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The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
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Nov 26, 11

Read in November, 2011

Michael Connolly takes us through the arrest and trial of Lisa Trammel; a women who became an activist when her house was going through foreclosure during the height of the economic bust in recent years. Long out of being a defense attorney, Mickey Haller fount it profitable to represent homeowners in foreclosure. When he receives a call from Lisa Trammel he knows his life is about to change. Lisa has been charged with murdering the very banker she believes is responsible for taking her home away from her. How do you build a case when a witness sees Lisa on the same block as the bank who held her mortgage, not more than a block from that very bank? Within the same timeframe as the murder? How do you build a case when a hammer belonging to Lisa is found with the banker's blood on it? And do you build a case when the banker's blood is found on Lisa's gardening shoes? It's up to Mickey to pull out all the stops and use his investigators to pick up where the police left off. As the state builds their case, and as Mickey builds his case, the judge's patience is tested time after time as the prosecutor introduces documents outside of discovery because "she just found out about them"; and Mickey does the same. Interesting mystery as Haller takes us through the trial, examination and cross-examination. Read "The Fifth Witness" to find out who's really working for who; who's the double agent; and who really committed the murder.
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