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The Fifth Witness

A book by Michael Connelly

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The Best Lincoln Lawyer Novel to Date!

  • Mar 25, 2011
This engaging courtroom thriller is by far Mr. Connelly’s best Lincoln Lawyer tale to date! This time Mickey Haller has jumped on the foreclosure bandwagon and is servicing clients who are about to lose their house. One of those clients is Lisa Trammel who has started a protest group that against her bank that garners national attention.

When the Bank Officer servicing Lisa’s loan is murdered, Lisa is the prime suspect and it is up to Mickey to defend her. Through the handling of Lisa’s mortgage case against the bank, Mickey knows that there were a lot of “fishy” practices going on and that Lisa may have been set up. The courtroom drama is intense and Mr. Connelly has the reader hooked on every sentence of the narrative.

Mr. Connelly also paints a picture of LAPD law enforcement (with the exception of Harry Bosch) working with “tunnel vision,” meaning that once they have a possible suspect, they ignore all leads not related to the suspect and only pursue what will make a case against that suspect. This may in part be due to the economics of doing an investigation. The prosecution in this case seems to only be interested in seeing the accused go down and to discount any other “theories” of what may have occurred, especially if those paths may point to a different individual as the perpetrator of the crime.

Mr. Connelly  also gives us more insight into Mickey’s supporting team, especially his investigator Cisco. Mickey seems to have evolved from the “sleezy” lawyer we had seen in the first Lincoln Lawyer novel and is now a relentless pursuer of getting to the truth. There are also some surprises with Mickey’s evolving “post-married” relationship with Maggie, his ex.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and look forward to more Mickey stories!

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March 25, 2011
Michael, thanks for overloading my list of 'things to read' LOL!
March 26, 2011
William, if you see a few less movies you can do it. LOL. By the way, there is a part in the book where they discuss Matthew McConelly playing Mickey Haller in a film. Ruined the image I had in my head of what I always pictured Haller looking like.
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review by . September 03, 2011
Mickey Haller is having a tough time finding paying clients so he's advertising for people having difficulty with foreclosures. He longs for being back in court where he's at his best.      Then he gets a call from a client that she's been arrested for murdering the banker heading up the mortgage division responsible for foreclosure actions on her home.      As the case progresses and comes to trial, we follow the court scenes which are well described …
review by . July 11, 2011
   In what is arguably the weakest book in a series that began with “The Lincoln lawyer” criminal defense attorney Michael Haller takes on the murder case of Lisa Trammel.   Lisa Trammel was already a client for Haller’s exploding business of stopping foreclosure. It is not work Haller likes but the criminal stuff was in short supply due to the bad economy. That same hideous economy created a huge foreclosure business caseload and that has kept things goings for …
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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).
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ISBN-10: 0316069353
ISBN-13: 978-0316069359
Author: Michael Connelly
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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