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Fifth Witness Hardcover

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409114422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409114420
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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"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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A new Michael Haller novel, this time we get a full-fledged blow-by-blow court case. The defendant is accused of murdering a banker who worked for the bank foreclosing on her home (something like that, crude simplication of course), Haller digs up some things that make him optimistic and we end up with a full-fledged court battle. With new information constantly coming in that keeps shedding new light on events, courtroom successes and setbacks, Connelly keeps us off-balance throughout the whole narrative. The big reveal at the end turns some of the events that happen earlier in the novel into nonsense, but besides that hiccup, we have what amounts to a thriller that never lets up and is certainly an improvement over The Reversal. It should be mentioned also that Connelly gives Haller a worthy opponent this time - in previous novels the prosecutors have tended to be inferior in competence to Haller but Connelly gives Haller his match here.
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Times are tough for Mickey Haller, the lawyer we first met in `The Lincoln Lawyer'. While crime continues, few clients seem to have money to pay lawyers. So, in order to make a living, Mickey has moved on to one of the few growth areas in contemporary law: foreclosure defence. For four or five thousand dollars a case, Mickey can help people stay in their homes for a little longer. Things seem to be going comparatively smoothly for Mickey, working out of the back of his Lincoln, until his first foreclosure client, Lisa Trammel, is charged with the murder of Mitchell Durant, the banker who held her mortgage.

Lisa Trammel has lost her job as a teacher. Her husband has already left, leaving her with a young son and a massive mortgage. But there's another side to Lisa, and while Mickey is committed to representing her, he doesn't have to like her. What he does have to do is try to cast enough doubt to achieve a not guilty verdict. This search leads him into dangerous territory where he also discovers that organized crime is part of the mortgage business.

The first half of the novel concerns the investigation and the second half the trial. There are a number of interesting characters and, of course, at least one twist in the tale. The trial has its own suspense and, while it's clear that the process is about winning rather than truth, Mickey's thinking about the cost, and the future.

My first Michael Connelly novel was `The Lincoln Lawyer' and I'm a Mickey Haller fan. This novel had me turning the pages, keen to find out how the case would end. While the story held my attention throughout, I have mixed feelings about aspects of it.
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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 16 2011
Format: Hardcover
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.
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