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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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    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 01-16-14
    Gloria Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 01-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to The Gods of Guilt again? Why?

    No, the only reason I would listen to this again would be to find out the ending....which I already know. The narrator was not entertaining enough to make me want to hear it again. Prefer to hear more emphasis, and more of Mickeys southern drawl which makes him more believable. The slow mundane reading put me to sleep on more than one occasion. But the story kept me coming back.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Earl, because he had a flair that added a little color to the story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Explained in the first question's answer.


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

    Yes, but don't want to give away any details to ruin it for others. I will say, after the car accident.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Mickey Haller stories and the way the author can have so many story lines going on in his head, and then bring them all together at the end to create such an interesting story. Very enjoyable.

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    Napagal florida 01-14-14
    Napagal florida 01-14-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Dull"
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    This story was dull from the get go. For me, it just was not interesting. Have loved every Michael Connelly book so far, but not this one!

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    Patricia 01-13-14
    Patricia 01-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Cut and Paste"

    I didn't even finish listening to this one, which is rare for me with an audio. Seemed like a cut and paste from "Lincoln Lawyer", so disappointing because I've enjoyed other Michael Connelly books. Not this one. I suppose I could have continued listening with the hope it would hook me in somehow but there was absolutely nothing compelling me to do so.

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    Brett Anderson, SC, United States 01-11-14
    Brett Anderson, SC, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2011

    I wrote half a book about zombies.

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    "Haller is just so damn good!"

    This one doesn't have the best trial, but I found it to be the most engaging of all the Haller books!

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    Gerri 01-10-14
    Gerri 01-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Predictable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No...it was not M.Connelly's best. Not mentally challenging.
    Mickey Haller just moaned about "poor me". Didn't care about any of the characters.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Who cares.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Giles?

    Sure. He was good.


    Did The Gods of Guilt inspire you to do anything?

    No


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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-09-14
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great All Around - What Else Can I say?!!"

    Michael Connelly rarely disappoints me with his novels and this one was another great read. A must buy for Connelly fans, of course. If you haven't read any of the Lincoln Lawyer Series I suggest you start from the first one. Review: Great read. Does not disappoint. Peter Giles is a great narrator and M.C. is a great writer - what else can I say?

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    Jennifer B. Creamer Tuxedo Park, NY 01-09-14
    Jennifer B. Creamer Tuxedo Park, NY 01-09-14 Member Since 2011

    Mom of 3 saved by her audiobook addiction!

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    "Love the Lincoln lawyer. Can't get enough"
    Would you listen to The Gods of Guilt again? Why?

    Yes. Because like the Harry Bosch series it is always a well written story to the end


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns and the flashbacks


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

    Absolutely.


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    Patrick 01-07-14
    Patrick 01-07-14
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    "eh, by far not Connelly's best"

    a little too much time spent on the court room as if it were on stage, who was in the audience......family members, friends, etc....really?

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    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 01-06-14
    steven West Hempstead, NY, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    Any additional comments?

    Sorry Mr. Connelly, but the Lincoln Lawyer books are far better than the Harry Bosch.

    Plot twists, courtroom drama and character development make this novel rank right up there with all the other Mickey Haller books.

    Giles is the perfect narrator for this series.

    Can't wait for the next one.

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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 01-04-14
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Excellent entry in the series"

    This is an excellent entry in the Micky Haller series. As always, the story moves swiftly and without much cliche or cringe-inducing moments you typically expect from legal thrillers (things are going great, oh wait, twist!).

    Great narration and a good tale -- my only gripe would be more with the series as a whole: each entry Connelly seems to "reboot" Micky. He may make out well in a book, but by the beginning of the next, expect him to be downtrodden again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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