THE GODS OF GUILT
Mickey Haller returns with a whoosh, then a bit of a fizzle in Connelly’s latest. The defense lawyer is laid low by guilt this time, but while his life struggles are convincing, almost all of the supporting characters are not. They wink in and out of the story, seemingly there only to move the plot along. Haller’s shady legal moves are deft and entertaining as always, and the well-written courtroom scenes are fantastic.
Haller gets a call from an electronic pimp accused of murdering a prostitute — once a client of Haller’s who he thought he had rescued from the life eight years ago. It turns out that the victim recommended him to Andre La Cosse as “the best lawyer in town.” Haller takes the case and believes Andre when he says he didn’t kill the woman. Andre suspects her ratting out a notorious drug dealer years ago is what got her killed. Now all Haller needs to do is convince the jurors, the “gods of guilt.” (LITTLE, BROWN, Dec., 416 pp., $28.00)