Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Title: The Gods of Guilt {Mickey Haller #5}

Author: Michael Connelly

Published: Allen and Unwin December 2013

Status: Read from December 11 to 14, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

The fifth installment in Michael Connelly’s series featuring ‘Lincoln’ lawyer Mickey Haller, The Gods of Guilt is an entertaining legal thriller exposing a web of corruption when Haller finds himself defending an innocent man for the murder of an ex client.

Initially Haller only cares that his client, a digital pimp accused of strangling a prostitute, can afford the costs of the trial but when he discovers the victim is Gloria (aka Giselle /aka Glenda), a woman he tried to rescue from the life the case becomes personal. The plot is fairly linear though Connelly complicates it with a drug cartel assassin, a shonky lawyer and a shocking death. The courtroom trial is portrayed with his usual attention to detail and sense of drama, and is really where Mickey comes into his own.

Haller is wrestling with his own ‘gods of guilt’, the breakdown of Mickey’s relationship with his daughter and ex-wife is the focus of the personal development of the story, a result of a previous case going sour. To his credit Haller is doing his best to stay in touch with Katie, even as she pushes him determinedly away. I always enjoy the time Mickey spends with his mentor Legal Segal and Harry Bosch fans will appreciate the brief appearance he makes.

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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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate Loveday
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 10:55:27

    As a long time fan of harry Bosch and, more recently, Mickey Haller, I look forward to reading this one. thanks for pointing me in its direction Shelleyrae.



  2. Mystica
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 12:20:49

    New series for me. Thanks for the heads up.



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