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The Gods of Guilt (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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 style.....fast-paced and informative.Read more ›
There is also an odd secondary plotline that keeps being brought up but never explained, (unless there was an intervening book in the series I somehow missed.) The previous Mickey Haller novel, the Fifth Witness, ends with Haller deciding to run for DA. As The Gods of Guilt opens, we find he lost the election due to a scandal--a client he had freed killed two people close to his daughter. Huh? Where'd that come from? The story just dangles there and functions only to explain why Haller and his daughter are estranged and why his ex has left LA.
The matching daughter plotlines in both the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller novels are weak. In both cases, the author seems compelled to provide his perennial bachelor heroes with some sort of personal life. But the daughters seem like Barbie dolls, just taken out of the box when dad needs a little humanizing. Interesting that Connelly didn't choose to give either of his characters a son.
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. I was constantly being draw away from the story and thinking about the real world events that led to choices in the story, and that's not something I want when I read a cheap paperback novel for entertainment. This is not The Gulag Archipelago.
The Gods of Guilt is a decent read and was well worth the wait, but Connelly is definitely changed.
Apparently I missed the acknowledgements section, where Connelly thanks the producers of the Lincoln Lawyer for their suggestions on this book. I guess my feeling that this was intended as the sequel to the movie was right.
Just a few points to illustrate what I'm talking about.
- The book brings back characters from the first book, that weren't in the other three books. Earl, the driver; Gloria, the prostitute who's always in trouble and snitches on the drug dealer; Lankford, the detective who investigates Frank/Raul Levin's murder; Valenzuela, the bail bondsman, etc.Read more ›
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Mike C is my favorite crime writer. Went to a book signing in Scottsdale for his very first book (he shared the night with another new guy, Dennis LeHane, I believe), and Mike has... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Nanner
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