The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller Series #4)

The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller Series #4)

by Michael Connelly
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The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1033 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
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"?
KenCady More than 1 year ago
I had hit a spell of books that did not stir my interest, so I was pleased to spend a few hours in the court room with Micky Haller, who, of course, now looks just like Mathew McConaughey from the film version of The Lincoln Lawyer. Michael Connelly is an author who can write a courtroom drama without messing up the reality of how a court really works. He maintains the suspension throughout- I finished it all in one day. There are plenty of surprise twists, and I ended up rooting for Mickey to have a bright future.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
This engaging courtroom thriller is by far Mr. Connelly's best Lincoln Lawyer tale to date! This time Mickey Haller has jumped on the foreclosure bandwagon and is servicing clients who are about to lose their house. One of those clients is Lisa Trammel who has started a protest group that against her bank that garners national attention. When the Bank Officer servicing Lisa's loan is murdered, Lisa is the prime suspect and it is up to Mickey to defend her. Through the handling of Lisa's mortgage case against the bank, Mickey knows that there were a lot of "fishy" practices going on and that Lisa may have been set up. The courtroom drama is intense and Mr. Connelly has the reader hooked on every sentence of the narrative. Mr. Connelly also paints a picture of LAPD law enforcement (with the exception of Harry Bosch) working with "tunnel vision," meaning that once they have a possible suspect, they ignore all leads not related to the suspect and only pursue what will make a case against that suspect. This may in part be due to the economics of doing an investigation. The prosecution in this case seems to only be interested in seeing the accused go down and to discount any other "theories" of what may have occurred, especially if those paths may point to a different individual as the perpetrator of the crime. Mr. Connelly also gives us more insight into Mickey's supporting team, especially his investigator Cisco. Mickey seems to have evolved from the "sleezy" lawyer we had seen in the first Lincoln Lawyer novel and is now a relentless pursuer of getting to the truth. There are also some surprises with Mickey's evolving "post-married" relationship with Maggie, his ex. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and look forward to more Mickey stories!
Versel More than 1 year ago
I love Michael Connelly--books and cameos in "Castle". Each time a new book comes out I think, "He can't do better than the last one" and then I'm proven wrong. Same thing this time. Connelly's "The Fifth Witness" is very much a courtroom thriller as opposed to a straight murder mystery. And, as an attorney, I am amazed at the details and, mostly, correct procedure and law there is in this book. The sometimes moral issues faced by a criminal defense attorney are played out well--nothing preachy or overreaching just the moments when an attorney must balance Constitutional guarantees with defending people the attorney doesn't really like. In my opinion, nothing can kill a book quicker than shallow characters. "The Fifth Witness" is abundant with reach, full dimensional characters and backstories that help bring them to life. I don't write synopsis type reviews--you can get that from the back of the book and I don't want to spoil the book by leaking details. But I do want to say that, once again, Connelly makes me wonder why there are so many Grisham fans--nothing after "The Firm" written by Grisham even comes close to Connelly's books and, at least for now, "The Fifth Witness" may be the best of all.
WooleyDawg More than 1 year ago
Great Read!! Captivating and Intriguing, a real must!!
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Mickey Haller is a defense attorney by trade but that doesn't define him by any means, he's served as a special prosecutor and now that the need for defense is way down in LA he's decided to follow national trends of foreclosure law and play a modern day David keeping people in their homes against a Goliath bank or mortgage company. Business is brisk which is great for he and his associates and he even has some very deserving clients. One of his other kind of client the whiny, pain in the rump kind was just arrested for killing her Goliath banker so it's back to Mickey Haller for the defense. The more he digs into this case the more murky the waters become and to get to the bottom of this he and his team will need to get their feet wet, and yet at every turn the prosecution seems to be one step ahead, but one thing Mickey never does is give up and he'll go down swinging for his client. Michael Connelly is a master storyteller and a brilliant author. He can lead a reader to open a book and that reader will not put it down until the last page is finished. As with most of Mr. Connelly's novels, this one is right up there in it's timely and trendy content and is right off the headline newsreel. His narrative is also a stand out as he often discusses very meticulous legal issues and yet a layman will never feel the need to turn to a dictionary as he does an amazing job of explaining all technical and difficult terms in a language that is easily understood. His characters are all rock star status as far as I'm concerned and in his Mickey Haller series that's even more evident when Mickey's two ex-wives are very much a part of his everyday life. If you've never read Michael Connelly you can start with any novel, even within the series as they all make excellent stand a lones, but do yourself a favor and in the series go back and start from the beginning where you'll learn all the history of the characters and their stories. No matter what you do, do read The Fifth Witness, not only for the fast paced action, not for the nail biting trial results, not even to find out what he and ex-wife number one are up to, read it for the explosive cliffhanger at the end of the book. Mr. Connelly you have constantly surprised me, but this takes the cake. I can't wait to see where Mickey goes from here.
