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The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
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Los Angeles, Contemporary (p.2013)

1 Exceedingly Unethical Manipulated Mistrial
1 Defense Attorney Unburdened by Ethics with Peter Pan Syndrome
1 Lincoln used as an Office

1 Digital Pimp
1 Bogus Murder Charge
1 Referral by the Victim

1 Overly Involved Prosecutorial Investigator
1 Threatening DEA Agent
1 Drug Lord / Sicario

Several Murder Attempts
Dangerous Subpoenas
Surprise! Witnesses and Evidence
Wannabe Grisham Moments

1 Inexplicable and Unconvincing Love Interest
Creepily Spying on Children (Parental Edition)

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Mickey Haller (aka The Lincoln Lawyer) picks up a new client, La Cosse, on a murder charge who was recommended Mickey by the murder victim. The client is a digital pimp, the victim one of his girls that Mickey had helped previously and for whom he had quite a soft spot. So he takes this case very personally.

The investigator for the prosecution has a fraught history and a downright antagonistic current relationship with Mickey. There is a drug lord and former sicario involved, the possibility of a crooked DEA agent and a bunch of courtroom antics that are meant to feel like Grisham but didn't make it there.

In a side plot that I'm meant to care about, Haller also creepily uses binoculars to watch his 16-yr-old daughter at soccer practice. She cut off contact after events (I'm assuming) in previous books where Haller got a DUI for an alcoholic dismissed on a technicality and the same driver crashed into one of her friends' parents' car - killing mom and daughter and costing Haller his election as DA and relationship with his daughter.

Everything about Mickey screams Peter Pan syndrome - a refusal to grow up and take responsibility for anything - a deep-seated lack of respect for the law (which he deems flexible in order to justify a raft of unethical schemes that at the most charitable interpretation skirt the rules of evidence) and an all-around sleaziness that may appeal to those looking for a chaotic anti-hero sticking it to the system, but which urgently make me want to file an ethics complaint to get him disbarred. ( )
  Caramellunacy | May 17, 2019 |
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

This is the 5th book in the Lincoln Lawyer series as well as the 5th that I've read. While perhaps not up to the superb quality of the first three ("The Lincoln Lawyer," "The Brass Verdict," and "The Reversal"), it’s an intriguing story with an intricate plot and exciting courtroom action.

Mickey Haller has lost a lot since #4 in the book series. He lost his bid for election to District Attorney, and is now estranged from his daughter. Mickey takes on a new client – Andre La Cosse – a pimp who is accused of murdering a professional escort named Giselle who was working for him. Giselle turns out to have been Gloria Dayton, a woman who Haller had tried help escape a life of prostitution years earlier. At first, the case against Andre appears strong (he and Giselle had fought over money missing for an “escort appointment” for which she claimed to have been stood up). However, Mickey learns that Gloria had been serving as a DEA informant, and that she had helped put away the head of a Mexican drug cartel. He suspects that Gloria had been murdered because she knew too much.

As Mickey discovers, Gloria had helped frame the drug cartel head, something she did for a corrupt DEA agent (Marco) who had been blackmailing her. As Haller continues to dig, his car is run off the road (killing his driver), and his offices are bugged – sure signs that he is getting close to the truth. He and his assistants set up a sting, and manage to video Marco and a retired detective (named Lankford) planting evidence against a witness for the defense. When Mickey reveals the video to Lankford at the trial, the latter confesses while in the witness chair -- implicating Marco in the prostitute’s murder and admitting his involvement. The prosecution drops the murder charges against LaCosse, who later wins a related civil suit against the city.

Readers who love courtroom dramas and crime stories will find this work highly enjoyable. For my part, I quite like the Lincoln Lawyer series, and look forward to reading the next one. ( )
1 vote danielx | Feb 3, 2019 |
In this novel Michael Connelly returns to Mickey Haller, ‘the Lincoln Lawyer’. A lot has happened since the end of The Fifth Witness, the previous novel featuring Haller. Following the end of the trial at the heart of that book, and despite his career having been almost exclusively rooted in defence work, Haller had run a campaign to become the District Attorney for Los Angeles, although this ran aground under a watered-down version of the Dukakis effect after one of his clients, whom he had succeeded in keeping out of jail, caused a fatal road accident driving while drunk. Not only did this comprehensively scupper Haller’s electoral campaign, but it led to the alienation of Haller’s daughter, who had been a schoolfriend of one of the victims of the crash.

This book opens with Haller being called by a man who has been arrested on suspicion of killing Gloria Dayton, a call girl and herself one of Haller’s former clients. Haller had tried to help Gloria to escape from her dangerous lifestyle, and had believed that she was now living a clean life in Hawaii. Meanwhile, Haller himself is subpoenaed as a witness in a case being constructed by a fellow attorney to have a federal sentence levied on a drug runner reduced. Haller recalls that Gloria had been instrumental in the drug runner’s arrest, and had, as a consequence, received a lenient sentence following her own last arrest.

As ever, Connelly manages two intertwined and complex plots very capably. Another of his strengths, particularly evident in his books featuring Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch but also clear in the Mickey Haller stories, is his refusal to make his leading characters flawless. Haller can be arrogant and selfish, and occasionally rides roughshod over the views of his team. Despite this, he emerges as an essentially sympathetic and empathetic character, and one who is also highly plausible. Similarly, most of Haller’s opponents in the prosecution team are reasonable people, and Haller can understand, and even appreciate, the steps they take.

On balance I think I prefer the Bosch stories to those based on Haller, but this was another very capable and engrossing story. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Dec 30, 2018 |
Synopsis: Mickey Haller gets called to defend a person accused of homicide. Once he talks to his client he finds that the victim is a call girl that Mickey once defended and tried to help. This case is entangled with other cases that seem to be the reason for the woman being killed. As it all unravels, more and more people are pulled into the case, affecting law enforcement at some of the highest levels.
Review: Really interesting book that tells a twisted tale. ( )
  DrLed | Sep 10, 2018 |
This was a little slow in the middle, but made up for it in spades in the end. Continue to love everything written by Connelly. ( )
  Nemorn | Jun 4, 2018 |
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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)."

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" 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)"--… (more)

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