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The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller Series #4)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

36 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

What happens to a lawyer when he develops a conscious?

Mickey Haller has always played it a little to the left of respectability and liked it there. He learned how to play the game well from his late father reputed to be the greatest lawyer ever to hit the legal system. Mickey is a great guy, wonderful father and not to b...
Mickey Haller has always played it a little to the left of respectability and liked it there. He learned how to play the game well from his late father reputed to be the greatest lawyer ever to hit the legal system. Mickey is a great guy, wonderful father and not to bad ex-husband, but with the legal system it is all about the check mark in the win column and how you get there is not the issue but the answer. But when you are faced with doing something that even crosses your line what are you going to do?

Now that times are a little rough economically Mickey is dealing with the lucrative foreclosure market. This new avenue to obtain clients is paying well and still lets him keep his office in the back of his Lincoln, traveling around from one court house to another kicking legal butt. But when one of his foreclosure clients is accused of killing the banker who is about to kick her out of her house Mickey get back in full lawyer mode and takes this one head on. Mickey never asks if his client did the deed he just asks "can you cover my retainer and do you have a credit card that can handle the monthly charge"?

But this client is setting off even Mickey's sense of something is not right when the pieces of the crime too perfectly don't fit the client or her ability to have murdered the banker. When she makes bail and shows up with her movie producer the situation goes from bad to ridiculous with Mickey indignant and threatening breach of contract. But this time perhaps Mickey took on something he can't handle and finds out quickly someone does not like his courtroom tactics and he winds up in the hospital after a brutal attack. This may be a murder case, but it is definitely one that appears be a guilty client committing the perfect crime he just can't figure out how.

Michael Connelly consistently knows how to write a great mystery with characters that show up and get the job done with every book. The stories are always current with a twist of what is going on in the world around us and they never stop surprising me with their depth and ability to follow the leads through regardless of where they take them. I thought The Lincoln Lawyer was going to be Mickey Haller's best story written but this one showed me how wrong I am. Pay attention as you read this book because the nuisances will shock you in the end if you miss them and you will find yourself going back to figure out "where did I miss that clue at"?

posted by The_Reading_Reviewer on March 27, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

17 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

More $ for ebook - no way

Sorry Michael I'm boycotting your books until you price the ebook at the 9.99 pushed by publishers last year. I will not pay for their bloated business model.

posted by DrakeBullet on March 20, 2011

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    not my favorite character

    Dont care for this character. PLease bring back Harry Bosch!!

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    The ending was terrible!  It seemed as though Connelly (and I am

    The ending was terrible!  It seemed as though Connelly (and I am usually a fan of his) just wanted to "get it over with" with a thrilling ending and never mind all the holes he left previously.  It just did not "add up" and wasn't at all believable to me.  I felt cheated.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    ..... no

    Not worth the price for a mediocre book. Wait for the bargain book or borrow your friends book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Oops!

    This book has not shipped yet!!! Paperback due approximately 10/4. You insist on a rating...took one star but I'm certain it would have been more IF I had received the book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Hate book

    So bad!

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Boring

    If you like watching paint dry, you will enjoy this book.

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