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Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victimMickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too--and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in. Connelly proves again why he "may very well be the best novelist working in the United States today" (San Francisco Chronicle)....

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The Fifth Witness Reviews

  • Jeanette
    2019-03-24 00:15

    Oh, Mickey, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey!No, I don't mean Mickey Haller, I mean Michael "Mickey" Connelly. I prefer the Harry Bosch series, as the Haller series tends toward long courtroom scenes. But really, I just love Connelly. His homework and legwork and writing quality and plot complexity are so far superior to others in the genre. I recommend avoiding detailed reviews of this book. There's some exquisitely skillful misdirection in the story, and if you happen to read the wrong review it could spoil the whole thing for you. The twist at the end blew me away!

  • Neil
    2019-03-11 01:19

    I'm on a Michael Connelly/Micky Haller roll right now. I picked up THE FIFTH WITNESS while on vacation and stayed up late the other night to finish it. Not to worry, I went to bed satisfied.Once again, Michael Connelly excels in courtroom drama. What continues to amaze is how well Connelly thoroughly understands the Criminal Justice System, which actually is neither a system nor about justice. It's about who can best entertain a jury with their magic show and sleight of hand, which is often only smoke and mirrors that obfuscate the salient facts. Trials are about winning, not about justice. Connelly reveals the inner workings of the "system" and shows how it works/doesn't work. I loved it because it was so real and very much like what I've experienced during my many years in law enforcement.Connelly's Micky Haller defends school teacher Lisa Trammel, accused of killing the bank manager she believes is responsible for the foreclosure on her home. He finds evidence to support her contention that she was framed, which adds to his passion to help win her freedom. Haller's feisty integrity pits him against a sharp and experienced prosecutor, while trying the patience of a Superior Court judge. My own ruling is that Connelly's plot, pacing, and dialogue sparkled. He did an excelent job capturing the demeanor and jargon used in sidebars and judge's chambers. This was an excellent read, and I highly recommend it.

  • Matt
    2019-03-18 00:06

    I honestly can't believe how many 4 and 5 star reviews this book has gotten so far.I've read nearly everything that Connelly has written, and read most of them in very quick succession. I hate to be one of those internet extremists who either ABSOLUTELY LOVES something, or declares it THE WORST THING EVER, but... yeah. This is about the worst book Connelly has ever written.First, it seems rather obvious that Connelly wanted a Mickey Haller novel out around the same time as the big screen version of THE LINCOLN LAWYER, whether he had a compelling story or not. He even makes a lame reference to Matthew McConaughey at one point. Hilarious. Second, Connelly's big sin here is really taking an interesting and topical subject (the economic and foreclosure crisis of 2009-2011), and failing to do anything really INTERESTING with it. Connelly himself has published some opinion pieces over the years with a conservative bent, so I was actually surprised that his explanation of the mortgage meltdown pointed some fingers are the big banks and Wall Street. Of course, a few lines later, he made sure we understood that MOST of the fault was with the people who took out loans they couldn't afford. Sigh. I'd hope anyone looking for information on what REALLY happened has read or will read Michael Lewis's EXCELLENT book THE BIG SHORT. I wish Connelly had. You could argue that it isn't really his job to do an in-depth novel looking at the vagaries of the corporate world, and that his readers aren't expecting him to do so. I agree, to an extent, but to simply use it as a plot device here seemed somehow cheap to me.Third, the repetition of certain elements throughout the book became unbearable. How many times does Haller turn around and yell at someone because they missed evidence or failed to uncover something? At least three or four it seemed. How many times do we have people using first names during dialog? Seriously, I know that some people might become "confused" when more than three people are talking to each other, but do we really need "hey, Jennifer," "that's a good point, Jennifer," why don't you take it, Jennifer?" all within the same PAGE? Who talks like that? The courtroom scenes are also devoid of any tension of flow because the prosecutor objects and sidebars to every second or third line out of Haller's mouth. Might be realistic, I suppose, but it reads incredibly poorly in practice.Fourth, I couldn't stand the way Connelly chose to structure this book. He gives us a dippy liberal (ex-teacher, of course) who seems too smarmy at first glance, but seems completely innocent. He spends the entire novel showing how this is true, finding all kinds of outside evidence, presenting the evidence, getting us on HER (and Haller's) side, and then OF COURSE revealing in the last few pages how we've all been duped and she had done it all along. The truly stupid thing is that she really SHOULDN'T have killed this guy, based on everything that we were told in the previous 90% of the novel. It made little sense, but I guess that's why Connelly made her have also murdered her husband-- she didn't NEED a reason to do it, she's just crazy! Duh! I'm not one that usually guesses the outcome of mystery stories early, but I *knew* that this twist was coming; Connelly made such a big deal about how Haller believed in her innocence that you just knew it was going to play out the way it did.Fifth, I also couldn't believe the way Connelly chose to end the book, and his obviously skewed beliefs that defense attorneys are somehow evil and unnecessary to our judicial process. Yes, Mickey Haller has always been presented as something of a scumball, and he's always made grumblings about how defense attorneys are needed but hated, etc., etc., but here we have a man who announces at the end of the book that he's decided to run for the D. A.'s office because he can't stand "hanging around with those types of people any more." Really? There's no place in the world for a crusading defense lawyer? NONE of the people who are put in front of the courts ARE innocent? The government never abuses its power? Wow. I guess we have come an awfully long way from the days of Atticus Finch and Perry Mason. In this day and age where it seems our elected officials and our corporate "masters" are using the courts to their advantages, it sure seems like we could use a guy who stood up for the underdog. I guess we're past that these days.Lastly, there's a rather disturbing strain of misogyny that runs through this book. Aside from Haller himself, nearly all of the other characters in the book are female, and nearly all of them come out looking like fools, bitches, or harpies. Not sure who broke this man's heart, but I hope he can seek help for these issues he seems to be having.---It really does kind of pain me to dislike this book so much, as I've enjoyed many of Connelly's previous works. Here's hoping the next Bosch book can redeem him for me.

