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The Gods of Guilt | [Michael Connelly]

The Gods of Guilt

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case in the gripping new thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling 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 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 shows once again why "Michael Connelly excels, easily surpassing John Grisham in the building of courtroom suspense" (Los Angeles Times).

©2013 Michael Connelly (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The combination of this fast-paced courtroom drama and Giles's steady and consistent narration makes for an engrossing listening experience…Giles's rich portrayals help listeners differentiate the multiple characters as Haller becomes convinced that his client is not only innocent but also the victim of an elaborate setup involving local police and DEA agents." (AudioFile)

"Connelly knows when to put his foot on the gas and when to take it off. Once he has you on board, turning the pages, you won't want to climb off." (Boston Globe)

"Haller is the kind of slick, cynical showman who can't resist making high drama out of every legal procedure....There's always something deadly serious behind Connelly's entertaining courtroom high jinks" (New York Times Book Review)

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    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UT, US 01-31-14
    Amazon Customer Salt Lake City, UT, US 01-31-14 Member Since 2014

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    "I listened for 2 hours"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Peter Giles?

    I'm not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I deleted it from Audible after 2 hours...I had no idea what was going on.

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-26-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 01-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Connelly is a god of courtroom drama!"

    Why do we read fiction? To be entertained, transported, etc., etc. Those who say "meh" to this Michael Connelly work must be curmudgeons of some sort or the other. They must read for some other obscure reason that to be entertained.

    This story is enormously entertaining and once into it, I was hooked to the point of wanting to stay up all night to finish it. But then, I LOVE court room drama and few do it any better than Connelly.

    All in all, this is a terrific story with relatable characters who do their best in support of the Lincoln Lawyer as he confronts new and even trickier court dilemmas. Mickey may not be the perfect guy (failing at multiple marriages, controlling his drinking and relating with his daughter) but that is what makes him relatable. And he is a survivor!

    Five stars! Enjoyed it thoroughly!

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    Paul United States 01-26-14
    Paul United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Michael Connelly delivers, yet again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.
    It is well written, and holds the readers interest on several levels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gods of Guilt?

    It is hard to state the most memorable moments without giving away things about the story line.
    There are several things that happen that change the dynamics of the story and the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Giles – was your favorite?

    Mickey Halloran is definitely my favorite character, both for his ethics and his loyalty to family and friends.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Trying not to give too much away, the car wreck scene was deeply moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy all of Michael Connelly's writing, and look forward to his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janels 01-26-14
    Janels 01-26-14
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    "Great courtroom coup"

    Connolly does it again, with Mickey Haller pulling off impossible courtroom wins. Although it could be tedious, it isn't, and seemingly dry courtroom tales become tantalizing under Connolly's expert pen. However, while it is a bit of a peeve for me that, with many other books, the significance of the title either is too difficult to decipher, or does not reveal itself until the end. In "Gods" it is constantly, CONSTANTLY repeated over and over throughout the book. In my opinion, it's the book's one flaw. We get it! It is an elusive and elegant phrase, but terribly overused. Great read, other than that!

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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 01-26-14
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun but not his best!"

    Very predictable and a little contrived. Not as exciting as his past audio books. Too much of the same and slightly corny!

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    Nancy A. Curl Charlotte, NC United States 01-24-14
    Nancy A. Curl Charlotte, NC United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Read to understand why so many lawyer jokes..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, there is little joy in reading this one. There isn't much to like about the main characters.


    Has The Gods of Guilt turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, the self absorbed lawyer's mind is tedious to me.


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice and uses it well.


    Was The Gods of Guilt worth the listening time?

    Not really. So many better stories out there. I didn't hate it but at the end I was grateful that I'm not prone to depression...this one could get someone down.


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    S. 01-21-14
    S. 01-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Connelly Writes a Winner"

    As we've come to expect, Connelly writes another winner. Jake is as lovable & flawed as ever, the story challenging yet believable and the pace fantastic. Great read ~ and the performance is excellent.

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    Amazon Customer 01-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow, great story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gods of Guilt to be better than the print version?

    Mr. Connelly knocks this out of the park. Once you pick it up; you can't stop. Must read!


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    Andre M. Gorelkin New York, NY United States 01-20-14
    Andre M. Gorelkin New York, NY United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "More Mick!"
    If you could sum up The Gods of Guilt in three words, what would they be?

    A classically enjoyable Michael Connelly novel-- pleasingly set in the universe of all things Connelly… even Harry Bosch makes a brief appearance, which is always a fun little gift!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Once again: Michael Connelly delivers. His fans will not be disappointed-- I love the Mickey Haller character, despite his overblown guilt about his work. I guess the tension between his guilt, his talent, his love for the law and the desire to connect with his daughter and Maggie are really what he is all about…


    Which character – as performed by Peter Giles – was your favorite?

    I love how Peter Giles voices Mickey Haller. But his entire narration is truly excellent, he is a born narrator and brings the story and characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I definitely could have listened all the way through… I have that sense with every Connelly book. His books are a roller coaster ride and incredibly entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss out of all of Michael Connelly's work- the Harry Bosch series, the Lincoln Lawyer (Michael Haller) and his other stand-alone works.
    If you haven't ever read a Bosch book, I strongly recommend starting from book 1… you'll be hooked, but never sorry!

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    Baycyd 01-19-14
    Baycyd 01-19-14

    Baycyd

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    "Connelly always keeps it real"

    As a lawyer, I have to say that I like Michael Connelly's legal books more than any of the other legal fiction writers, even Scott Turow (whose secrets are sometimes too easy to figure out). I was shocked when I learned that Connelly is not an lawyer -- his work is that good. He has a fine command of how criminal trials really work, always has an interesting yarn, and keeps me guessing to the end. I agree with the reviewer who was surprised by the testimony by a key character (or a couple of them, actually), and who was moved by the ending. I teared up as well. Peter Giles is a gem and I've followed his narration in other non-Connelly books just to hear him talk. One question -- in this book Mickey Haller talks about getting a couple of women killed by freeing a perp who then murdered them. For the life of me, I cannot figure out which earlier book that appeared in. Any Connelly fan out there who knows the answer? Thanks!

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