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The Fifth Witness (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2012
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*Starred Review* Crime-fiction megastar Connelly can always be counted on to try something a little different. In The Reversal (2010), his last Mickey Haller novel, starring the L.A. lawyer who prefers to work out of his Lincoln Town Car, Connelly offered a tour de force of plotting on multiple levels. Here, he narrows the focus considerably, concentrating almost exclusively on what happens inside the courtroom but bringing to the traditional give-and-take of prosecutor, defender, judge, and jury an altogether more complex commingling of personality and legal strategy than is typically on view in legal thrillers. He accomplishes this with a particularly rich first-person narration in which Haller takes us through the courtroom drama as it happens, noting his blunders and praising himself for quick-thinking improvisations. It doesn't hurt, either, that the plot is meaty: a woman whom Haller was representing in a suit against the bank attempting to foreclose on her mortgage is accused of killing the bank official in charge of foreclosures. Combining ripped-from-the-headlines information on the mortgage crisis with a cast of characters that defies stereotypes at every turn of the plot, Connelly shows once again that he will never simply ride the wave of past success. And, neither, apparently, will Mickey Haller, as he reveals a shocking change of direction in the novel's final pages.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Connelly's latest Mickey Haller novel will benefit from the release in March of a movie version of The Lincoln Lawyer, the first Haller novel, starring Matthew McConaughey. 750,000 first printing. --Bill Ott--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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When the Bank Officer servicing Lisa's loan is murdered, Lisa is the prime suspect and it is up to Mickey to defend her. Through the handling of Lisa's mortgage case against the bank, Mickey knows that there were a lot of "fishy" practices going on and that Lisa may have been set up. The courtroom drama is intense and Mr. Connelly has the reader hooked on every sentence of the narrative.
Mr. Connelly also paints a picture of LAPD law enforcement (with the exception of Harry Bosch) working with "tunnel vision," meaning that once they have a possible suspect, they ignore all leads not related to the suspect and only pursue what will make a case against that suspect. This may in part be due to the economics of doing an investigation. The prosecution in this case seems to only be interested in seeing the accused go down and to discount any other "theories" of what may have occurred, especially if those paths may point to a different individual as the perpetrator of the crime.
Mr. Connelly also gives us more insight into Mickey's supporting team, especially his investigator Cisco. Mickey seems to have evolved from the "sleezy" lawyer we had seen in the first Lincoln Lawyer novel and is now a relentless pursuer of getting to the truth. There are also some surprises with Mickey's evolving "post-married" relationship with Maggie, his ex.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and look forward to more Mickey stories!
Connelly began his career as a journalist, but he has been able to immerse himself in the world of the law and The Fifth Witness is the most dramatic result to date. The subject is also current. A woman who was about to lose her house because of her own defaults and the machinations of a sleazy foreclosure company is accused of murdering a bank official. Although she claims to have never actually met him, his blood is on one of her shoes and one of her tools. Mickey thinks she's been framed because, he argues, she is simply too short in height to deliver the blows to the top of the victim's skull which resulted in his death.Read more ›
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I seen this author first at borders then in thrift stores etc, always a handful of his books. I. Picked this one up at a free library. And read it cause was the next in line. Read morePublished 7 days ago by The Fly
An interesting and complex legal thriller. This is the first mystery that I have read in the Lincoln Lawyer series and I found it insightful and interesting. Read morePublished 8 days ago by S. Davidson
The Mickey Haller series is a good one--unpredictable and exciting. He really pushes the envelope!! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mary Taber
Come on, you know Connelly, you've read thousands of othe books he's written and this one, this story, this book, is not "just like the others," it has that Connelly touch... Read morePublished 13 days ago by J. Fitzpatrick
I enjoyed The Fifth Witness, Book 5 in the series. The story was like eating a fine meal with outstanding Appetizers, a wonderful salad, a fine steak and a beautiful wine to go... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
Love this series. It's light summer reading but a great plot. I enjoy the "inside" look at the legal system.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer