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The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller 4) [Hardcover]

Michael Connelly
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14 April 2011 Mickey Haller 4

In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pays, 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 are having 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 - 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.

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. By the time the verdict is in, Mickey's whole world will have been turned upside down.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409114422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409114420
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the author of Harry Bosch thriller series as well as several stand-alone bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed legal thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club.
Michael Connelly has been President of the Mystery Writers of America. His books have been translated into 31 languages and have won awards all over the world, including the Edgar and Anthony Awards.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Here are the Harry Bosch novels in series order:

The Black Echo
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The Concrete Blonde
The Last Coyote
Trunk Music
Angels Flight
A Darkness More Than Night
City of Bones
Lost Light
The Narrows
The Closers
Echo Park
The Overlook
The Brass Verdict
Nine Dragons

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With The Fifth Witness it's beginning to seem that Connelly can do no wrong. This latest novel is as shamelessly entertaining as its predecessors, with the customary skilful plotting even more burnished ... in the crime fiction stakes Connelly is comfortably in the upper bracket. (THE EXPRESS)

The greatest living American crime writer has landed another telling blow to his nearest rivals. The Fifth Witness is criminal defence attorney Mickey Haller's strongest and most pertinent performance yet. (THE MIRROR)

The Fifth Witness is the best Haller book so far. It is not only a clever thriller with a brilliant double twist but also a heartfelt examination of the difference between natural justice and the law. (EVENING STANDARD)

just as gripping as his harry Bosch series. Haller is a great creation ... The Fifth Witness is perhaps the best in the series yet ... Connelly's prose is as tight and elegant as always. (CATHOLIC HERALD)

The second Connelly story about 'Lincoln Lawyer' Mickey Haller, it underlines what a master of his craft Connelly is. ... There's a corkscrew plot and a killer finish to this book. (DAILY MAIL)

Ex-police reporter Michael Connelly is a brilliant storyteller and his books hook the reader from the very first page. (DAILY EXPRESS)

a brilliant trial thriller, full of nasty surprises and great plot twists. (THE SUN)

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A blistering courtroom drama featuring THE LINCOLN LAWYER's Mickey Haller from the master of the genre.

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Superb Legal Thriller from Connelly 19 April 2011
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
In this, the fourth book in the Mickey Haller series, the credit crunch is hitting everybody. Haller isn't getting too many criminal cases so his business is now handling civil cases where banks are imposing foreclosures - sometimes illegally - on the poor individuals who can't keep up their mortgage repayments. Haller has one such client, Lisa Trammel, and he's managed to keep the bank at bay for eight months while he assembles a case against both them and ALOFT - the company handling the foreclosure on behalf of the bank.

Then comes the hammer blow: the bank's CEO, Mitchell Bondurant is found murdered in the company car park, and Lisa has been arrested for the offence. Haller now has a new criminal case on his hands...

Much of the ensuing action, naturally, takes place in court as Haller brilliantly conducts the defence while simultaneously trying to win back one of his ex-wives, Maggie 'McFierce' McPherson. All the characters, for me, are as well-drawn as they can be in genre fiction, where the emphasis is necessarily on the plot. And boy, what a plot this has. The one weakness lies in the fact that the case against Trammel goes to court with the prosecution initially armed with no more than circumstantial evidence. Would that really happen? But this is a minor quibble; the book is fantastic entertainment.

A plot development involving the sale of the trial rights to Hollywood allows Mickey to hire an office from which he and his legal team can conduct their defence. And Connelly inserts a superb in-joke relating to Matthew McConaughey into the mix.
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114 of 123 people found the following review helpful
By Midnight TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Late last night I switched my Kindle on to read a few paragraphs of a book before getting some sleep - imagine my delight when I discovered the latest Michael Connelly book, The Fifth Witness which I had pre-ordered had been downloaded!

I then made the mistake of "just having a quick read of the first few pages". This resulted in me getting no sleep whatsoever until I'd finished it as it drew me in from the first page.

Mickey Haller, who was first introduced to readers as the Lincoln Lawyer, provides excellent court room drama. The recession means lawyers are having to diversify and criminal defense lawyers like Haller are turning to foreclosures. One of Haller's clients, Lisa Trammel, is accused of murdering a mortgage banker, Mitchell Bondurant, and the tale has many twists and turns along the way.

