 2013

Mr. Connelly writes courtroom drama as a changeable set of circumstances, so that Mickey’s role as manipulator is at least as important as his detecting. In this book, he does a very satisfying job of feinting about what he’s truly after until he leaves his real target wholly unprotected...

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Jeffrey Wendler on Jan 18 2014

There are two aspects to a any legal thriller - the courtroom maneuvers and the investigation. Haller is a master of both...Do the time, this book is an electric read.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Colleen Kelly on Nov 26 2013

Connelly has a gift for fast-paced drama, and isn’t afraid to paint a warts-and-all portrait of his main character. When it comes to passing judgment on Haller’s style of lawyering, Connelly will let the reader decide.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Dec 06 2013

...THE GODS OF GUILT certainly stands tall on its own merits as one of Connelly’s better books, full of twists and turns and one VERY unexpected incident that will reverberate in readers’ thoughts long after the last page is read.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Paula Woods on Dec 05 2013

..."The Gods of Guilt" is first and foremost a propulsive, engaging legal thriller that for sheer courtroom drama surpasses the bestselling "The Fifth Witness," which earned Connelly the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Bill Ott on Dec 30 2013

A gripping novel, both in the courtroom and outside of it, and a testament to the melancholy maturing of Mickey Haller.

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Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Bill Ott on Dec 27 2013

A gripping novel, both in the courtroom and outside of it, and a testament to the melancholy maturing of Mickey Haller.

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The Boston Globe

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Reviewed by DANEET STEFFENS on Dec 02 2013

For the Lincoln lawyer, sweating the detailed small stuff is paramount. This latest outing offers unfettered pleasure to regular readers, and a terrific introduction to new ones.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Lawrence De Maria on Feb 10 2014

I would like to see Mickey Haller (and for that matter, Harry Bosch) carry around a little less baggage and back story in future novels. The procedural and courtroom scenes are the best part of this and other Connelly thrillers...

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Denver Post

Good
Reviewed by Sandra Dallas on Dec 08 2013

Connelly is great in setting up characters. Haller carries a lot of baggage. He's damaged, guilt-ridden, mercenary, but at heart a pretty decent guy. But it's the courtroom drama that is riveting.

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Tampa Bay Times

Good
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Nov 27 2013

Mickey has a way to go before he develops his big brother's sense of integrity, but The Gods of Guilt is a fascinating step in that direction.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Above average
Reviewed by Peter Craven on Dec 29 2013

It's a kind of crime writing that is endlessly fluent and allows for a loose, apparently shapeless, sense of form only to snap into some dramatic configuration the reader had not anticipated.

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Open Book Society

Above average
Reviewed by OBS reviewer Heidi on Jan 01 2014

This book has seriously made me crave a re-watch of the movie, Lincoln Lawyer, which was actually referenced several times in the book, which was also neat! Bottom line: if you love courtroom drama, with a smart witty lawyer with questionable ethics, then this is the series for you!

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We Love This Book

Good
Reviewed by Penny Batchelor on Dec 24 2013

Connelly writes in a compelling style, unveiling the plot twists concurrently with the exploration of the underbelly of LA society.

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Chron.com

Good
Reviewed by Dwight Silverman on Dec 01 2013

“The Gods of Guilt” will please Connelly fans and those who’ve kept up with Haller through the previous books.

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Blogger News Network

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Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Jan 25 2014

The result is a complex read working on many levels and containing one major shock that this reader never saw coming. Suffice it to say The Gods Of Guilt: A Lincoln Lawyer Novel is mighty good and absolutely well worth your time.

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The Big Story

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Dec 09 2013

Connelly is a master of crime fiction, and his latest Mickey Haller book continues the trend of compelling stories while forcing the reader to grapple with moral ambiguities.

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The Christian Manifesto

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa Willis on Dec 02 2013

While the whole story is highly entertaining, my favorite part is found with Mickey’s introspective thoughts in the closing pages, but that’s for the reader to discover.

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The Coast

Good
on Dec 06 2013

The Legal/Haller scenes are particular highlights in a novel packed with sparkling conversation, and more poignant than you might expect...

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Military.com

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Dec 11 2013

Connelly is a master of crime fiction, and his latest Mickey Haller book continues the trend of compelling stories while forcing the reader to grapple with moral ambiguities.

