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Fifth Witness Hardcover – 2011

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: London : Orion; First Edition edition (2011)
  • 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 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,421,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fine cloth copy in an equally fine dust wrapper. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered.

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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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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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First Sentence: Mrs. Pena looked across the seat at me and held up her hands in a beseeching manner.

Attorney Mickey Haller has left defense law and has been spending his time defending homeowners against banks and agencies threatening to foreclose on their homes. One of his clients, Lisa Trammel, started marching in front of the bank who held her paper, to the point where they took out a restraining order against her being within 50 feet of the banks offices. When Mickey receives a call that Lisa has been arrested for the murder of the bank's vice president in charge of foreclosures, not only is he back in defense law, but out of the rolling office of his Lincoln Town Car and in a formal office with his team. Although the defense team has slight physical evidence, Haller works on Lisa having been set up and there being a 'fifth witness,' and someone else behind the murder.

Could there be a book with a more timely plot? Yet rather than seeming trite, Connolly makes foreclosures a fascinating backdrop for his latest Mickey Haller book. His inclusion of detailed information on everything from the processes for foreclosures, setting up book and movie deals to pay for legal defense, and legal and police procedures adds interest and veracity to the story, as well as to the character, but can also take you out of the plot when they become overlong.

Connolly constructs his characters very well. Because he provides their history, there is no feeling of having been dropped into the series midstream. You know who each character is and how they relate to one another. There are several character threads to the story, and you care about what happens in each case.
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