  • James Thane
    2019-02-25 22:11

    In a difficult economy, the criminal defense business is not all that it used to be and so Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, is reduced to defending clients who are about to lose their homes to foreclosure. One of his clients, a not very pleasant woman named Lisa Trammel is not content simply to let Mickey wage the legal battle on her behalf. She begins her own campaign on line and in the streets to defend herself and others against what she perceives to be the villainy of the greedy bankers who are attempting to kick them out of their homes.Lisa becomes enough of a nuisance that WestLand Financial, the bank that is attempting to foreclose on her home, secures a restraining order against her. Shortly thereafter, Mitchell Bondurant, the banker who heads the mortgage department at WestLand, is savagely killed in the bank's parking garage. Critical evidence points to Lisa Trammel as the killer, but she insists that she has respected the restraining order and that she was nowhere near the bank the morning that Bondurant was murdered.Lisa retains Mickey to defend her against the murder charge and Mickey suddenly finds himself back in court, doing what he loves. He can hardly love his client, though, who turns out to be a major pain in the neck and who complicates the defense in a variety of ways. Mickey constructs an alternate theory to explain the crime and the question is whether he can get a jury to buy his suggestion before his client torpedoes the case and Mickey along with it.This is another cleverly constructed legal thriller from Michael Connelly with a "ripped-from-the-headlines" storyline. The courtroom scenes, in particular, are very well done and will keep you on the edge of your seat. As in all of the Haller books, there is also an ongoing subplot involving Mickey's relationship with his ex-wife and their daughter. Connelly's fans and others who enjoy legal thrillers but who have not yet made Mickey Haller's acquaintance are sure to enjoy this page-turner of a book.***SPOILER ALERT*** PLEASE DO NOT READ ANY FARTHER UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW THE BOOK ENDS!As a side note, one of the things that intrigues me about this series is the fact that in these books, as in real life, virtually all of the clients that Mickey Haller sees as a defense attorney are actually guilty. This is still a fairly unusual thing to happen in a legal thriller. This genre originated, as a practical matter, with Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason series. Mason remains probably the most famous fictional criminal defense attorney of all, and yet amazingly all eighty-five of the clients he defended in this series were actually innocent!This has continued to be the case with most other books like this. As the book progresses, our defense attorney hero must not only conduct a brilliant defense of his or her client, but he or she must also expose the Real Killer in the process.To Connelly's credit, he doesn't do this. Still, though, he seems uncomfortable with the idea of allowing his hero, Attorney Haller, to exercise his considerable talents in the service of allowing a bad person to escape his or her just desserts. In the last Haller novel, Connelly addressed the issue by allowing Haller to switch sides and join the prosecution. In this book, as in The Lincoln Lawyer, we have another twist at the end that allows Mickey to achieve justice in spite of the brilliant defense he has mounted. To my mind, this tactic worked well the first time around, but I'm not so sure it's as plausible here. Connelly may have resolved the issue with another totally unexpected twist at the end of this book, and it will be interesting to see the direction that the author takes Haller in the future.

  • Jonetta
    2019-03-18 03:09

    It's the middle of the housing crisis and tough times for lawyers. Criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, ever the opportunist and survivor, has shifted his practice to handle clients under foreclosure. When one of them is arrested for the murder of the banker who's started foreclosure procedures on her home, Mickey finds himself handling a high profile case that becomes a potential beacon for all those disenfranchised homeowners facing displacement. This was all courtroom drama and psychological game playing. Mickey is pitted against a formidable prosecutor, Andrea Freeman, and handling an unlikable client. I liked seeing Mickey in action, not always making the right decisions but appreciating his thought processes behind them. He's again at a crossroad, torn between doing what he needs to do to win and being the honorable guy for his daughter and ex-wife, Maggie. I really liked how he acknowledged the conflict and his imperfections but would prefer that he just pick a lane and live with the choice. Peter Giles has become Mickey even though Matthew McConaughey is still my image of him (I've just merged the two). I love his performance and hope this never changes. I liked the story, didn't love it, but the ending was perfect. It was fitting for the man who continues to challenge himself to remain noble in the midst of representing some pretty despicable clients.

  • Marcy
    2019-02-27 04:18

    I actually am a trial lawyer specializing in homicide cases. I've done over twenty murder trials on both sides, so I probably should just stop reading these kinds of books because I always find procedural and legal errors that annoy me and then I annoy everyone else by pointing them out and complaining about them. A disclaimer here: no on will watch any of the CSi or Law and Order shows with me anymore. Most common response I get: "it's just fiction, get over it.". So, I'm not going to nit-pick this book. But the problem with the book is not just an accumulation of little errors, the problem is that it is founded on a completely implausible premise: that an experience and presumably good criminal trial lawyer would base his entire trial strategy on being able to badger a witness into taking the 5th (or "flipping the dime" or whatever cute phrase he had for it). Only a very bad lawyer would do this because, in reality, all of that would have happened - if it was allowed to happen at all, which is doubtful - outside of the presence of the jury. In the context of the story it felt like a cop out, like the author couldn't be bothered to think up a strategy for his lawyer to use to win the case that was both compelling and strategically sound. I know that the author is not a lawyer, but if he has elected to write a story that is focused almost entirely on a trial, that doesn't seem like too much for the reader to ask. I was very disappointed that I had waded through the detailed chapters of trial testimony only to be rewarded with that.Also, I felt like, at the end of the book, the author just gave up on the main character Mickey Haller. I read the Lincoln Lawyer and enjoyed it because Mickey Haller is the kind of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, charismatic type of individual that you really do encounter arguing cases for the defense in criminal courts. He's fun. But the big revelation that the end of this book that he wants to to mothball his fleet of Lincoln's and run for DA felt like a betrayal of the character.