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Mystery Scene

Above average
Reviewed by Jackie Houchin on Dec 01 2013

Readers will applaud his protagonist, despite Haller’s penchant for manipulating the law to suit his own purposes. Knowing he can feel guilt goes a long way in making him likable.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Anne Corey on Dec 01 2013

...the book as a whole creates a world of twists, intrigue and suspense that will keep you enthralled. Michael Connelly has done it again. Whether you already a fan or new to the series, THE GODS OF GUILT is a book that you will not want to put down.

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Booking Mama

Good
Reviewed by Julie P on Feb 10 2014

THE GODS OF GUILT is another outstanding novel by Mr. Connelly. The story was definitely intriguing, and I especially enjoyed the insight into Mickey's character. Highly recommended.

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Quick Book Reviews

Above average
on Dec 23 2013

Though this may not be on the same level as the previous novels in the series, it still a very solid effort worth reading for fans of the author, the Lincoln Lawyer, or legal thrillers.

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Men Reading Books

Good
Reviewed by Midwest Dave on Feb 03 2014

Connelly has mastered the legal thriller genre with the Mickey Haller character just as he mastered police procedurals with Harry Bosch. He has a way of taking the damaged and down trodden in society and revealing their humanity...

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A Bookworm's World

Above average
Reviewed by Luanne on Feb 07 2014

The one thing I didn't like in this novel was Haller referencing the movie made about him. I would have liked to keep reality and fiction separate. Other than that The Gods of Guilt was eminently readable and definitely entertaining.

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Beth Fish Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Beth F on Jan 27 2014

Good mystery with a great character, perfect for escape reading. Although there are dark moments in The Gods of Guilt, Connelly adds some comic relief.

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Book'd Out

Above average
Reviewed by Shelleyrae Cusbert on Jan 09 2014

The Gods of Guilt is a fast paced and enjoyable read and I thought it was of the same good standard as the previous novels in the series. Fans shouldn’t be disappointed.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
on Dec 27 2013

Mostly written for the defence, there’s more than enough for the discerning reader who just happens to bat for the prosecution! It’s not all about saving the day!

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Read Me Deadly

Good
Reviewed by Della Streetwise on Jan 09 2014

The Gods of Guilt is Mickey's detailed report of how he created his defense for Andre La Cosse and how it played out in court. It's a legal procedural rather than a suspenseful legal thriller. If you're looking for unsavory clients, dueling lawyers and a pragmatic, crafty Mickey who dances his socks off before a jury, grab this one.

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Pages of Julia's Blog

Above average
Reviewed by pagesofjulia on Dec 24 2013

The Gods of Guilt is a gripping courtroom drama with strengths that Connelly’s fans will recognize: fully-wrought, likable characters, absorbing action, sympathetic relationships and the exploration of right and wrong and the gray areas in between.

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Mysteries and More from Saskatchean

Good
Reviewed by Bill Selnes on Mar 11 2014

Much of the book deals with the preparation for trial. The actual trial portion of the book skips over the State’s evidence. It is an example of a master storyteller determining how best to maintain the flow of the plot.

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The Reading Reviewer

Good
Reviewed by Mary Gramlich on Nov 17 2013

Michael Connelly writes so exquisitely that every reader has the sense they are part of the events taking place. The characters and story are so realistically portrayed that you find yourself sitting in the courtroom four rows back taking notes and watching as Mickey Haller makes his case.

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Lunch

Above average
Reviewed by MichaelN on Oct 01 2013

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.

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Crime Watch

Good
Reviewed by Craig Sisterson on Jan 03 2014

Connelly weaves a compelling tale that is as much about the fascinating figure of Haller as its twisting plotline. A courtroom thriller that engages and makes you think, not just about whodunit. There are some nice surprises, in character and plot, and the pacing is very good. A great read. Highly recommended.

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Promoting Crime Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Ron Ellis on Mar 05 2014

Hi-tech gadgetry plays a part throughout the proceedings of a well-crafted and fast-paced thriller. Another best-seller in the offing for this master storyteller.

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Irresistible Targets

Good
Reviewed by MICHAEL CARLSON on Nov 28 2013

The pace is frantic, and sometimes chaotic, just as you'd expect from the Lincoln Lawyer, but it works primarily because of the motivation: the plot is driven by Haller's own drives, and it is from his perspective that we see it.

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