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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Connelly Narrator: Peter Giles Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mickey Haller Series Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781609412029
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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.

Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too--and he's certain he's on the right trail.

Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in. Connelly proves again why he "may very well be the best novelist working in the United States today" (San Francisco Chronicle). Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Connelly is himself a master manipulator, and there’s always something deadly serious behind his entertaining courtroom hijinks. Here he describes the background of the real estate collapse, exposing the venality involved in mortgage foreclosures. And just to keep it light, he throws in a few inside jokes about Hollywood hustlers and the things they’ll do to get their hands on a hot property.”

    New York Times

  • “About half the novel deals with the murder trial itself, and it’s here that Connelly excels, easily surpassing even John Grisham in the building of courtroom suspense. It’s clear that Connelly just loves this stuff…The idea that Connelly is very good comes as no surprise, but the consistency of his excellence is remarkable, given that he’s publishing two books a year right now. I picked up The Fifth Witness one night last week, intending just to get a feel for the story, and found I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it more than five hours later.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • The Fifth Witness deftly shows us the workings of a justice system fraught with peril inside and outside the courtroom…By the time this twist-filled legal ride is done, the parties involved have confronted the known and unknown alike.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Connelly is a master at knowing when to shift focus. He knows when to put his foot on the gas and when to take it off. Once Connelly has you on board, turning the pages, you won’t want to climb off. As popular entertainment goes, it doesn’t get much better than this.”

    Boston Globe

  • “As ever, Connelly makes Mickey the perfect conduit through the hazardous jungles of LA courtrooms and low-rent neighborhoods. But the social underpinnings here are what really engage the author: The Fifth Witness will not be comfortable reading for bankers, but neither is it indulgent toward those who feel that the world owes them a house and a living. Mickey may champion the latter, but he knows that most of his clients will end up on the scrapheap. This is as diverting an outing for Connelly’s hero as we have been granted.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Superb storytelling, corkscrew twists, and a killer finale. Rush out and buy it—you won’t regret it for a moment.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Connelly demonstrates his versatility here. His latest legal thriller, replete with authentic characters and compelling dialogue, provides a fascinating glimpse of our justice system in action that’s sure to entertain.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Mickey Haller is an irresistible character: smart, cynical, funny, and always with a trick up his sleeve. Connelly, a former crime reporter, knows how to keep a story moving and give us characters to love and hate.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Plot and judicial gymnastics are the focus here, making The Fifth Witness an easy, amiable read with a tang of venom for zest.”

    Oregonian

  • “I’ve said many times that Connelly continues to show why he is one of the best—and most consistent—living crime writers. The Fifth Witness adds evidence to the case.”

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • “This is Connelly at his thought-provoking best.”

    People

  • “Readers who love a good down-and-dirty courtroom battle will love this superb new novel featuring Mickey Haller.”

    Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • “The book is a legal thriller to end all legal thrillers. I didn’t see the twists and turns coming at me, and was hard pressed to put the book down to sleep. I didn’t want it to end, a sure sign of a winning book.”

    Deadly Pleasures magazine

  • “Keyed with suspense and last minute surprises, Michael Connelly’s latest courtroom procedural will keep you reading and guessing to the end. Editor’s recommendation.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Compelling…Connelly has a sure command of the legal and procedural details of criminal court and even manages to make the arcane, shady world of foreclosure interesting…The plot is worthy of a master storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Crime-fiction megastar Connelly can always be counted on to try something a little different. In The Reversal…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…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.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Connelly brings back the Lincoln Lawyer for a satisfying case that pits him against a real-estate foreclosure mill…The courtroom scenes—thrust, parry, struggle for every possible advantage—are grueling enough for the most exacting connoisseur of legal intrigue.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 2/19/2014

    " I like these Lincoln Lawyer books more than I think I ought to. They do not really o a good job on his interior life. But by Jove, some o my sci- fi writers could sure learn something about making a novel independently readable from Connelly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeene | 2/12/2014

    " another good Connelly book ------ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/9/2014

    " This is the first Michael Connelly I've read; I was attracted to it having seen The Lincoln Lawyer movie a few months ago. He writes beautifully with the plot layering and the complexity of his sentences pitched somewhere between Grisham and the wonderful Scott Turow. Good little twist at the end mostly redeeming what I thought was a bit of a story anti-climax - which is why I've deducted a star. Will certainly read more by Michael Connelly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al Menaster | 2/2/2014

    " Two good things in this lawyer thriller: full trial and lots of prosecutorial discovery violations, with no sanctions. But there were many, many errors of law and practice, so, so many. And the "hero" goes from preaching that it doesn't matter if the client is guilty to believing the client is innocent and suddenly that's all that matters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 2/2/2014

    " I love the Mickey Haller character. This is a great turn for Connelly as he takes on the forclosure crisis. I hope they don't make a movie out of it and ruin the characters like they did with the Lincoln Lawyer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Glaser | 1/28/2014

    " I can't make up my mind who I prefer: Mickey Haller or Harry Bosch. They are both intriguing in their own right. The Fifth Witness was a good read--but most of Connelly's are. I was a bit surprised at the choice Haller made at the very end. (You'll know it when you read it but I won't spoil it here.) It doesn't seem in character. Should make for interesting plot developments in future books and will perhaps make Haller a more sympathetic character. I liked him as he was, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Bresnahan | 1/21/2014

