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The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
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Jan 05, 2012

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bookshelves: harry-bosch-novels, i-love-la, social-issues, thriller

Harry Bosch makes a cameo in Connelly's novel that features "Lincoln Lawyer" Mickey Haller, Bosch's somewhat estranged half-brother. Haller is developing a side business representing those who've been foreclosed on and his next case involves a woman, Lisa Trammel, who's begun a grassroots campaign to end the nefarious dealings of a local bank. When the vice president of the bank turns up dead in the bank's parking garage, Lisa is arrested and Mickey goes to work, squaring off against a woman prosecutor who's pals with his ex-wife and who has defeated him in court several times.

The twist ending is very good, as are the courtroom scenes, which occasionally can be dry and disinteresting. Connelly, however, explains why his characters say and do the things they do, and this brings the reader more fully into the story. It's a fairly fast-paced read and the novel explores, to a degree, both sides of the mortgage/subprime lending issue from the perspectives of the homeowners as well as the banks.

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