  • Jim
    2019-03-10 23:27

    More of a 3.5 since there are some major twists & turns, but the title character's moment was a bit weak & there were major pacing issues - probably that's why the moment was weak. The court room scenes dragged while other parts, especially the end, jumped in time & blazed by - almost outlines. I'm sure the court scenes were realistic, but a bit too much so. Asking the sames questions is various ways got very old very fast, especially for the minor points. I've noticed Connelly's writing is getting more pedantic. I don't think I've mentioned it in a review before since the endings usually wind up so well they disguise the sags in the story, but this time was just too much. Anyway, I'm really on the fence between 3 & 4 stars for this one.On the plus side, the characters were great, as usual, especially Mickey & his life. His addiction issues are very well done, as was his scrambling for business. I was completely surprised by the reveals at the end. I shouldn't have been since Connelly set them up perfectly. The change in direction was completely believable, but I just didn't see it coming. (view spoiler)[The guilt of his client, after he had finally been convinced of her innocence was wonderful. The helium tank was introduced long before & well. Ditto for his decision to run for DA. It was especially this last that gave me whiplash, though. (hide spoiler)]The case was especially well done. The mortgage crisis, the knife-edge that most of us live on financially, & the client were a complex mess. Right & wrong were constant questions that usually weren't really relevant & Connelly kept us all on point often through Mickey's new associate who wound up standing in for the reader. Very well done - almost made me feel as if I had a voice in the novel. As usual, this book should be read in order since Mickey, the Lincoln lawyer (He mostly does business from the back of his Lincoln rather than being tied down by an office.) has some real history in the HB Universe, although this book stands alone very well. Here's a partial chronology:21 - The Reversal (Mickey Haller #3, (Harry Bosch #16), 201021.5 - The Perfect Triangle, 2010 Mickey Haller short story, published in The Dark End of the Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors (May 2010)21.6 - Blue on Black - Harry Bosch Short Story 201022 - The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller #4 – Harry Bosch appeared only briefly, 2011)23 - The Drop (Harry Bosch #17), 2011See my review of The Black Echo (HB#1) for the complete Harry Bosch Universe chronology.

  • Michael
    2019-03-06 00:31

    I basked in the pleasure of riding again with Mickey Haller, known as the” Lincoln Lawyer” because of keeping an office in his car. As much as I love most Connelly’s series with Detective Harry Bosch, I was glad not to have the dllution of focus be having both on the caper in this one (which was the case in “The Brass Verdict” and “The Reversal”). Here Haller takes on the case of a woman in the process of foreclosure accused of bludgeoning to death a banker behind taking her home. Because she is active in a citizen’s group which protests the excesses of the mortgage industry, the case is subject to extreme media attention. Haller has to restrain his client from making poor deals for a movie on her case, while working to assure a better deal which can fund his defense. So you can see the story involves exposing the nefarious practices of the foreclosure bonanza and the secondary greed of the entertainment enterprise.I appreciated the feeling of teamwork in Haller’s crew, all their ups and downs in the investigation and in the chess game with the prosecution, and the interplay of their personalities. I was touched by the human elements in the background of Haller’s life, such as his devotion to his daughter and his hopes to win back his ex-wife Maggie, a lawyer in the DA’s office. One caveat is the excessive drawing out a lot of the procedural elements of the case and the Hollywood ending. With the success of a couple of adaptations of Connelly’s stories for film, perhaps he is trying too hard to make his tales more cinematic. I would love to see more films of his books as they make LA really come alive. In a tongue in cheek element here, Haller speculates on the virtue of using Matthew McConaughey to play his role. It looks like I have finished nearly all of Connelly’s work, so I am in the hungry state of waiting each year for a new addition.

  • Robin
    2019-03-24 02:03

    Mickey Haller's criminal defense practice has slowed, so he has been working with people whose homes are being foreclosed. When one of his new clients, Lisa Trammel, is accused of murdering Mitchell Boudorant, the banker who is trying to take away her home, Mickey takes her case. With evidence pointing at his client, Mickey and his team have an uphill battle to craft a believable defense.This book takes us from the arrest, through the collection of evidence, the preliminary hearing, a courtroom battle between the prosecution and defense, and the testimony of each witness in the case. I thought it was well written, though I did get a little bored through the middle of the book. Overall, a very good legal thriller. My rating: 4 Stars.

  • Diane Wallace
    2019-02-27 03:14

    Good series! a more dramatic storyline..lots of courtroom antics plus lawyer stuff then it ended with a plot twist..well written (paperback!)

  • Ettore1207
    2019-03-14 22:12

    Un thriller giudiziario che mi ha preso ma che consiglio solo agli appassionati del genere (io lo sono, ovviamente). Per gli altri potrebbe risultare un po' noioso, dato che si svolge per lo più in tribunale. Tra schermaglie, trucchi e trucchetti dell'accusa e della difesa, si impara qualcosina sul funzionamento del sistema giudiziario USA.Ho trovato un MISTERO. Leggete questo brano:Conosci Shéhérazade? Musica classica, di Ravel, credo. La eseguono ogni anno all’Hollywood Bowl.»Due paia di occhi vacui mi guardarono.«Be’, non importa. È un lungo brano musicale, che dura una quindicina di minuti. Inizia lentamente con pochi strumenti e poi acquista intensità e potenza per culminare in un crescendo fino al finale grandioso in cui suonano tutti gli strumenti dell’orchestra. In contemporanea le emozioni degli ascoltatori acquistano intensità fino a raggiungere l’acme. È un brano straordinario, vi piaccia o non vi piaccia la musica classica. E' vero che Ravel ha scritto un poema in musica dal titolo Shéhérazade, ma la descrizioone del brano riporta inequivocabilmente al Bolero. Svarione di Connelly? No davvero: l'originale infatti suona così: Do you know the piece Boléro? It’s classical music. I think it was composed by Ravel.Com'è potuto succedere che "Bolero" nella traduzione italiana sia diventato "Shéhérazade"? Mistero fitto.

