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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men." -- Acts 24:15-16 (NKJV)

What if no one followed their consciences? That's the troubling portrait that Michael Connelly brilliantly displays in this courtroom drama featuring Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. We are used to a world in which lawyers know no limits in their lust for winning. What if everyone was like that? And how would it feel to be someone like that?

Those are just some of the many interesting themes and questions that The Fifth Witness exposes.

As the book opens, Mickey Haller has fallen on hard times, scrounging foreclosure defense cases from people who can't make their mortgage payments. He's not scamming the clients . . . because there are irregularities in the paperwork associated with the foreclosures. At best, his clients will stay in their homes a little longer as owners, before being ousted or having to becoming a renter of their former property. The arrest of one of his most outspoken clients, anti-foreclosure activist Lisa Trammel, brings Mickey back to doing what he does best -- criminal defense.

Most of the book is taken up with Mickey's investigation, preparation for trial, conducting the trial, and dealing with the aftermath. If you don't like legal strategies and ups and downs, this may get a little tedious for you. As an attorney, I was impressed by how simply and how well the logic behind the legal moves is explained. In the background, Mickey is a lonely man . . .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't ask client if they did it March 15 2014
By Pol Sixe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mickey Haller struggles with his conscience as he defends a woman accused of murdering a banker. The sub prime mortgage bubble plays a part, and Mickey has a new Associate. Explaining to the novice what's going on is an effective device for exposition. As with other Haller books the story has defined parts, told in almost linear, procedural fashion, the arrest, the pre-trial discovery, then jumps to the trial itself. Haller stretches the rules and ponders his methods. At the end it looks like a change is coming. Enjoyed the book! Also, this was an audio version and once again Peter Giles does a fine job voicing the characters and making it more than a narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Micheal Connelly at ìt's best June 27 2013
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You will not guess the outcome until the end! If you enjoyed the Linccoln lawyer, you will love this book. Can't wait for the next book to come out december 2nd 2013!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book June 14 2013
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I have always liked Connelly's books keeps you in suspense for the most part, by almost the end you know who dunit
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vrai suspense depuis le début March 5 2013
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Agréable et bonne lecture de vacances
Suspense bien construit.
Fin un peu prévisible
Je l'ai recommandé à des amis et connaissances
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5.0 out of 5 stars I feel like I lived the adventures ... Jan. 28 2013
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Mickey Haller is a real guy in my mind ... but his moves are impossible to forecast ... what a great story and the framing is totally unique. I even agree with his taste in offices - a Lincoln is perfect. A terrific book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars present for my father Jan. 4 2013
By Sammy
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I purchased this book for my father and he loves it. He said it's one of those books you can't put down. I'm so pleased as he loves his book during the winter months to keep him busy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series so far May 16 2012
By SAB
Format:Paperback
This novel was a plesant suprise! Too often sequals are never as strong as the series launch. This was the best todate. Great pace, real content, great characters, it was the complete package.
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