The Fifth Witness - Michael Connelly

The Fifth Witness

By Michael Connelly

  • Release Date: 2011-04-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,274 Ratings


After taking on a foreclosure case, defense attorney Mickey Haller must prove his client's innocence -- but first he must follow a trail of black market evidence to its sinister end.
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).


  • Awesome

    By yaboy96
  • Fifth Witness

    By firstdown
    This was a very entertaining book moving from scene to scene allowing you to capture in your mind the events clearly as if you were part of the book. Very good with a twist at the end
  • Another court room winner

    By Betsy 1933
    Connelly spins a great yarn, a bit out there, but believable. Fast paced, good characters who stay consistent, and an intriguing view of the law and the games people play. How books never fail to entertain and inform. Enjoy!
  • Great as always!

    By Recruiterrick
    One of my favorite writers. Never disappointed me yet!
  • Eyes glued!

    By KBud420
    Couldn't put this book down! I loved every page. Micky Haller is a god!
  • Awesome

    By Phxryan
  • The ending..not plausible.

    By Grey-Ghost
    There is no good way to write a review without spoiling the ending, but anyone who has read this knows what I'm alluding to. The format is consistent with his other work. Nice character development, technically well-written, and fun to read. A little preachy, but the ending..well it just doesn't work for me.
  • The Fifth Witness

    By barabaszaf
    Great read. Enjoyed the pace and character development. However, Mickey as a politician? I don't think so, compromise and being beholden to others is not the Mick that I've come to know and root for. Good luck Michael with the new direction, all I can say is Maggie must be special in the sack.
  • Finding his groove.

    By Kuehnl
    I've always found Mickey Haller less interesting than Harry Bosch, but Connelly has done a good job of adding some dimension to the Lincoln Lawyer here. This is a finely crafted legal novel, with a lot of detail in how a defense attorney puts together and manages a trial. There's a chess-game underway all the time and MC does a great job of getting into the mind of a trial lawyer. He's done his homework and to build a credible tale focusing on the mortgage finance industry, he's mastered the details. Haller's ambiguous relationship with his ex-wife is handled well and effectively woven into the plot... not the tacked on distraction it has been in the past. Well worth the read.
  • 5th Witness

    By Connelly fan
    Another awesome Connelly book. If a fictional escape is your goal, he never disappoints. I read the entire series 2 summers ago - one of the best reading summers I've had! Now I eagerly anticipate the new releases. When I start one, I'm always leery that it will disappoint, but 5th Witness is another winner! Keep up the good work, and keep providing us a great means of escape. Thanks for a good one. I thought Bosch was the only character I wanted to explore, but I am equally engaged with Haller now!