The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Connelly's latest book features Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller, so named because he conducts business from the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car. Connelly is a master at complex plotting and courtroom procedure, and the reader will get plenty in this book. Mickey is asked to defend a man accused of killing a prostitute. Mickey at one time had tried to help the prostitute leave the life, and thought he had succeeded, until her death and knowledge about her recent past told him otherwise. The accused swears he is innocent, although he knew the victim and had had an argument with her shortly before she died. The evidence points to him and the police are sure they have the right man. Mickey's not so sure, and as he delves into the past of several people associated with the victim, he is convinced the accused is being set up. This knowledge puts Mickey in danger, and before all is wrapped up, there are many twists and turns to keep you turning pages. The "Gods of Guilt" in this case are the jury who will sit in judgment, but at the end, Mickey learns there are many "Gods of Guilt" to deal with in his lifetime. Connelly at his best.
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