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The Fifth Witness

(Mickey Haller #4)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  52,392 ratings  ·  2,931 reviews
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.
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Published April 5th 2011 by Hachette Audio
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Alexandre Contreras It is not absolutely mandatory, but it would be best, as there are recurring characters and you would also know more about the protagonist, his…moreIt is not absolutely mandatory, but it would be best, as there are recurring characters and you would also know more about the protagonist, his background, his practice, his behaviour, etc. It is not a direct sequel though.(less)
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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 hap
James Thane
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ofte
Apr 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 4 in the Mickey Haller series.
Another great read from the pen of Michael Connelly. I don't care wither it's Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller, Terry McCaleb or Jack McEvoy, I can't get enough.
This has everything you could want in a courtroom thriller.
There's the defenceless, vulnerable woman, Lisa Trammel, who is being hounded by the banks to foreclose on her home. As if that's not enough, she has now been charged with the murder of the said banks property manager. Lurking in the back ground
The fourth book in the Mickey Haller series and a bad economy has impacted "the Lincoln Lawyer" too. Crime hasn't gone down but paying clients have so Mickey expands his business to help clients who are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. The foreclosure business is booming.

One of Mickey's new clients is a woman named Lisa Trammel, a school teacher and single mother. Her husband disappeared and now she is in danger of losing her home. Lisa not only badgers Mickey with pho
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Diane Wallace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series! a more dramatic storyline..lots of courtroom antics plus lawyer stuff then it ended with a plot twist..well written (paperback!)
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 psychologi
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wri
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
Alan Cotterell
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
This is even better than the Lincoln Lawyer, there were times when I thought it was drifting away. But it all came together in the end, with some very unexpected announcements.
As I said in one of my updates, I love the way the narrative explains why he is doing something or even the reason behind not saying anything. Makes you feel like you are having a lesson in law and the intricacies of Court.
Personally I prefer the books about Mickey Haller, to the Harry Bosch, stories. The HB bo
La Tonya  Jordan
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers
Recommended to La Tonya by: Mystery Book Group Carmel, IN Public Library
Shelves: good-read
What I can I say? The ending will surprise you. Don't skip any pages. Do not read ahead. Mickey Haller is a criminal defense attorney turned foreclosure attrorney during the housing bust in Southern California during the recession of 2007. He is making a good living helping the down trodden and those caught off guard keep their homes. Until, one of his clients Lisa Trammel is charged with murdering a mortgage executive at WestLand National Bank. He quickly turns into criminal defense attorney ag ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, legal-thriller
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,
kartik narayanan
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No twists and turns in this one - well, by Mickey Haller standards. The Fifth Witness is an excellent story if you were to look at it stand-alone but there were a lot of beats in it that we have seen before. I did enjoy it but I am not sure if I will remember this the way I do the other ones.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
New York Best Seller List - Apr. 24, 2011 - #1
Goodreads Best Police Procedural List - #65 as of 12/1/2018

The “Lincoln Lawyer” movie with Matthew McConaughey is excellent & the “The Fifth Witness” would be another excellent movie with Him again. An actor that creates a great mystery with a lawyer that brings a great thriller investigation into courtroom drama.

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Cathy DuPont
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 s
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, kindle
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
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 th ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, c

In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pays, but even criminals are having to make cut-backs. So for defence lawyer Mickey Haller, most of his new business is not about keeping people out of jail; it's about keeping a roof over their heads as the foreclosure business is booming. Lisa Trammel has been a client of Mickey's for eight months, and so far he's stopped the bank from taking her house. But now the bank's CEO has been found beaten to death - and L
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Una Tiers
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot was the star of this story. The extraneous back patting the low. An interesting story with facts about a crime that seem impossible.
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.

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.

This was ok, not his best, but good. It kept my interest. There’s a lot of courtroom
Daniel Audet
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 le
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 re
Freda Malone
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, br ...more
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Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novel

Other books in the series

Mickey Haller (6 books)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)
  • The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller, #2)
  • The Reversal (Mickey Haller, #3)
  • The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5)
  • The Crossing (Harry Bosch, #18)
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