I have just finished reading 'The Gods of Guilt' by Michael Connelly. The main character in the novel, a Lincoln Lawyer novel, accepts the assistance of a drug baron in order to exonerate an innocent client. Without the drug lords protection, the main character, Mickey Haller who is half brother to Harry Bosch, may not have survived the trial. I was left with the understanding that there is no greater a reward than to free the wrongfully accused by the administration of justice. However, in this case it has been infected with blood money. I wonder if any members who have read this book would like to share their thoughts. And if any other members have read of similar cases where the main characters triumph is not as sound as it may have been without the influence of a vicious killer such as the drug cartel character in this book. 

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I like the Lincoln lawyer books much better than the Bosch ones. I did dislike the ones that dragged "halfbrother Bosch" back in along with similar baggage and matching teenage daughters. Haller started as a very different character, a far more flawed one who settles for doing his best for his clients. In that context, the use of "blood money" to save an innocent man is acceptable, because the alternative is not and would not fit the character.

You're absolutely right. I hadn't considered a character analysis, and thanks for suggesting this to me. I was interpreting Haller as the defence lawyer with odds against himself and his client - a lawyer who wins the case with lawful evidence and persuasive argument only. It's possible that the novel may have worked better then for me had not the ruthless drug dealer (Moya) unlawfully assisted Haller and his client. In one chapter for example, Haller and his driver (Briggs) were driven off the road by a stolen tow truck smashing into them and Briggs is killed. Later, Haller is assaulted by a crooked cop on two occasions. It was in the last few sentences that my eyebrows raised in consternation when Haller admits to satisfaction about the murder of the DEA agent (Marco) by Moya now released after the trial " ..I deleted the video from my computer but it will never be erased from my mind. I have no doubt that it came from Moya and no doubt that he wanted me to know what became of Marco. When I think about the rogue agent's fate, I remember the night in June at the loft when I was surrounded by my team and raised a glass to justice for Gloria Dayton and Earl Briggs. Some forms of justice are more horrible than others. But in this case I think justice has been rightly served."

Now that you mention details, I recall this book. Even with minor flaws and a few cringes, Connelly is still a very fine crime writer, and these days there aren't very many. 

I remember enjoying 'The Black Box' when it was first published and that it was a cold case involving a foreign journalist being shot during LA Riots, but not much else about it. It's the same for me with most of his books. 'The Reversal' I thought was excellent and for the life of me I couldn't tell you now what happened in it - I remember closing the book after the last chapter and thinking 'That was really brilliant'. Sometimes, but not often, I'll connect with a paragraph which in my opinion is strikingly well written or noteworthy. Not being a parent myself, I've a limited understanding of parenting, so it wouldn't bother me at all if Bosch or Haller had no family life. The entire sub-plot is unnecessary and almost depressing. Still, Connelly's one of my favourite authors.

I like my characters to have a life, but this never really worked well for Connelly. Too much repetition of the same old facts.


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