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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE REVERSAL:
"Connelly may be our most versatile crime writer.... His Mickey Haller novels are testaments to the sublime architecture of plot.... Reading this book is like watching a master craftsman build something that holds together exquisitely, form and function in perfect alignment."―Bill Ott, Booklist
PRAISE FOR NINE DRAGONS:
"Heart-pounding....To say that Nine Dragons is coiled tight with suspense understates Connelly's accomplishment in portraying Bosch at the cusp of a new world."―Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times
"A Michael Connelly novel is a thing of cool beauty, meticulously plotted, rigorously controlled."―Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
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 spends his time in California and Florida.
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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 . . .Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed it. I hope we get more of Mickey holler.Published 3 months ago by gord ranisavljevic
Love Michael's writing. Great twists and turns, keeps you guessing all the way.
Stayed up through the night to get through the book. Couldn't put it down. Read more
Certainly a different take but will it last against Trudeaumania II?Published on July 28 2014 by D. H. Burney
Excellent read with sharp twists and turns as well as court room and back room drama.Published on June 29 2014 by Michael MacLeod
It met all my expectations from this author. I wasn't sure at the very beginning but it didn't take long to grab me.Published on June 18 2014 by Anne Harrison
This novel was very enjoyable and very worth reading and I love this author so far. I have not read one of his books that I didn't enjoy.Published on June 17 2014 by joeyrou