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The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, Bk 5)
The Gods of Guilt - Mickey Haller, Bk 5
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781455575992
ISBN-10: 1455575992
Publication Date: 5/6/2014
Pages: 416
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 40 ratings
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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It has been a while since I have read a Mickey Haller book. I had forgotten how much I enjoy courtroom drama and Mickey in particular. The story line was well developed and fast paced with lots of twists and turns. As usual Haller represents the underdog but also in this book he is trying to find redemption for some of his past actions so he has a lot of personal struggles and demons to overcome. Because of this you get to know Mickey the man as well as a champion of the underdogs. I guess what I am trying to say is I enjoyed the book.
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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 Mickeys former clients. However, Gloria Dayton wasnt 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 hed 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 Hallers angst.

My favorite part of the story was 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 didnt 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! Thats 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 cant be beat; but the plots and subplots dragged things down.
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