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The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #5)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  21,572 ratings  ·  2,404 reviews

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
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by Little, Brown and Company
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I am once again stating my bias against people telling what the book was about. Don't do that! It is never part of a review. Always assume that the reader knows what the book is about and wants to know what you think of the book. Ok?

Having said that, I have spent far too much time this past month or so reading sequels. I have said in earlier reviews that sequels seldom if ever live up to the original, yet that never seems to be a concern. Today's authors are well paid by publishing companies for
I received an advance copy of the The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly from goodreads to review. As a fan of Connelly’s writing, I was very happy to reconnect with the Mickey Haller and his world.

One of Connelly’s great gifts is that he creates characters so well that you become connected and want to see how they’re doing. I confess I swallowed the entire story whole without chewing in less than a day. The suspense in parts was unbearable. I’d have to put it down and read something else for a
Karin Slaughter
Excellent, as usual. And a lot of fun, too. I go back and forth between which series is my favorite, but after reading this, I think Mickey Haller wins.

The great thing about the author (other than his terrific books) is that he is a HUGE library supporter. Whenever I've asked Mike to do something for my library charity, he's always stepped up. Also, I think he is quite handsome, which is always a plus in an author.
Jane Stewart
Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles.

Boy can this author write. I can’t believe after doing so many books, he still comes up with such a good story, and well done, and entertaining. He does NOT use artificial devices to create mystery and suspense. He does NOT use flashbacks, jumping around in time, stopping scenes in the middle to create temporary cliffhangers. There’s no stupidity or characters doing things out of character to create conflict. It’s just a good story, in chronological ord
I enjoyed this as a solid entry in the legal thriller series set in Los Angeles featuring Mickey Haller, the man tagged as the “Lincoln Lawyer” for keeping an office in his car. His major case this time around involves a website manager for call girl operations (virtual pimp) who stands accused of killing one of his women over a money dispute. It turns out the call girl is someone whom he cared for and thought he had set on the path to a normal life years ago. Signs suggest she had been working ...more
Rex Fuller
This might be the best of the Haller series and maybe of the rest of Connelly's books too. Mickey is representing someone accused of killing a former client, her pimp. The investigation has great action and discloses corruption in the law enforcement community that led to the charge. The resulting trial is extremely well drawn, ending in a realistic surprise. A few technical legal flaws don't subtract from the crackerjack whole.
James Thane
This is another excellent Mickey Haller courtroom drama from Michael Connelly. As the book opens, Mickey is called to the L.A. jail to represent a pimp who is accused of killing one of the women he "represents" in a dispute over money. The pimp had booked a date for the woman at an expensive hotel. But the woman calls the pimp and tells him that there's no one in the room and that she has come home empty-handed.

The pimp admits going to her apartment and arguing with her, insisting that she was s
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

It is very unusual that I rate a novel by Michael Connelly below 4 Stars. That I didn't like The Gods of Guilt is not what I'm saying. I liked it a lot; I just didn't love it compared to the other Michael Connelly books. I guess I just don't enjoy Mickey Haller as much as I love Harry Bosch.

Mickey Haller is just off losing his bid to become LA District Attorney amid a scandal that brought his poll numbers down and has changed his relationship with his ex-wife, Maggie, and his daughter,
I'm reviewing this and marking it read but that's a lie. It was soooo poorly written, I really didn't finish. Usually, when I get a book I don't like and, so, don't finish, I just mark it as a reject and move on with my life but... Michael Connelly???!!! I've read and loved every word he's written. But, this one? I don't even think the effort is up to 'phoning it in level'. The half I read was like the poor writing was duking it out with the laziest plot work ever. Pffft. MAJOR disappointment.
The "gods of guilt," according to Michael Connelly's fictional lawyer Mickey Haller, are juries--along with "plenty of other people out there judging us every day of our lives and for every move we make." Classic Connelly apercu, witty and true and a bit sobering as well. That Connelly can lard this consistently excellent work with insight, with observation, with truth is testament to his artistry, his ability to take thrillers to more exalted places. And this novel is a helluva good thriller (a ...more
Kaje Harper
This latest in the Mickey Haller series finds Mickey at a low ebb personally. The plans he made at the end of the last book have foundered on the realities of being a defense lawyer. A very public disaster, where a man he got off from a drunk driving charge on a technicality drove drunk again and killed two people, has destroyed Mickey's run for DA. Worse, the victims were people his daughter knew. The bad side of a career defending the guilty and not just the innocent has bitten Mickey, and he' ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Yes...a 5. Now while I can't say this is at the top of my 5 star list nor does it make my favorites list I had to rate a bit above other 4 star books. I have grown to like the Mickey Haller books and this one is (I think) the best so far.

