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).
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"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)
Great narration but the plot line felt repetitive. The author gives away the "whodunit" pretty early on, therefore leaving the rest of the story to be based around the characters deciding how to expose the rest of the story behind it. I got through the book fine but never had a moment of excitement where I just had to listen for ten more minutes.
To me, nothing could top the Lincoln Lawyer. Was I ever wrong! This book grabs and doesn't let go, and Michael Connelly belongs in the pantheon of great writers. Exceptional storyline, believable characters, and the culmination of a tale that could reside in the headlines. This book is number one on my list, and it will take a novel with real guts to pull it down to number two.
The plot is a thread in a web of incidents that holds the reader spellbound. Sounds trite but in this case, spellbound is the only way to describe it.
Peter Giles is an exceptional reader who truly understands his script. This allows him to voice the material in such a believable manner, making the characters real, tangible, and visible. I could see the incredulity in Mickey Haller's face, the streetwise looks of Earl Briggs, and the sinister countenance of James Marco. Mr. Giles is an excellent narrator.
Absolutely, and I'd have given myself a resounding head slap if I'd missed a word if I'd had the occasion to doze. Stayed up waaaay past my bedtime to hear the end and I don't regret a minute.
I was really disappointed. The first eight or nine hours slog through the humdrum daily activities of almost any trial lawyer. The last two or three hours are an exciting read.
My wife and I are both Michael Connelly fans. We have either read or listened to all of the Harry Bosch series, and five of his Mickey Haller series. The Gods of Guilt was downright boring for the first several hours, but then built to an exciting climax toward the end. We did not think the first half of this book was up to Michael Connelly's standards. (Ghost writer perhaps?)
Peter Giles's performances are always very good. His portrayal of various characters and voice inflections keep his books interesting.
NO, I would not buy a follow-up for the reasons listed above.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
In the fifth and latest entry in Michael Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer series, Mickey Haller is defending an innocent man accused of murder. Yeah, big surprise -- isn't thas what defense attorneys do in books and movies and on TV? But not necessarily Mickey Haller. His history includes finding a way to prove a client is guilty despite being ethically bound to defend him; prosecuting a case against an exonerated killer he believe is guilty, and having a client kill again after he successfully defends him.
So it's not your standard formula when Haller takes on this case, especially since he remains haunted by the murders committed by the client he helped exonerate -- more than haunted, as his daughter has cut him out of her life because of it (hence one of the interpretations of the title of this book).
Also not your standard formula is the paucity of plot twists and reveals, especially as the story progresses. At some point, all mysteries have been worked out, all secrets revealed, and the remainder, the better part of the last half of the book, is about the trial, the legal maneuvers, the manipulations. I was hoping for one last twist in the final hour, which I've come to expect from Connelly, who excels in that in the books I have read (The Poet, Blood Work, The Lincoln Lawyer).
The lack of that final twist and the overly dramatic and overly facile climax of the trail cost Connelly a star, in my eyes. Only a minor glitch in an otherwise excellent tale, well told, well characterized, well narrated.
What's the audiobook version of "page turner"? For my wife, it's "car sitter" because she sits in the car long after she arrives at her destination, unable to stop listening. For me, it could be "dog torturer" because I make my poor little puggle with the two surgically repaired knees walk miles and miles just so that I can continue listening. It took The Gods of Guilt a couple of hours to get there, but it definitely cost my dog some discomfort once it got rolling and I made him keep walking while I kept listening.
This is an excellent story, in my opinion the best Mickey Haller story so far. The pre-trial has plenty of twists and turns and the kind of detail Connelly does well but this story becomes truly gripping the court room. Highly recommended.
Top 100, a good book if you want to be distracted.
No though it was engaging.
No, periodically needed a break
Good story - kept me listening to the very end.
My only complaint is the author's compulsion to use the word "fuck" at regular intervals. It is like an addiction - it ruins the classical value of what would otherwise be an excellent story.
I have read all of the Harry Bosch detective thrillers. John Connoly is doing a great job with this genre. I think I will re-listen to the Lincoln Lawyer.
This is one of my favorite audible books so far. I really enjoyed the intriguing story with portions I could figure out, but there were surprises all the way to the end. The characters are well-developed, so it isn't hard to follow and keep everyone straight. I noticed that Connelly did research so that legal terms were accurate and process/organization was plausible. I found myself realizing why attorneys choose to defend seemingly evil people.
The plot was riviting by providing facts and information at a pace that helped the listener figure out some of the mystery, empathize with some arguably bad characters, and leads listener though and interesting and exciting story.
I enjoyed the trial scene because it was legally plausible and interesting to see strategy, unveiling of more key facts, and clever tactics.
I didn't have an extreme emotional reaction to this book. This is a book that appeals to the intellect. It leads the listener through mental gymnastics and unveils the answer at the very end, if you didn't figure out all of the details by the end.
I really enjoyed this one! I'll listen to Connelly books again.
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