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-03-15 21:33

    Surprise, surprise, surprise! No surprise to me that this was a 'blow me away' book since I've loved each and every one of the Mickey Haller series but there were surprises throughout this book. And the end, well there was a surprise on each of the last ten pages. I knew that other reviewers said there was a surprise ending, but with each one, I didn't think there could be another one. They just kept coming page after page.Publishers Weekly stated "...The plot is worthy of a master storyteller." What does that mean? It was a great, masterful storyline. It wasn't worthy, it just was! Hands down one of the five best books I've read in the past year and I've read some good books. Again, since Mickey Haller is a defense attorney, there are plenty of courtroom scenes which I happen to love. Not all scenes are in the courtroom though with plenty of action outside the LA Justice Center. Twists and turns are cliches in book reviews so I won't say that. But I would be devouring page after page then BANG, an important discovery which changes the game entirely. Again, reading along enjoying every word, then BANG again, and an event happens which is a game changer. Just like an exciting football game. Mickey Haller is the second character for Michael Connelly with Harry Bosch making Connelly a household name in reading circles. I've read them both and find Mickey has more humane characteristics than his half brother Harry. In my estimation, he has more of a warm, caring heart. I love Mickey's courtroom scenes when he pauses for effect; or picks up his pen with a flourishing hand. Sometimes he must be an actor of sorts and he loves it all especially the challenge of winning over the jurors and the case. Does he represent the innocent? He won't ask them if they are or are not. He simply gives them the vigorous defense (his words) they are entitled to under the U. S. Constitution. Each book I think to myself, 'they can't get any better than this one' and then Connelly hits another one out of the park, or courtroom. Love Mickey Haller...I want more.

  • Michael
    2019-03-19 04:31

    I guess the streak of great books by Michael Connelly had to end sometime. After the last several books just owned me, demanding my undivided time and attention, the latest legal thriller by Connelly was kind of a disappointment for me. I don't mean to say it was a terrible book or not worth the time. It just wasn't up the standard his last few books have set.But the good thing about Connelly is he's so prolific that within six months we'll have a new novel to read and hopefully get that streak going again."The Fifth Witness" opens with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller falling on hard times. He's focused his legal tactics on representing homeowners facing foreclosure. When one of his clients, Lisa Trammel, is accused of killing one of the men at the bank trying to foreclose on her home, Mickey steps up to defend her. What Mickey doesn't know is that he's stumbled into something potentially larger than one woman's fight to save her home. As the story unfolds, we get bits and pieces of what this could be, all culminating in one monumental court scene that gives the book its title.On the private side, we see Mickey continue to engage in the on-again, off-again dance of whether or not he'll get back together with his first wife, Maggie. In many ways, "The Fifth Witness" feels like it's doing a lot of heavy lifting to get Haller from a low point in his life to the life-changing decision he makes in the novel's final pages. (It's heavily foreshadowed throughout the book, but I won't ruin it here). Connelly's clearly got an idea of where he can take this series in future installments and I'm along for the ride as far as he wants to take it. But it still doesn't help make this novel feel quite as compelling or as compulsively readable as his last few.Again, it's not a bad book. It's an entertaining legal thriller with some nice character moments thrown in as well. Connelly even gets in a joke about the casting of Haller in the big-screen version of the first novel in this series.

  • Matt
    2019-03-23 04:06

    I love few things in life, my wife, as always, being NUMBER 1. That said, I may develop a reader's bromance with Mr. Connelly if his books, especially Mickey Haller, continue to be this good. Connelly takes a great topic (a la 'torn from the headlines, Law & Order') in forclosures and mortgage fraud and spins it into a great legal thriller. LOVE IT!We learn a little more about Mickey after his flirt with the 'other side' in THE REVERSAL, and see that while times are tough, Mickey can still dazzle in the courtroom and outside as well. The hot/cold/tepid/arctic relationship with Maggie still goes on and Hayley is growing up in each chapter.From mortgage to murder, Connelly knows his stuff, especially courtroom stuff. I am always so happy to see the books progress and laughed at the mention (yes there is some Hollywood in this one too) of Matthew Mc playing Haller in any movie of this case.As Haller keeps pissing off ADA's (and sometimes defense lawyers), we can see how dirty the guy likes to play. I love his antics, like John Corey in DeMille's great series, covered in sarcasm.** SPOILER ALERT**Only one question, why are his clients always guilty in the end? It's like popping the balloon!

