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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amy 05-01-11
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    "Not exactly what I was expecting..."

    After the rave reviews I was expecting something a little more dramatic. The courtroom dialogue was great and the plot moved right along. I love being privy to Haller's thoughts because they add a very realistic edge. All the characters had great development and are so realistically flawed... it is one thing I really enjoy about Connelly's writing. I didn't care for the surprise twist ending... it lacked motive and didn't ring true to me. Still... As with most of Connelly's that I have listened to, I was very entertained.

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    Jan Alpine, UT, United States 04-27-11
    Jan Alpine, UT, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2003
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    "I Love Mickey!"

    I rarely write reviews, but couldn't resist giving my cheers for Mickey and his gang, as well as for the excellent Peter Giles as the reader! I can't wait for the next book--after having been addicted to all of the Harry Bosch books for years, what a wonderful addition to the family in welcoming his half-brother Mickey Haller. Mr. Connelly is a star!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Catawba, VA, United States 04-27-11
    Stephanie Catawba, VA, United States 04-27-11
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    "Way too long"

    This book could have been reduced by a hundred pages or more. Once the trial started, the defense went on and on and on and on and on, I almost fast forwarded, but my iPod doesn't deal with skipping very well. The beginning of the story was a page turner, but I never once got to the point where I cared whether the defendant was found guilty or not. By the end of the book, I wasn't interested in listening anymore. Finally, the synopsis gave the impression that this was about the foreclosure crisis and all its trappings in the legal system... wrong. It was a murder case with the sparse mention of foreclosure as a motive. Certainly not this author's best work.

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    Barbara Bozeman, MT, United States 04-24-11
    Barbara Bozeman, MT, United States 04-24-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I can't believe I spent money on this one"

    One should not have to read or listen to almost an entire book before it becomes interesting. I have listened to or read all of the Bosch books by Michael Connelly and have enjoyed them immensely. I was extremely disappointed in this one.

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    J. A. Katz 04-21-11
    J. A. Katz 04-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Best Connelly EVER!!!"

    I have read/listened to every Connelly book. I love them all but some are better than others. Truly this one tops them all. It is believable, tightly constructed and perfectly paced. It never gets boring and I found it virtually impossible to hit stop on my iPod. If you are familiar with the character in The Lincoln Lawyer you are sure to love this one. Bravo!

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    CAROL 04-21-11
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    "The Fifth Witness"

    Excellent. Sorry I didn't take longer to finish it. Now I'll have a long time to wait for another Haller book.

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    Maurice Kelly Jr. GREENVILLE, MS, US 04-20-11
    Maurice Kelly Jr. GREENVILLE, MS, US 04-20-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"

    One of the best books I have ever listened to. It kept me engaged and wondering what was coming next !

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    virginia Kingsport, TN, United States 04-20-11
    virginia Kingsport, TN, United States 04-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Really good"

    As always Michael Connelly provided me with a days entertainment while doing mundane chores. I'm glad to see Haller back because honestly getting tired of Bosch who to me has lost his edge. I would have given it 5 stars but guessed the outcome early on in the book. Still enjoyable and worth the credit.

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    Helen 04-20-11
    Helen 04-20-11 Member Since 2015

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    "sensational story. cheers to author and narrator."

    I completely enjoyed this story. I never understood the narrator focus, until now. This narrator contributed to my pleasure. I am an attorney who currently does not practice. This story reminded me why.

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    "GREAT book, annoying narrator"

    This book would've gotten 5 stars from me if the narrator's whiny inflection and style hadn't been so distracting. Excellent storyline, though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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