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John’s Favorite Books – Part 2

John’s Favorite Books – Part 2

John's Favorite BooksJohn’s Favorite Books (continued from Part 1).

The yellow covered book under that is Lullaby Town by Robert Crais.  While it is not the first Elvis Cole novel, it is by far the most scarce.  Crais has been another of my favorites since I first began collecting.  Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are two of the best characters in modern suspense fiction.

Next is Black Echo by Michael Connelly (with the ever important “blue band”). This is Connelly’s debut book that introduced us to his most enduring character, Harry Bosch (an Edgar Award winner for best first novel).  I consider my Connelly books invaluable, and as long as I continue to collect they will hold a special place on my shelves.

Following that is Stephen Hunter’s The Master Sniper.  Before he started writing about Bob Lee Swagger – “Bob the Nailer” – he penned this title.  Considered the most scarce of his books, it has become quite hard to find.  Hunter, a former movie critic for the Washington Post is a Pulitzer Prize winner, whose new releases always interrupt my reading priorities.

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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.


The Black Box by Michael Connelly

John Reviews “The Black Box” by Michael Connelly

Black Box Michael ConnellyThis was my first time reading a novel by Michael Connelly and The Black Box did not disappoint. Harry Bosch returns to a case that he stumbled upon twenty years earlier during the Rodney King riots. The investigation not only takes him back over the last two decades but also over continents. This book kept me guessing and along with Bosch trying to find the “black box”.

I also enjoyed the depth of the main character, Harry Bosch, and his interactions with the other characters. I am meeting Connelly at an upcoming signing and can’t wait to find out what he has in store.


Michael Connelly talks about his movie – “The Lincoln Lawyer”

Michael Discusses The Lincoln Lawyer Movie – Video

The Lincoln Lawyer movie will be in theaters in one month, on March 18th. Michael is very excited about it and wanted to share his enthusiasm with you, too. Watch this short video on YouTube for his review of the movie and the whole experience.