  • Syndi
    2019-03-23 21:33

    nah.. not for me. although i did enjou lincoln lawyer, but the fifth witness is using the same plot as lincoln lawyer. maybe because i am not familiar with usa justice system making it harder for me to enjoy this book. basically, michael saves the day.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-03-23 21:29

    Everything I dislike about legal thrillers is front and center in this well written novel from acclaimed cop writer Michael Connelly, and that I read it is both a tribute to the fact that I like Connelly's Bosch series of books so well and that he can sure spin a good tale. Eventually, however, when the story revolves around the outcome of a trial, and especially a criminal trial for murder, there can only be two possible outcomes and its not whether the actual person being defended is guilty. That has no drama potential -- its what stratagem will the masterful defense counsel bring to the table to get his client proven not guilty by a reasonable doubt. Mickey Haller in the first few Connelly books in this series was a quasi unconventional attorney. Defending the roughest and the low, he was a likeable criminal defense attorney because his office was a Lincoln sedan, and he always got paid and it was not about the innocence of his client -- its just about how he can use the system to persuade a jury to allow his client to get off.In this novel, however, because of a dearth of criminal cases, he has had to take on foreclosure case. Ripped from today's headlines. Maybe an over hackneyed expression, but certainly the story seems a cautionary tale in some ways. Haller has had to advertise in the newspaper and media to get foreclosure cases, which are handled by him and his new associate, a young lady straight out of law school, who Connelly uses in some ways as a moral compass in the novel -- as an Everyman who peaks in on how Haller tries to manipulate the system to win his war for the defendant. But I digress.There is a typical opening scene where Haller is going to defend a woman who cannot pay her mortgage because her gang banger sons are in jail and cannot help her. Haller will defend her and delay the foreclosure process -- she will stay in her home. Its not quite the scheming criminal defense lawyer more like a little quid pro quo, but the main story is not about such an overt and clearly use of the system to allow someone to stay in her house while the lawyer gets paid.The defendant has been involved in a foreclosure case with some foreclosure mill. Loud and convinced that the Bank was unfairly taking her house, she organized protests and founded a group to protest the foreclosure. The Bank obtained a restraining order against her and she is person non grata at the Bank.The victim is a bank president who has been brutally killed with three blows to the head in the parking lot near his car spot. It appears the killer was waiting for him. Haller takes the case and immediately tries to use plan B-- find another person to pin the crime on. Haller's fall guy, the mobbish president of a company that worked for the Bank, and was recently sold to another company for millions of dollars. Haller masterfully plays the system to get the guy on the stand, and his testimony is the key.Without going into two many details, the book densely tracks Haller's actions in the trial, how he sends his investigator to find out what he can, all of the defensive motions to exclude evidence, all of the tricks the prosecution plays to make their case. Connelly is very good here, as he exposes the tricks of the trade in all cases.At every turn, Haller claims that the deck is stacked against the defendant. Who knows.Of course it all comes down to Haller's ingenuity but again is it drama if the person is found guilty -- or is the drama how Haller gets a person off.Its funny after the book, I was again disillusioned with this whole genre -- which again shows why I only have read maybe 4 such books in the last 5 years. At the same time Haller seems a little disillusioned and maybe even the young associate who tells Haller that she wants only to do the foreclosure cases not be involved in the criminal cases -- she and me do not like how the system is played to get to the verdict - its not whether the truth gets out its only whether the defendant can go free.Haller is not disllusioned as to how he plays the game, just maybe about the outcome -- but then its probably a plot device for Connelly for his next Haller book, which will be a big hit, guaranteed. Sort of like what I expected with this book. Remember its not drama if they go down -- the drama is on whether they go free.

  • Obsidian
    2019-03-13 03:31

    So this was a really great installment of the Lincoln Lawyer series. Sometimes Connelly gets a little too meta for me though (talking about Matthew McConaughey and who would play Mickey Haller in a movie starring him) but that wasn't too annoying for me. I think the biggest reason I can gush about this one, is that if you read this and "The Gods of Guilt" back to back the development or spiraling of Haller's character was wonderful to read. We also get a pop up of Bosch in this one. Seriously though, he sounds even more anti-social and just odd in the Haller books. "The Fifth Witness" is dealing with Haller a bit down in his luck. He had to start looking for income elsewhere and has now taken on an associate to help him with foreclosure cases. When a client of his (who is a pain in the ass) is arrested for the murder of a banker that she blames for her losing her house. Ohh yeah. So I loved that Connelly takes about the foreclosure crisis in America. It was insane to me when I was reading about what was going on. People being approved for loans they 100 percent could not afford all without realizing that due to many of them doing an adjustable mortgage that they would have to pay hundreds of dollars more than they planned. I liked that Haller was going in as a crusader about it and also being straight forward that all he is doing is buying his clients some time, cause they are going to lose their homes.Haller was really good in this one. He has a new driver (Rojas) and is turning a new page in his relationship with his ex (Maggie) and his daughter. They seem to almost be a family again and Haller really wants them back. With this new murder case he is once again seen as the bad guy cause he's a defense lawyer.I don't get that though. Everyone is entitled to a defense in this country, I don't get why anyone acts like defense lawyers are garbage. We all going to pretend that there have not been many men who have wrongfully been incarcerated in this country? I really did enjoy Haller's "The Lincoln Lawyer" because it does show Haller having to deal with the fact that a client of his is innocent and the guilt he feels because he was going through his usual motions for that case. I did love that Haller called out Maggie about her wanting to be with him, but wanting him to do something different cause she's a prosecutor. Haller comes at a turning point in his career in this one due to wanting to do what he can to be with his family. I did hate a love (not really) scene between Haller and Maggie cause it made me cringe inside. Haller also justifying doing something illegal to Maggie made me want to pound my head. What I love is that he justifies verbally but knows he is full of crap.Haller's client Lisa Trammel is an asshole. Seriously. I can't even imagine having to deal with her. I was the least surprised person by things revealed to us as readers later. But that's because I think Connelly showed his hand there a little bit.We also get recurring characters in this one. We have Lorna, Cisco (I can't even spell his last name) Maggie, Hayley, and also Bosch. I did love the legal explanations for things. And also how Connelly shows the timeline in his books. Trials are not these things that just pop up and happen in a week. You get to see Haller and company run down witnesses and evidence. And I loved how Haller has to choose what to push and pull on depending on the witnesses involved. The flow was really good in this one. I liked how Haller just didn't back down on doing what he had to for his client, even though she drove him up the wall.The ending was fantastic. I cracked up at what happens and it looks like we get an exciting new chapter for Haller to look forward to.