Mickey can't really seem to win in life even if he does win in the courtroom. Shut out by his daughter because of events from the last book. Frozen out by his ex-wife because her career's in the cra**er due to supporting him for DA just before he crashed and bur
Jan 30, 2014 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of legal thrillers, Mickey Haller
This book, despite being the fifth in its series, maintains a fresh feel because it explores the constant emotional grind of Haller's decision to defend the scum of the earth on a daily basis -- from seeing how he was unable to rescue a former client from her own poor life choices, to dealing with a daughter that does not want to speak to him due to his own career choices -- instead of just walking us through another trial full of twists and turns with the charismatic protagonist narrating.

Ruth Turner

Audiobook - Narrated by Peter Giles - Just an ok narration.

Peter Giles has a wonderful voice, but I found his narration of The Gods of Guilt to be slightly irritating.

The dialogue sounded rehearsed and unnatural, and I found the exaggerated emphasis on some words annoying,

One other thing that distracted me was the pronunciation of Haller. Giles pronounced it Holler, or so it sounded to my ears, whereas in the other books in this series that I've read, I pronounced it Hal-ler. Only a little thing
Alafair Burke
I was very lucky to get an early copy of THE GODS OF GUILT, the fifth in the Mickey Haller series. This is series writing at its very best. I feel like I know Mickey well enough to be visiting with a friend, but he continued to develop and surprise me.

Whilst probably not the best Michael Connelly book I've read, and saying that probably not even the best in this series, any book which I am able to read in a day holds a special ranking up there. I was travelling back from New England to Ye Olde England and was able to read this on my journey. Through the jet lag and turbulence I powered on and completed the book just as I arrived home.

This book has the same format as the previous books in the series in that there is a case which is shroud
Apr 16, 2015 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Connelly and exciting crime-novels
Mickey Haller is back for his 5th novel and by now I know what to expect, or so I thought.

Mickey gets involved in a murder case that involves a character from a previous novel, as in she is the murdered victim. Mickey becomes the lawyer for the supposed killer whom in Hallers view is an innocent. Life is difficult for Haller, while his work is going alright he sees nothing of his daughter who blames him for the happenings in the previous book. His ex-wife and mother of his daughter has to move t
Thomas Edmund
Anyone intrigued by the blurb of the latest 'Lincoln Lawyer' novel will not be disappointed by Connelly's recent dramatically named piece The Gods of Guilt.

The story revolves around the murder of a once-time cilent of Haller's, and his determination to discover the truth of it, while defending the prime suspect. The book is a little slow burn for the first half, and then risks becoming uncomfortably dense with intrigue. Nonetheless the finale saves all and combines tension and slightly cynical f
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Michael Connelly Kicks Arse, Time After Time

4.5 stars, rounding up to five because there's really only one thing that kept it from being five stars. Said thing being an event near the end of the book that was too predictable due to foreshadowing. Other than that, Michael Connelly has hit another home run for me. You've all heard me sing his praises repeatedly in ways both silly and serious. And he just keeps getting better.

I have generally enjoyed the Harry Bosch books more than the Mickey Hall
fact is, michael connelly is pretty much auto-buy for me, and i do love them all. this one not QUITE as much. (i have to say, i'd have preferred if the lincoln lawyer's back story didn't include the 4th wall of him knowing about the movie made about him. meh.)

story was a wee bit convoluted at times, but its not like these books are uber deep, so easy to get back on track. reoccurring characters are back, and there is a major event of the sads involved that i really didn't understand the point of
The 5th book in the Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly.
A slow starter but builds up to very good climax. I confess I am a massive Michael Connelly fan and have loved most of his books and this one is another high quality thriller.
Michael Connelly once again developes his characters so well and shows expert knowledge in the legal system.
There is something about a life in the courtroom that draws trial lawyers to legal thrillers like moths to flame. However, there are very few works that courtroom advocates consider definitive.

