In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems. In fact, the most significant part of Mickey's business right now is not about keeping clients out of jail but about keeping a roof over their heads, as the foreclosure boom hits thousands of people who were granted unrealistic mortgages in the good times and now face being kicked to the curb by ruthless corporations. Lisa Trammel had been a client of Mickey's for eight months - his very first foreclosure case, in fact - and although so far he'd managed to stop the bank from taking her house, the strain and sense of injustice are beginning to take their toll, and the bank had recently got a restraining order to prevent her protesting against their fraudulent practices. But now the bank's CEO, Mitchell Bondurant, has been found in the bank's car park with a bullet in his brain, and Lisa is about to be indicted for murder. For Mickey, it's back to what he does best on the biggest stage of all, but if he thought defending Lisa Trammel was going to be a walk in the park, he'd be wrong. Not only is he about to learn some startling truths about his client, but also about himself, and by the time the verdict is in, Mickey's whole world will have been turned upside down.
©2011 Michael Connelly (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I have listened to every Michael Connelly book and love the way he writes and choses excellent narrators. I enjoyed most of this book but it all got a bit predictable and I knew the ending well before the book finished. The narrator did an excellent job whcih really added to the book.
It's one of few books that was difficult to interrupt listening to. Thrilling, very nicely written characters, excellent pace and last but not least, the voice of the narrator was very vivid, kept me listening after midnight. OK, I gave up 45 minutes before the end and went sleep, but I woke up early in the morning to finish it.
I haven't read the print edition.
The Lincoln Lawyer - same character - same fast pace.
He portrays characters cleverly, making each unique and easily distinguishable.
A stunning, clever, fast moving book with more twists than the road to Kosciusco.
Another "page turner" (so to speak) in The Lincoln Lawyer series. The Fifth Witness continues the Mickey Haller saga and delivers another excellent courtroom drama complete with Michael Connelly's signature surprise ending.
I laughed out loud when the Hollywood director asked Haller what he thought of Matthew McConaughey playing him in the movie. Nice one, Mr Connelly.
Good for long drives because otherwise you'll have too many "driveway moments"!
Again I was more than happy with the Michael Connelly that I have come to really enjoy. He does make the reader (well I really mean the listener in this case) step into the world he creates as we keep listening to his words unravel into another one of his great tales. I was very pleased with the narrator and his ability to ensure the listener a well told story. I feel a good buy alround.
From the start, I'm a Connelly fan. But I have to say, Harry Bosch was getting tiresome. So, I'm glad he has a new character, Mickey Haller, who first appeared in the Lincoln Lawer (now a pretty good film). In the Fifth Witness Mickey wrestles with the defense of a woman who is losing her house to a bank foreclosure, a current theme if there is one. He does a great job and is assisted by his team who are just as interesting as the main character. The plot twists at the end. A great read.
Michael Connelly has done it again with this Mickey Haller story. Gripping to the end and his in-depth characters make his a good read/listen.
The successful Harry Bosch series is a hard act to follow. Mickey Haller has become the new star in Connelly's constellation of police/legal contemporary fiction. I am such a fan of Harry that there were doubts the new guy would win my heart. Connelly is a clever and market conscious writer. He knows how to bridge the gap. Mickey Haller is a character that is easy to like, one you can read and reread. I remain one of those fanatic fans who snaps up the New Connelly the minute it is off the press.
Don't expect profound literature...this is fun, a great read, a good way to spend a weekend with your feet up and a box of chocolates.
"What a story and what an ending!"
This is my second book by Connelly. I remember buying the 'Lincoln Lawyer' simply because I needed distracting from science books and though that it
might have been an interesting crime story novel. But now I'm hooked on Connelly's books and can't wait for the next one.
This story compels the listener to want to know more about this case and how it unfolds inside the courts, with various moment's outside the courts. My
favourite characters are probably the Judge & Ms Freeman, apart from Micky Haller of course, as their personalities are well depicted in the framework of
the story. And what an unexpected ending!
"Up to date book"
Having listened to most of Michael Connely's books, I like all of them, but this one was a wee bit better, than the last few. Enjoyed it from beginning to end, liked the characters, the book is very much up to date, has great personalities in it liked the bikers and the names for the two heavies! Although anticipating a twist, this one was brilliant. Looking foreward to the next book, as good as this one, the narrator was not bad either. This story could actually continue......
Anyone in doubt, if you like Michael Connelly, buy it, first timer for Michael Connelly, good too, you are opening a load of good books to come.
Very enjoyable book. I really was not sure it I would enjoy it but fancied a different style and theme from my usual books. I was pleasantly surprised. I listen to books on long work related car journeys and I looked forward to spending time in the car so I could listen to it!
"More from the Lincoln Lawyer"
Daddy or chips? Bosch or Haller? After the gloom of 'Nine Dragons' it was great to see Mickey Haller back. This book does have a moral spine in it’s commentary on the state of the US housing market but this did not hamper the book for me. I enjoyed the development of Haller as a character and, whereas the other books had mixed positive/negative story lines I felt this book pays off and is more fulfilling. It always felt to me like Michael Connelly was never sure whether he liked Mickey Haller and played with set-up and knock down but this time out it feels like there is a purpose for the character; that we’re in the middle of a story arc. I hope this is a taste of what’s to come and, if so, I can’t wait.
"Mmmm ... a little disappointed"
OK ... I'll admit it right at the outset .... I'm much more of a Harry Bosch fan than a Mickey Haller fan ... Harry is a much more complicated individual and Haller can often come across as not the most pleasant man ever written about.
But Michael Connelly is one of my favourite all-time authors and definitely the master of the procedural crime novel. This, as always, is excellently written but the story is just a little ... strained. the problem starts right at the outset, because I do not believe that, even in America, there was enough evidence for the police to charge Haller's client with the murder at the centre of the book. A real lawyer would have made a motion to dismiss (and almost certainly had it granted) right at the outset. However, without the charge, there is no novel.
Having said that, I do like the way the novel expands on and promises more of the Haller story.
Not his best, then, but even a below-par Connelly is a better bet than the vast majority of crime authors
"Fast and pacy story"
Fast, pacy read. From sentence one you are swept up into this case. Entertaining to the last page read. P.S.This is my first Connelly, will definitely listen to more.
another beauty, continues to produce work of real quality. connelly has that ability to make one feel that they are in the room throughout the entire book.
"Mickey Haller goes from strength to strength"
Another intriguing legal story featuring the defence lawyer, Mickey Haller, this time defending people who face having their homes repossessed because of the economic downturn and some shady dealings in corporate finance, so very topical. What I really enjoy in the court battles is the author's way of describing why the legal representatives on both sides act the way they do, their motives and the thinking behind their various moves. By the end of this story we pick up hints that Mickey is about to take a big step in both his legal and personal life. Roll on the next book in this series!
Reader sounds like an endless trail for an action movie. Story and characters dull and predictable. Really tried but could not finish.
"A really good LA courtroom thriller!"
Having read 2 other Michael Connelly books, The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict, I just had to read the Fifth Witness. I loved everything about this book, the story itself, the way he describes the sometimes complex court scenes but never lets them get boring, the narrator and the fact that Haller is a totally likeable and decent guy. There is something about Connelly's style that once you've started the book you dont want to do much else until you finished. I love that!
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