The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4)
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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 victim...more
Hardcover, 421 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2011)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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 happe...more
Neil
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...more
Michael
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...more
Matt
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Marcy
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...more
Cathy DuPont
Jun 24, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone but start with the first in the series.
Shelves: noir-favorites
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."...more
James Thane
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 wh...more
Michael
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...more
Rex Fuller
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.
Daniel Audet
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...more
Jeffrey
Jun 26, 2011 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Connelly fans, fans of legal procedurals
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. T...more
Eric_W
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 oft...more
Jane Stewart
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 b...more
Matt
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 d...more
Kelly Hager
Mickey Haller is still a defense attorney. Unfortunately, due to the economy, he’s had to branch out from his usual criminal defense practice and start doing foreclosures. And then one of his foreclosure clients is accused of murder. More specifically, she’s accused of murdering one of the managers at the bank that’s trying to take her house.

By this point in his career, Mickey’s pretty jaded…but he wants to believe that Lisa Trammel’s innocent. The question is, how to get a jury to believe it, t...more
LJ
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 Li...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Good one. I guess this settles it, my favorite Connelly character is Micky Haller.

Here Micky has tried to wash the taste of defending guilty clients out of his mouth by defending people who are facing foreclosure. It's not as lucrative much of the time, but he finds ways to get paid. He's getting knowledgeable about the ins and outs of foreclosure, loans, government regs, bankruptcy and so on.

Then one of his foreclosure clients is brought up on murder charges.

Well crap...back to criminal law.

The...more
Michael
Mickey Haller has had to resort to finding clients whereever he can and is now working in the mortgage forclosure area. He gets an emergency call that one of his clients is arrested for the murder of the banker in charge of the proceedings to forclose on her home.

As the reader might expect with Michael Connelly, the novel is well written and the court scenes are like a tightly contested tennis match with one side winning points and the other countering.

Mickey is an excellent character who shows...more
Ed
Aug 18, 2014 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Legal thriller fans, Connelly fans.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it wasn't quite up to the usual Michael Connelly "Can't put it down" category. This is the 4th in the Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer series and Mickey seems to be maturing as the series progresses. It is part of Connelly's skill as a writer in both this and the Harry Bosch series that his characters change and grow as their experiences teach them lessons.

In this story Haller, who has taken up foreclosure law, is roped into defending ex-school teacher Lisa Tra...more
GymGuy
This is another good Mickey Haller story, though not in my opinion his best. I'm not going to write a lengthy review. There have been many written already. While the book was engaging and had a great ending, though not completely unpredictable, I thought the mix of intrigue to courtroom drama was a bit heavy on the courtroom and light on intrigue. It just seemed that there was way too much time spent on legal procedures. His first two novels had more intrigue (which I like) and less testimony an...more
Dale

While I am a devoted and enthusiastic fan of Connelly's Harry Bosch series, I am merely a fan of the Mickey Haller Lincoln Lawyer series. On the whole, it just lacks the same brooding intensity of the Bosch series - that sense that the world is not right and Harry Bosch is on the case to sort out at least one little part of it.

Hot shot defense lawyer Mickey Haller has fallen on rough times in this recession and he is forced to take foreclosure defense cases to keep his practice healthy. Fortunat...more
Sam Quixote
Oh boy, the first real disappointment in terms of 2011 reading was this book "The Fifth Witness". Never mind the utterly boring title that brings to mind exactly nothing, I felt that Connelly was milking the Mickey Haller character too quickly. I mean "The Lincoln Lawyer" is, to me, Connelly's finest book. It not only introduced a compelling, charming, anti-hero with a unique approach to his work, but it told a fascinating murder mystery that transformed into an amazing thriller by the end. No w...more
Kellie
This was another excellent thriller by Connelly. I am a huge fan of the Harry Bosch series and I am so impressed that Connelly can write a legal thriller with the same talent as homicide detective. I have read everything Connelly has written and his books keep the same level of excellence. This one was no exception. I like the characters in this one. At some point, within a few chapters, I became a little restless because there was really no action and the legal banter kept on and on. But that j...more
drey
I didn't know that The Fifth Witness was the fourth Mickey Haller novel--where've I been? And just in case you didn't know either, The Brass Verdict (2008) and The Reversal (2010) featured both Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch. I'm going to add them to my to-read list...

Anyway, back to Mickey. He's branched out into foreclosures, and has more clients than he knows what to do with, so there's a new face in the firm--fresh out of law school. When one of his foreclosure clients is arrested on charges...more
Linda
On the surface, Attorney Mickey Haller, brash, cocky, and seemingly amoral, is a hard guy to like. But hey, the position of a defense lawyer is never ethically simple, and once he accepts a client, Haller goes to the mat for her. In this case, the client is the emotionally volatile Lisa Trammel. Mickey has been representing her in a house foreclosure suit, when she's accused of murdering the banker who held the mortgage. He doesn't much like Lisa, but he does believe in her innocence, and he tur...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Aug 26, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jennifer (JC-S) by: fionnabhair@bigpond.com
Shelves: librarybooks
‘Less is always more when it comes to the defense.’

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, workin...more
Marleen
Years ago I studied law. After the first year though I had to admit that I could never be a defense lawyer, prosecutor or judge, and switched to International law.
The way I saw and see it everybody is entitled to a defence when accused of a crime, but I wouldn't be able to defend someone unless I was sure they were innocent. That is and was true regarding the prosecution too. Of course people who have committed crimes should be prosecuted, but I can't accuse anybody unless I'm completely sure of...more
Qazyman
Michael Connelly "The fifth Witness" 4.5

This is the first Haller book after the Hollywood blockbuster "The Lincoln lawyer", and changes are in the air. This book is focused toward a broader audience and is more commercial in nature.

You could argue this represents Connelly selling out.

But this is an experienced and successful author that is up to the challenge.

The book focuses on a timely topic, with a clear moral message, and the story and writing are exceptional.

It's like watching the Author t...more
Mary
Love Michael Connelly's characters! Bosch my favorite and Haller next. Haller has cut back on criminal trials due to lack of business, and is working on foreclosure cases when he gets a call that one of his foreclosure clients has been arrested for murder of the Banker involved in her case. The story then takes us through investigation, jury selection and the trial. So many twists and turns! Just when you think you have it figured out, huh-uh! Great book.
Laura
I love Michael Connelly. I can always count on him for a solid crime novel. This one had a couple of implausibilities, and was a bit predictable at times, but he always manages to surprise us at the end. I love Haller's new associate, and the development of the characters. He has a great sense of humor too. But what I like best about Connelly's novels is that they always call out to me, no matter how busy I am. They often keep me up late, happily turning the pages, eager for the next event, want...more
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