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The Gods of Guilt (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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PRAISE FOR MICHAEL CONNELLY:
"Haller is the kind of slick, cynical showman who can't resist making high drama out of every legal procedure....There's always something deadly serious behind Connelly's entertaining courtroom high jinks."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
"Connelly knows when to put his foot on the gas and when to take it off. Once he has you on board, turning the pages, you won't want to climb off."
"Connelly continues his streak of telling stellar crime stories."―Associated Press
"Connelly's work has it all---sharply drawn, engaging characters, snappy dialogue, and a plot that moves like a shot of Red Bull."―San Francisco Chronicle
"Michael Connelly may be the best thriller writer we have."―Jane Henderson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Connelly excels....the consistency of his excellence is remarkable."―Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times
"Any new book by Michael Connelly is a cause for celebration....Connelly is one of the best crime story writers on the scene today. Each new novel refines his talent and makes its story one to be remembered."―Jackie Cooper, Huffington Post
About the Author
Michael Connelly is the author of twenty-five previous novels including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Black Box, 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.
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Mickey lost his election bid for DA and this is months later. He has become estranged from his 15 year old daughter. She still sees life in black and white, right or wrong, nothing in between. To make matters worse between them, Mickey is called on to defend a digital pimp who is accused of killing one of his girls. He had defended that same girl several years ago and she had a special place in his heart. He had helped her out of the life, or did he?
Clearing this client might clear up several crimes from years before and he has his usual antagonists who don't want to stir the pot. He is accused of muddying the water by bringing in evidence and witnesses from seemingly unrelated cases. However, the judge gives him the leeway he needs and things get done, but not before there is collateral damage.
I like the method of story telling that leads me to believe that trials are actually conducted in the manner this books talks about. Defense attorneys are the scum of the earth, but, like vultures, they do have their place in society...making sure that their clients are represented and treated fairly in all things related to law.
Currently at odds with his daughter, who has distanced herself from her father following the death of a school friend and her mother at the hands of one of his clients, Mickey is experiencing more than a little personal angst over both this rift as well as the murder of a previous client named Gloria Dayton.
This is a tale brimming with a cast of dangerous players doing what they can to derail Mickey's case. It also offers an illuminating look at the mechanics of a legal system that has lawyers walking a fine line between seeking justice by finding the truth and just helping their clients "beat the rap".
While this is a realistic and perfectly pitched legal drama, never fear because there is more than enough excitement and action taking place outside the courtroom to keep the reader engrossed to the final page.
Final Observation: Defense can be a deadly sport if you're Mickey Haller and your client list is made up of the dregs of society.