The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

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25 Critic Reviews

But Connelly is himself a master manipulator, and there’s always something deadly serious behind his entertaining courtroom high jinks.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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).
 

About Michael Connelly

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Michael Connelly is the author of the recent #1 New York Times bestsellers The Drop, The Fifth Witness, The Reversal, The Scarecrow, The Brass Verdict, and The Lincoln Lawyer, as well as the bestselling Harry Bosch series of novels. He is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels. He spends his time in California and Florida.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 417 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for The Fifth Witness
All: 25 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 01 2011

Though the answer isn’t as mysterious as you might like, the courtroom scenes... are grueling enough for the most exacting connoisseur of legal intrigue.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Marilyn Stasio on Apr 08 2011

But Connelly is himself a master manipulator, and there’s always something deadly serious behind his entertaining courtroom high jinks.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Apr 25 2011

Your patience will be rewarded, not only by the conclusion, but also by the sample of THE DROP, the new Harry Bosch novel to be published in November.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Cannon on Apr 15 2011

And this sequel, which takes our man from the criminal courts to the civil, is even better than its predecessor.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Rayner on Apr 05 2011

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.

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Express

Excellent
Reviewed by Barry Forshaw on Apr 15 2011

This latest novel is as shamelessly entertaining as its predecessors, with the customary skilful plotting even more burnished.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Katherine Dunn on Apr 09 2011

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

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowksy on Apr 10 2011

The Fifth Witness, by Michael Connelly, is a fast-paced, darkly humorous, and absorbing legal thriller in which everything gels...

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Kings River Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Lewis on Apr 16 2011

It is sure to keep the reader on the edge of his seat and leave him longing for more from this talented bestselling writer.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Theodore Feit on Jan 08 2012

The drama is there, but a little bit of a potboiler, with the reader pretty much knowing not only the outcome of the trial but what follows.

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Chicago Sun Times

Below average
Reviewed by PAUL SALTZMAN on Apr 07 2011

Reporter-turned-crime-novelist Connelly has tapped the headlines before for his novels, with mixed results.

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Booking Mama

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie P. on Apr 05 2011

Let's just say that I CAN NOT WAIT for the next Mickey Haller book...I sure hope I've convinced you to give THE FIFTH WITNESS a try. It's definitely Michael Connelly at his best!

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on May 18 2011

Connelly has taken a very current issue and created an absolutely riveting, page turning tale.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Good
Apr 08 2011

...The Fifth Witness may possibly be the best Courtroom Thriller written in the past 10 years, maybe even longer.

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Onyx Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Bev Vincent

Connelly does a terrific job of laying out Haller's preparations and the trial.

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The Mystery Site

Below average
Reviewed by J Curran on Apr 01 2011

More of the same exceptional writing throughout would have elevated The Fifth Witness to another blockbuster.

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The Reading Frenzy

Good
Reviewed by Debbie Haupt on May 24 2011

Mr. Connelly you have constantly surprised me, but this takes the cake.

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Mysteries and More from Saskatchean

Above average
Reviewed by Bill Selnes on Jul 15 2011

Connelly is such a smooth and polished writer. The story just flows irresistibly to the end. I enjoyed everything about the book but the ending.

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Petrona

Good
Reviewed by Maxine on Apr 16 2011

Michael Connelly’s books are invariably a treat, and The Fifth Witness is no exception.

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Crime Watch

Good
Reviewed by Craig on Aug 10 2012

Beyond the compelling storyline and terrific characterisation, Connelly also intrigues with an exploration of the murky causes and troubling consequences of the financial meltdown.

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Rundpinne

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on May 10 2011

Connelly masterfully captures the tension of the courtroom atmosphere as Haller works to defend the client whom he felt fairly certain, was guilty of murder.

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ChesCo Reader Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jack on Apr 16 2011

The book is excellent as a legal thriller and is also very relevant to current events.

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The Mystery Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by John Sheridan on May 23 2012

Nearly everyone knows Connelly by now and if you buy this you certainly won’t be disappointed.

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Patti's Pages

Below average
Reviewed by Patti on Aug 15 2012

The plot lacks the nail-biting timing of The Lincoln Lawyer, and the outcome and aftermath of the trial are a little predictable.

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Book Reviews, Writers I Like

Good
Reviewed by Paul Ward on Jul 17 2012

There is enough "action" to stop it being dry (like the early Grishams were) but there's enough fine detail to make me believe that we're reading a knowledgeable novel as well as a finely-paced one.

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