  • Jane Stewart
    2019-03-17 23:30

    This weak book by Connelly is still better than an average book by other authors. I enjoyed it in spite of the flaws.STORY BRIEF:The bank is foreclosing on Lisa’s home. Bondurant, a bank executive is murdered. Lisa is the accused. Haller defends her. The title refers to a witness taking the fifth – refusing to answer questions which may imply guilt to a jury.REVIEWER’S OPINION:This was ok, not his best, but good. It kept my interest. There’s a lot of courtroom time which was ok as an audiobook but might drag a little if reading the physical book. There were a lot of unexpected things going on. I love the characters through the series. Even though this is not Connelly’s best, I still enjoy reading all of them. Connelly has been producing a book a year for many years. This book felt like he sacrificed creativity to meet his publisher’s timetable.Three issues were incomplete and unsatisfying for me. (1) The ending had a good feeling, but it forced me to assume certain things would happen with the murderer. I wish the author would have continued farther or done an epilogue. I don’t like having to assume there might be justice or trouble for the bad guy later. Next, I was disappointed in the lack of justice, revenge, or something for the following two other characters. (2) X took a bribe to give someone access to Haller’s files. Haller was too easy on X. (3) In the middle of the book Haller learned that Y hired two thugs to beat him up. I wanted to see some payback for Y. That never happened. Connelly didn’t spend enough time to develop these three issues.(view spoiler)[CAUTION SPOILERS:Two other problems: (1) I know it’s author’s choice, but I did not like the idea of Haller switching sides at the end. His appeal is his intriguing relationships and interactions with criminals, prostitutes, and others on the edges of society. I loved his connections to and use of the motorcycle gang. Harry Bosch is a character on the side of right (a cop). So it’s fun to watch the clever con-man Haller on the other side. The trick is having Haller win somehow and still have justice for the bad guys. That was part of what made The Lincoln Lawyer so good. (2) I didn’t like that Lisa was involved with hiring thugs to beat up her own attorney. That wasn’t justified or explained. It was thrown in at the very end of the book to provide shock value. I was shaking my head “What?” It was hanging out there. Nothing happened with it. (hide spoiler)]NARRATOR:The narrator Peter Giles was very good.DATA:Unabridged audiobook length: 13 hrs and 56 mins. Narrator: Peter Giles. Swearing language: strong, but rarely used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: two, one referred to, one vaguely shown. Setting: 2011 Los Angeles, California. Book Copyright: 2011. Genre: legal mystery. Ending: Feel good but not enough details.FOUR SERIES (Bosch, McEvoy, McCaleb, Haller):I recommend reading the Harry Bosch books in order, but it would be ok to try “The Last Coyote” or “Lost Light” first, just to see if you like the style. Then go back and read the rest in order. Following is my recommended reading order. I’ve included four series within this list because there is a date flow and the characters interact. All of these books could be read as stand-alones, but reading them in order provides richer character development.3 stars. The Black Echo3 ½ stars. The Black Ice4 stars. The Concrete Blonde5 stars. The Last Coyote4 stars. Trunk Music4 stars. Angels Flight4 ½ stars. Blood Work (McCaleb series #1) Bosch is not in this.3 ½ stars. A Darkness More Than Night (McCaleb series #2) McCaleb is the primary investigator, but he interacts with Bosch.3 ½ stars. City Of Bones5 stars. Lost Light5 stars. The Poet (McEvoy series #1) Bosch is not in this. Read this any time before “The Narrows.”4 stars. The Narrows (sequel to The Poet) Bosch is the main investigator.3 stars. The Closers3 ½ stars. Echo Park4 stars. The Overlook (short, half-length)4 ½ stars. The Lincoln Lawyer (Haller series #1) Bosch is not in this.4 stars. The Brass Verdict (Haller series #2) Bosch has a small part in this.4 ½ stars. Nine Dragons. (Bosch series #15) Haller has a small part in this.3 stars. The Reversal. (Haller series #3) Bosch has a secondary role.3 stars. The Fifth Witness. (Haller series #4)

  • Daniel Audet
    2019-02-24 02:17

    As I finished this book a few days ago I had another one of those writer moments where I realized just what "pro" means, and what "bestseller" means. Connelly characterizes any and all descriptive terms a person could use for an author/craftsman. He masterfully injects himself into his work on every level and the result is a very strong voice made even better by his high skill level. As I wrote a few weeks ago when I started this book, it's ALL there, everything a reader or writer could want in a book, a novel. Mickey Haller is kind of a quirky guy but somewhere beneath the layers of his person are things, traits if you will, that I can relate to and MC is one of the better authors at pulling the reader in with this element. Like the great Mr. P he can turn a good phrase and snap it into place with great dialogue and pacing. I highly recommend this book and his latest "The Drop" which I will read soon.____________________________________________________________________________________________________I just started this book a couple of days ago and every time I start a Connelly book, as a writer, I can't get over his finesse and skill level with sentencing and structure. Seamless transitions from narration, description to dialogue and back again with such good depth and story-line pacing every word is a case study in good writing. Check that: GREAT writing. Mickey Haller, a spin-off character from the wildly popular Harry Bosch series of thrillers by MC,(love Harry), is a street-smart lawyer in LA trying to survive the ups and downs of the legal world. Haller finds himself defending a crazy little woman accused of killing a banker who's bank was foreclosing on her home. Intrigue and murder follow as Haller and his cool team leave no stone unturned. This is top notch stuff fellow writers and readers, and I sincerely mean that. More on this awesome book as I read through. Next up is MC's 'The Drop' so stay tuned.