    " This is the latest installment from the Lincoln Lawyer series, and it is well worth it! Lisa Trammell is a single mom who lost her job and her home was foreclosed on. She becomes an activist in fighting the system. The bank executive who admistered her foreclosure is murdered. Lisa is arrested as the prime suspect. Mickey Haller is hired to defend her. This is a masterful work, reminded me of court scenes from Grisham's "A Time to Kill". What impresses me most about this, is how Connelly simplifies the legalese regarding the trial (which encompasses much of the novel) which makes the reader a close spectator of the action. Haller is a great attorney, yet he encounters many revelations that will alter his career. The climax was quite unexpected, yet satisfying. Well worth the time and effort! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fraser Cook | 1/17/2014

    " Another top notch court room drama from Michael Connelly. I prefer The Bosch Series, and his one offs to the 'Lincoln lawyer' series, but these are still great books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/15/2014

    " Well, Michael Connolly, you have done the impossible--you have created an attorney that I like! This was one of the best legal thrillers I've ever read! I was on the train with Haller all the way, and then along with him was caught completely by surprise. Great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/10/2014

    " Another winner in the Lincoln Lawyer series from Michael Connelly. I couldn't put it down and even passed up on a long nap to Vegas in favor of finishing the last 300 pages. For those of you who know me, that was a huge sacrifice! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Huong | 12/20/2013

    " Didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. The client (Lisa) was really annoying. I also couldn't get into the story too much. Reading about all the legalities of house foreclosures isn't really my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Wooldridge | 12/15/2013

    " This was by far my favorite of all the books in Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer series (as of July 2012). It really focused on the intricate politics of the courtroom, which I loved. A truly compelling read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettyjeanyoungyahoo.com | 12/14/2013

    " I enjoyed this one very much. It had courtroom drama, all the regular team, and a nice twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 12/13/2013

    " Best book of the series! Great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/11/2013

    " Very good book. Fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendie Joy | 12/9/2013

    " Great read. Really kept me guessing until the bitter end. I completely LOATHED Lisa Trammel, the woman Mickey defends in this novel, for many reasons. But I had definitely cause to dislike her. Loved the twist ending. Nicely done Connelly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/8/2013

    " A little slow in the middle, but love the characters, and reading about the courtroom strategies. Twist at the end was surprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 6/25/2013

    " I like Connelly but of late I have found his endings to be too dark. Where the police take the law into their own hands. Makes one wonder what is going on in his head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 9/29/2012

    " Loved this book - kept me reading much later into the night than I should have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/19/2012

    " What an ending--figured it out 3 sentences before the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/16/2012

    " Great read with some great final twists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Croak-falen | 5/9/2012

    " Enjoyed this one thoroughly! One of the best Lincoln Lawyer novels. It's so interesting to see the inner workings and secret strategies of lawyers. It's like a chess match. Plus, the story was timely and well-told to boot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/7/2012

    " Excellent book.....the next Mickey Haller book should be really good with the changes started at the end of this one. Glad Mickey is making the change to the other table. Love all of Michael Connelly's books....one of mt favorite authors and he never disappoints! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2012

    " Another Lincoln Lawyer book. The book has a great ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/26/2011

    " I enjoyed the twist at the end. This was a new author for me. Plan to read other titles written by Connelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/8/2011

    " I really am enjoying this series. The Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey, is such a great character. Although one wonders after this book, how much longer he will be the "Lincoln Lawyer". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 7/1/2011

    " Liked this one much better than the third Mickey Haller book. I thought the case was interesting and I was actually surprised by the last few chapters. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhod | 5/31/2011

    " The book is about a terrific murder trial leading up to a rather startling climax. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice Reisman | 5/25/2011

    " I really enuoyed this book, as I like all his books about Mickey Haller. I found it captivating and intriguing. There are many surprise twists, and I ended up rooting for Mickey to have a bright future. Somewhat of a surprise ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 5/23/2011

    " My personal weakness for Michael Connelly's books probably nudged my rating up a star more than it deserves. But if you like courtroom drama with lots of twists, some predictable, some not, you won't go wrong here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 5/23/2011

    " If you liked Lincoln Lawyer you will like this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/23/2011

    " Another great page turner, the perfect vacation read. Not too much to think about, forgettable after a few weeks, but ver entertaining while I'm reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 5/22/2011

    " enjoyable from start to finish. a change in direction at the end. good ending. justice was served. looking foward to the next harry bosch book that's previewed at the end. also, the mention of who would play haller in a movie was a nice touch, since the movie has already been released. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 5/22/2011

    " Connelly has gone flat. Lost his edge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/22/2011

    " Another win for Michael Connelly. Fast paced and laced with unforgettable dialogue. Connelly is quite simply the best! I didn't want it to end - looking forward to his next October 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/21/2011

    " Never ask a question that you don't already know the answer to and never ask a client if they are innocent or guilty. Two hard and fast rules to follow if you are the Lincoln Lawyer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisha Z | 5/20/2011

    " the 4th in the mickey haller series and another fun read. it was a bit slower moving than the previous two, but a bit more intrigue than fast paced drama! highly recommend the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 5/20/2011

    " Good story. I like his books. Couldn't help but picture Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller because of hearing about the movie, The Lincoln Lawyer. Haven't seen that movie yet, but I want to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/19/2011

    " This has quickly become my favorite series. A great lead character, tremendous supporting players, and razor sharp plots with great twists and turns. Connelly can really lay the groundwork for a great courtroom drama. I highly recommend this book and this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 5/19/2011

    " This is my favorite Mickey Haller so far. "

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