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
Honestly, this is one of my least likeable Connelly novel, at least until the very end of the novel where the twist is really an unexpected surprise! Why least likeable? Well, it is mostly because I didn't like that some of the action was a little too predictable (except the ending!). Or maybe it's because I had read/listen to about 11 Connelly novel in a row! Maybe I had overdosed! But I continue to be a Connelly fan. It is memorable mainly because of the ending.
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
I believe I've read all of Connely's 20 plus novels. I liked the trial setting and behind the scenes courtroom drama. I was disappointed with the conclusion... I felt he could have worked in more detail and storyline on the killer. I gave it 3 stars, but it's not a bad read at all.
It's really very good. It would be hard to say enough about this book without divulging important points. I will say that the end will blow you away -- not because it's a surprise, but because of the visceral upheaval you may (I did feel) racing to the conclusion. The beauty of this kind of writing is that everything that occurs is there, hidden in plain sight in the tiny details so that the end is relief but not a shock. The shock comes from the recognition that we share Mickey Haller's joys, pains and disappointments during his discoveries. The satisfaction comes when we agree with his final acts and decisions.
Mick is my favorite MC character. 5th Witness was not as good as the previous 2 Mickey books but still a great listen. It gets an extra star due to the great performance by Peter Giles. Giles once again does an excellent job bringing Mick to life. How anyone think Giles doesnt do a great job with Mickey is beyond me.
The percussive consonants, especially the "t's" and "d's" makes listening a bit tiring to the ears. A good start would be to move the mic away from his mouth.
All sentences are delivered with maximum impact, rather than with subtlety based on the rhythm of the story. This reader would be perfect for commercials. I felt like I was being "sold" through the entire book.
Good story, tiring narrator.
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.
Another winner by Mr. Connelly! Mickey is a fun character but it was also nerve-wracking! Great narration also by Mr. Giles!
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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