  • Eric_W
    2019-03-16 22:11

    Bosch makes a cameo appearance as Haller’s half-brother, for what purpose I could not ascertain. I like Connelly very much, especially the Harry Bosch series, and I liked Lincoln Lawyer, which featured Mickey Haller, the lawyer who operates from the backseat of a Lincoln. This book seemed a bit “off” although it may have been the narrator, Peter Giles, who was certainly not as accomplished as Adam Grupper.Haller has made mortgage foreclosure cases a specialty (Connelly expounds at length and often about the evils of the mortgage industry.) He immediately drops everything when one of his clients is accused of murdering a mortgage banker. She adamantly protests her innocence even as the physical evidence mounts against her. The courtroom scenes I found to be much more engaging than his preparatory work and interaction with the other characters. Haller even seems to waffle between firm belief in his client’s innocence and then hopping on the guilty bandwagon. Extraneous scenes abound. Haller is beaten up early in the book, a scene that was totally unnecessary and his relationship to his daughter also seemed forced. Certainly nowhere near as good as his Harry Bosch novels. I remain perplexed as to why he felt it necessary to wander off and create new protagonists. Blood Work, where he introduced Terry McCaleb, had a really stupid plot, and while Haller had/has? some promise, this one really didn’t get going until the trial. Have to admit, though, the trial sequences were page-turning.

  • Freda Malone
    2019-03-25 21:15

    Mind boggling and one of the best courtroom dramas you'll ever read, with Mickey Haller. Lisa Trammel, a jilted home foreclosure client accused of murdering the bank's loan officer. Holy cow this one was good. Without giving it away, I was very impressed with the characters involved, the strategies used in the courtroom and the doubt seeded. It is no wonder why defense attorneys charge so much for their services. If you get someone like Mickey Haller, he's worth every single penny. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!! Another favorite for sure.

  • Brenda
    2019-02-23 20:12

    This, the 4th in the Mickey Haller series was gripping! Mickey's client, Lisa Trammel, has been accused of murdering Mitchell Bondurant, the bank executive she blames for trying to take her house from her. With so many people unable to pay their mortgages, the forecloser business is booming, and Lisa is in the middle of it. The twists and turns in this case, while each side tries to prove whether Lisa killed Mitchell or not, will keep you on the edge of your seat. Surprise witnesses, shocking revelations..violence, the mob, it's all here...Michael Connelly has done it again......

  • Rex Fuller
    2019-03-13 00:21

    Truly excellent. He really got the pace of the courtroom right and kept the hints in the right framework. I know many do not rate this as highly as The Lincoln Lawyer. However, I think it is every bit as good and maybe better.

  • Linda
    2019-03-16 20:05

    Reading a Michael Connelly book is a win win deal. Mickey Haller is a favoriye character like Harry Bosch. Another great court room drama. Mickey is intelligent, owns a courtroom, his staff the least likely of characters and I imagine him to be easy on the eyes. If you haven't read this series, give it a try!

  • Anne
    2019-03-22 20:12

    Meh. This one was kinda bloated. I thought the ending was brilliant though.3 stars.Side note: none of these books are earth-shatteringly good. So why can't I stop reading them??

  • Richard
    2019-03-21 01:16

    9/10This is the best Mickey Haller book I've read. I think it just beats the first one, "The Lincoln Lawyer" just by a fraction. It was a great read with decent characters which I've grown to know over the previous 3 books in the series. Mickey is a clever and witty lead who holds your interest in what's going on and his team and minor characters back him up well. The woman he's defending is a pain in the rear but it works well as that is the way her character is supposed to be. You're supposed to be annoyed with her and it works well. I liked that Bosch had only a fleeting input into this book as I felt the last one, "The Reversal", was split too much between the two leads and lacked the same punch as this one.I won't spoil anything but the story unravels quickly and constantly and made it hard to put the book down. It will be interesting to see how/if the series continues from here. If you've read the ones before this then you won't be disappointed.

