Book Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

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Rating: 4.5 / 5

Mickey Haller latest client is Andre La Cosse, a digital pimp accused of murdering a prostitute.  La Cosse has requested Haller since his alleged victim, Giselle Dallinger, mentioned that Haller has helped her out in the past.  It turns out that Giselle used to be known as Gloria Dayton, and Mickey not only represented her in court, but thought he had given her enough money to leave her life in Los Angeles and begin fresh elsewhere. La Cosse maintains he is innocent of murder, even though he confessed to authorities that he was at Dallinger’s apartment the night she was killed, and they had an argument. As Haller investigates the incident, he not only begins to believe La Cosse, but realizes that Dallinger’s death is tied to the last time he helped her, almost seven years ago.

Connelly is a master at writing suspense and The Gods of Guilt does not disappoint. Mickey Haller is one of my favorite characters of all time, because he is incredibly intriguing, but also flawed and tortured.  I prefer Haller to Bosch, although I think I am in the minority, but it’s because I feel Haller has so much personality, and is relatable to many people on some level.

The Gods of Guilt is action-packed and suspenseful.  Connelly accurately reflects the life of a defense attorney, from the small run-of-the-mill cases which steadily bring money in, to the big courtroom dramas.  Few authors nail both courtroom drama and police procedure like Connelly.   There is little to criticize about The Gods of Guilt. There were one or two spots which I felt could have been flushed out more, but I’m hoping there was little explanation because it’s something Connelly will explore in future Haller installments.  The Gods of Guilt is everything I’d come to expect from Connelly, and while it is good on its own, to really understand Mickey Haller, it’s best to start with the first in the Haller series, The Lincoln Lawyer.

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