Monday, 12 May 2014

Review of The Gods of Guilt

Michael Connelly’s The Gods of Guilt is another five-star read from an author at the top of his game. When a pimp is charged with the murder of one of his workers, he hires Mickey Haller because the dead woman, Gloria Dayton, had always said he was someone to be trusted. It turns out she was a client of Haller’s from many years in the past.

As always with Connelly’s books, nothing is quite what it seems and the plot is complex.

Mickey Haller, a criminal defence attorney who runs his legal practice from the back of a Lincoln car, is devastated when he learns of the identity of the dead prostitute because he thought he had rescued her and helped her to go straight.

As novel progresses Mickey realises he is being followed, but has no idea who is so interested in his movements. There are many possible suspects, both for the murder and the shadowy figure on Mickey’s tail. 

This is an excellent legal drama, but much of the action takes place outside the courtroom. The clues to whodunit and why are there, but you won’t realise they were clues until the novel reaches its brilliant conclusion.

The Gods of Guilt is an entertaining read that certainly satisfied this Connelly fan.

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