Book Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly


Michael Connelly is one of those writers you can always rely on (with a rare exception or two) to produce a book that you don’t regret picking up.

This is the latest in the Mickey Haller series (keep an eye out for a cameo from Harry Bosch). Mickey takes on a case defending a man accused of killing a prostitute, who herself was a former client of Mickey’s. It’s a pretty straightforward courtroom thriller with a law enforcement conspiracy thrown in for good measure (yawn – when will we see the end of the ‘good guy is actually the bad guy’ endings?).

I enjoyed it and was disappointed when it ended as Connelly is terrific at arranging words on the page to keep you intrigued. But there was no real ‘Wow!’ moment and the book has more than a few spelling and grammatical errors that any editor worth their salt should have picked up on – I certainly did and it was a distraction.

If you’re a fan, you won’t be disappointed. In you’re not, it won’t matter too much if this is the first book in the Mickey Haller series you read. Worth a look.

3 stars

*First published on Goodreads 24 August 2014


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