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The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
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May 01, 2011

bookshelves: 2011-audio-books, 2011-mysteries
Read in April, 2011

The Fifth Witness, by Michael Connelly, A-minus, Narrated by Peter Giles, produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is a Mickey Haller book. Mickey is subject to the same economic downturn as everyone else, so he decides to expand his practice into the civil area of foreclosure defense. Then one of his new clients, Lisa Trammel, is accused of murdering the banker she is accusing of making her lose her home. As Mickey begins investigating, he finds connections to organized crime, and his own client is trying to stiff him with regard to the contract she signed. He is severely beaten up, but continues the defense anyway. He has some suspicions throughout the trial that Lisa might be guilty of the crime, but there are also indications that she is innocent and being set up. After the trial is over, the final surprise takes place. At the end of this book, Mickey indicates some interest in running for District Attorney. I hope that doesn’t happen. He’s much better as a criminal defense lawyer, and I love the ongoing commentary as he is preparing the case and even when he is in court.

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