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
Realistic, emotional and suspenseful.
Based on the content and strong character development, this book compares favorably among the early John Grisham novels.
Haller was by far the best performed. His emotions were expressed strongly when read about his daughter and ex-wives.
The ending was surprising and satisfying.
Will look for more from this author and narrator.
In this story, Mickey decides to get a conscious. It follows the typical guidelines of the other stories with Mickey. Cannot wait to see if the new direction at the end wil pan out or not.
Well ok, so I've previously listened to Connelly's books before and enjoyed them but C'mon Michael! If there was one more side-bar in the court with the judge.....UGH! The story would've been much better if he moved it along quicker. No reason to go through......every.......single.......movement, objection!, and thought that both the lawyers and defendent made over the course of what? 55 chapters? If you like courtroom drama with a lot of detail, go for it. Otherwise , pass
I could have sworn Connelly used this exact same plot on another Lincoln lawyer novel. It's not a bad tale -- much better than the last Haller book -- but it doesn't stand up to Connely's best work, which are still his Harry Bosch novels.
Having cut my teeth on Connelly’s Harry Bosch character I did not think I could get interested in a book about a lawyer, largely based on courtroom drama. I took a chance with Lincoln Lawyer, which was very good. The Fifth Witness is even better still. A lot of the book takes place in the courtroom and Connelly makes you feel like you’re actually in the room. The way Haller and his team investigate the case and follow the clues, brings it all together nicely. It makes the dialogue between the judge, lawyers and witnesses in the courtroom very interesting and believable. Haller’s personal life and development of the people he employs continues to evolve with just the right amount of attention not taking away from the focus of the case, which is the main story. This is a great book and one of my favorites by the author.
If you like the Harry Bosch series I think you’ll enjoy the Mickey Haller character. If you liked Lincoln Lawyer, I know you’ll like this book. I think this one would have made a better movie too.
Great book that catches your interest from the second paragraph through to the end - which is a huge surprise by itself. My only complaint is that my maiden name is Haller and hearing the pronunciation is like chalk on a blackboard. Other than that - I absolutely loved it. I listened to the last chapters several times - amazed at the twists that I didn't see coming. Highly recommend this book to anyone who likes good intrigue and really knows how to pronounce HALLER.
The fifth witness is my first real fiction on audio and it has convinced me to continue with this form of "reading". The story itself is gripping and almost in entirety set in a courtroom in LA. The authors description of the trial is detailed, vivid and gripping for the most part and the way the story unfolds keeps you wondering what will happen next for the entire 14 hours. It does slow down in certain parts, and at one point towards the end, you begin to hope the author really has a big twist at the end because he sets you up for it from the start. He does not disappoint. Overall, great writing and great rendition. Very sparse character list and every single one has a place in the story. I will definitely read more by this author. One star less because it did not really blow my mind, but its definitely a gripping "listen"!
Michael Connolly never disappoints with his well-written books. Mickey Haller is an interesting and likeable character, the courtroom scenes were very well written, and the plot interesting overall. The tie-in to the current housing crisis was a bit of a stretch, but otherwise this was a perfect read.
I usually do not write reviews but this was worth it, great book!! It was hard to get anything else done because I wanted only to listen to this book :)
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