Book Review: The Fifth Witness

As I’ve mentioned before, I like Mickey Haller. He’s Michael Connelly‘s favorite defense attorney. He might be just a notch above slimy but he’s smart and knows how to fight and manipulate a legal case in favor of his clients. Plus, he’s fun to follow.

In The Fifth Witness, we find that Mickey has been helping clients with foreclosures. He’s been somewhat successful, and business is brisk in this economy. His first foreclosure client has even organized a group of other people who’ve been through foreclosures. The group protested several times in front of her mortgage bank. The bank wasn’t happy and they issued a restraining order against her. And then, the mortgage banker is killed. Of course, Mickey’s client is accused of murder.

As in all of Connelly’s books there are plenty of surprises. For me, the definition of “fifth witness” was a surprise, one that was interesting. I also did not see the ending in advance. I won’t spoil it for you. I’ll just say it was not what I expected. I felt like Connelly was making a subtle announcement about future Mickey Haller books.

While The Fifth Witness was very good, i liked Lincoln Lawyer better. It was a lot edgier – more like what you’d expect on the streets of Los Angeles.

I read this book via an audiobook. It was narrated by Peter Giles. I would have preferred Matthew McConnaghey’s voice in my ears, but Giles did a convincing job. I’m linking this post to Sound Bytes at Jen’s Devourer of Books. It’s a weekly spotlight on audiobooks. Click the button to go visit.

Check your local library and your local bookstore for copies of this book. The Fifth Witness is also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

Published by Little, Brown, and Company, 2011   /   My Rating: B

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Fifth Witness

  1. “I would have preferred Matthew McConnaghey’s voice in my ears” – ha ha, who wouldn’t! :–)

  2. Barbara says:

    I think your comment that Mickey Haller is “just a notch above slimy” explains perfectly why I didn’t like Lincoln Lawyer and haven’t read any other of the Haller series books. Haller just offends me.

  3. I loved all Mickey Haller books, and I did them all on audio. I have to admit that this one got slow at parts, but I thought the end rocked. I’m definitely interested to see where Connelly takes this series…you’re right that the ending makes it look like he’s going in a new direction. I kinda like that, though! So glad to find another Haller audio fan! 🙂

  4. I’ve missed your reviews and I’m so happy to be back. I don’t know How I keep missing Michael Connelly’s books. I had only heard of him late last year (don’t ask me how, I have no idea) and now I have to get off the stick and dive in. This sounds like a great series. Off to find the first. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. I like Mickey Haller too. You’ve got me curious about what the fifth witness means.

  6. Staci says:

    I have to meet this lawyer! Reading one of his books is a must for next year!

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