Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Every once in a while, even the most literary among us, must cleanse our palates. And for me, Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller books are the perfect sorbet. I was glad at the end of the book that he bought two more used 2011 Lincolns, because what's the Lincoln Lawyer to do when his vehicle of choice has been put out of production? Become the Lexus Lawyer? Yeegads. Well, that's Mr. Connelly's problem to solve.

In this book, we finally have the conclusion of a small side story that's appeared (if I remember correctly) in all the previous Mickey Haller books, that of the prostitute Gloria, who Mickey was trying to help leave the life. He thought she'd moved to Hawaii and started over. But it seems as if she returned to L.A. and went back to the business. Sad story, but it gets worse. Because Mickey's latest client is accused of Gloria's murder.

Like all the books, there's a great deal of lawyering going on, a lot of behind-the-scenes action explaining all the research and strategies that go into preparing for a capitol case, and also giving a realistic view of the timeline, and the toll the lengthy process takes on the accused. Despite all the legal thrillers I've read and the legal TV shows I've watched I'm still learning new things, such as that for a motion or a objection, the judge is more likely to rule in favor of the defense, who will be likely looking for things to appeal, then for the prosecution, which does not have an appeal. I never knew that. Now I can watch my reruns of Law & Order with greater understanding.

I love the puzzle these cases represent and how figuring them out is usually a long process of applying logic repeatedly. That greatly appeals to my logical and puzzle-solving mind. As usual, it does bog down a little in the middle, but I do think that's partly to give readers a taste of what it must be like to live through a case that can take months, if not years to resolve, and I appreciate the verisimilitude, although I understand why others might want the book to careen at a breakneck speed from beginning to end. But for me, these books are just terrific summer candy. I can't wait for the next one.

I checked this book out of the library.

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