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By Michael Connelly

Little, Brown & Company, April 2011 ($27.99)
ISBN-10: 0316069353
ISBN-13: 978-0316069359

Reviewed by Rick McMahan

Mickey Haller, the famous Lincoln Lawyer, is back in the saddle again in THE FIFTH WITNESS. The economy's downturn has hurt everyone, including defense attorneys who need paying clients to pay the freight. To help keep the lights on at his law firm, Haller's expanded into the world of mortgage foreclosure, taking on clients and trying to help them keep their houses. One of his clients, Lisa Trammel, is accused of killing the banking official she thought was trying to keep her house, and Mikey finds himself back where he's meant to be, at the defense table in a homicide case.

Trammel proclaims her innocence, and Mikey quickly learns that there may be some shady dealings in Sunny California mortgage industry. Could these shady characters have a reason to kill the banker? Toss in a slimy film producer angling to sell Trammel's story and the fact that once Mickey takes the case two thugs show up and give him a serious beat down and the case starts to have tentacles sprouting in every direction.

Once again, Haller and Associates have a case that looks hopeless.

I found THE FIFTH WITNESS to be a solid read. Not one of Connelly's best, but still an enjoyable story that keeps the reader engaged as they follow the case and also follow Haller's seemingly hopeless on-again-off-again relationship with his ex-wife Maggie McPherson.

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