Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home.
Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail.
Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in. Connelly proves again why he "may very well be the best novelist working in the United States today" (San Francisco Chronicle).
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Michael Connelly is one of the best mystery writers today. He not only can tell a story but he gives you characters you want to return to again and again. Harry Bosch is as good a detective as you can find. Cassie West almost makes you forget about Lisbeth Salander. And if you ever need a good lawyer, there is none better than Mickey Haller.
Haller has appeared in four Connelly books but does his best work in The Fifth Witness. The story is fast paced and has enough twists and turns for even the most demanding mystery reader. He give you plenty of characters to cheer and a few to boo. The end is not only satisfying but sets us up for a future Haller adventure. My only regret is that I can't give this book six stars.
I don't like courtroom/lawyer stories as a rule, but there is something about Connelly that keeps you wanting more. So many people told me this was a 5 star book that I had to try it and am Glad I Did. There is something about his writing that won't let you go once you get started. If I had known that this was courtroom oriented I probably would have passed and missed a great book. The narration and story fit perfectly. The mix of Haller's personal and professional life was a really good mix and done beautifully. Don't miss this one.
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This book keeps you wondering, what will happen next. Its good to listen to while driving, because it keeps you alert and on the edge about what happens next,
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Wonderful courtroom drama. Great see-saw both in and out of court as Mickey Heller struggles with mob, murder, and his ex-wife. I cannot wait for the next Lincoln Lawyer novel... although I'm hoping he won't be leaving the criminal defense bar. Peter Giles is pitch perfect. This is the best in the series so far and Connelly worked hard and it showed. Nice to hear the value of your purchase in extensive preparation and research. Also like it that Heller stands on his own here without the aid of his half brother Harry Bosch. I'd recommend though that you start this series at the beginning... it's not essential but each is good and they fit together perfectly.
Okay, let me say I have liked Connelly since his days with the Times. I have liked Harry, was amazed with the Poet, but Haller is so real as an LA criminal attorney I was hooked with the first in the series. Nevertheless, the key to this novel is having a protagonist that you feel a bit uneasy with his ethics (which was not really true with the first two), as well as having a defendant that you really get to distrust to the point of almost disliking. Add to that a contemporary social ill which should have set up the good guy/bad guy dichotomy (and yet never really does in black and white terms). So the imminent reality Connelly sets is kind of like riding the rapids in an inner tube--fun and exciting but never a moment when you can get ignore that next curve.
Few of the 300 books I've listened to on Audible make it to my "driveway" list but this is certainly one of them. My "driveway" list consists of books that 5 stars will not accurately describe how addictive the book really is. "Driveway" books leave me sitting in my car LONG after arriving home from my commute. "One more chapter" usually turns into two, three, and sometimes four additional chapters before I walk into my house. Certainly, in my opinion, this is the best of Connelly's "Haller" novels. The Lincoln
Lawyer was great but this one had a certain courtroom strategy aspect that just kept you wanting more. The ending was one of his best yet and although I can't say much about it without giving too much away, I can say you will
need 30 minutes to just sit and contemplate the entire book after realizing
what just occurred. If you are a Connelly fan, a courtroom drama fan, or just a fan of really good, addictive novels, you will love this read. Highly recommended.
The story line, the suspense and the narrator made the story really great. Peter Giles voice just seemed to fit the Mickey Haller I had in my mind.
I really liked the fact that with Michael Connelly's books, you don't anticipate who the bad guy is, or even sometimes know where the story is going all together. The story line is not preditctable.
His narration brings life each character. He doesn't over do it with his voice when it comes to the female characters and make them seem unreal, like I've heard with some narrators.
This is just simply the best. I read this right after I read Lincoln lawyer. This scores better then lincoln lawyer. I like the trial episodes which was done very well. The performance of the narrator was very impressive and adds a zest to the book reading. Overall, very satisfying experience with this book. Couldn't wait to get another Mikki Haller series.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
I rarely buy a book with less than a 4 star average rating for at least 200 reviews. This means most people give it a 4 or a 5. I ignore the 1's 2's and look at the average being greater than 4. This was a great read. Its intriguing plot with great insights on criminal court issues in Los Angeles, my home town, made this a very pleasurable read. I recommend highly.
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