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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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  • Jean
  • Reston, Virginia
  • 05-18-11

Another great yarn from Michael Connolly but...

I would love to hear his next book read by someone whose delivery is more nuanced. This reader punches out every sentence using the same dramatic cadence. As much as I was riveted by the plot, the narration was an annoying distraction. Having just seen The Lincoln Lawyer, I would love to hear Mickey Haller portrayed by someone with real acting skills. Will Patton, perhaps?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Memorable and then some!

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Connelly's best book so far!

Though most of his defense lawyer novels are good, this one is great. The characters, as usual, are well developed and believable. The plot is compelling and timely to the rash of home foreclosures and shady tactics by banks to recover their money. The conclusion is somewhat unexpected and very clever. Narration is very good. A must read for Connelly fans.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Clever story telling...

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Mad as hell

OK, does anybody think the ending of this book is either plausible or satisfying?

**** Spoiler alert - a discussion of the ending of this book is to follow ****

Why go through all the effort to read this story and then jerk the rug out from under the reader, by making the plaintiff the murderer? It seemed like a last minute twist added for twisty-ness sake!

1. Why would the murderer bring a balloon to the garage to get the victim to "look up" so she could conk him on the top of the head? Did she think that risky tactic would somehow divert suspicion from herself? what if he didn't look up. What if he looked around instead? Seems like a lot of extra trouble for very little gain. Did she have it with her in the coffee shop before the murder?

2. Why would she toss the hammer into a bush to get rid of it!? She had a bag to carry it home. Why not dispose of it properly? It HAD to have forensic evidence on it!

3. Why would she wear gardening shoes to the murder and then casually put them back into the garage? (OK maybe slightly plausible).

4. Why drag the Aparizio red herring though the whole story and then just walk away from him? What a let down! The only thing worse was letting Dahl off the hook for getting Mickey beat to sh-t!

And finally...
5. Why would Mickey Haller, a guy who works out of his car, has no office, staff, or other responsibilities EVER want to run for DA? Totally not plausible!

I really liked the book until the end of the trial and then was left feeling annoyed and dissatisfied.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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I had all but given up on Michael Connelly

I've read almost all of his stuff, and was a big fan of his early work, but some of his recent efforts left me cold. However, I thoroughly enjoyed The Fifth Witness. The courtroom strategizing seemed smart and well informed, and the characters were fleshed out and believable - even Haller's despicable client. Feels like Connelly's got his mojo back.

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Great book

Loved it,addictive. Super narration. Best Haller story since "The Lincoln Lawyer." Can't wait for the next one!

25 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Saman
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 05-28-11

Not that great.

I wanted to experience Michael Connelly’ Fifth Witness after all the great reviews bestowed upon this book on Audible. I did not enjoy the book as others had done. There were numerous dislikes including the sub-par narration, a set of characters who were less than likeable, and a plot that could be easily revealed from the early chapters. The ending had no revelation except for the obvious and it ended with a very small flicker. I will pass on the rest of the series.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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As read by the Old Spice guy

This is far from Connelly's best work. Way too many things that just happen to come together and you can see the end coming from a mile away. But I could have stood all that and probably bumped this up a star if it weren't for the narrator who has one of those cheesy voices that made it seem like the guy from the Old Spice commercials was reading it.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful