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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. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 11-24-13
    Bruno North Shore City, New Zealand 11-24-13 Member Since 2007

    I need some C8H10N4O2

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    "Fantastic"

    I really enjoyed this story, I think it is probably the best so far. A lot happens to Mickey and his team, and not all of it good, so there were times I was shocked, surprised, and just overwhelmed with sadness! But... So worth it. A truly great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rod Bacchus Marsh, Australia 12-04-13
    Rod Bacchus Marsh, Australia 12-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Another great Connelly Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I have read or listened every Connelly Book and enjoyed them all


    What other book might you compare The Gods of Guilt to and why?

    All of the Lincoln lawyer series


    What does Peter Giles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great neuration


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

    The car accident


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    anthony toowoomba, Australia 11-23-13
    anthony toowoomba, Australia 11-23-13
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    "WARING ABRIDGED"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    it actually being unabridged as advertised...otherwise great book but very upset that it misses cruical info


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Southport BC, Australia 03-23-14
    Jane Southport BC, Australia 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding story and excellent narrative."
    What did you love best about The Gods of Guilt?

    I really enjoyed the story line by Michael Connelly. As usual I could not stop listening to the story. Even found myself doing my grocery shopping listening as I was so glued to the story line.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the narrative was excellent. Held my attention.


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

    To be frank I thought they were all excellent characters.


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

    Yes definitely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus 11-18-14
    Marcus 11-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Another spellbinding Mickey Haller courtoom romp"

    Connelly is a masterful writer whose awesome skills have never been more effectively applied than in this engaging story of the dangerous fight to set an (almost) innocent man free.

    Having produced thousands of voice-overs, I'd have to rate Peter Giles up there with Humphrey Bower as one of the best narrators (actors) I've ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Constance 08-24-14
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    "Just Okay!"
    What did you like best about The Gods of Guilt? What did you like least?

    Courtroom drama, good dialogue and witty but too many characters made it abit hard to follow


    Would you recommend The Gods of Guilt to your friends? Why or why not?

    no. Just an okay read


    What three words best describe Peter Giles’s voice?

    Captivating, memorable & appropriate


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    helen melbourne, Australia 07-09-14
    helen melbourne, Australia 07-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Michael Connelly and Justice go hand in hand."
    What made the experience of listening to The Gods of Guilt the most enjoyable?

    It was a great story line and the twists and turns. Connelly explains the legality of law proceedings with expert skill and is able to blend them into the story brilliantly. Thoroughly enjoyable!


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    Simply splendid, such easy listening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everyone deserves Justice!


    Any additional comments?

    I still love the short connections made with Harry Bosch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 05-03-14
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 05-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding Connelly"
    What did you love best about The Gods of Guilt?

    The ins and outs of political and legal battles faced by Haller in his defense of his client.


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

    Absolutely. The plot is full of unexpected but credible twists and turns.


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    Actually, I wasn't overwhelmed by his performance. He does a very good job using different voices but tends to be whiny.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It just kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and enjoyed all of Connelly's Bosch series but am enjoying the Mickey Haller books even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 04-21-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 04-21-14 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Most likely the best Mike Haller story so far...."

    I've always considered Mike Haller the byproduct of a diversification strategy where Bosh is the 'core business' ( and the best of all) , while books centered around other characters have the objective to sort of "give a break" to Mike Connelly and let him write without having to consistently reinvent great Bosh stories. This book sets for me a new paradigm; the character of Haller is now maturing , taking a shape and role that stand out on their own ( who cares anymore if he is Bosh half-brother ?). The story plot is as good as it gets, the different characters -including the recurring cast around Mike Haller- engaging and forceful and the reader/listener is hooked to the book from the very beginning.
    The Gods of guilt is a great book and makes me - for the first time- look forward to the next Haller story....

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  • Eilidh
    Inervness, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gods of Guilt the most enjoyable?

    I had a very long journey to complete and being able to listen so such a good book was a tremendous help. None of it was boring, I enjoyed every bit as the story unfolded, especially Mickey's solutions to problem. There are a lot of references to the first book, bringing back old characters and explaining what has become of them. You were rooting for the good guys to win all the way and the book didn't disappoint.


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

    His client is very different from the clients of previous books but I won't say why as it would be a spoiler. Needless to say, you'll understand if you've read the other books and read this book.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Giles’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure if I've heard him before but he was very good on this one.


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

    I'd have happily listened to it in one sitting but it was a little too long to do that but I did finish it very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    This'll be a book I'll listen to again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
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    11/28/13
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    "Kept me interested"

    This book is certainly worth reading, I felt a little less sympathy for Mickey Haller than I have in previous books, somehow he started off by being a bit unpleasant, but seemed to improve in the course of the story. I need to be able to like the characters in a story.
    The story was good and dealt with well. Overall I enjoyed the book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andre
    London, W6 7JP, United Kingdom
    11/27/13
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    "Wow Epic !!!!"
    Would you listen to The Gods of Guilt again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to this book again , It is an Epic book worth the listening experience, never wanted to put it down at all.


