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The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

Gods of Guilt by Michael ConnellyI’m not very fond of Mickey Haller – he’s a hard man to like.  His daughter doesn’t even have much use for him.  He makes his living, working out of the backseat of a Lincoln town car, defending the dredges of society – pimps, prostitutes, and the occasional killer.  Sometimes his has no scruples, like when he has his new client strategically stage his business cards around the courthouse holding cell.

Mickey is a defense attorney, one without a friend on the prosecution side.  Mickey has one moral compass though – he believes that everyone deserves a defense, even when the popular opinion is that his client should be locked up and the key thrown away.

Sometimes when he wins the release of the defendant it comes back to bite him, and that is just what happened when his just-freed client kills again.  It couldn’t come at a worse time, causing Mickey to lose his bid to become LA District Attorney, and the resulting scandal causes a rift between him and his daughter.  It didn’t help the latest victims are a friend of his daughter and the friend’s mother.

In The Gods of Guilt, Mickey’s new client is a cyber-pimp accused of killing one of the prostitutes that he manages.  As it turns out the victim is one of Mickey’s former clients that he thought he had helped get free of the trade.

As Mickey maneuvers through the case he learns that he is deeply connected with the motives for this murder, and that people from his past were not what they appeared to be at the time.  As the two cases converge Mickey is faced with a dilemma that strikes fear in the heart of the “Lincoln lawyer.”  His client just may be innocent.

Michael Connelly is the master and he proves that you don’t have to like the main character to love the book.  His wordsmith can get overlooked as you try to deal with unlikable characters, but don’t be fooled.  There is no one better a spinning a yarn than Michael Connelly.

His courtroom scenes are top notch, building a true legal thriller with a murder mystery thrown in just to keep it interesting.

I may long to read more about Harry Bosch (I like him), but Mickey’s story is one that needs to be told and has to be read.


Where’s My Book?

Signed books take longer . . .We are often asked, “I saw the book I ordered from you on store shelves, where is my copy?”   Most mass merchants are preshipped books so that they can put them out on the official laydown date.  Often they put them out before we even receive our copies.Delivery of signed copies always follow later.  How long depends on several factors, most due to the availability of the author to sign stock.  Touring schedules usually delay an author being able to sign.  Where the author signs also impacts delivery time.  Whether they sign at our store, at the publisher, at their home or elsewhere, may add shipping time to the process.  UK editions and UK authors take even longer due to transit time back and forth from the UK.Limited Editions follow later in the process.  Our Norwood Press editions typically follow trade hardcover release by about a month.  Other publisher editions have been known to show months later.Most of our customers are used to this process, and we appreciate their patience and understanding.  For our new customers, we apologize for the delay, and understand that you want your books quickly.  To all we make this promise . . all books will ship immediately once they arrive here.

Excitement over the new Rick Riordan, HOUSE OF HADES, has caused quite a stir.  Our signed copies should be here next week, and the limited edition should be here mid-November.

The Norwood Press Kickstarter and Numbered editions of NO WAY OUT are supposed to arrive today, and will ship out soon.  The limited/lettered edition will ship mid-to-late November.

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Personal Book Collections – U.S. vs. U.K. Editions

Personal Book Collections – US vs UK Editions

The true hallmark of any collection is its completeness. This is particularly true of book collections. Yes, one could argue that owning those self-published tomes that the author sold from the trunk of their car is an unnecessary expense, or that those later editions resold in collections are not required by the serious collector. But, I have to disagree and conclude that my Cloak and Dagger edition of Vince Flynn’s Term Limits and the smartly produced collections of his first 12 thrillers enhance my collection.

It is often implied that completeness rings of obsession and that those so inflicted need to seek professional help in hopes of gaining perspective or choice. Well, not so! After all, you do have the ability to make choices . . . you can choose “this or that,” or “now or later, can’t you?

Book CollectionsIn Biblioholism author Tom Raabe offers, “What – another addiction? Don’t we have enough addictions to worry about – drugs, alcohol, nicotine, gambling, eating, not eating, shopping, shoplifting, sex, chocolate, work, television watching, fitness, religion, and who knows what else – without having to worry about books too? Is there a more enjoyable activity in all of life’s experience than the reading and loving of books?”

No collection can even be considered marginally complete when your sole copy of a title isn’t the “true first.” After all, what value resides (other than holding the spot on the shelf) in an edition that was released days or weeks after the title’s first appearance?

This gets confusing when considering US or UK releases. Sometimes it takes a real expert to determine which laid down first. Some purists have resolved this issue by collecting both US and UK firsts. This doesn’t resolve in which order to shelve them, but that may be a little obsessive (I just rotate them from time-to-time). Others just pass on the UK, after all ‘we are no longer the colonies!” I do have to say though, that I truly love my UK first editions of Michael Connelly’s Black Echo, Stephen Hunter’s The Master Sniper, and David Morrell’s First Blood, just to name a few, but then, I am a serious collector.

So, to expand your choices, and help free you from being labeled a nut case, we are giving you choices. You can choose the UK editions you wish to own now (rather than later), and at a discount (rather than at full price). But, you’d better choose quickly, because hesitation or procrastination are other serious conditions that should be seriously avoided.

Your sanity (and mine) are intact!

Good reading,



Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

John Reviews Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Red Sparrow by Jason MatthewsFriend and Readers,

This is definitely a John’s Pick! Once in a while I get to recommend a new author that goes way beyond the ordinary, and newcomer Jason Matthews delivers with Red Sparrow. Matthews tells an espionage tale from inside Putin’s Russia with an insider’s knowledge of the the CIA. It’s a novel packed with real-life experience about the spy trade, counterintelligence, surveillance trade craft, spy recruitment and handling, cyber warfare, and covert operations. Thanks to Jason Matthews the spy thriller is back with an exciting new voice.

                     You’ll love it!