  • Fil
    2019-03-13 04:03

    STANDARDDopo tante recensioni particolari, in cui ho descritto soprattutto le emozioni che mi hanno procurato i libri, per una volta cambio stile. Scrivo una recensione standard (se ci riesco). Connelly, oltre ad essere un ottimo scrittore, è laureato in ingegneria, quindi questa sarà una recensione "per ingegneri". Molto schematica. Almeno finché resisto. Ne approfitto intanto per protestare contro le poche stelle con cui si possono valutare i libri e per farvi ripassare un po' di matematica. Diciamo che il mio voto è 4,14444... (con 4 periodico ed 1 antiperiodo). Trasformato in frazione si ottiene... risposta fra qualche riga.------------------------Voto 4+È un legal thriller standard, senza particolari novità, quindi non merita "5 e lode". È comunque un ottimo thriller con molti pregi, al livello dei migliori romanzi di John Grisham.Stile. È il classico stile dell'autore. Molto scorrevole e di facile lettura. Michael Connelly continua a "far parlare" Mickey Haller in prima persona, lasciando all'altra sua serie (Harry Bosch) la terza persona.Tematiche. Anche senza venir troppo approfonditi, vengono toccati i temi della condotta delle banche in tempi di crisi, della giustizia degli sfratti e della condotta morale delle persone. Tutti temi molto attuali.Personaggi. Questo è sicuramente il punto di forza del romanzo. Il personaggio di Mickey Haller è sempre più umano. In ogni suo romanzo (questo è il quarto) viene descritto sempre più in profondità. Anche tutti gli altri personaggi, dalla sospettata Lisa, all'ex moglie Maggie, non sono certamente dei cliché. Non sarebbe possibile altrimenti. Connelly è da sempre un maestro nel rendere tutti i suoi personaggi molto realistici.------------------------Basta schemi. Ora voglio raccontare liberamente che sensazioni mi ha lasciato questo romanzo. Innanzitutto la voglia di leggere un altro legal thriller. Considero i dibattimenti in aula come delle stupende partite di scacchi. Mosse e contromosse. Tutte da seguire. Ed è impossibile non tifare per Mickey. Proprio lui è la seconda eredità che mi ha lasciato il romanzo. Non vedo l'ora di sapere come procederà la sua vita. Si prevedono possibili cambiamenti (lavorativi? sentimentali?). Come al solito preferisco non dire una sola parola riguardo alla trama.Se amate i thriller, ma non avete mai letto un legal thriller, potreste cominciare da uno di John Grisham oppure proprio da "Avvocato di difesa", così inizierete a conoscere Mickey Haller. Forse qualcuno li troverà più lenti dei thriller veri e propri, ma vi assicuro che i colpi di scena non mancano.(((Ecco un piccolo colpo di scena. Una soluzione di un quesito matematico nel bel mezzo di un thriller che non sfiora neanche lontanamente l'argomento matematica. 4,1 (4) = (414-41)/90 = 373/90. Avete ripassato e siete a posto con la vostra coscienza. Mickey Haller è a posto con la sua? )))Consiglierei quest libro a... nessuno. Gli appassionati di Mickey Haller lo hanno sicuramente già letto. Gli amanti dei legal thriller devono incominciare dai primi due della serie e prendere subito "Avvocato di difesa" e "La lista". Non pensate "Prendo solo il primo e poi vedo!" Se siete appassionati di dibattimenti e tribunali, questa serie non può non piacervi!----- Rec 5Libro: 4+ / Pubblicità film: 1 stellaQuesto libro ha un grande difetto. Connelly inserisce troppi riferimenti al "suo" film: ottimo film, ma molti suoi fan penso lo avrebbero visto comunque. Questi continui riferimenti mi sono sembrati molto forzati. (Film uscito nel 2012, libro pubblicato nel 2013)Mickey Haller (voto 5++++) mi piace tantissimo ed ormai mi sono affezionato ai suoi pregi ed ai suoi difetti. Questa volta mi e' sembrato un po' meno sicuro e piu' malinconico (ma realistico come sempre).La trama mi e' sembrata un po' meno appassionante rispetto al precedente (Il quinto testimone) o rispetto al primo (da cui e' tratto quel film).Lo stile (voto 5++++) mi e' come sempre piaciuto molto: scorrevole, con ottimi dibattiti ed ottimi personaggi. Questo quinto libro e' probabilmente quello più malinconico della serie: questa malinconia e' forse l'unico grande miglioramento rispetto agli altri libri della serie.Chi legge legal thriller apprezzerà certamente questa serie: consigliatissima!La serie va assolutamente letta seguendo l'ordine .Questo libro, letto come primo, spoilererebbe tantissimo sugli altri.Voto 8+

  • LJ
    2019-03-04 01:07

    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. Connolly uses language well and writes very evocative descriptions but doesn’t include enough of them. He has an excellent ear for dialogue, occasional touches of humor such as when Mickey is asked whether the actor Matthew McConaughey would be a good choice to play Mickey in a movie—which, in fact, McConaughey is doing. There is also a fleeting cameo by Connolly’s character of Harry Bosch, Connolly’s primary series, and a reference to the artist Hieronymus Bosch, after whom the character is named.The plot is very well constructed. It is particularly nice that Haller, and his team, during their investigation, stay within the law. There is no smart hacker on the side or “don’t ask how I got this” moment which is refreshing. Connolly writes the physical scenes, whether violence or seduction, well. It was curious and apparent that he was comfortable writing a scene of graphic violence, while seduction stopped at the bedroom door. There were very effective twists and, at one point, a good build of intensity. The ending, with very powerful plot twists, was extremely well done.There were weaknesses to the story. Connolly heavily salts the story with mini-cliffhangers which are explained soon thereafter but became annoying. The character used the analogy of a court case being similar to the classical piece “Bolero” which consists of many small high point but finally builds to a dramatic crescendo. The story did follow that pattern, but there were times where it felt as though it took a long time to get there. Keeping the audio critique separate; Mr. Giles was not the best possible reader. His tone often sounded belligerent or almost angry, when the scene didn’t warrant it. There were a couple times where it was difficult to distinguish between dialogue and narration. With a physical book, one can pass quickly through the detailed procedural information without losing the flow of the story. This is not as true of the audio version. Although the information was interesting, there were times it felt as though it overwhelmed the story. “The Fifth Witness” was not Connolly’s best book and certainly did not come up to the level of “The Lincoln Lawyer.” It was, however, fascinating for its timeliness and engrossing enough to keep one reading.THE FIFTH WITNESS (Legal Myst-Mickey Haller-Los Angeles, CA-Cont) – G+Connelly, Michael; Read by Peter Giles – 2nd true Haller bookHachette Audio, , ©2011, Audiobook – ISBN: 9781600247224

  • Lynn
    2019-03-21 22:06

    Great legal thriller and a real nail-biter all the way to the end. I don't usually go for courtroom mysteries, but Michael Connelly is the exception. Mickey Haller managed to make a bunch of enemies, both in and out of the justice system, so the followup book should be great.

  • Huma
    2019-03-10 02:30

    A pure courtroom drama and I was so happy to read this 500 page tome. I think this is my favorite book from the series. I am sure Connelly will write more, but it's sad that now there's only one more book in the series left for me to read. Oh...and I loved that nod to Matthew McConaughey as Haller in the Hollywood adaptation of the first book. Is a sequel of The Lincoln Lawyer in the works?