I have long been a Connelly aficionado and feel he is truly a Master at his craft. The plot, characters and dialogue are worked to the quality standard you would expect from an author of this calibre.

This review is on the book itself and if you have read this far you will realise I thoroughly enjoyed this latest offering from Michael Connelly. However, part and parcel of any review is the price and I do feel justified in stating I personally feel disappointed the publishers decided to charge a premium price for the electronic edition; it is more expensive than the hard cover version. I do feel a key element to Kindle owners is the environment and we should reasonably expect to pay certainly the equivalent of the hard cover - or better still, somewhat lower.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great read! 2 Dec 2011
I have been a follower of all the Mickey Haller books by Michael Connelly and have to say this is another great read in this series. Vintage Connelly hear, with the Haller we have all come to know and love. Great plot development, dialogue and also a book which reflects the times we are living in, " the credit crunch" and all that. Also for the first time, Facebook has a big bearing on the case. The characters are engaging, this is a real page turner with a twist which I didnt see coming, probably the best in the Haller series. Also the books ends on a inviting note, leading on to future novels undoubtedly . If crime fiction is your thing, and even if it isnt I can't recommend this book highly enough. Connelly, you truly are a treasure
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4.0 out of 5 stars Playing the Game 30 July 2012
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Although the courtroom drama is all too familiar a theme, Michael Connolly uses his legal knowledge as a former police reporter to great effect in this tense and compelling blow-by-blow, endlessly twisting account of a murder trial.

The underlying theme is very topical. His business hit by the "down economy", "Lincoln" lawyer Mickey Haller, so-called after the car he uses as an office, makes a good living by defending people obliged to foreclose on their mortgages in the aftermath of the collapsed housing boom. When one of his clients, the volatile Lisa, is charged with killing Bondurant, a senior official in the home loan company pursuing her, Haller steps in to take her case. I enjoyed the highly competitive, wily but basically decent lawyer's keen observation of others and his use of psychology to manipulate the police, prosecution, defendant,witnesses, colleagues and the judge alike, with varying degrees of success.

There is an interesting contrast between Haller's pragmatic approach, playing games and pushing rules to the limit in order to sow in the jurors' minds the seeds of doubt as to the defendant's innocence, and his inexperienced assistant's mixture of shock over his tactics, and concern that they might in fact be defending a guilty person. The continual sparring between Heller and the female prosecutor Freeman, together with the minefield of his exchanges with the judge, make for an absorbing drama. The book is more than a wisecracking thriller, but raises the moral dilemma of achieving "natural justice" and "the need to act fairly" versus the visceral desire for revenge, not to mention the pros and cons of the US plea bargaining system.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Yet another wonderful book by Connelly, the Mickey Haller character is now as well developed as Bosch. Great twists and turns, I defy anyone to be able to put it down!
Published 20 hours ago by Mr Rob Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss this and you'll regret it later!
John Grisham with a gritty edge. Brilliant! Why would things go wrong? Mickey Haller makes it all work almost perfectly
Published 5 days ago by B. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars The fifth witness
I love the humour that comes through in the Mickey Haller books. His character reminds me a little of Myron Bolitar in the Harlan Coban novels . Excellent
Published 5 days ago by Meg
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Page turner as always with the Haller Series!
Published 20 days ago by Frankbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice item many thanks
Published 20 days ago by MR A MADDER
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Connelly is the best at courtroom drama and Mickey Haller is the man I'd want defending me if I was accused of a crime. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Derick Parsons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well thought out plot
Published 24 days ago by richard key
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad story
It's well written ,but the story is bordering on the ridiculous , it will keep your interest , and the ending is weak.
Published 1 month ago by S. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-orchestrated ‘reader-dance’
‘The Fifth Witness’ (2011) by Michael Connelly is another outing for the Lincoln lawyer, Michael Haller, (who tells the story) and certainly keeps up the standard of previous... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BobH
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me... This is my third ...
Not for me... This is my third Michael Connelly and I'm not convinced. I know everyone loves him, but I just don't get into his novels... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura82
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