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The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller #6)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  30,155 Ratings  ·  2,865 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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Greg Chesser While there are references to previous books, everything is explained so that it can stand alone. You can read them in any order.
Bubba Humphries Mickey Haller is the main character and his wife Maggie McFierce

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Dec 12, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok
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
Oct 16, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2013 Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing
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
Rex Fuller
Dec 07, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 18, 2013 Michael rated it liked it
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
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
Aug 08, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller, crime

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
Dec 01, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Totally shredded my nerves.

Mickey Haller represents a cyber-pimp accused of murder. He and his team believe the guy is innocent but the case against him seems convincing. This book had an irresistible combination of investigation, bad-guy confrontation and strategy. I should probably read more lawyer books because I loved the courtroom scenes.

Connelly writes a great thriller :D
Nov 06, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it
I'm tired of starting these reviews with the same old thing, but here goes: Well narrated, good characterization, must be read in order, excellent attention to detail, & a fine story over all. Sorry, but the rest is just details that you should really read for yourself. Mickey is on his game with plenty of twists & turns. The ending is a blast. Need I say more?

If this is the first one of Connelly's books you're thinking of reading - Put The Book Down! Get The Black Echo, the first Harry
Oct 04, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Dec 03, 2013 Susan rated it did not like it
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.
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,
Nov 21, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it

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
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
Jan 13, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
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.

Nov 24, 2013 Gary rated it really liked it
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 05, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Kathi Defranc
Dec 01, 2013 Kathi Defranc rated it it was amazing
This is another great book in my Michael Connelly library,another look into the trials and tribulations of the Lincoln Lawyer,and it does not disappoint! It puts you right next to the lawyer through his exploits,keeps you thinking and making decisions with Mickey Haller,so you feel that you have been right there through the whole case!
Alafair Burke
Nov 18, 2013 Alafair Burke rated it it was amazing
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.
Lewis Weinstein
Jan 14, 2014 Lewis Weinstein rated it it was amazing
Another superb crime and legal thriller by a master of the genre. All of the elements, including the interpersonal, make this an engrossing read. Connelly does not disappoint.
Jul 11, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nov 21, 2013 Thomas Edmund rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2013 Ware rated it it was amazing
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
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
Ruth Turner
Sep 24, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-legends

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
Dec 07, 2013 gert rated it liked it
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
Dec 08, 2013 Mac rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2013 Monnie rated it it was amazing
I've lost count of the books I've read by the prolific Michael Connelly - from the Harry Bosch series to this series featuring "Lincoln Lawyer" Mickey Haller. Likewise, I don't remember the last time I read one that was anything other than really, really good. To be sure, this one continues that fine tradition.

It helps that I've always had an affinity for the legal profession; many, many years ago, I landed a job as a legal secretary - the first job I had when I returned to work after taking tim
Dec 22, 2013 Ric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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