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The Fifth Witness | [Michael Connelly]

The Fifth Witness

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.
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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).

©2011 Michael Connelly (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Jill Tucson, AZ United States 06-06-11
    Jill Tucson, AZ United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Another winner!"

    A great book! Didn't want to stop listening! Another reason Michael Connelly is my favorite mystery/thriller author!

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    Leslie East Windsor, NJ, United States 05-29-11
    Leslie East Windsor, NJ, United States 05-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the Best Audiobooks Available in the Genre"

    I was a big fan of the Lincoln Lawyer and am generally less of a fan of the Bosch character than of the Mickey Haller one. So, I was excited that the Lincoln Lawyer was to be made into a movie, if only because it suggested to me that Connelly would write another Haller-based book. He released this one recently and when it appeared on Audible, I grabbed it. Boy, am I happy I did. This is a masterpiece, with all the twists and turns of an outstanding legal thriller. It is Connelly's portrayal of the inner workings of Haller's mind that I love so much--so believable and interesting--and when combined with a great story, this is a "Do Not Miss" audio book. Not coincidentally, it will make a great movie too.

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    05-02-11
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    "Very good listen!"

    I like Mr Connelly's style to start with and have listened to many of his other works, but this one kept my attention the entire time and really fooled me several times. It was interesting, witty and the performance by the reader was spot on perfect. A must listen.

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    Catrina Irving, TX 05-01-11
    Catrina Irving, TX 05-01-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "Connelly does it again"

    The complexity of the character and how he struggles with ethics makes this a very good book

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    Dave Powers 04-30-11
    Dave Powers 04-30-11
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    "The fifth Witness"

    An OK book. There was a little too much trial strategy for my liking. It seemed to me that theme was used for fill. However I did read the whole thing.

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    james mesa, AZ, United States 04-25-11
    james mesa, AZ, United States 04-25-11
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    "good but not great"

    This was the first Connelly book I wasn't impressed with. He did a lot of baby stepping, explaining basic things the protagonist did instead of just letting the reader "get it". The narrator could have been better as well. He came across forced. Trying too hard.

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    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 04-19-11
    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 04-19-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Connelly Just Gets Better!"

    I saw Michael Connelly at the Dallas Museum of Art where he was interviewed for the series Arts and Letters Live. Wonderful interview. He is an entertaining speaker and just an amazing writer. Unlike so many commercially successful authors, he continues to improve as a writer. I was on the edge of my seat and found The Fifth Witness to be the best courtroom thriller I've "read." I'm going to download it on my Kindle and actually read it and I'll listen again and again. I have to go through Connelly's novels many times and never tire of him. I went to see the film, The Lincoln Lawyer last weekend, as well, and took 3 relatives who had not read Connelly. I felt so proud of "my" favorite author. Everyone loved the story. Time to go back and reread and re-listen to that one, too. Kudos to the very best author and to a wonderful narrator!

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    George Fillmore Morristown, TN United States 04-15-11
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    "could not put it down"

    A Michael Connelly book, for me, is usually a 'no-brainer'. He is a great story teller and this one kept me wondering what was going to happen next.
    One reviewer here called it a 'driveway' book. I agree; you're listening; you're driving; you pull in your driveway and you just sit there listening, not wanting to turn the book off.

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    Gale Elk Grove, CA, United States 05-04-11
    Gale Elk Grove, CA, United States 05-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "The Best of the Lot!"

    I have read or listened to all of Michael Connolly's books; both Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. The Fifth Witness is extremely well written, with an absorbing story line that doesn't gives the end game away -- until the end. The best of the Mickey Haller series yet. Michael Connolly just gets better and better. He is my very favorite mystery writer and I read American and British mysteries and thrillers almost exclusively. Peter Giles narration is perfect for both Mickey and Harry Bosch. I love his voice and how he doesn't make the women sound high pitched and stretched. This is an awesome match -- Connolly's writing and Giles narrating. You cannot go wrong if you enjoy mysteries and courtroom drama.

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    Kellee Flower Mound, TX, United States 04-27-11
    Kellee Flower Mound, TX, United States 04-27-11
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    "Great Mickey Hollar addition!!"

    After reading all of the Mickey Hollar books, and most of Michael Connelly's books, this was a great addition!! I have missed this series so badly that I re-read the other books. Well written, good solid story, great narration. Mickey Hollar isn't anything without Peter Giles.

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