Category: Crime, Mystery & Thrillers / Crime & Mysteries
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 14 April 2011
Number of pages: 448
In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pays, but if defense attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail are having to make cut-backs, it seems. In fact, the most significant part of Mickey's business right now is not about keeping clients out of jail but about keeping a roof over their heads, as the foreclosure boom hits thousands of people who were granted unrealistic mortgages in the good times and now face being kicked to the curb by ruthless corporations. Lisa Trammel had been a client of Mickey's for eight months - his very first foreclosure case, in fact - and although so far he'd managed to stop the bank from taking her house, the strain and sense of injustice are beginning to take their toll, and the bank had recently got a restraining order to prevent her protesting against their fraudulent practices. But now the bank's CEO, Mitchell Bondurant, has been found in the bank's car park with a bullet in his brain, and Lisa is about to be indicted for murder. For Mickey, it's back to what he does best on the biggest stage of all, but if he thought defending Lisa Trammel was going to be a walk in the park, he'd be wrong. Not only is he about to learn some startling truths about his client, but also about himself, and by the time the verdict is in, Mickey's whole world will have been turned upside down.
What the papers say:
With The Fifth Witness it's beginning to seem that Connelly can do no wrong. This latest novel is as shamelessly entertaining as its predecessors, with the customary skilful plotting even more burnished ... in the crime fiction stakes Connelly is comfortably in the upper bracket. THE EXPRESS The greatest living American crime writer has landed another telling blow to his nearest rivals. The Fifth Witness is criminal defence attorney Mickey Haller's strongest and most pertinent performance yet. THE MIRROR The Fifth Witness is the best Haller book so far. It is not only a clever thriller with a brilliant double twist but also a heartfelt examination of the difference between natural justice and the law. EVENING STANDARD just as gripping as his harry Bosch series. Haller is a great creation ... The Fifth Witness is perhaps the best in the series yet ... Connelly's prose is as tight and elegant as always. CATHOLIC HERALD The second Connelly story about 'Lincoln Lawyer' Mickey Haller, it underlines what a master of his craft Connelly is. ... There's a corkscrew plot and a killer finish to this book. DAILY MAIL Ex-police reporter Michael Connelly is a brilliant storyteller and his books hook the reader from the very first page. DAILY EXPRESS a brilliant trial thriller, full of nasty surprises and great plot twists. THE SUN
A former police reporter for the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Michael Connelly is the author of the acclaimed Harry Bosch thriller series and several other bestselling novels. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his family.
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