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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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  • Dan
  • Fayetteville, AR, United States
  • 05-10-11

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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Energy

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,

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Yet another great one from Michael Connelly

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lloyd
  • Ithaca, NY, United States
  • 06-18-11

Haller's OK, the narrator's horrible

I count myself as a huge Connelly fan, having read and listened to all of his books, some of them several times. Mickey Haller is starting to wear on me. He's lost a lot of the pathos he had in the beginning. He's up, he's down, he's with his ex-wife, he's not. Enough already. That being said, the story was bland and just never seemed to get out of neutral. It could have been a passable listen, except for Peter Giles. Bottom line, the guy is awful. He has three voices: basic (for most male characters), growl (for all other male characters), and soft (for all women). Len Cariou's understated gravitas in the later Bosch books could carry the one-note gig off, but Peter Giles is no Len Cariou. When the next Bosch book is out in November, I'm praying Peter Giles is otherwise occupied.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob
  • North Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • 10-21-11

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.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 10-22-12

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.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Sheba
  • LANCASTER, TX, United States
  • 01-25-12

Very Great Read

What made the experience of listening to The Fifth Witness the most enjoyable?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Peter Giles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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  • Meg W
  • LIncoln, NE USA
  • 10-20-11

Very Good Read!

I have enjoyed all the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller books - this one does not disappoint!

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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.

58 of 70 people found this review helpful

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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.

34 of 41 people found this review helpful

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