Book: Michael Connelly “The Fifth Witness”

In this, the fourth book in the Mickey Haller series, the credit crunch is hitting everybody. Haller isn’t getting too many criminal cases so his business is now handling civil cases where banks are imposing foreclosures – sometimes illegally – on the poor individuals who can’t keep up their mortgage repayments. Haller has one such client, Lisa Trammel, and he’s managed to keep the bank at bay for eight months while he assembles a case against both them and ALOFT – the company handling the foreclosure on behalf of the bank.

bookThen comes the hammer blow: the bank’s CEO, Mitchell Bondurant is found murdered in the company car park, and Lisa has been arrested for the offence. Haller now has a new criminal case on his hands…

Much of the ensuing action, naturally, takes place in court as Haller brilliantly conducts the defence while simultaneously trying to win back one of his ex-wives, Maggie ‘McFierce’ McPherson. All the characters, for me, are as well-drawn as they can be in genre fiction, where the emphasis is necessarily on the plot. And boy, what a plot this has. The one weakness lies in the fact that the case against Trammel goes to court with the prosecution initially armed with no more than circumstantial evidence. Would that really happen? But this is a minor quibble; the book is fantastic entertainment.

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