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The Fifth Witness

A book by Michael Connelly

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"There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as our conscience." Sophicles

  • Sep 3, 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 and are like a tightly contested tennis match with one side winning points and the other side countering.

Mickey Haller is an excellent character but in this novel, the court action surpasses Mickey's private life and his ongoing relationship with his former wife.He also demonstrates the difficulty in earning a living with certain clients. He manages a business and his family life with constant emotional, and financial struggles. In this, he's like many of us and thus wins our respect and sympathy.

The conclusion is like hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth. Well done and something that the reader will remember into the future.

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September 04, 2011
We really need to strengthen the Section 8 program to avoid the prospect of people buying homes that they can ill afford.
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review by . March 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 …
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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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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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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