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The Fifth Witness

by Michael Connelly

Little, Brown And Company | April 5, 2011 | Hardcover

The Fifth Witness is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 4.
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).

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316069353

ISBN - 13: 9780316069359

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Courtroom Thriller At Its Best Connelly does not disappoint with a masterful paced courtroom drama that lives up to his reputation. The twists and turns keep the writing fresh while still following the usual Michael Haller formula. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2014-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great courtroom mystery Times are tough for Mickey Haller. He has branched into foreclosures. One of his clients, Lisa Trammel is undergoing a foreclosure of her house by Westland Financial Bank. She has gone so far as to protest and has been served a restraining order by the bank. When Mitchell Bondurant, the head of the mortgage department, is killed Lisa becomes the main suspect and she calls on Haller to defend her. Haller does what he does best and puts up smoke screens and major doubt. He finds out that Bonurant also had some financial difficulties and that sets into motion the defense. This is full of court procedures. Haller seems to be able to use the system to show almost anything, true or not. Connelly had me going in this one. First she is guilty and then she isn't and then???? This book did show me that no one would want to get involved as witness or other because you could be destroyed in the process; guilty or not. I loved the twist at the end
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Encapturing Connelly is right on top of it with legal thrillers along with Grisham. Although I did find that his defence of Ms Trammel at times dragged a bit. I would have liked to see Halley come up with more points during the court battle. He went from his lincoln to a rented office and I would guess that next time he will be the DA and back with Maggie. Mediocre ending, Halley got had. A must read for legal thriller fans.
Date published: 2011-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Absorbing Book 4 in the Mickey Haller series If you are a fan of Hollywood spun down and dirty courtroom scenes, you won’t be disappointed with this one. Michael Connelly’s latest novel is a real blast and one of the best legal dramas I have read in a long time. ” The Fifth Witness” exploits the scandal in the USA that developed around the sometimes unethical means employed in the bundling and reselling of mortgage loans and the live altering grief it caused some of the homeowners. Lisa Trammel is one of those clients, who should never have been lured into such a deal, but now is faced with losing her house and hope for the future. To make things worse, she is also accused of murdering the ruthless banker who was tasked with forcing the issue. Lucky for her, Haller is up for the challenge and is defending her in court. Mr. Connelly is undoubtedly a master of courtroom drama, the main part of this novel describes Lisa’s trial and Mickey’s defence strategy. His writing paints a clear picture of the three way battle of wits between attorneys and the judge. The constant war of words between the attorneys, each one trying to score points but looking at the evidences from completely opposing angles is vividly created and provides all the twists and turns needed to heighten the reader’s interest to the end. Your mind mirrors the adrenaline swings the defendant experiences. The story is very dynamic, quite suspenseful and character driven. The trial of Lisa Trammel turns into a chess match, with Haller highly skilled at seeing the value of each move. He is a defense lawyer who understands that a trial is not a search for the truth but rather a game of survival where winner takes all. This novel has great characterization. Mickey's team consists of his ex-wife Lorna, his investigator Cisco and an associate Jennifer Aronson. All three of them work alongside Mickey to ensure that Lisa Trammel has the best defense possible. They do not want to be influenced by knowing if she is guilty or not….and Mr. Connelly keeps us wondering and guessing to the very end. The profound plotting with a touch of humour is absolutely absorbing. This was another memorable experience between the pages.
Date published: 2011-12-16

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The Fifth Witness

by Michael Connelly

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

Published: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316069353

ISBN - 13: 9780316069359

About the Book

Falling on tough times, Mickey Haller 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. Connelly proves again why he "may very well be the best novelist working in the United States today" ("San Francisco Chronicle").

From the Publisher

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).

About the Author

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and the author of the #1 bestsellers The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict and The Lincoln Lawyer, the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels, and the bestselling novels Chasing the Dime, Void Moon, Blood Work, and The Poet. Crime Beat, a collection of his journalism, was also a New York Times bestseller. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Visit www.michaelconnelly.com

Editorial Reviews

"A Michael Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty, meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled."-Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
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