    What other book might you compare The Gods of Guilt to, and why?

    I can only compare this book to any of brad thor books


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    It was Epic , I loved the performance


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

    I cold not put this book down , I finished it very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    I really cant wait for a new part to this book, I await the next case.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. H. Jones
    UK
    12/1/13
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    "Another Gripping Michael Connelly"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gods of Guilt the most enjoyable?

    This is another well read novel by Peter Giles and an interesting and exciting book by Michael Connelly. I like the structure of MC's novels, they contain enough technical legal procedure but don't over do it and along with that have a fast moving plot that keeps you interested in what happens next.

    I also like the fact that MC does not take himself too seriously, with references in this novel to the film the Lincoln lawyer. If you like MCs other books then I think you will like this one too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N in Cov
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    4/1/15
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    "entertaining"

    enjoyed the book. it started to grip me closer to the end. had to find out how it ended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    BOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom
    9/21/14
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    "author on top form"
    If you could sum up The Gods of Guilt in three words, what would they be?

    Usual Connelly quality.


    What other book might you compare The Gods of Guilt to, and why?

    Lincoln lawyer. Same characters.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Micky nailing the cops under cross examination.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of all Michael Connelly books. This is the best for some time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Yeovil, United Kingdom
    7/20/14
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    "Good book with lots of nice twists but repetitive"
    Would you try another book written by Michael Connelly or narrated by Peter Giles?

    Yes, I've listened to the previous four books in the Mickey Haller series.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less obvious signposting of "the gods of guilt" all the way through the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "Not the best from Connelly!"

    I've loved all the author's previous books but this one was not up to par.
    I felt the story didn't have much going on and what there was seemed padded out with mundane stuff.
    Plus it referred back to the movie of The Lincoln Lawyer ( a previous Haller outing) and not the book?
    The narrator was good and did the best with what he had.
    I really expected better from this usually brilliant author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Ormiston
    UK
    4/6/14
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    "The end seemed rushed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gods of Guilt the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was good and I like the Lincoln Lawyer


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    Yes


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    An interesting voice to listen to and he managed to represent each character differently


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it until near the end when it all just seemed too rushed as if we'd run out of impetus and just needed to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macwoman
    Leamington Spa, England
    2/19/14
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    "Progress in the Micky Haller series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't listen to many audiobooks twice, but I had just completed a second listen of the complete Michael Haller series when 'Gods of Guilt' appeared, so I had something to compare it with. I had enjoyed the others greatly, but I found this one quite difficult at first. Michael Connelly has chosen as hero a defence lawyer, and by definition as he tells us, this is not always a sympathetic character. Haller does not just defend the innocent, but everyone, guilty or innocent, who needs a defence.This time it was tough going for a while - the depressing background of many of the characters in drug peddling, gangs, pimping and prostitution rather got to me, and it seems sometimes that Mickey thinks too little about these things, as his friends and ex-wife tell him. Also one is left feeling that if the criminal law system is as bad as painted, it is a miracle that anybody gets any kind of justice. But gradually I was won round. Connelly has a great gift for immersing you in a world totally different from your own, and getting you to care about it and the most unlikely people. I was convinced by the end that everyone needs a defence, even the most deeply guilty, because it is only by this means that we can keep the very powerful prosecution system in check. And that it matters that a person with a shady background who has already committed a number of crimes should not be wrongly convicted of a new crime. Justice only works if it is for everyone - if a know thief can be fitted up, so can a decent person, and where does it end? I think this is the underlying message of the book, and to that extent something new has crept into the series - a more serious, thoughtful note. Connelly does not patronise us as readers - he knows he is dealing with some difficult material, and rather than spoon feeding he sets out to show us rather than tell us the reality of this truth. There is also a new tone, I detect, which is very close to documentary style - Mickey tells us the story, but with objectivity and restraint, which works well.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the way that things don't always work out perfectly, like the troubled marriage and the relationship with Mickey's daughter. I am also relieved the Connelly does not propose to regale us with the same marital situation over and over, as some authors do. Having got a story going about the wife, ex-wife or the missing wife, they do not seem able to let it go. Every problem has only a certain life span, and then life moves on! Connelly is masterful at not falling into the regulation traps of many crime writers.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Connelly crowd of people who have been written about many times in different contexts have become part of the Connelly world, as it were, where they all crop up at different moments in each other's work. I don't know how far he can stretch this one - he obviously means to try! It does become convincing to the reader as a 'real' world - but do we really need to be all that convinced? We know it's a fiction book!


    Any additional comments?

    There is a current vogue for crime writers to complain about TV cop shows in their work. I can understand how irritating it must be, and now impossible not to be influenced by what goes on on the screen of any size. but Connelly at least manages this with a certain skill, for the moment, rather than giving us a lesson in how TV scripts ought to be written.

    Peter Giles deserves a mention - he has become the voice of Mickey Haller for me, and I feel very comfortable with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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