Now Michael Connelly has placed The Gods of Guilt at the pinnacle of a very short list alongside A Time to Kill, John Grisham's first Jake Brigance novel, and To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harper Lee classic who brought us Atticus Finch. In doing so, Connelly has surpassed himself and left Mickey Haller's exc
Typically, I like my books different and offbeat, a unique voice I haven't heard before. But occasionally, I like to step into a familiar world with a voice and character I know, and for me, there's nothing more familiar--and nothing better than--Michael Connelly. And though I prefer Harry Bosch as a character, I particularly enjoy courtroom dramas so I welcome Mickey Haller when he returns.

And The Gods of Guilt is a comfortable re-acquaintance. As usual, the story is clearly told with just eno
I picked this (audio)book up and before I knew it, I was halfway through. Connelly has this gift of storytelling that sucks you right in. His plot twists, delivered with the undetectable approach of a right cross, are like grappling hooks that pull you even deeper into the narrative. His characters trudge heavily with tortured psyches in the darkness where pimps and prostitutes, drug dealers and killers dwell.

Mickey Haller, for one, is a magnet for punishment. Defender of society's forgotten dre
This is the fifth novel in the Lincoln Lawyer series which began relatively slow, however, once all the players were in place, it soon picked up for the remaining half of the book. A riveting courtroom drama unfolds as defense attorney Mickey Haller presents his case to the jury to save an innocent man accused of murder. Michael Connelly builds the suspense to the final pages as Haller ruthlessly takes apart key witnesses bit by bit with skill and aplomb.
Ha! Released on 12/02/2013. Just finished it! On the 3rd! Not that I was impatient about having to wait to read it. Not much. Worth the wait, as are all Michael Connelly books, especially the Mickey Haller novels. We love the Lincoln Lawyer a lot. No spoilers from me. Just read the darn book. You'll be happy you did.
Attorney Mickey Haller has problems. He regularly represents (and gets off) criminal lowlifes and a released drunken driver killed a classmate of Mickey's 16-year-old daughter, who no longer wants anything to do with him. Lacking good cases Mickey is also low on cash and drinking too much. Things start to look up when Andre La Cosse, a 'cyberpimp' who runs websites for prostitutes, is accused of murdering a client, Giselle Dallinger.

Turns out Giselle is really Gloria Dayton, a woman Mickey repr
Michael Haller is a defense attorney, one who never hit the big time. He is the object of much disrespect because of the sorts of clients he defends, but Mickey believes that the legal system is stacked against society's lower strata, and is willing to go to bat for them. If some of his tactics are not exactly on the up and up, well, neither are those of the state.

Michael Connelly introduced Haller in the Lincoln Lawyer, and through the next several books in the series, has developed his charact
Mary Gramlich
The path to innocence is not a well-traveled journey

Michael Haller has been and always will be a defense lawyer who believes in the right of everyone to a fair trial. An attempt to work on the other side of the aisle created a scenario where he lost more than he could have ever anticipated. Mickey watched and learned from those who practiced before him with the understanding that at times you have to step back and look at the big picture.

The case he is working on now started with a crime that wa
The Lincoln Lawyer rides again in this awesome new Michael Connolly legal thriller. Anyone who has had the dubious distinction of sitting in a courtroom for any length of time understands that it can be an incredibly boring experience. Having read all his books, Michael Connolly is anything but boring and brings the process alive here with his usual skill in creating what many might deem an oxymoron - a good guy/ lawyer (and also a memorable cast of characters, plot twists and courtroom drama). ...more
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“Everybody has a jury, the voices they carry inside. Earl Briggs sits on my jury, Gloria Dayton, too. They are there with Katie and Sandy, my mother, my father, and soon Legal Siegel as well. Those I have loved and those I have hurt. Those who bless me and those who haunt me. My gods of guilt. Every day I carry on and I carry them close. Every day I step into the well before them and I argue my case.” 6 likes
“I reached between the seats to the backseat, where her purse was on the floor. It was the size of a grocery bag and it weighed a ton.

"What the hell do you have in this thing?"


I didn't ask for further explanation. I managed to pull the bag up to the front seat, open it, and find her iPad. I put the bag on the floor between my feet, lest I pull a muscle leveraging it into the back again.”
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