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  • Series: Lincoln Lawyer
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (December 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316069515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316069519
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2013: What distinguishes Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer books from the average legal thriller (in the same way his Harry Bosch series transcends "cop story") is the complicated likeability of his flawed hero, Mickey Haller, a criminal defense lawyer who works mostly from the backseat of a chauffeured Lincoln Town Car. In The Gods of Guilt, Haller agrees to defend a former client's pimp on a murder charge, and his messy past comes back to taunt him--an ideal introduction to Haller for newcomers, and catnip for fans. As a former newspaper court reporter, I've always appreciated Connelly's attention to the messy particulars of the legal system, and his ability to convey real courtroom drama, the humanity and inanity of bringing criminals to justice--or not. (The title refers to the imperfect judgment of a jury.) Like his peers, Laura Lippman and George Pelecanos, Connelly writes crime fiction verging subversively on literature, and Haller is becoming an increasingly complex literary figure, cruising LA's darkest corners in a style that feels like a modern twist on Chinatown. (Think Clint Eastwood-Dirty Harry-San Francisco, but in LA, and without the big guns and the unresolved anger.) Incredibly, Connelly just keeps getting better. --Neal Thompson

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*Starred Review* When we last saw Mickey Haller (The Fifth Witness, 2011), the hot-shot maverick attorney who works out of his Lincoln Town Car was fed up with defending bad guys and had decided to run for district attorney. Well, that didn’t work out. Too much politics. Now Mickey’s back with the bad guys, defending a high-tech pimp accused of killing one of his “girls,” who happens to be a former friend of Mickey’s. Naturally, the case has multiple levels, involving a bent DEA agent and requiring an unholy coalition with a drug lord. As he’s done throughout the Haller series, Connelly shows a remarkable ability to bring the courtroom alive—not just the details of the case at hand and the procedural machinations but also the personal drama simmering below the surface of the thrust and counterthrust of legal strategy. There is tragedy along the way to a verdict this time, and Mickey must confront his personal “gods of guilt” just as he does the jury in the courtroom. Connelly’s Harry Bosch series has typically dug deeper into personal demons and questions of existential identity than the Haller novels, but this time the fast-talking attorney is forced to look inward, where his tricks of the trade do him little good. A gripping novel, both in the courtroom and outside of it, and a testament to the melancholy maturing of Mickey Haller. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: As always, a national media campaign will support the launch of Connelly’s latest, as it climbs best-seller lists. Connelly’s books have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. --Bill Ott

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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing ' a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.

After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.

After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles , was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed that up with 18 more novels. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, Dilys, Nero, Barry, Audie, Ridley, Maltese Falcon (Japan), .38 Caliber (France), Grand Prix (France), and Premio Bancarella (Italy) awards.

Michael lives with his family in Florida.

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I love Michael Connelly and his characters of Harry Bosch and Mickie Haller.
Once you start reading this book the pages just keep turning because the story is so fascinating.
Admir Monteiro
What a great read, love the plot and twists and turns that make for a very exciting story.
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142 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 20, 2013
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Criminal defence attorney Mickey Haller is back doing what he does best - running his small legal practice from the back of his Lincoln Town Car. He is still recovering from a time when switched sides to be a successful prosecutor, and he nearly became Los Angeles County District Attorney before disaster struck when a defence case went badly wrong and impacted his career and his relationship with his daughter and first wife.

Mickey is always on the lookout for cases with the highest stakes and biggest paybacks and the top of the line are murder cases. One day Andre La Cosse, an internet "pimp" who designs and manages websites for call girls, asks Mickey to defend him on a murder charge. This case is different because the victim, Gloria Dayton, was a former client, a prostitute Mickey thought he had rescued and put on a straight and narrow path - but unknown to him she was back on the game. It is also different because just before Gloria's death she had told Andre he should contact Haller if he ever needed legal assistance. Andre also has the means to pay for his defence - in gold bullion!

What starts off as a straightforward case of providing a good defence for a guilty person quickly changes when Mickey realises that Andre may not be guilty. The case quickly brings back the ghosts of Mickey's past which can have a serious impact on his professional and personal future. As this case develops it will encompass a potentially corrupt DEA agent, a shady Investigator for the District Attorney, a cartel thug and a disbarred lawyer, all with their own personal interests in Mickey's future. To top all of this off Mickey is being watched and followed and he doesn't know who it is.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Don In Fremont on December 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The title of Connelly's latest Mickey Haller novel refers primarily to the jury. Paraphrasing can't do justice to how Connelly explains it, but you'll like it.

As it begins, we are brought up to speed on the nightmare that has become Haller's life. The failed campaign. The drunk driver case. The estrangement from his daughter. Add these to Haller's regular issues, and yikes! There are some Guilt Gods at work here as well, perhaps!!

Then, Haller has a murder case dropped in his lap, and off we go. We find out shortly that the victim played heavily in Mickey's past. And it involves characters on both sides that Haller has had run-ins with.

Some people think making Harry Bosch a half-brother to Haller was a bit too convenient. Actually, Connelly's genius in this move is to create two sides of the same coin. If you are a faithful reader of both series, you already know this. If you're new, you'll get it. Both Haller and Bosch understand the cost of doing business as they do, on all fronts. He also gives Harry a fairly significant cameo.

A big difference in the two series is that Haller's stories require a much heavier dose of process, usually in the form of courtroom events. Connelly excels at creating these moments, resulting in excitement, character development and, occasionally, actual knowledge! I'm sure there are a lot of "legal thriller" writers creating more complex and perhaps more accurate courtroom stuff, but Connelly has the right blend.

Connelly shows he's not afraid to wink at himself, with an amusing reference to the hit film of The Lincoln Lawyer, and the effect of its' popularity on the way Mickey rolls.

The case goes forward in typical Connelly and informative.
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68 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Pedro on November 23, 2013
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I read all the Mickey Haller novels one after the other in a very short time, curious about the author after watching The Lincoln Lawyer. They were all very nice reads and I had great expectations for this one. I even started reading the Harry Bosch novels while waiting for it, but I really like the legal drama genre.

The Gods of Guilt wasn't a disappointment in itself. The story is solid, there's a constant build up of tension and some "aha" moments, and for those who enjoy the genre, has interesting legal-drama moments too. However, during the whole book I had this feeling that Connelly wrote it with a sequel for The Lincoln Lawyer film in mind, and I never had the same feeling on the previous three books, even though the movie was based on the first one, and those were the actual sequels to it.

The Gods of Guilt is a decent read and was well worth the wait, but Connelly is definitely changed.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill on December 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
And hopefully Matthew McConaughey will return as the Lincoln Lawyer and earn one too.

In Gods of Guilt, a pimp is charged with murdering one of his “employees” after she fails to give him his portion of the night’s proceeds. The reason for the non-payment is disclosed as the trial takes place.

The pimp hires Mickey Haller based on the recommendation of the murdered woman who it turns out was a client of Mickey’s some years ago. Other main characters include the leader of a drug cartel, a rogue DEA agent, the prosecuting attorney’s investigator, and the rest of Haller’s usual crew. Sadly, one of Mickey’s team does not make it to the end of the book.

The plot is intricate but not to the point where you have a hard time following it. Almost every question you ask yourself is answered as the courtroom drama unfolds. I sincerely hope the few left open questions form the basis of another Connelly masterpiece.

The trial judge, a hotel security man, and a couple other “escorts” form a terrific supporting cast. Harry Bosch even makes a cameo appearance in this not to be missed novel.
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