Tuesday, May 3, 2011

THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly

Six years have passed since attorney Mickey Haller, aka The Lincoln Lawyer, defended rich young Louis Roulet against murder charges. Haller has recovered from physical injuries sustained during that case and spent time in rehab shaking a painkiller addiction. Working with half-brother Detective Harry Bosch, he has defended a Hollywood producer (The Brass Verdict) and threatened to quit law altogether. Then, switching sides, he has prosecuted an accused child molester (The Reversal). He is brilliant at whatever he tries.

But Haller has hit hard times. The economic downturn has left criminal defense lawyers without clients: though crime still flourishes, criminals are short on cash. To survive, Haller is now fighting foreclosures. Individual payments are low, but an ad campaign has brought him lots of customers. The downside? The work isn't very challenging—until one of his clients, Lisa Trammel, is accused of murdering the banker who foreclosed on her house.

That's the beginning of my review of "The Fifth Witness," which is now online at Books & Culture: Web Exclusives. Click this link to read the whole review (it's not all that long). Click it quickly, before Connelly's next book comes out this fall!
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Related posts on this blog: 
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Reversal

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