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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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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-21-11
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-21-11
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    "Compelling and difficult to put down"

    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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 05-10-11
    Dan Fayetteville, AR, United States 05-10-11 Member Since 2005
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    "You can't put this one down"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-22-12
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Just Right!"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary GOLDSBORO, NC, United States 09-08-11
    Mary GOLDSBORO, NC, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I LOVE TO READ AND BE IN THE KNOW. I LIKE TO TALK TO INTELLIGENT PEOPLE.

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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,

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-11-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-11-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Fifth Witness"

    This is Michael Connelly at his best. Peter Giles did a great job with the narration. I could hardly stop listening even went to bed with the IPOD and next thing I know it was morning! Then ending was a surprise and a good set up for his next book. Connelly managed to wind Micky's introspection with his values and problems with his x-wife in and around the main story without making the story lag or get you sidetracked.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Westwood, NJ, United States 04-13-11
    John Westwood, NJ, United States 04-13-11 Member Since 2005
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    "A "Driveway" novel"

    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.

    43 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Otis Marietta, GA, United States 04-08-11
    Otis Marietta, GA, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Grittier--Trickier--Doesn't let you rest"

    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.

    40 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Oceanside, CA, United States 10-07-11
    Martin Oceanside, CA, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Follow the Story"

    Following Haller trying to work towards victory and the facts as they surfaced was more than fun, it was mentally engaging. I found myself formulating the questions I wanted Haller to ask. He didn't always ask them. It really ticked me off, but I imagine that's this is the way it really is. This book kept me captured and wanting to to read more to get the next revelation. If you like good stories, good people, and how it all works you'll enjoy this.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michele SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-08-11
    Michele SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-08-11 Member Since 2009

    I'm a designer (interiors and graphics) with an English degree. I recovered my love of reading after a disastrous bout with grad school.

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    "Mickey's Back"

    I always enjoy Connelly's books. I was about to say that I use them as palate cleansers between more literary books, but really, they're more like diving into a big bag of chips. Mickey Haller is a terrific hero, and the secondary characters are at least serviceable, but character is not Connelly's long suit. Devising an intricate plot, and showing how it arises out of an equally intricate subset of the culture (in this case, the mortgage foreclosure crisis) is his great strength. You won't find a clearer or more entertaining explanation of credit default swaps, and the hell they raised, anywhere, and he throws in a confounding murder mystery to boot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    P. Giorgio Illinois 04-09-11
    P. Giorgio Illinois 04-09-11 Member Since 2001

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    "Witnessing epiphanies."

    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.

    30 of 37 people found this review helpful
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