Shelly Estill More than 1 year ago
absolutely lived it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller runs a "foreclosure defense" from his Lincoln town car. Lisa Trammel becomes his first foreclosure client. However, the bank holding her mortgage files a legal restraining order to end her shenanigans. Soon afterward someone kills mortgage banker Mitchell Bondurant with a hammer in a parking lot. The police suspect Trammel killed the banker in a rage. Haller defends his client against a homicide charge in which the evidence overwhelmingly condemns his client and he believes she is guilty. He begins to change his mind when someone assaults him when he and his team search for evidence that Bondurant was working unethical and probably illegal mortgage schemes The latest Lincoln Lawyer legal thriller (see Reversal) may prove to be the sub-genre book of the year as Michael Connolly provides a fascinating detailed look at the mortgage crisis; those who still insist the market corrects its mistakes need this primer. Yet with that theme running throughout, the author shows his talent as he makes that theme interesting and intertwines it inside a legal whodunit that will have readers staying up later than the second half of the Superbowl. This is an excellent tale. Harriet Klausner
Jacqueline Welch More than 1 year ago
great read can not puy it down
Argyll Bunton More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down loved it
Eileen_Walsh More than 1 year ago
In anticipation of this release I reread all Connelly's novels over the past six (6) weeks. This was very good story plot, great intrigue and solid writing. A very enjoyable read. In addition to the story and fantastic descriptions of Los Angeles, the book has believable characters and a humanity that is Connnelly's trademark. Highly recommend this read.
Wendy50 More than 1 year ago
Not his best work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors, but I found this book a chore- too much court, not enough characters. I had to make myself finish, but I was glad I did. The last 50 (or so) pages make the book worth reading. Like other reviewers, I guess I'm more of a Harry Bosch fan.
SallyVT More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book: Haller and his staff, especially his private investigator Cisco, appeal to me. They are flawed and they are simply ... cool. Haller's client isn't likable and and the prosecutor is. The story has situational and character complexities that promise a lot more tension than actually exists. I was disappointed by this book and do not recommend it. Based on some reviews of The Lincoln Lawyer, I'm willing to give Connelly one more chance.
billwFL More than 1 year ago
Loved the Book, love the Nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the good example of Pulp fiction, filled with 4 letter words. After the 20th chapter the author becomes sloppy and coutroom/evidence details are jumbled and incomplete. Depiction of crime scenes is peppered with extraneous information, often distracting. The author needs to get out of the gutter and provide solid fiction that can withstand the scruitiny of a intellectual audience. I was dissapointed. The ending was terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the price for a mediocre book. Wait for the bargain book or borrow your friends book.
jaime More than 1 year ago
especially if you want to sleep. The Lincoln Lawyer was great, fast paced and action packed. The best thing I can say about The Fifth Witness is that it is sloooowwwww, a real yawn. Don't pass on Michael Connelly, just on The Fifth Witness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
DorieUebel More than 1 year ago
Great book, and Mickey had me right from the first page. It is a testament to Connelly's skill that I was completely enthralled with a story featuring a completely unlikeable defendent about a case involving foreclosure. Anyone else writing about this type of thing would put me to sleep within 5 pages. I have one minor complaint, and that is I didn't see the purpose behind the beating Mickey took. Even in hindsight after all the revelations are out on the table, it didn't make sense to me. But I liked Mickey's decision at the end of the book and it makes me eager for the next installment. I also have high hopes he and Maggie will get back together.
rakefet strauss More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the biok
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Mickey Haller is using his car for an office, defending clients against foreclosure in this tough economy. One of Haller's clients, Lisa Trammel, has been staging protests against the bank that's foreclosing on her home. When the banker is found murdered, Lisa is the perfect suspect and Haller ratchets up his practice to deal with her defense. Connelly still has Haller working with one of his ex-wives, who's seriously involved with his investigator. He's added Jennifer Aronson to Haller's team, a bright-eyed, newbie lawyer who is the perfect foil for the cynical Haller. Lisa is a very difficult and unlikeable client who not only changes her story every time she speaks, but also creates even more difficulties for Haller when she hires a third-rate Hollywood agent. Haller's life is complicated further by his relationship with his other ex-wife, Maggie, who's a prosecutor and friendly with the woman prosecuting this case. Connelly deftly weaves the ongoing mortgage crisis into his new courtroom thriller. I'm a fan of Connelly's, and I've read all of his books, but I have to admit that I'm more than a little tired of courtroom procedurals. While THE FIFTH WITNESS is well written, the formula is old and worn. Lynn Kimmerle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago