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The Fifth Witness

Little, Brown. Apr. 2011. c.416p. ISBN 9780316069359. $27.99. F
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OrangeReviewStarConnelly continues his winning streak with his latest thriller featuring attorney Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer). Lisa Trammel has hit the skids. Her husband took off, leaving her alone with a child. Her salary as a teacher is not enough to pay the mortgage, and the result is foreclosure. Trammel approaches Haller for help trying to save her home. Soon after, the person at the bank responsible for the foreclosure is found murdered in a parking garage next to his office. Within hours, Trammel is in jail, and Haller has to maneuver his way through more than potential bank fraud to prove his client's innocence. VERDICT When did Connelly become the best legal thriller writer in the business? The story line is compelling, intense, and terrifying while providing an in-depth look at the mortgage crisis that is surprisingly interesting. With the film version of The Lincoln Lawyer scheduled for release March 18, expect high demand. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/10.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
Connelly continues his winning streak with his latest thriller featuring attorney Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer). Lisa Trammel has hit the skids. Her husband took off, leaving her alone with a child. Her salary as a teacher is not enough to pay the mortgage, and the result is foreclosure. Trammel approaches Haller for help trying to save her home. Soon after, the person at the bank responsible for the foreclosure is found murdered in a parking garage next to his office. Within hours, Trammel is in jail, and Haller has to maneuver his way through more than potential bank fraud to prove his client's innocence.
VERDICT When did Connelly become the best legal thriller writer in the business? The story line is compelling, intense, and terrifying while providing an in-depth look at the mortgage crisis that is surprisingly interesting. With the film version of The Lincoln Lawyer scheduled for release March 18, expect high demand. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/10.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.

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