The Fifth Witness by Michael ConnellyThe Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

The Fifth Witness

byMichael Connelly

Hardcover | April 5, 2011

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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).
Michael Connelly is a former journalist and the author of the #1 bestsellersThe Scarecrow, The Brass VerdictandThe Lincoln Lawyer,the bestselling series of Harry Bosch novels, and the bestselling novelsChasing the Dime, Void Moon, Blood Work,andThe Poet. Crime Beat,a collection of his journalism, was also aNew York Timesbestseller. He ...
Title:The Fifth WitnessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:April 5, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316069353

ISBN - 13:9780316069359

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This guy is a great writer.Lots of twists nd turns to the plot and his char@cters from book to book are well developed.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Fifth Witness I can't cmpare this to the first Michael Haller novel, because it did not flow like the first one. I found that when I got to the courtroom drama, it seemed to bog down to a crawl and became somewhat boaring. However, I still gave the story 3 stars because of the clever turn around in the end.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fifth witness All time favourite book. Most exciting and surprising end. Recomended to all Thriller readers.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The fifth witness Very good intrigue
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The fifth witness Another good Mickey Haller mystery with a nice twist at the end.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The fifth witness Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the surprise twist at the end. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys Courtroom drama.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping What a great inside view of a trial. Kept me guessing until the end.
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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.
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"A Michael Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty, meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled."-Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune