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 the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

There’s very little to say in this review, other than to applaud an author’s sharp writing, his wonderful courtroom dialogue and his insanely well crafted storytelling – it’s what you expect from Michael Connelly and he doesn’t disappoint. Mickey Haller 5 – The Gods of Guilt – is a wonderful exploration of life in and out of the courtroom. He brings the courtroom alive, the sights and smells, the subtle nuances, all the while guiding the reader through the ups and downs of a defence attorney and his eclectic team.

On more than one occasion I found myself sitting back awestruck at how he manipulates a scene. It’s as if you – the reader – are transported into that very room courtroom, watching every movement, every tick and every drop of the gavel. You feel part of the book; this is what made it so entertaining for me.  I felt part of the defence team.

Mickey Haller is a strange character, for the most part I really liked him, loved his personality and the scrapes he found himself in but there were a couple of scenes when I found him overbearing and annoying. I loved that the author could get this reaction from me. I wanted to shout at the book, tell Haller to stop acting up and deal with whatever was annoying him. Infuriating at times, it all added to the protagonist’s personality and whether he was kind, gentle, spirited or annoying, it’s this combination that makes him such an endearing and colourful character – it also adds depth to his character.

The book isn’t about just one man; defence is a team sport, each player playing a part in defending, in this case, an innocent man. There was one moment in the book I couldn’t believe happened, I was distraught! I won’t say too much but if you read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about. Although I can see why Connolly wrote the scene I’m not convinced it was necessary – but then I’m looking at it purely from a selfish reader’s perspective!

The bad guys are bad and the good guys are good – it’s what you expect from a book of its type. Mostly written for the defence, there’s more than enough for the discerning reader who just happens to bat for the prosecution! It’s not all about saving the day!

The story itself is brilliant. The Gods of Guilt – referring to the 12 men and women of the jury – is the third Connelly book that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and I can definitely say it won’t be my last, Connelly is a marvel. Highly recommended.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409134342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409134343
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